Fly With Me

Fly With Me (A Wild Aces Romance) by Chanel Cleeton

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U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Noah Miller—call sign Burn—loves nothing more than flying hard and fast. When he meets a gorgeous and sassy woman while partying in Las Vegas, he immediately locks on to her.

Jordan Callahan owns a thriving clothing boutique, but her love life is far less successful. Her luck changes when six feet, two inches of sexy swagger asks her to dance and turns her world upside down. 

One scorching weekend becomes an undeniable chemistry that they can’t leave in Vegas. But the long distance relationship and their different lives threaten to ground their romance. And when the dangers of Noah’s job become all too real, Jordan learns being with a fighter pilot means risking it all for a shot at love…

Who didn’t love Top Gun?  I was a kid when the movie came out and man – it was the best movie!  It made instant celebrities of fighter pilots and the edge of danger they flirted with.  Military romance trope has become quite popular lately, so reflecting on it, I’m surprised that this is the first book I have read featuring this selective fraternity of alpha males.

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.  The story opens with a bachelorette party that leads Noah and Jordan to meet.  They have scorching chemistry and after a weekend of amazing sex and chemistry, they decide to try to make it work and see where it goes.

This is kind of uncharted territory in a romance novel.  Usually we don’t follow characters into the ‘happily ever after’ stage.  Except, the happy part takes a while to come.  Noah has devoted his life to the military. Jordan has a business in Florida and she has to put her life on hold to travel to Oklahoma to visit Noah to keep the romance alive.

What I liked about this book, in a strange way, was the reality and frustration of a long distance relationship.  Any woman who has a partner who works evening, shift work, in another city or with the military, will appreciate the struggles this couple goes through.  It was pretty realistic when the choices Noah and Jordan had to make.

What helps in this story is the hot and passionate attraction they have for each other.  They are definitely in the honeymoon phase of the romance and the lucky reader gets to enjoy a view into the bedroom.  With all the emotional tension in the story, it’s the sex and intimacy between the two that keeps them together.

This is the first book in a new series and Noah’s wingmen are featured in the story.  The next book will be the story of Thor and it looks like Easy will have his book in the future.  I will definitely be following this series!

Hero In The Highlands

Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

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Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.
Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?

What I really enjoyed about this book was the humour and unconventionality that Suzanne Enoch brought to the story.  While this book follows a predictable formula that all historical romance readers enjoy and want, there was a little of this and a dash of that which made it unique.  Hardly a surprise considering that Suzanne Enoch is a fabulous author and knows how to craft a really good story.

The lead character Fiona has been acting as steward of the Lattimer estate in Scotland.  When Gabriel comes to claim his inheritance, it’s sparks between the two right away.  Gabriel and Fiona are not the typical Lord and miss – it’s much more complicated than that.  Gabriel has literally been pulled off the killing fields in Spain.  Fiona has been trying to keep the estate profitable against a tide of misfortunes, as well as finding work for the numerous Maxwell clan that need a job.

It is the little things that make a story great.  When Gabriel looks for one of his ‘eighty footmen’ or his ‘100 stable hands’, he is aware of the absurdity of the numbers of Maxwell clan hired to support a vacant estate.  Gabriel is a great character.  He is facing a greater enemy than he did on the peninsula – Scots!  They mistrust him and force him to use his battle wiles to win over the clan and a feisty woman who has captured his attentions.

Fiona is not the simpering young miss that many romance books feature.  From the start, she shows herself to be a force.  A force for good for the Maxwell clan and at times a force of nature against Gabriel.  The romance develops on two fronts – Gabriel’s pursuit of her affections and her gradual appreciation of his personality.

Fiona is saucy and spicy.  She literally isn’t a young miss and I liked that she had some experience in the bedroom.  She knew that she wanted Gabriel and went for it.  I adored that she challenged him to be perturbed by her lack of virginity.  A dash of the twenty-first century thinking in a historical romance is never a bad thing!

This story also includes the politics of being a Scottish Lord and a nefarious plot to get Gabriel to leave.  This was just as interesting as the romance between the two.  I would have bought this book just for the gorgeous cover alone, but the story inside is consistent with the great writing Suzanne Enoch is known for!

Treasured

Treasured by Crystal Jordan

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Graduate student Rebecca Small is so obsessed with the past—especially the Golden Age of Piracy—she doesn’t mind her unglamorous job preparing museum displays. This display is about her favorite subject, James Morrow, a famous pirate who mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

Becca touches the pirate’s antique sword, and finds herself on a ship in the middle of a sword fight, saving the sexy captain from being stabbed in the back—literally. Once the smoke clears, the man who claims he’s her husband is more than eager to reward her for her timely assistance.

