Series: Deacons of Bourbon Street #2
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Can a scorching affair with a bohemian beauty tame a motorcycle man with a dark side? Rachael Johns takes the wheel in the sexy series co-written with Megan Crane, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.
Travis “Cash” Sinclair values only two things from his days with the Deacons of Bourbon Street: his prized Harley Davidson and the man who gave it to him. But now Priest Lombard is gone, and Cash has inherited the Deacons’ clubhouse—not to mentions its unexpected tenant. She’s exactly the type of woman he tries to avoid: all incense and art, with a sharp tongue that promises trouble. So why does Cash want to push aside those flowing skirts and lose himself between her legs?
Billie Taylor fled a bad marriage to start a new life among the grit and glamour of the French Quarter. She refuses to let another man distract her from her dreams, especially an outlaw biker with nothing to offer except hot sex and an eviction notice. Cash is dangerous, with an untamed streak he tries desperately to conceal. He drives Billie wild, sending her too close to the edge for her own good. And she won’t fall under his spell—or into his bed—without a fight.
What happens when a hot biker with abandonment and commitment issues meets a hippie who challenges him in every way but dislikes everything he stands for? Well, a lot of heat, for one.
Travis “Cash” Sinclair is back in New Orleans for the funeral of Priest, the president of the Deacons of Bourbon Street but he’s back temporarily. The Deacons were Travis’s family and Priest was like a father to him until ten years earlier when he was exiled from the club along with three of his club brothers. Since then, he’s channeled his skills into a legitimate, successful business as a security consultant and he does not plan to jeopardize all that he’s built by participating in a half-cocked plan to avenge Priest’s death. Unfortunately, his refusal to take part in the payback plans is something his brothers would not take lying down so he has to play ball for the meantime while trying to figure a way out and while he’s stuck in New Orleans, he’s very happy to be distracted by hippie artist, Billie Taylor.
Originally from Australia, Billie has always loved New Orleans and its rich history and culture so when her marriage went south, she packed up and headed there. New Orleans gave her the opportunity to explore her artistic side and she enjoys showing and selling other artists’ works in her gallery but now that the Deacons are back, the future of her gallery is on the line, especially if Travis has his way. To further complicate things, every nerve in her body stands at attention every time Travis is near but Billie has had her fill of possessive, controlling men. She’ll take the smoking hot sex but she’ll pass on everything else.
I have been very excited about this series especially because it’s a collaboration among several authors. I enjoyed Make You Burn, so I was really looking forward to Fire Me Up. Fire Me Up continues the story on the search for priest’s killer; shows a different perceptive on the relationship among the club brothers; and gives insight into the complicated relationships Travis has with both Priest and his mother and his abandonment and commitment issues.
However, I consider it to be MC-lite because the story was more about Travis and Billie’s relationship and less about the MC. The story was enjoyable, the sexual chemistry between Travis and Billie was hot and the character development was really great because there was a lot of story to their pasts. Travis started out rough but blunt and likable but his treatment of Billie soured me on him. While I completely understand that his behavior is typical of the MC world, his indecision about whether to stay with the Deacons or return to his real life made his behavior even worse. Billie was sweet and soft but in spite of her much touted desire for independence, she was willing to let him walk over her, which made her seem a little weak. Thankfully at the end her backbone made an appearance.
I enjoyed reading Fire Me Up and I’m very interested in the rest of the brothers and the conclusion to the murder mystery so I definitely will be reading the rest of the series.