Grayson (Hell’s Lovers MC #2) by Crimson Syn-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

Grayson (Hell’s Lovers MC #2) by Crimson Syn-Review, Book Tour & Giveaway

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GRAYSON
Hell’s Lovers MC #2
by Crimson Syn
Release Date: May 25, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, MC , romance

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She’s a wildcat in bed and she’s driving me insane!
Ever since that first night I can’t get enough of Rahyne Andrews.
Her kisses, her body, her moans, drive me crazy. I can’t seem to say no to her.
My only problem is, that she doesn’t seem to be interested in more than my body.
And I’m not about to have my control taken away from me.
She either bends to my will, or I’m walking.

Grayson Carter is everything I ever dreamed of and more.
He’s built like a rock and knows how to satisfy my every need.
But the last thing I want is to have another failed relationship.
Especially, when it involves a member of the Hell’s Lovers.
I’m the one in control, I’m always in control…
So why is it that Grayson Carter is the only man who has ever made me beg for more.

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REVIEW: GRAYSON is the second novella in Crimson Syn’s contemporary, adult HELL’S LOVERS erotic, romance series focusing on the Hell’s Lovers motorcycle club. This is Club Vice-President Grayson Carter, and bartender Rahyne Andrews. GRAYSON can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Grayson and Rahyne) GRAYSON follows the building relationship between Hell’s Lovers Vice President Grayson Carter, and newly hired Ravenous bartender Rahyne Andrews. Rahyne was first introduced in book one-WOLF-and is best friends with the Club’s President’s wife Scarlett Chase. Grayson Carter has found the woman that calls to his heart-Rahyne Andrews-but Rahyne is determined to remain friends with benefits. Our heroine refuses to commit to one man but her actions, behavior and attitude scream possession and rage. When the Los Perdidos gang make good on their threats against the Hell’s Lovers MC, Rahyne finds herself targeted by the man in charge. What ensues is the build up to war between the Hell’s Lovers MC and the Los Perdidos gang, and the struggling romance between Grayson Carter and the woman he loves.

Once again, the character development is limited. We know very little to nothing about Grayson and Rahyne-their histories and backstories are virtually non-existent. There are moments of graphic violence, questionable consent, attempted rape and physical destruction all of which I expect in an MC story line but I question the heroine’s actions in the early stages of her relationship with our leading hero. Her hot and cold attitude left much to be desired.

All of the previous story line characters play secondary and supporting roles including Road Captain Jason Riggs, and waitress Luna. Riggs and Luna’s story line is next in RIGGS.

GRAYSON is a novella length, erotic romance. The premise is dark and gritty; the characters are passionate; the romance is wicked and carnal. I do have to question a couple of situations that appear to have been left unaddressed in the story.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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WolfWOLF
Hell’s Lovers MC #1
by Crimson Syn
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, MC, romance

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Scarlett Chase is every man’s wet dream.
As soon as I laid eyes on her, I knew she’d be mine.
That is, until I found out she was untouchable.
One kiss, one forbidden touch, will have me out on the streets and stripped of who I am.
Yet I want her. I need her. And I’m done following all these damn rules.

Wolf Stone is my obsession.
Ever since he pulled over on that empty road, I’ve been tormented by the man.
His possessive words and heated looks have me tightly wound.
One touch, and he lights me on fire.
But I want more.
I not only want him in my bed, I want to keep him for myself.
But he won’t budge, and now it’s up to me to entice his sleeping wolf.

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REVIEW: WOLF is the first installment in Crimson Syn’s contemporary, adult HELL’S LOVERS MC erotic, romance series focusing on the members of the Hell’s Lovers motorcycle club. This is thirty three year old Club President Wolf Stone, and twenty three year old attorney Scarlett Chase’s story line.

Told by dual first person perspectives (Wolf and Scarlett) WOLF follows the building but forbidden relationship between Hell’s Lovers MC president Wolf Stone, and attorney Scarlett Chase. When Scarlett’s car breaks down on the side of the road, a sexy, dark and brooding biker stops by to give her some help not knowing their connection to one another is more than a mutual attraction but one born of history and a love for the Hell’s Lovers MC. Wolf Stone will make an offer Scarlett will not refuse but in doing so places both of them in the line of fire from the club members and a rival who is demanding that Wolf and the Hell’s Lovers MC go into business with the Los Perdidos gang.