James Morrow knows very little about the woman he was forced to marry five years ago, but the woman who saved him doesn’t fit the portrait he’s painted of her in his mind. She’s strong, brave, and submits to his every dark desire. She seems the perfect woman for a pirate, but he makes his living among the dishonest and disreputable—trust isn’t a commodity he trades in.

This short novel packs a lot into the story line!  Time travelling, frequent sex and pirates!

I didn’t quite expect so much sex between the two characters when I read the blurb for the book.  While there is a lot of plot that happens in the story and is developed well with such a tight frame, the plot moves between the hot and heavy moments.

Becca ends up back in time on a pirate ship in the midst of a battle.  She saves the life of the sexy captain and then finds out that he is her husband!  It begins the relationship between James and Becca.

We get a glimpse of the life of a Caribbean pirate and life aboard a ship.  This book called to me because I am a huge fan of pirates and then there was the time travel element thrown in!  It’s a short book and it’s perfect for when you have a couple of hours to sit down and read a wicked tale of pirate lovers.

Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules (Roaming Devils MC, Book #1) by Lexie Davis

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All Ryker Dennison wanted was to become President of the Roaming Devil’s Motorcycle Club. It would be his legacy. His grandfather and father had both held the title and he was the next in line. Enter Ella Hawkins. He had known her since they were fifteen and had tried to push her memory away. Their troublesome past included her father arresting him, which was not something he could easily forget. But when she came to him, pleading for his help to save the one man he despised from a rival motorcycle gang, he found himself agreeing to help her, thus breaking the number one rule of the MC. 

Ryker soon finds himself with a major dilemma. Women weren’t part of the club life and bringing Ella into his world would only mean putting her in danger. With his father trying to push Ella away from him for his own benefit, her father constantly trying to arrest him, and his own desire for her getting in the way of his club life, he finds himself going against everything to be with the woman he loved. Will breaking the rules land him in the ultimate position to have everything he ever wanted? Or will his risky move cost him everything, including the woman of his dreams?

This story has definite undertones of Romeo and Juliet, minus the dying part.  Ryker is the bad boy from a biker dynasty and Ella is the golden girl whose father’s mission is to end their MC.

Ryker and Ella meet as teenagers in high school.  They both have crushes on each other, but nothing happens until a few years later.  Once magical evening ends in disaster.  Ella uses Ryker for revenge and he pays the price with time in jail.  He never blamed her for this, instead held her in his heart.

Another couple of years go by and now Ella is in his club house.  To say that Ryker and the Roaming Devils fit the 1% of bikers is not an understatement.  They deal drugs, kill people and keep club whores.  Ella has come to him for help because her father is in serious danger.  Thus begins the relationship between the two.

It’s tricky thing to come from two completely different worlds and yet find some common ground.  Ryker and Ella love each other and want to be together, but their families are hell bent on keeping them apart.

The burgeoning relationship is hot and heavy.  Ryker’s sexual past would put most porn films to shame, yet he is able to develop intimacy with Ella.  She brings out a tender side to him that is only for her.  The sex scenes are really well done and work to further the relationship, rather than being gratuitous.

The challenge in this book is the struggle for these two to stay together.  The doubts that creep in are the results of their respective families, as well as the violent life that Ryker leads.  I wanted to be frustrated with Ella’s doubts, but when I really examined it, I was able to concede it was realistic.  However, I felt for Ryker.  It seemed at times that he just couldn’t catch a break!

This is the start of a new series.  This was a solid start and I look forward to reading more about the new and improved Roaming Devils MC!

Willing Target

Willing Target by Kathleen Mix

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The last thing covert operative Mitch Weaver wants is to be partnered with a gorgeous, reckless newbie. Still reeling from the death of his former partner, Mitch doesn’t need the responsibility of keeping anyone else alive, especially when they volunteer to be a killer’s target. Not to mention, his attraction to the too-perky blonde is the kind of distraction that could get them both killed in their line of work.

Andrea Carnegie’s first assignment isn’t going quite as she planned. Her partner might be sexy but he’s completely frustrating with his determination to keep her out of danger. Masquerading as a billionaire’s sister to bait a possible killer is her chance to shine. But if she wants to catch the person threatening their client, she’ll have to find a way to work together with Mitch while still keeping her distance. Even as the air between them sizzles, Andrea knows the worst possible thing she could do is fall for her partner.

I really, really enjoyed this book!  It’s the story of two undercover agents who find love on the beautiful island of St. Thomas.  Andrea is new to being an elite operative and her first probationary mission is playing decoy for an heiress who has been targeted.

