Series: Deacons of Bourbon Street #1
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Meet the Deacons of Bourbon Street, bad boy bikers who are hell on wheels—and heaven between the sheets. Megan Crane revs up an irresistible new series co-written with Rachael Johns, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.
Sean “Ajax” Harding’s oaths are inked into his skin. Once second-in-command of the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, he left New Orleans to protect the brotherhood, and only the death of his beloved mentor, Priest Lombard, could lure him back. Walking into the old hangout gives him a familiar thrill—especially when he gets an eyeful of the bar’s delectable new owner. A wild ride with her is just the welcome Ajax needs. Then he realizes that she’s Priest’s daughter, all grown up and totally off limits.
Sophie Lombard loved her father, not his lifestyle. She’s done with bikers . . . until Ajax roars into town—arrogant, tough, and sexy as ever. And although he treats her like the Catholic schoolgirl he once knew, Sophie’s daydreams tend to revolve around sin. With the very real possibility of heartbreak looming, Sophie knows better than to get too close to an outlaw. But every touch from Ajax is steamier than the Louisiana bayou—and heat like this may just be worth getting burned.
I’m very picky about the MC books I read because they usually fall into two categories: good or bad, nothing in between, but I have already read some of Ms. Crane’s work and really enjoyed her writing style so I took a chance on MAKE YOU BURN and it really is what I would expect from a story about an MC: gritty, coarse and raunchy with some violence thrown in. If you want hearts and roses, this is definitely not the book for that! If you are squeamish about explicit and dirty sex, this is not the book for you!
Sean “Ajax” Harding is back in New Orleans for the funeral of his MC President, Priest after ten years in exile. The city he knew is a ghost of its former self and the motorcycle club he swore an oath to is all but gone. What’s left? Sophie Lombard, his president’s daughter, a suspicion that foul play was involved in the death, his determination to find out who was responsible and restore the Club to its former glory.
Ajax is a very hard man and totally over the top alpha male. I’m talking the grab-your-hair-and-hold-you-in-place kind and very steeped in the MC culture where women are property, to be seen and not heard; so macho that even acknowledging softer emotions for a woman is a no-no. The Sophie he meets is very far from the Catholic schoolgirl he left behind. This Sophie is mouthy, bold, challenges him in every way and gives no quarter and he loves it! Add in her sexy body and the combustible chemistry between them and suddenly he finds himself wanting to make her his old lady. He’s does not do soft and sweet but as far as he’s concerned, Sophie is his and he expresses his feelings for her the only way he knows how to: with his body and the way he takes care of her.
Sophie Lombard has played second fiddle to the Deacons of Bourbon Street MC all her life and wanted a different life for herself, but her father’s death and the return of the exiled club members change everything. Sophie realizes that the life is all she’s ever known and wanted but she also knows that to survive with Ajax, she has to give as good as she gets, but within the Club code.
MAKE YOU BURN is dark, dirty, passionately intense and laced with the sultry flavor of New Orleans and I absolutely enjoyed it! Ms. Crane brings the seedy side of the French Quarter to life and even though this is about Sophie and Ajax’s very fast jump into a relationship, there is the budding mystery of Priest’s death (which I expect to be spread throughout all the books in the series) and also hints about the rest of the books in the series.
Ms. Crane is fast becoming a favorite author of mine because I simply love her writing. I may be in the minority but I totally love the internal monologues of her characters because they give insight into why they do the things they do. I’m excited about the series because each book is written by a different author and I can’t wait to see what they each bring to it.