WOLF introduces the reader to the member to the Hell’s Lovers MC: Vice President Grayson Carter, Sargent at Arms Cain Scardino, Club Enforcer Seth Scardino, Road Captain Jason Riggs, and Scarlett’s mother Regina Chase, as well as a quick introduction of Scarlett’s best friend Rahyne Andrews. Rahyne and Grayson’s story is next in GRAYSON.

WOLF is a novella-length story of erotic romance. The couple’s instant attraction quickly develops into a physical relationship but a relationship that is forbidden by the Club rules. The $ex scenes are erotic with sexually graphic language and text. The epilogue fast forwards the story line approximately one year where we get a glimpse into the couple’s HEA. The premise is enthusiastic; the characters are interesting; the romance is hot, fast and demanding.

I did have a couple of issues including the lack of character development, as well as some problems with grammar and errors. I would have like to know more about Wolf and Scarlett’s individual histories but nothing was revealed or forthcoming-the novella length story may not have been conducive to a complete history, but there is always room for some background information in every story line-necessary information required to make the characters less one dimensional.

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It was late when I entered my apartment. I sank down on the couch and stared out into the city. I lived in a high rise in downtown L.A., it offered a good view and it was near the club, I also owned the building. I had a few investments, mostly in stocks, so I did well for myself. I didn’t really have any family or anyone I truly cared about, except for Wolf and most recently, Scarlett. I used to do security for the military, and after retiring, Wolf gave me a place to stay and opened his doors for me. I was glad to have someone like Wolf. He’d been a good friend throughout the years. When he took over as President, he immediately named me VP, and it’s been that way for the last five years. The brotherhood was my refuge and although we didn’t voice it, we were a pretty tight knit family.
I stood up and went to grab a beer. I headed down the hall to my bedroom, where an empty bed awaited me. Usually it didn’t bother me, but lately I’d been yearning for a warm body to press up against. Specifically, a voluptuous blonde, with eyes the color of emeralds. My cock stirred and I sighed as I took a swig of my beer and sat at the edge of the bed.
Images of Rahyne spread out on my mattress kept flooding through my mind and they had been non-stop lately. It didn’t matter where I was or who I was with, I couldn’t get the temptress out of my head. It was starting to worry me.
I never even thought of settling down. I lived my life peacefully, went where I wanted, fucked who I wanted, and didn’t give a shit about anything. But with Rahyne…fuck, I thought my urgency to have her was just an infatuation-something that would go away in a matter of weeks. Six months later, and my body still craved hers, more now than ever before. Running my hands through my hair I fought my desire to go looking for her and I gulped down my beer.
Lying back on the bed I let her image envelop me and I pulled out my shaft-hard as a rock as usual-and stroked myself, remembering the sound of her sweet whispers, and the moans and whimpers I heard on an almost daily basis. I groaned, imagining the wonderful feeling of her tight pussy hugging my swollen member. Remembering the way she shouted my name, and how her body gripped me, made me jerk off harder. Knowing I could manipulate her body to such extremes had me grunting my release as streams of white fluid leapt out and landed on my stomach. I breathed out and splayed my arms on the mattress. Closing my eyes, I imagined her by my side, and the only thought that came to my mind, before I drifted off, was that I was going to make her mine.

About The Author

My name is Crimson Syn, not really, but what fun is it to use my real name. Instead I’ll use my inner goddess’ name, it’s much more fun that way. I grew up in New York City where I had a wonderful education, loving parents and awesome friends. What more could a girl ask for?

I started writing at the age of sixteen. The first romance I read was Stephanie Laurens’ Devil’s Bride. Since then I have been influenced by dozens of flourishing romance authors and even more dashing and daring rogues. I must say it, but Fifty Shades was not my first erotic romance, nor did it influence me to start writing them. If you’ve never read Mary Balogh, Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas, Bertrice Small or A.N. Roquelaure’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy, then you’re missing out. Those were my sweet introductions to erotic romance, and boy were they hot.