She is paired with Mitch.  He is a seasoned operative who is coming off a devastating mission where his partner died.  He doesn’t think Andrea is prepared to do this job and doesn’t see her as an equal and partner.  This creates some delicious friction between the two.

Andrea is impersonating a very wealthy young woman who just happens to be living aboard an ultra luxury yacht floating in the Caribbean.  Not a bad gig!  While the billionaire who hires them is very attractive, she can’t help but be interested in the confident Mitch.  Mitch is one of those guys who wears his experience well.  He is strong and self-assured of his skills.  It’s a real turn on to read about him in action.

The investigation into the danger the young heiress faces becomes Andrea and Mitch’s problem as they work and live closely together.  They constantly disagree on the best course of action.  The bickering doesn’t get old, thankfully, as the simmering attraction between them takes each interaction to a new heightened level.

Andrea is fighting to prove that she belongs on this mission and as well as her sexual chemistry with Mitch.  Let’s put it this way – a luxury yacht is a great place to have a steamy love affair with a hot warrior.

What I found interesting about this book was the glimpse into the life of the elite rich.  From maids to designer clothes, I enjoyed discovering how the 1% live along with Andrea.

There is a lot of great action in this book, from dangerous serpents to gunshots and boat chases, the action never stops.  This book was a great blend of danger from the unknown and danger from the attraction between the two main characters.  A really fun read!

Sparking the Fire

Sparking the Fire:  A Hot in Chicago Book by Kate Meader

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Actor Molly Cade, America’s fallen sweetheart, finally has her shot at a Hollywood comeback with a dramatic new role as a tough-as-nails firefighter that promises to propel her back to the big time and restore her self-respect.

Wyatt Fox, resident daredevil at Engine Co. 6, needs a low-key job to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest rescue stunt. Consulting on a local movie shoot should add just enough spark to his day. Especially when in struts Molly Cade: the woman who worked his heart over good, and then left him in the Windy City dust.

Their story is straight out of a script: irrepressible, spunky heroine meets taciturn, smoldering hero. But these two refuse to be typecast, and when the embers of an old love are stoked, someone is bound to get burned…

I was so confused when I first started this book.  And then I realized that Molly was living a fantasy life that I could only dream about.  Meeting a hot, hunky and brooding Marine in the bar of a hotel to have no strings attached sex while playing out different role playing fantasies!  Ummm, yes please!

Molly is a struggling actor when she meets Wyatt during a stage run of the Who in Chicago.  They have a wicked week in the sheets and then go their own ways.  Five years later, Molly is the darling of Hollywood, burned by a bad marriage and hiding from revenge porn photos on the internet.  She has returned to Chicago to tell the story of Alex, the firefighter and her mayoral candidate lover who gave it all up for her.  This film is her redemption.  Not only is she acting, but she is producing the film too.

Wyatt just happens to be the firefighter that has been assigned as the technical assistant to the film, and hence Molly.  While he is aware of who she is, Molly is in for the shock of her life when she sees her six day fling again after all the years.

This book is part of a series that features a fire fighting family that borders on crazy with a huge dose of fun.  Wyatt is a foster brother to the impressive gang and he is resentful of having to play host to Molly and the Hollywood crew.  He doesn’t always make it easy for her, but then the best things are worth fighting for.

What works well for this book is the reunited lovers trope.  Molly and Wyatt had chemistry in spades, although for such a quiet and taciturn man, I find it hard to believe he was into role playing in a hotel.  They had a lust filled week and then went on with their lives.  While Molly has done some hard living in the time apart, they still feel the spark towards each other.  Wyatt seems like the one who really hasn’t moved on in his life.  Not in a relationship, still mourning the loss of his brothers and devoted to his firefighter job, he seems to just be going through the motions.

Which is why Molly is so important to the story.  Not only is she a Hollywood star, she brings Wyatt out of his shell and makes him feel and live again.  His evolution is much more profound (to me) than her change.  While Molly is licking her wounds from a bad marriage and her public shaming, Wyatt changed more throughout the story.

Since the story starts with some kinky hotel fun, it should be no surprise that Wyatt and Molly are very hands on lovers.  For all of Wyatt’s silence, he definitely speaks volumes with his hands and body.  He can’t get enough of the sweet tush that is famous the world over.  I found them charming and sexy as hell!

Hot firefighter and a Hollywood starlet find love in the Windy City – a fun story that will keep you reading past your bedtime!

The Protector

The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.
I love when books feature characters that struggle with each other.  The little games they play, the innuendo and the challenges.  Camille is provided with Jake as a body guard and is not happy to have her freedom curtailed.

