Menace by Laramie Briscoe–Review

Ms. Briscoe, Thank you for writing Menace/Mason’s book. I have been swooning over him in previous books and was so excited when he finally got his own story.

Officer Mason ‘Menace’ Harrison is with the Laurel Springs Police Department, where he specifically works with the Moonshine Task Force. Mason is a thirty-four-year-old man, who has sacrificed everything in his life for the past eighteen years. Why? Because this man had a child when he was only sixteen-years-old and was left alone to raise his son, Caleb. That’s right, Mr. Hottie in a uniform is a single dad who has devoted all his time for his son.

“I knew without a doubt, at sixteen-years-old I would do whatever it took to make this boy of mine a success. It’s been a hard eighteen years.”

Caleb is now a senior in high school and has taken it upon himself to set his dad up on an internet dating website. It’s through this dating app that he meets Karina. They go on their date and have a great time, sparks fly, the whole shebang. Afterword, Karina (Rina), ghosted him. Through a career experience day at the local high school, they realize Rina is Caleb’s teacher when Menace goes in to talk to the class.

Here’s the thing. Karina and Menace have a wonderful and loving relationship. They are enjoying the get to know you stage and figuring out the dynamic with Rina dating Caleb’s dad, Menace, while still being Caleb’s teacher. It works and I loved reading about them, but what I really have to gush over is the father/son relationship between Mason and Caleb. Mason is just plain sworthy (swoon + worthy; a hottie worthy of praise) with the way he loves his son (beware of exploding ovaries). Caleb, I freaking loved Caleb. He was very wise and beyond his eighteen years. Of course, he did have to grow up quickly when his dad wasn’t around a lot for work, but he absolutely adores his dad. There was so much love, trust and friendship between these two, it was great to read about a positive father-son relationship.

“If it weren’t for you loving me enough to stick around, I wouldn’t be here. I’ll never know all the sacrifices you made, and I’ll never understand what you went through in order to be the amazing dad you’ve been to me my whole life, but know I love you for every single one of them…I just thought it was important that you know that.”

Karina was almost like a breath of fresh air. Once she got over her hang-up (regarding something that happened on the first date), she was all in with this ready-made family. She took everything in stride and quickly immersed herself with Mason and Caleb like she’s been there the whole time. It was refreshing to read about the growth and development of the characters (father-son, father-Karina, Karina-Caleb and most importantly, Menace, Rina and Caleb as a family). It was beautiful!

“Karina Holland has fuckin turned my life upside down, sideways, and destroyed my careful existence.”

There continues to be a moonshine issue within the high school. This allows the appearance of the MTF to be read about, although a good chunk of the book was dedicated to the new, emerging family and what develops along the way.
I absolutely loved this book and wholeheartedly recommend it to you. MTF is a series, but you could read it as a standalone, as any important factors are explained well (characters and couplings). Even more exciting is that Caleb is going to get his own book!! I can’t wait to read about him.


“The teenage fuckup, the single dad, and the loner of the crew -none of those labels apply any more. The one that does? Mason Harrison; happy man.”

Menace Teaser 1

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