So here I am, after reading so many wonderful stories, I have too many sinful tales of my own not to share. I like my alphas rough and possessive, and I have no shame in saying it or writing it. I had delightfully wicked teachers growing up, their books took me to new worlds and brought me new loves. So, I want to do the same for you. I want to indulge my readers in those steamy reads that will send them into the arms of dangerous alphas and deliciously sexy rogues, without leaving the confines of their nice warm bed. If I am able to entice your inner goddesses, then I have done my job and I am satisfied.

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Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2) by Laura Kaye-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

RIDE ROUGH (Raven Riders #2) by Laura Kaye-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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RIDE ROUGH
Raven Riders #2
by Laura Kaye
Release Date: Aporil 25, 2017
Genre: adult ,contemporary, erotic, MC, romance

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Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders…

Maverick Rylan won’t apologize for who he is—the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he’ll move heaven and earth to save her.

Alexa Harmon thought she had it all—the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancé who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she’s fallen for a façade she can’t escape—until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.

Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chance—one Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiancé isn’t going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.

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REVIEW: RIDE ROUGH is the second full length installment in Laura Kaye’s contemporary adult RAVEN RIDERS erotic, MC, romance series focusing on the men and women of the Raven Riders MC. This is club vice-president Maverick Rylan, and interior designer Alexa Harmon’ story line. RIDE ROUGH can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary.

Told from dual third person points of view (Alexa and Maverick) RIDE ROUGH is a second chance story line between the vice-president of the Raven Riders MC, and interior designer Alexa Harmon. Five years earlier, upon the death of her brother and fellow member of the Raven Riders MC, Alexa Harmon walked out of Maverick’s life without looking back. Fast forward to present day wherein Alexa is preparing for her upcoming nuptials with wealthy businessman and real estate investor Grant Slater- a man Alexa once thought she loved but a man who has become too controlling and too possessive with the approach of their wedding date. Enter Maverick Rylan, the man to who Alexa once gave her heart, and the man who will sacrifice everything to protect the woman he loves. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Maverick and Alexa, and Maverick’s desperate attempts to save Alexa from a man willing to destroy everyone Maverick loves.

The relationship between Maverick and Alexa is one of second chances ;a rekindling romance between two people destroyed by the death of Alexa’s brother Tyler- a member of the Raven Riders MC. Alexa and her mother had a difficult time coping with their grief and loss so much so that our heroine pushed away the only man she would ever love. Throughout the years Maverick has stood watch, protecting Alexa from afar, and he is the man she runs to when life with Grant becomes difficult and troubling. Alexa and Maverick’s love for one another has never waivered in the face of Alexa’s decision to walk away from everyone that reminded her of the past. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense.

There are a large number of secondary and supporting characters including all of the Raven Riders MC membership, as well as Club President Dare Kenyon and his significant other Haven Randall, as well as Haven’s best friend Cora who may or may not have an attraction to Club member Sam ‘Slider’ Evans. We are introduced to Alexa’s long-suffering mother Cynthia who struggles with more than the grief of a mother who has lost her son.

The world building looks behind the scenes of the Raven Riders MC: their struggles to maintain power and authority in the face of a legal system with dirty hands in the back pockets of one too many politicians and businessmen; and the brotherhood, family and life long friendships in the Raven Riders MC.

RIDE ROUGH is a story of friendship, rekindling romance, second chances, betrayal and loss. The premise is dramatic and impassioned; the characters are dynamic and lively; the romance is seductive and hot. RIDE ROUGH is a thrilling and intoxicating story that will leave you breathless and wanting more.

Reading Order and Previous Reviews
Hard as Steel (Novella)
Ride Hard
Ride Rough

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“What am I going to do? My entire life is wrapped up in him. My job. Where I live. My car. Where Mom lives. Everything. Oh, God. This is going to be a nightmare, isn’t it?”
Maverick grasped Alexa’s hands. “One thing at a time. You’re out. You can stay here as long as you need to. I have plenty of room. I’ll help you through it. That’ll give you time to figure out what it is you want. There’s no rush.”

