Rogue by Eden Finley

I remember the first time I met Dylan Rodriguez. It was one sweaty encounter I’ll never forget.
The second time we met, he arrested me. I can still see the hot scowl on his beautiful face as he slapped handcuffs on me and realized I was … me.
Dylan’s main goal in life is to forget he ever met me. My goal is to make him mine.
Turns out, I’m better at this game than he is.

When my law enforcement career falls to pieces in front of my own eyes, I don’t know who I can trust.
I have nowhere to go. No one to turn to.
Asking Trav for help is a last resort, but I’m desperate.
If he can’t get me out of this mess, I may as well turn myself over to the guys hunting me down.
I’m not sure which will be more difficult: protecting my life or my heart.
Because when it comes to love, my heart wants what my brain doesn’t. It wants Travis West.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

*I received the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review*

This review is relatively hard to write. I have been excited for the book ever since Mike Bravo first appeared in Pop Star (Famous #1), with an interesting crew and even more interesting boss. I’ve also loved them all in Iris (Mike Bravo Ops), especially when Trav showed his very nice side, taking care of Saint even though Saint wasn’t even on the team.

The disclaimer that Finley puts in the beginning of the book was very important especially considering all the topics

The actions of the US Army, the DEA, and other government agencies in this work do not reflect the real policies of any branch of the US government.

The weaponry worship/actions/lack of consequences from Eden’s characters do not reflect any of the author’s personal opinions.

The first time I read the book, I enjoyed it a lot even though there were cop-y parts. It was mostly a “okay well yeah ACAB but I kind of see Dylan’s point. Then I set the book aside, to do a reread later. And in the meantime, several shootings happened, including Uvalde. After that, it all hit me even more and the rationale that Dylan gives – he is a good cop and if he’s there that means there is one fewer bad cop on the street (mind you, Dylan is a son of Mexican immigrants and also, his family, especially his mom, don’t really approve of his job!). And even though he is a “good cop” he had to conform to “rules” of “don’t report other cops”.

At some point Dylan literally thinks “I’m out on the streets, to protect and serve” and that really hit a sore spot post-Uvalde shooting.

The book is great though, Travis is hilarious and so is his team, with all the snark and banter and you can see that they really are friends. Dylan and Trav’s relationship from the beginning to the end of the book was hilarious and snarky and so perfect for the two characters.

The reason I took half a star off is that the ending kind of annoyed me. Yes, Trav’s team does some shady shit but they are aware of it. But the fact that after ALL THAT HAPPENED Dylan went back to DEA, just another crew? Yeah, that annoyed me. I was hoping for an obviously different resolution.

I have to say, when it comes to talking about military or weapons and anything connected to that, the characters are utterly American (or at least what seems perfectly the same as reality) and if I didn’t know the author was Australian, I would have definitely thought the author is actually American.

Basically, I loved the book but it was a bit hard to read in the political climate, especially with the fact that Dylan goes back. I would definitely recommend it, but I would probably warn the person about some of the things I had issues with.

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