mr. pink – The Case Brothers Book 1 by Tessa Layne

mr. pink
The Case Brothers Book 1
USA Today Bestselling Author
Tessa Layne


She was only supposed to be a one-night stand…

You know why banned books are bestsellers? Because everyone wants what they can’t have. And I want Macey McCaslin. I want her sassy mouth driving me wild, and her luscious curves under my hands. In a barn, in a bed, on a table. Whenever. Wherever.

But Macey’s off-limits. So far off-limits, my brother Jason might kill me if he found out about us. He thinks I’m nothing more than a skirt-chasing manwhore not worthy to lick the dirt off her sexy little feet. And I’m definitely that, but ask me if I care? Because one taste of Macey was all it took to make me an addict. This may cost me everything, but I’m not staying away.

A Racy new series by USA Today Bestselling Author, Tessa Layne

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I have to say when I first saw this title I didn’t get the connection to any of Tessa’s previous series. Now I get it, this series is about Jason Case’s half brothers. The Triplets are a source of irritation to their father, and also hold some secrets about Jason that are disturbing. This story really started with the wine-tasting in which we saw a different side in A Hero’s Home.

I fell in love with Macey and her daughter Sophie in A Hero’s Heart and as they appeared in other books I truly wanted Macey to get her happily ever after. The person to fill that would need to be very special indeed, what with Jason and Sterling watching out for them.

Now Austin and his brother Declan have quite the reputation with the ladies and their father is sick of it, he’s cut off their trust fund deposits and ordered them to Jason’s vineyard. They have to make a perfect wine in order to get their money flowing again.

Apparently Austin and Macey have hooked up a couple of times, but Macey was the last person he expected to see and for her to be the sommelier was quite the surprise. Arranging to meet outside of the vineyard would be even tougher, since Jason has told him hands off. Of course that isn’t going to stop either of them.

As Austin finds himself falling deeper with Macey a circumstance has him babysitting for Sophie.

This is a favorite scene.

I have to remind myself this is the daughter of an Army Ranger, and both her ‘uncles’, are retired Rangers. They probably taught her to swing from trees before she could walk. “Okay…” I stretch out the last syllable, at a loss for what to suggest next. “Books?”

She crosses her arms. “Park.”

“Park, okay. We can go to the park.”

Then I realize Macey didn’t leave me a key. I get the feeling that if I say no to the park I’m going to be dealing with hellfire and brimstone. I hold up a finger. “Hang on a sec, I need to ask your mom where the key is.”

“We don’t lock the door,” she says matter-of-factly, staring me down with her enormous blue eyes.

“Of course you do. Everyone locks their door when they leave the house.”

“We don’t.”

“I’m sure you do, sweetheart. Let me just ask your mom.” I shoot off a quick text. You forgot to tell me where the key is?

She texts right back. Don’t worry about locking it, you’ll be fine.

A: Seriously?

M: Yes.

I can’t fucking believe it. Who – in this day and age – leaves their door unlocked?!? Jeezus. Does she leave it unlocked at night, too? Visions of all kinds of vicious and violent outcomes fill my head. I swear to God, if I have to camp outside her house every night from here on out because she won’t lock her damned door, I’ll do it. We’re talking about this later, I text back before jamming jamming my phone in my pocket. “All right, kiddo. I guess we’re going to the park.” Sophie shoots me a smile of pure ‘I told you so’ and flounces out the door, ruffly skirt bouncing with her.

“Hey, wait,” I call after her. “You forgot your shoes.” But she’s already grabbed the bike I saw lying in the grass and is pedaling down the street hell for leather, red curls flying behind her. I grab the pair of pink and purple sneakers by the front door. Motherfucker. Then I notice the helmet on the front step. I grab that too as I jog after the little hellion, cursing Jason with each out breath. This has to be his doing. Surely Macey isn’t the type of parent who lets her daughter run wild?

My leather soles slip on the gravel as I cross the intersection. I manage to catch myself before I fall spread-eagle.

“Macey,” I holler. “I mean Sophie. STOP.” But she’s too far ahead. I swear I will wring her neck when I reach her. Visions of her falling and breaking an arm, or being hit by a car, fly through my mind with alarming vividness. Macey will kill me if anything happens to her. Hell, I might kill myself. I’m winded and sweaty when I finally reach her. She’s dumped her bike at the edge of the playground and has climbed to the very top of the jungle gym. “Sophie,” I bellow. “Get your ass down here. NOW.”

She looks down at me, eyes snapping, just like her mother. “I’m telling mommy you said a bad word.”

“And I’m telling mommy you rode to the park in bare feet without your helmet.” I hold up the evidence of her disobedience.

Her eyes narrow.

I narrow mine back.

If this were a Clint Eastwood movie, both our hands would be twitching above our six-shooters.

In the end, she decides to climb down, and I breathe a sigh of relief. I check my watch. It’s only ten-thirty.

I am so screwed.
Layne, Tessa. Mr. Pink (The Case Brothers Book 1). Shady Layne Media. Kindle Locations (1352-1379). Kindle Edition.

The interactions between Austin and Sophie had me giggling every single time. Even though he doesn’t think he’s father material, he does quite well.

On the other hand, I truly feared my kindle would start melting in my hand when he and Macey are together. Yet in spite of that Austin does learn what he’s supposed to. However, it’s the things he discovers while checking the various Case vineyards for a grape from which to make his wine, that will be a major turning point.

Plenty of family drama, and revelations that will make your jaw drop especially if you’ve read the Resolution Ranch books with Millie and Jason. Plus a surprise or two.

I really enjoyed the sizzling start to this trilogy. I cant wait to read mr. white, Declan’s story.

5 Contented Purrs for Tessa!

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Tessa Layne

Tessa Layne writes smokin’ hot contemporary cowboy and military romances filled with tenderhearted tough guys and sassy strong women who capture their hearts.She grew up in Colorado in the mountains at the edge of the Great Plains. There, she met her own smokin’ hot Cowboy and they had a whirlwind romance to rival any novel. She believes in Happily Ever Afters, loves fireflies, horses, and breathing clean country air. Her favorite thing to do is to sit on the porch swing with a glass of Rose, listening to her Cowboy pluck his guitar!

Feel free to drop her a line (links below) – She loves to hear from her readers!

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