“Okay,” she said. “Okay. God, thank you.” A shiver raced over her skin.

“You don’t have to thank me. I’m so relieved for you that I might fall the fuck over,” he said, his thumb rubbing over her knuckles. She almost managed a little smile. “Your hands are like ice, Al. I shouldn’t have made you stand her all this time when you’re soaking wet.”

Alexa shook her head. “It felt good to get it out, Maverick.”

“Glad to hear it. Would a hot shower make you feel better? I can find you a T-shirt and a pair of boxers to change into while your clothes dry.”

All the TLC and understanding he was giving her reached right inside her chest. When was the last time someone had taken care of her this way?

The last time you were with Maverick. The truth of that thought made her breath catch. “Yeah. I’d like that,” she managed.

He gave a tight nod and stepped back, and she missed his heat immediately. “Uh, good. That’s good. You remember your way around?”

“Of course,” she said. How much time had she spent here over the years? Even before they dated? At one point, Maverick’s place had practically been a second home.

“You okay?” he asked, watching her.

She pushed off the door. “I don’t know yet,” she said, coming to him. “But what I do know is how grateful I am to you. For everything. For being there when I told you not to. For listening. For just . . . being you.”

“Always.” He crossed his big arms and ducked his chin, like something about the exchange made him uncomfortable.

“I mean it,” she said, and then she pressed onto tiptoes and kissed his cheek, his stubble tickling her lips. “You saved me tonight.”

“No,” he said, eyes flashing, one brow arched. “You saved yourself, Al. I was just your getaway driver.”

Staring into one another’s eyes, the tender moment stretched out, morphed, suddenly flashed hot. Being so close to him set her body on fire, and finally she could actually consider acting on it. Need roared through her, a living, breathing thing. “Maverick,” she whispered.

“Fuck, Alexa, I think you better go take that shower,” he said, his jaw ticking. “Now.”

She released a shaky breath and nodded. He was right. Of course, he was.

So, showering. She could handle that. Afterward, God only knew what she was going to do.

 

About the author

Laura Kaye-21Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and monster puppy, Schuyler, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Crossroads (Wind Dragons MC #6) by Chantal Fernando-a review

CROSSROADS (Wind Dragons MC #6) by Chantal Fernando-a review

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From New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando comes the latest in the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series featuring a red-hot romance and plenty of mystery!

Ranger is at a crossroads: he has a chance to leave the motorcycle club and do something else with his life—but he keeps getting dragged back. When the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club asks for his help, Ranger agrees, not only because it is hard to say no to them, but also because he has a vested interest.

A woman is missing.

And Ranger knows her.

The Wind Dragons aren’t the only ones hoping this girl can be found—on the hunt is Johanna Chase, a stubborn detective who won’t give up until the missing woman is found safe. She needs Ranger to navigate the underground world of motorcycle clubs, and immediately, sparks fly. Ranger fights the attraction. He has no plans on going there, no matter how beautiful and badass she is. A biker and a cop? Ridiculous.

But the two of them soon realize that they’re in way over their heads, and now they have to trust each other in order to save her. With the WDMC and the police force at their back, it should be no problem, right?

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REVIEW: CROSSROADS is the sixth full length installment in Chantal Fernando’s contemporary, adult WIND DRAGONS erotic, MC romance series focusing on the men and women of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club. This is former member of the Wild Men MC Ranger, and police officer Johanna Chase. CROSSROADS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary although I recommend reading the series in order for cohesion and backstory.

Told from dual first person points of view (Ranger and Johanna) CROSSROADS focuses on the search for a missing woman. Ranger has been tasked to work with the local police on the hunt for a missing woman named Elizabeth-a woman Ranger knows only too well from his earlier days in school. Enter police officer Johanna ‘Jo’ Chase-the missing woman’s cousin- and the woman that calls to Ranger’s heart. What ensues is the forbidden romance between a member of the Wind Dragons MC, and a police officer sworn to uphold the law as they search for not one but several missing females believed to have been abducted by another MC.

