Series: Deacons of Bourbon Street #4
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Sparks fly when a society belle and a biker with a troubled past get down and dirty in the Big Easy. Maisey Yates turns up the heat in the sizzling finale of a series co-written with Megan Crane, Rachael Johns, and Jackie Ashenden.
Micah Carpenter hates New Orleans. Hell, after ten years he no longer has much affection for the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, either. But when the brotherhood calls, Micah answers. Joining the hunt for their mentor’s killer, he crosses paths with a Southern belle who exudes class—and sex appeal. Micah knows better than to mess with ice princesses: No matter how hot things get, they never melt. And yet he can’t stop himself from offering her a taste of the wrong side of the tracks.
Sarah Delacroix understands that reputation is everything. The daughter of a prominent family rocked by scandal, she’s desperate to restore their good name. Micah’s exactly the kind of man she should be avoiding. Behind his sleek and sophisticated exterior beats the heart of a predator—and she knows it. But, like the tattoos beneath his tailored suit, his rough edges are irresistible. And all too soon Sarah finds him getting under her skin . . . and living out every one of her hottest fantasies.
I really like this book! I have enjoyed this entire series but STRIP ME BARE is my favorite and a fitting end to the series. And I’ve got to say that Sarah and Micah are my favorite couple. They are from different worlds but their struggles to reconcile who they really are on the inside with who they are expected to be and find where they fit in, are very similar.
Micah ‘Prince’ Carpenter doesn’t have fond memories of New Orleans and hasn’t looked back since he left ten years ago, but duty calls and he’s back albeit reluctantly. He’s all in on the quest to unearth the truth about Priest’s death but as soon as that’s done, he plans to return to his upscale life in San Francisco. Cooling his heels and playing bodyguard to a rich debutante is not exactly what he’d hoped to be doing but he’s the best person for that particular assignment. Being in New Orleans makes it easier for him to slip back into the persona of the outlaw biker he used to be and the temptation to take his charge for a spin on the wild side becomes too hard to resist.
Sarah Delacroix is a southern belle through and through, always above reproach, careful to act within the rules of their set even though she feels restricted by them. Micah is a breath of fresh air with his bluntness but he tempts her to throw off the restrictions and rules and be herself.
Finally the truth of Priest’s death is revealed and while I’ve been looking forward to this from the first book, it paled beside the chemistry between Sarah and Micah. They are perfect for each other and I loved heat between them as well as their verbal sparring and the innuendos. Beneath that prim and proper exterior is a very passionate and strong-willed woman just waiting for the right motivation to reveal herself and the challenge she offers to Micah is exactly what he needs. Micah is actually a very complex man, made of many facets, all of which he needed to come to terms with in order to be happy and fully accept the brotherhood offered by the Deacons. For Sarah, all the revelations about what happened ten years ago only support her desire to be herself.
STRIP ME BARE is not the usual biker/MC story and any reader who expects the gritty, rough and crude part of that life will be disappointed. This book (and the entire series) is more about family, renewing bonds of brotherhood and finding love, and I for one love it.