Camille is a model and the daughter of a ruthless business man.  He receives a death threat against her and hires Jake to protect her.  It’s funny, while I was reading this book I never once thought of the movie The Bodyguard, but while writing this review, it’s what is sticking in my mind.  Camille lives the high life in London.  Shopping, drinks with her best friend, the hottest bars and restaurants are all a daily routine for her.  However, she is not the spoiled brat Jake was expecting.  She works very hard as a model and is working on a fledgling clothing line, without pulling any of daddy’s strings to get it.

Jake was the perfect protector.  Calm on the outside and a boiling mass of emotions inside.  He starts to want Camille and it’s the worst thing that can happen.  He is suffering from PTSD and needs to deal with his personal issues before he is whole enough to enter into a relationship.

Of course that doesn’t stop the hormones and pheromones between these two.  They have off the charts sex and the teasing is just delicious!  Jake is definitely an alpha male – hello, look at his profession!?  It makes the bedroom scenes exciting and they definitely hold your attention.

I think what I really liked about this book was the romance between the two but also the investigation into the plot against Camille.  It was unpredictable and considering how many books I read, I enjoyed being surprised at the end of the story.  Jake can protect me any day of the week!

Hard to Hold

Hard to Hold by Katie Rose

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New Jersey Hurricanes striker Logan Hart lives for the grind of training, the adrenaline of competition, and all the perks of the road—until his ex hands him a baby and tells Logan to raise her on his own. He’s eager to pass this bundle of joy into more capable hands and get back to his hard-playing, hard-partying ways. But when a beautiful, blond drill sergeant of a nanny turns Logan’s life upside down, he sets a new goal: winning her heart.

Isabella Bennett takes pride in teaching the rich and famous how to become loving families. Her no-nonsense style is just what Logan and his crying, copper-haired cutie need. So why can’t she get the image of Logan’s tanned, muscular body out of her head? Isabella’s here to whip a new father into shape, not fall for a sexy ladies’ man. But their chemistry is too tantalizing to ignore, much like the temptation to trust someone with her deepest secrets—and embrace a loving family all her own.

We all know those stories, the ones of professional athletes that end up with a child from a former flame.  This book is an interesting take on this real world situation as it features a soccer player.

I liked that this book featured a soccer player, as I have been on a role of reading books of hockey players and baseball players lately.  Soccer is a huge sport for young children in North America, but it has never really taken off as a Major League Sport – even with Beckham moving to America.

Bella is the nanny that comes to help Logan when a one night stand leaves him with a baby girl in the middle of a patio.  Logan needs help – STAT!  He is in the middle of the season and has no idea what to do with a newborn baby.

Logan is hot, Bella is hot, so use your imagination as to what will happen between them.  What works well in this book is how the romance unfolds.  Katie Rose can write really well and she definitely pulls the heart strings with this story.  The characters are engaging and little Cinnamon is adorable.  While getting involved with the help or your boss is not always a good idea, Logan and Isabella can’t really help themselves – although I swear they get more action than anyone else I know who has a three month old in the house!  A shower was an event for me when my child was a newborn!

The sex is really hot.  It’s not so frequent that it takes over the book, but the scenes were the kind that makes you feel hot and bothered.  It doesn’t hurt that Logan is a professional athlete and is in incredible shape.

Logan and Isabella both have issues in their pasts that make it hard for them to trust.  The ‘big misunderstanding’ could have been solved with communication, but then what would be the fun in that?

This is a light hearted story that features some great characters, sexy action and a really cute little baby that will pull at your heart strings!

My Seductive Highlander

My Seductive Highlander (A Highland Hearts Novel) by Maeve Greyson

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Though part of a legacy of time-traveling sisters, Lilia Sinclair is planted firmly in twenty-first-century Edinburgh. Her granny’s matchmaking with thirteenth-century Highlanders isn’t about to lure her into the past, especially as ancient Scotland enters troubled times. After all, Lilia is blessed—or cursed—with dire prophetic visions. To protect herself, she’s put up an icy emotional wall no man could cross—until a pair of gorgeous, rippling arms breaks right through.

Graham MacTavish is pure trouble. Once the dragon bound to Loch Ness, he’s transformed into a philanderer of the first order. In fact, because of his dalliances with other men’s wives, a rival clan wants his head on a pike. Before he provokes an all-out war, Graham is banished to the twenty-first century, where he must win Lilia’s hand—or return to die. But after meeting a lass as fierce as any Highland warrior, Graham knows one thing: life with Lilia, in any century, is a fate to embrace.