The attraction between Ranger and Jo is immediate but Jo knows that to get involved with a member of the Wind Dragon MC could spell disaster for her career and Ranger’s reputation. As the investigation and search for Jo’s cousin builds, so too does the attraction and relationship between our leading couple. The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive and erotic without the use of over the top sexually graphic language and text.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including many members of the Wind Dragon MC, as well as Johanna’s partner on the force Travis. Faye and Sin return as well as a number of the other ‘old ladies’ in the Club. It is always fun to watch Faye work her magic with the big, burly bikers including our leading hero.

CROSSROADS is a story about finding love and making choices. Ranger is at a crossroads in his personal and private life. The MC lifestyle is no longer working and he will have to make a decision between his current path or towards a happily ever after with the woman he loves. The premise is intriguing and encouraging; the characters are dynamic and spirited; the romance is emotional, heartwarming and passionate. The conflict between Jo and Ranger focused too much on Johanna’s need to sacrifice love for a family member whose childish behavior caused some unpleasant moments between Johanna and Ranger-I wasn’t a fan but hey….every story needs some sort of conflict!

Reading Order and Previous Reviews
Dragon’s Lair
Arrow’s Hell
Tracker’s End
Dirty Ride
Rake’s Redemption
Wild Ride
Wolf’s Mate
Last Ride
Crossroads

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Shade’s Lady (Reapers MC 6.5) 1001 Dark Nights by Joanna Wylde-Review & Book Tour

SHADE’S LADY (Reapers MC #6.5): 1001 Dark Nights by Joanna Wylde-Review and Book Tour

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SHADE’S LADY
Reapers MC 6.5
1001 Dark Nights
by Joanna Wylde
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, MC, romance
Release Date: March 14, 2017

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Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.

Or maybe not.

Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.

Right from the first.

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REVIEW: SHADE’S LADY by Joanna Wylde is the latest addition to the multi-authored 1001 Dark Nights series, and #6.5 in the author Reapers MC erotic, romance series. This is Reaper’s President Shade, and waitress Mandy McBride’s story line. SHADE’S LADY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from dual first person points of view (Mandy and Shade) SHADE’S LADY follows the building relationship between Reapers National MC President Shade, and local cocktail waitress Mandy McBride. Mandy lived in a broken down trailer with her sister Hannah-a single mother of three whose ex was a piece of work however you viewed him. Shade was the youngest national president in Reapers MC history, and the man whose attention had firmly fixed on our story line heroine but there was one small problem-Mandy was in a ‘relationship’ with a weekend biker-a biker who was willing to sell Mandy for a piece of the pie. What ensues is the building relationship between Shade and Mandy; Mandy’s battle to keep from getting her heart broken; and the possibility that trouble has fallen back into Mandy and Hannah’s life.

SHADE’S LADY is not a story of romance but a tale about two people whose lives are intertwined by want and need. Shade wants Mandy. From the first time he saw our heroine working at The Pit, Shade has never stopped longing for the woman that caught his attention months before. Mandy is a strong and determined heroine whose own life spiraled out of control with a prior relationship; Shade had never wanted to settle down but something about Mandy calls to his inner self. Shade sees a future with Mandy by his side.

SHADE’S LADY is a quick read; a decadent and intense story; an enticing and exciting tale with a happily ever after-for now. The premise will captivate your attention: the characters are colorful and engaging; the relationship is spicy and hot but I did not feel the love connection between our leading couple.

