Series: The Devil's Keepers #1
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In the start of a sizzling new series, bestselling author Megan Crane takes readers deep into bayou country, where the sultry swamp has nothing on the heat of Louisiana’s fiercest bikers: the Devil’s Keepers.
Merritt Broussard grew up knowing she had two choices if she stayed in Lagrange: run with the outlaws or get left in their dust. So she got the hell out, leaving behind a bad-boy biker and scorching memories of their summer fling. Now Merritt’s back, with trouble on her tail, and the sergeant-at-arms of the Devil’s Keepers is the one person she can still trust. But Greeley isn’t the boy she remembers. He’s harder now, more dangerous—and even more alluring.
Joseph “Greeley” Shaw loves two things: his bike and his club. At eighteen, he escaped a rough life, found the Devil’s Keepers on the wrong side of a bad weekend, and never looked back. Greeley swore to live and die by their code: Devil’s Keepers first, Devil’s Keepers forever. No one comes between him and his brothers—except for the tantalizing woman who touched his soul. Greeley’s the kind of man who honors his commitments . . . and Merritt is one promise he’s determined to keep.
Megan Crane is one of the few authors whose biker romances are an auto-read for me because she perfectly captures the passion and emotions in her characters as well humanizes her outlaw/bad boy bikers in a way that has me rooting for their happiness. And make no mistake: these guys live in the gray areas and in some cases, in the black; they may be crass, crude and undiscriminating in many things but inside they are still men who want a connection with another person, separate from the biker brotherhood and they fall in love just like everyone else.
In Lagrange, Louisiana the Devil’s Keepers motorcycle club runs things and in the small bayou town, the only future available is tied to them, unless you get out. Merritt Broussard always knew she was headed for bigger things and a better future outside Lagrange and nothing was going to keep her in town, not even a sexy biker who rocked her world in every way.
Well, it’s been five years and Merritt has ditched her promising career as a criminal defense attorney in New York and is on the run from a crazy ex, who happens to be the golden boy at her law firm. The bayou may be the only place she can hide in and since she made sure to distance herself from her hometown, it’s a stretch to think that she can be traced there. But… returning home means facing the man she left behind and the promise he made to her when she left. Merritt is very good at burying her feelings and playing a part, which she did when pretended that Greeley was nothing more than an itch she could scratch and move on from. But she’s barely back in town when she comes face to face with him and gets a reminder of just how potent the hunger and need between them is.
Joseph “Greeley” Shaw is a walking advertisement for the biker lifestyle. He’s hard, rough and completely dedicated to his brothers. As the sergeant-at-arms of the Devil’s Keepers, it’s his responsibility to keep the guys in line and weakness cannot be tolerated. The only time he opened up to let someone in, she ground his heart in the dust and he vowed never to give in to such weakness again. But she’s back and he has to face the fact that his feelings for her have always been more than just a physical attraction. She’s his woman and he’ll do anything to protect her, and when her issues get tangled with club business, he has a tough choice to make, but this time he won’t be letting her go.
I’ll say this again: Ms. Crane knows how to pull her readers in with breath-stealing craving and passionate scenes between her characters. There’s also the dynamics of the club and the friction among its officers. There are fissures in the foundation and brothers are going to have to choose sides sooner or later. I will be following this series to the end to see where that story arc leads to.
DEVIL’S HONOR is definitely not to be missed and I only hope the rest of the series comes out in quick succession.