Let me shed a little tear…I have really loved this series and it’s over!  Granny Sinclair has seen all of her beloved granddaughters settled but one.  This is the final story in the Highland Hearts series and it’s Lilia’s turn to find her happily ever after.

The Sinclair women are time jumpers.  They were all born in the 13th century, but raised in America in modern day.  One by one, Granny Sinclair has brought them back in time when the fates have decreed it is time for them to be matched with their soulmates.  This series is heavy on the science fiction compared to other time travel romance – there is dragons, magic and such featured.

Graham has been freed from a curse that had him living for three hundred years as a dragon by day and man by night.  To say that he has been on a bender would be an understatement.  A decidedly bad decision to have a threesome with a neighbouring Laird’s mistress and wife has put a price on his head.  He has to head to the future to escape his misdeeds, but he has a purpose – Lilia.

Granny Sinclair has sent Graham and Angus to modern day Edinburgh to find Lilia and protect her.  She is not in mortal danger, but rather she has gifts that make her susceptible to depression and despair.  Lilia is an exciting character to read about.  She loves to role play as a medieval fighter and is quite adept at swords and horses.  This foreshadows that it’s an important skill to have as the past is calling.

After a few missteps, Graham makes progress with Lilia and they find an all consuming passion with each other.  Like all the books, Maeve Greyson can write a hot and steamy sex scene that has you hot and bothered.  Since they find happiness and lust with each other pretty quickly, it was predictable that they would be heading to the past and that would open a whole host of problems.

If you are a fan of this series, you will enjoy spending time with all the couples from previous books and learning about their off spring.  The epilogue literally had me in tears – it was so lovely and such a great way to end this series.

Graham and Lilia were a great adventure!  They have lust and love in spades and the adventure they set out upon was just so much fun!

Rebellious

Rebellious by Gillian Archer

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The black-leather-clad biker who just roared up on his Harley doesn’t resemble any single father Emily Clark has ever known. But as she watches “Reb” bonding with his son, Emily realizes there’s a lot more to this bad boy than his alpha-male attitude or his sinful good looks. And when Reb takes an interest in her, there’s no way she can resist his surprisingly tender touch. The one thing Emily won’t give up is her hard-won independence. 
 
As president of the True Brothers MC, Reb owes a sacred debt of loyalty to the club, but his first priority is making sure that his son grows up right. Pursuing an unexpected affair with Emily is a close second. Then a violent stalker threatens her life, and this unconventional guardian angel really turns up the heat. Nobody messes with Reb, or anyone under his protection. Trouble is, how’s he supposed to defend Emily when she insists on going it alone? He’s willing to put his life on the line for her. Now, maybe, he needs to open his heart.

Why am I such a sucker for a biker these days?? Seriously!  I thought once I blasted through Chantal Fernando’s Wind Dragons Series and re-watched Sons of Anarchy I would have it out of my system.  As a teenager, the only type of man my mother warned me about was bikers.  There is something so mysterious about the biker culture and it’s really easy to see why it has become a really hot trope in contemporary romance novels.

Reb fits the stereotype of the white washed biker – alpha, strong, protective and caring.  I am not naïve enough to believe this is reality, but for the three plus hours I read this book, I totally did not care!

Reb is a single father.  His son lives in Emily’s building and she brings him to the clubhouse one night after he has been neglected by his mom.  They meet, sparks fly and before Emily knows it she’s becoming his old lady.

Reb moves fast (as all these bikers seem too) and claims Emily.  She is a teacher and works in a book store.  She is good to his son and isn’t afraid to take on Reb with his son’s best interests at heart.  While they are definitely opposites, their best friends are dating, so it isn’t inconceivable that they would meet.

Emily has a history of violence.  Reb is not a gentle guy and his actions frighten her at times.  I liked that this was included in the story as it made it realistic and not just all hot sex and perfect relationship.  All couples take time to figure out how they navigate each other and their respective pasts.  Emily has a stalker and Reb has a son that needs a lot of help.

Club business is dangerous and Emily has to decide if this is something she wants to be a part of.  I liked that Reb was enlightened enough to offer her some options.  He wasn’t a complete cave man outside of the bedroom.  Inside the bedroom however, Reb is definitely in charge and making Emily feel safe and like his woman is his pleasure and responsibility.  This shouldn’t be surprising – can you really imagine a novel about a biker named Reb that doesn’t have steamy and scintillating sex scenes?  They will leave little to the imagination and make you wish you had a biker of your own.

If you get hot and bothered by the biker culture and the men who wear cuts, then this is a great story to check out!