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“You’re full of sh*t!” I said, waving my hand grandly. My drink sloshed and I licked the side of the cup, because this whiskey was way too good to waste even a single drop. “Wonder Woman is better than Batman. She’s got real power, not just fancy toys. Although she has those, too, which means anything Batman can do, she can do better.”
“Nope,” Shade said, shaking his head seriously. “She’s hot, I’ll give her that, but he’d take her in a fair fight.”
I held up a hand for him to wait as I polished off my booze.
“No way. She’s a goddess of war and she’s one of the best hand-to-hand fighters in history. She’s got an invisible jet, for God’s sake. How can you compete with that? All he has is a bunch of money and the stupid Batmobile.”
“Hand over the cup,” Shade said, narrowing his eyes.
“Why?” I asked, narrowing mine right back. I was good and drunk now, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to be done for the night.
“Demonstration,” he replied. “C’mon. Or are you chicken?”
“What are we, kindergartners?”
“You’re the one insisting Wonder Woman can take Batman,” he replied. “Chicken.”
Then he leaned toward me, raising a single finger to poke me in the center of my chest. Not copping a feel or anything remotely sexual, either. This was pure taunt. I handed him the cup and he tossed it on the floor, nearly falling off the bed in the process. I smirked—guess I wasn’t the only drunk one. Then he started listing to the side and I lunged for him, grabbing his shirt to keep him from going over.
Shade caught my arm, using the momentum to pull me onto his body with sudden force. My hands hit his chest and I raised my head to stare at him, stunned.
“What the hell are you doing?” I asked. Shade wrapped his arms around my waist, holding me tight to his body.
“Demonstrating.”

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Joanna WyldeJoanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.

Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family.

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Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1) by Laura Kaye-Review, Promotion and Giveaway

Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1) by Laura Kaye-Review, Promotion and Giveaway

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RIDE HARD
Raven Riders #1
by Laura Kaye
Genre: adult,contemporary, romantic, suspense
Release Date: April 26, 2016

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A shy and distrustful woman running from a controlling ex-fiance seeks shelter with an outlaw motorcycle club with a tradition of protecting those who can’t defend themselves, and falls under the watchful eye of the club’s mysterious and intense leader who’s intent on discovering all her secrets

Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders . . .

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before .

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REVIEW: RIDE HARD is the first full-length installment in Laura Kaye’s contemporary adult RAVEN RIDERS MC erotic, romance series focusing on the men and women of Raven Riders MC. This is Club president Dare Kenyon, and Haven Randall’s story line. There is a prequel novella-HARD AS STEEL– that can be found in the 1001 Dark Nights multi authored novella series. The Raven Riders is a spin off from Laura’s Hard Ink series.

Told from dual third person perspectives (Dare and Haven) RIDE HARD follows Haven Randall, and her best friend Cora-on the run. Haven has had to endure years of abuse and neglect at the hands of her father-a small time crime lord who had plans for his only child. When Haven and Cora ran, they found themselves prisoners of the Church Gang MC, only to be rescued by the Hard Ink warriors, and finally finding asylum with the Raven Riders MC. What ensues is a building relationship between Dare and Haven, and the Raven Riders’ struggle to ensure Haven and Cora’s future safety. With an inflated price on her head, Haven becomes the number one target in a war between rival MCs.

Dare is a bit of an enigma-he is the Raven Rider Club president-a tough alpha male-who finds himself falling for the quiet and reserved Haven Randall. Haven is a woman who presents as weak, fragile and demure-her earlier years are fraught with abuse at the hands of her father and his men; she has been witness to all number of atrocities and evil. We learn a little bit about their pasts: the darkness, the damage and the heartbreaking losses. The relationship between Haven and Dare is one of immediate attraction but Dare believes their age difference is too wide to overcome, and that her presumed innocence is not for his taking. When Dare finds Haven’s ‘bucket list’ of things to do, he is the man who is going to make all of Haven’s wishes come true. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense. For someone with little experience Haven is a woman who knows how to please her man.

RIDE HARD is a slow building storyline where two women find refuge and comfort with a motorcycle club that is all about helping those who are unable to help themselves. The Raven Riders fight against abuse and neglect, and protect the woman and children who have suffered at the hands of abusive men. RIDE HARD is a bit of a vanilla MC, in that most of the violence and action takes place behind the scenes. The conflict resolution was quick-I was hoping for something more powerful and dark. There are a couple of familiar scenarios that may pay homage to Laura’s favorite author (whether intentional or not)- the similarity and resemblance to the other story line has been noted by this reader. RIDE HARD is a wonderful and exciting start to a new series.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Hooked (Viking Bastards #1) by Christina Phillips-a review

HOOKED (Viking Bastards #1) by Christina Phillips-a review

Hooked

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 6, 2017

Zach…



I like my sex dirty and disposable. I’m not into commitment or chicks who want more than one night. My brothers and club come first, second and last.

