Author: M. Malone
Series: Blue-Collar Billionaires #1
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Tank Marshall has anger issues.
Years ago he swore off fighting but everything in his life lately is out of control. His mom’s cancer is back and the deadbeat dad he hasn’t seen in years is offering an inheritance in exchange for redemption. So he prowls the streets at night, looking for an outlet for the rage.
There’s only one person that keeps him anchored in the midst of the chaos. One person untouched by violence and money and lies. Emma Shaw.
But the one thing that Tank hasn’t learned yet is that when billions are at stake, there’s no such thing as innocent. Because the only woman he trusts is the last woman he should.
Money. Changes. Everything.
If you’re looking for a light, sexy story with a bit of intrigue then Tank will hit the spot! Tank is every bit the alpha male, imposing and rough around the edges, but the moment he meets Emma, a softer side of him comes to life. M. Malone delivers a swoon-worthy book boyfriend in Tank, his protective nature and hidden sweetness prove to be a potent combination. Emma is a sweet girl with scars of her own just trying to move forward in her life when her path collides with Tank’s. Together they seem to just work, each taking care of the other and holding the things that haunt them at bay. M. Malone did a great job creating their chemistry. They shared a definite connection and palpable attraction that led to some fun, steamy scenes. They also had an adorable camaraderie, their honesty, easy banter, and cute flirtations making their story shine. M. Malone managed to create some definite intrigue with this story. Max Marshall is undoubtedly a man of mystery and I spent the entirety of the book trying to figure out his motives. I loved him and hated him simultaneously, never settling one way or the other. I very much look forward to seeing how the situation with his sons plays out over the course of the series.
“Asking for help doesn’t make you weak. It’s okay to let someone catch you. To let me catch you.”
While there is certainly an air of mystery to Tank, it wasn’t an intense story. Tank is, for the most part, a very lighthearted and easy read. I did have a few issues that kept me from losing myself completely in the story. The story alludes to Tank’s time in the military as the source of his aggression and fighting, but he never really gets into the specifics with Emma nor do we see any other indicators of lingering trauma from him. Tank has a lot of potential and he certainly has some seriously great qualities, however, I needed a little more emotional depth from him in order to really validate his character. I was also hoping to have experienced more of the emotions while I read Tank, but the plot points that held the most emotional impact weren’t explored in significant depth for me to connect on that level. I was however pleasantly surprised by the twists regarding Tank’s family. I very much enjoyed getting to know them and I’m definitely curious to learn more about each of them as the series progresses. M. Malone did a great job of setting up the series in this book and I do love the concept of Blue-Collar Billionaires. I look forward to the next book in the series, anxious to see how M. Malone’s writing grows and where she plans on taking this series.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Blue-Collar Billionaires:
Finn (Blue-Collar Billionaires #2)
Gabe (Blue-Collar Billionaires #3)
Zack (Blue-Collar Billionaires #4)
Luke (Blue-Collar Billionaires #5)