Blown by Braxton Cole

Title: Blown

Author: Braxton Cole

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

Genre: Novella length erotic romance


Veronica “Roni” Guard is an undercover cop trying to bust a drug ring. Unfortunately, she runs into her ex-boyfriend, Mateo Vargas, at an illegal street race in the California desert. He just happens to be a pretty big criminal himself. That’s why they split originally. No matter how much chemistry they have between them, a cop and a gangster are not a good match. Roni Convinces Mateo to help her with her case, his reluctance derailed by the one thing that always worked between them–sex. Yes, he’ll help her. But on one condition. In his world, she belongs to him, and him only.

Will Mateo’s possessiveness unravel Roni’s case? Or, worse, blow her cover? And if they get out of this alive, is there a future for them together?

Guest Post

I’m just going to admit it up front. I have a thing for bad boys. Always have. In high school, I dated athletes, musicians, and even the occasional drug dealer. I was forever staying out too late, doing things I shouldn’t, and going places I wasn’t supposed to. All because a cute boy said “Let’s go, baby.”

I’ve since gotten over the infatuation in practice, but not in theory.

That’s where Mateo comes from. He’s the perfect bad guy, yet he knows how to treat a woman. All he wants is to protect Roni, even though he knows it spells disaster for him personally. In Blown, he risks everything, including his life, to help with her undercover assignment.

When I was a kid, I fell for the bad guy and invariably got my heart broken. I wasn’t smart enough to just let it be fun. Of course, that’s easier said than done, as Roni quickly learns. Despite setting up those mental and emotional boundaries, she still falls head over heels for Mateo.

The entire time I was writing Blown, I kept thinking, “Boy I hope these two figure out a way to be together” because it just seemed so hopeless. You know I can’t let you in on what happens, because that would be too big of spoiler, but I hope you read Blown. And I hope that Mateo feeds your need for a good bad boy as much as he does mine.

Dina’s 3.99 Star Review

First of all, I LOVE this title – talk about a perfect double entendre! Roni, a police officer, is worried about her cover being blown when she runs into an old flame, Matteo, while working undercover to bust a drug syndicate. Matteo happens to be a criminal himself. Despite their intense attraction and steamy chemistry, how could a relationship ever work between a cop and a criminal? Even though they both know that they have no future together, they can’t deny their desire for each other, and give in to it quite often and in many steamy and explicit ways – hence the other meaning of the title.

I always feel challenged with novellas because it is difficult to fully explore the level of character and plot development I appreciate in a full length novel. I think the author did a good job at developing a complete story with interesting characters who you care about in such a short number of pages. At the same time, I think this is a novella with a great premise that has the potential to be expanded into a full length novel. There is enough room here to delve further into the motivations and back stories of the characters (especially Matteo) and the criminal plot line could be beefed up and some more action thrown in. It’s not to say this story suffers from the lack of these elements, just that there is the potential to explore these in greater depth.

I really liked Roni – she is strong, confident, no-nonsense and doesn’t delude herself with romantic notions. She is honest with herself and stands by her convictions, regardless of the hot piece of man candy who is heating up her life and her bed. As attracted as she is to him, she knows she could never compromise her principals to be with him. I would have liked to get to know Matteo better – get inside his head and learn more about his background, why he made his choices in life, and further explore his relationship with his brother. I feel like there is a lot of character development that could be expanded on with Matteo. However, this just means he is an interesting character worthy of further exploration.

I struggled a bit with the rating on this book. I enjoyed it, it got me hot and bothered, and I really liked the characters – enough to want to learn more about them. Where it fell apart for me a bit, is when Roni acknowledges that her relationship with Matteo is built on a foundation of lust and physical attraction. At one point in the story, they have an awkward moment where they realize they don’t have much to talk about when they aren’t naked. I actually thought this was a really honest and refreshing moment, and I liked it quite a bit. However, it seems to be forgotten by the author, or not sufficiently addressed to my satisfaction, when things wrap up so differently from this in the end (although I enjoyed how it ended).

Ultimately, I think a lot of people will like this story. It’s got some compelling characters, an interesting plot, and a lot of spice. I liked it enough that I would like to see it more fully explored. However, the gap in regards to the physical vs. emotional relationship caused the rating to slip a bit off of a 4 star. But don’t let that deter you – put this one on your To Read list.

About the Author

Braxton Cole lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends most of her time holed up in her office writing stories. When she’s not writing, she can be found riding her bike, hiking the fabulous local trails, chasing her kids, or wishing that her thumb was a little more green. She has a bad habit of killing what she tries to grow, but hasn’t given up hopes of one day being a successful urban farmer.


  1. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  2. Wow! Now that’s how to write a review!! Dina tells it the way she sees it!! I love how she gives her transparently honest opinion on what is lacking, yet lures the reader in with such a clear and exciting description of a story well worth reading.
    I, myself, have read Blown and I loved it! I am now a loyal fan of Braxton Cole and can’t wait to read more of her work!
    ~Chas <3

  3. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway

  4. Added to my TBR list!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Love it…sexy bad boy…hot cover…can’t wait! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Hey! Thanks for the kickass giveaway = )

  7. Nickie Busco says

    Thank you soo much for the great giveaway! Fingers crossed!

  8. Nice giveaway!

  9. Hi! Thanks so much for the give-away. I never win anything, I have my fingers crossed!

  10. This sounds like a great read! Thanks for this giveaway! 🙂

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