Until she walks into my life. Classy, rich and so out of my league it’s crazy. A week together should get her out of my system, but this good girl is so bad when we’re all alone and I can’t get enough of her.

I don’t do forever, but she’s hooked me so bad I don’t ever want to let her go. Except there’s no way a princess can live in my world and I sure as hell won’t live in hers..

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REVIEW: HOOKED is the first installment in Christina Phillips’s contemporary, adult VIKING BASTARDS erotic, romance series focusing on the members of the Viking Bastards MC. This is MC member Zach Reynolds, and HR specialist Grace Mulholland’s story line.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Zach and Grace) HOOKED focuses on the unlikely relationship between mechanic Zach Reynolds- a member of the Vikings Bastards MC, and HR specialist Grace Mulholland. Grace finds herself in a predicament when her car breaks down and her cell phone is dead. Walking into Odin’s – a seedy, rundown biker bar- finds our heroine going outside of her comfort zone and offering whatever it takes to the man in charge. Enter third generation MC member Zach Reynolds-a tattooed biker who demands everything from Grace and more. What ensues is the quick building relationship between two people from opposite sides of the track.

HOOKED is a story of erotica; a sexually, uninhibited look at one woman’s journey into the dark and dangerous world of the MC, and one man’s struggle to keep from falling for the ‘princess’ that calls to his heart. Like most MC story lines there is plenty of $ex and sexual situations but there is very little known about the Club and its members- the Club and everything it represents is secondary to the story line premise.

We are introduced to Zach’s sister Kat, and their brother Gage; tattooist and MC member Cade, as well as Grace’s sister Charity. The premise is entertaining and intoxicating; the characters are spirited and dynamic; the romance is passionate and erotic. The conflict is limited to Zach’s inability to accept anything beyond a one-night stand; any angst is brought about by demons from Zach’s past. I was hoping for a little more grit , danger and conflict but as an introductory story line HOOKED had me hooked from the very start.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Last Ride (Wind Dragon MC 5.5) by Chantal Fernando-a review

LAST RIDE (Wind Dragon MC #5.5) by Chantal Fernando-a review

Last Ride

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 7, 2016

The Wind Dragons MC couple who started it all is back! We met the stars of Chantal Fernando’s bestselling series in Dragon’s Lair, and now Sin and Faye are ready for more—and with these two, that means more passion, more action, and more of the best kind of trouble.

Sin, president of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club, doesn’t mind that things have quieted down since he got married—with Faye at his side, he’ll never be bored. Plus, they’ve got their little girl Clover to keep them on their toes. But when new MC brother Talon needs help rooting out a traitor in his old club, Faye’s the first to volunteer. She’s more determined than ever to get involved and put her law degree to good use, but Sin soon finds himself riding to the rescue. Because he’ll kill anybody who touches a hair on Faye’s head—if she doesn’t get to them first. One way or another, tonight’s going to be someone’s last ride

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REVIEW: LAST RIDE is novella 5.5 in Chantal Fernando’s contemporary, adult WIND DRAGON MC romance series focusing on the men and women of the Wind Dragon’s Motorcycle Club. This is Dex ‘Sin’ Black and his wife Faye’s continuing story, and can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Sin and Faye) Faye finds herself the victim of a kidnapping aimed to bring the Wind Dragon MC president to his knees. While Sin searches for the woman that owns his heart, Faye discovers the who and why of her recent abduction. Meanwhile Talon (Wild Ride 4.5), the president of the Wild Men MC, comes to a decision about his current place within the Club, as he continues his search for the betrayer in their midst.

LAST RIDE focuses on Faye Black-attorney and wife of the Wind Dragon’s MC president-a woman who is both strong in mind and body- and isn’t willing to accept her fate as a kidnapping victim. When trying to talk her way out of the situation fails, Faye uses every means to escape her captors. Faye’s popularity within the Club is tantamount to rock star status, and I question the amount of endearing love bathed upon our story line heroine.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including most of the previous story line couples as well as a look at the growing families and potential new members for the MC. There are a few twists and turns; acts of betrayal; relationships that suffer; and family members who have a difficult time accepting what has happened. Faye and Sin’s relationship continues to be highly sexual, intimate and romantic.

