By Laramie Briscoe
Mason “Menace” Harrison
“Single and ready to mingle……”
Those are the words above every picture of almost every female that strikes my interest on this dating app my son talked me into getting. After being a single dad for seventeen years, I’m ready to spread my wings, just not with most of the co-eds who keep hitting on me and calling me daddy.
Now that Caleb’s in his Senior year of high school, I feel like I can let go of the iron-clad control I’ve had on myself without his Mom in our lives. I’ve enjoyed raising him, love the relationship we have, and while he went off the rails for a bit last year, we’re closer than we’ve ever been. He’s got a full ride to the University of Alabama, and I’ve settled into my spot with the Moonshine Task Force.
But my son doesn’t warm my bed, he isn’t someone I can share my dreams with, and he’s not the person I want to grow old with by my side. I’m not sure who that is yet, but the smokin’ hot lady going by the name BeachBum83 definitely has every single bit of my interest.
“Looking for a good time, maybe more…..”
Those were the lamest words I ever typed in my life, but it was the best I had for the dating app my friend, Violet talked me into joining. I didn’t have any high hopes for myself. As a High School English teacher, I’m sick of pervy Dad’s hitting on me when they come in to discuss their child’s lack of motivation to read the classics and apply themselves.
Until the day Mason Harrison walks into my classroom. I had no idea Caleb’s Dad was the man I met off that dating app who showed me how flexible I really am in the back of his Jeep. Within minutes of the parent/teacher conference, he proved the sparks weren’t one-time only when we christened my desk.
Mason and Caleb? They touch a part of my heart that no one’s ever touched before, and when a threat from the past shows up, I prove just how tough I really am.
Menace is my favourite of this entire series and I did not think anything could top Havoc but I have been proven wrong. Mason (Menace) and Karina just give this story such depth and I put that down to Mason’s maturity.
Admittedly, I did not notice Mason that much in the other stories. He was always in the background except for the incident with Caleb with the Moonshine.
You know a wonderful story when you highlight beautiful moments and there were many in Menace. We follow Mason and Karina from their blind date to ultimately Karina delivering the family unit that Mason and Caleb always felt was lacking in just the two of them. I loved following Karina giving these two men a female touch to their home and lives. The reference to cupcakes for Caleb made me tear up and then Menace and his fear of being lonely and Karina filling that hole.
Karina was a wonderful female character, she too had her heart broken but she was such a strong role model and it was perfect her being a teacher. One of my favorite moments was when Menace came to the classroom and realises who his son’s teacher is!
There is the touch of drama from the Moonshine Taskforce which creates excitement and again all the crew feature in their love story.
I actually thought this would be the end but I see with excitement that Caleb is getting his own story and I cannot wait.
Menace (Moonshine Task Force #5)
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