There are some upcoming changes to the Wind Dragon MC. I am hoping for a full-length story line focusing on Talon and his new direction in life. The premise is subtle in its presentation of what is and what is going to be: the characters are entertaining-Faye’s night with the other women is full of laughs and surprises. The romance is a continuation of Faye and Sin’s happily ever after. LAST RIDE is a quick read; a story line that changes the direction of the series, and with it comes a few surprises, reveals, and the introduction of a few new members.

Reading Order and Previous Reviews
Dragon’s Lair
Arrow’s Hell
Tracker’s End
Dirty Ride
Rake’s Redemption
Wild Ride
Wolf’s Mate
Last Ride

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Mettle (Spartan Riders MC #2) by J.C. Valentine-a review

METTLE (Spartan Riders #2) by J.C. Valentine-a review

Mettle

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 26, 2016

Talia McKinnon said goodbye to love the day she signed the divorce papers and moved across the country looking for a fresh start. With work occupying her days and nights, a relationship is the last thing on her mind, until a run-in with a hot-as-Hades, leather clad biker changes her mind. He’s everything she shouldn’t want but has to have. The problem is, he’s not that easy to catch.

Tucker “Country” Abrams believes in two things: brotherhood and women. He takes his job seriously and his women hard, but at the end of the day, the only loyalty he has is to his club. So when a night with a beautiful stranger threatens to change everything, he’s quick to apply the brakes. But when a little detective work reveals that Talia may be much more than a one-night stand, Tucker is tasked with an impossible decision. Will he push her away, or go against every instinct he has and pull her closer?

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REVIEW: METTLE is the second installment in J.C. Valentine’s contemporary, adult SPARTAN RIDERS erotic MC romance series focusing on the men and women of the Spartan Riders Motorcycle club. This is Sargent at Arms Tucker ‘Country’ Abrams, and undercover agent Talia McKinnon’s story line. METTLE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but for cohesion and backstory I recommend reading the series in order as some of the events in book two are as of a direct result from some of the events in book one GRIT wherein threats against the club president’s girlfriend continue to grow.

Told from several third person points of view METTLE follows special agent Talia McKinnon on her assignment to infiltrate the Spartan Riders MC in the hopes of ferreting out a human trafficking ring. The FBI’s most recent undercover agent with the Spartan Riders MC has gone dark, and Talia has volunteered for the next undercover assignment. What ensues is the building relationship between Talia and the Spartan Riders Sargent at arms Tucker Abrams- a manwhore whose latest club bunny has been pushed to the side- and Talia’s search for any information that will lead to the missing women, and proof that Tucker and his MC are involved.

The relationship between Tucker and Talia is quick to develop as Tucker is a man who never refuses an offer for a night of uninhibited $ex but is also a man who doesn’t do relationships or love. Talia’s undercover assignment does not include taking her marks to bed, but in order to get close to the MC, Talia is willing to go above and beyond until her cover is blown by one of her own. One thing stands in Talia’s way-club bunny Bambi-a woman who has her claws in Tucker Abrams. The $ex scenes are erotic, intense and provocative. There is plenty of sexual tension and palpable energy between our leading couple.

There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including club President Blake Mahone and his girlfriend Gabby (Grit), as well as a number of Club members-The Spartans VP Repo has his eyes set on club bartender Ginger-a woman scorned when the man she loved fell in love with someone else. We are introduced to Talia’s co-workers and fellow agents in the field, some of whom may be working for the other side. The characters are real, heartbreaking and intense.

The world building looks at life within the MC: the friendships, rivalries, rules and regulations. Sex is a regular part of their every day life, and no one is immune from jealousy or threats.

METTLE is a fast paced, intriguing story of betrayal and trust; lies and deceit; friendship and love; forgiveness and letting go of the past. The premise is engaging and riveting; the romance is passionate, energetic and seductive. J.C. Valentine’s METTLE will suck you in for the ride of your life.

Click HERE for Sandy’s review of book one GRIT

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