Campbell’s Redemption

Campbell’s Redemption (A Highland Pride Novel) by Sharon Cullen

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With Cait Campbell hiding Scottish fugitives from the British crown, who should arrive wearing his English-style coat but Iain Campbell, the traitorous clan leader and the man responsible for her husband’s death. Iain seeks a healer for his fallen kinsman, and out of a sense of duty Cait is obliged to help. Her uncanny ability to read people is powerless against his dark, impassive gaze, yet Iain is kind in a way that moves her.
 
In Cait’s company, Iain is overcome by painful memories of his best friend, her husband, who died protecting him. But grief shows weakness—a luxury he cannot permit, because Iain is playing a dangerous game with the British army. One small misstep and he could be branded a traitor or executed as a spy. But even with political tensions mounting to a fever pitch, Iain can’t get Cait out of his mind. What he doesn’t know is that Cait is playing a deep and deadly game of her own, and their love could put everything—even Scotland itself—in peril.
 

If you know history, you will find this book hard to read.  It is set in the immediate years after Culloden and the beginning of the atrocities the English brought to the Scots (not for the first time).  For many Outlander fans, this is the time when Jamie Fraser was hiding in a cave to avoid the redcoats that overrun Scotland and destroyed the Scottish way of live in the Highlands.  The author was so adept at portraying the fear and anger the Scots had to the invasion of the English.  The English soldiers had carte blanche to treat the Scots however they wanted.  They drove men and women from their land, they raped women, they killed and beat Scots and the worst part was that Scots were not allowed to fight back, protest or protect themselves.  This despair was very evident in the story.

However, when there is great travesty happening, there are people who work to fight.  The plot of this story is how Jamie and Cait, albeit separately, work to fight submission to the English.  Jamie is a Lord and Laird, who plays both sides in order to help the Scottish people.  His position makes him unpopular with other Scots and also unable to really help stop what the English are doing.  Cait has teamed up with Sunderland (featured in a previous book) to be part of the underground railroad for disaffected Scots fleeing to Canada.  Both are playing dangerous games.

Cait has lost her daughter and husband.  She has basically lost everyone she loved, so she has shut herself away in a tiny home on the edge of Campbell land.  She is a healer, sought by both the English and the Scots.  Cait was a really interesting study of grief and how it impacts the psyche of a person.  I honestly don’t know if I would have had the fortitude that she had to keep going.  She despises Jamie and blames him for the death of her husband, but it can’t stop the pull she feels towards him.

What works in the novel is how the characters react and deal with the situations they are in.  They live in a mad world and how they seek to find some sense of normalcy and comfort makes them relatable. The development of the relationship between the two doesn’t seem fake or strained, it develops from a place of need.  Even with the extraordinary times, they still struggle with many of the common challenges that most couples go through.  The passion between the two was such a lovely reprieve from the dire situations they face.

If you are a fan of Scottish history or Outlander, this is definitely a book you should check out!

 

The Danger of Desire

The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

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The third book in the sexy Sinful Suitors Regency romance series, this heart-pounding story shows why New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is one of the most beloved historical romance writers today.

To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London’s gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George’s Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she’s determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell.

Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted façade, can he keep her at arm’s length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?

You know what doesn’t get enough credit?  Traditional.  This is a traditional and typical historical romance novel.  And that is NOT a bad thing!  It’s actually a great compliment to a historical story.  For those of us who cut our teeth on Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsey and Kathleen Woodiwiss, we get the subliminal message that ‘traditional’ means.

This story has all the elements that a reader wants in their romance stories.  A bored Lord who has taken an interest in a penniless and secretive young miss.  All sorts of hi-jinx occur and the two fall madly in love.

While this is the recipe, the ingredients are interesting and engaging.  While the story revolves around Delia’s issues for the first two-thirds of the book, it is Warren’s challenges that take centre stage at the end.

Warren is a really likable Lord.  While he is bored of the stews and brothels, he isn’t completely tamed.  He doesn’t want to like Delia or be intrigued by her mysterious interest in tattoos, but isn’t the saying, “love will find you when you aren’t looking?”  Delia has been dealt a tough hand in life.  Her father was a horrible gambler and dragged them all over the continent in search of the next game.  At the cusp of womanhood, her brother and head of the household, dies.  She has to find an inner strength that most men wouldn’t be able to summon. So together they make an intense couple.

Sabrina Jeffries writes great love scenes.  Warren spends his time with whores in the brothels – the blatant talk of sex is present.  Delia is curious and Warren is happy to help her satisfy her imagination.  Very creative love scenes and they push the conflicts and complications to the forefront of the story.

Another great book for Sabrina Jeffries!

 

 

My Rogue, My Ruin

My Rogue, My Ruin (Lord Of Essex Series) by Amelie Howard and Angie Morgan

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The Marquess of Hawksfield’s lineage is impeccable and his title coveted, but Archer Croft is as far from his indulgent peers as he can get. His loathing for the beau monde has driven him to don a secret identity and risk everything in order to steal their riches and distribute them to the less fortunate.

Lady Briannon Findlay embraces her encounter with the Masked Marauder, a gentleman thief waylaying carriages from London to Essex. The marauder has stirred Brynn’s craving for adventure, and she discovers an attraction deeper than the charming thief’s mask.

Brynn is a revelation, matching Archer in intelligence, wit, and passion. Stubborn and sensuous in equal measure, she astonishes him at every turn, but when someone sinister impersonates Archer’s secret personality, and a murder is committed, Archer begins to think he doesn’t stand a fighting chance without her.

I love a book with a hero who is like Robin Hood.  Archer is a Marquess and wealthy, but he risks it all to steal from his peers and gives the money to worthy causes.  I always enjoy historical romance novels that don’t shy away from the extreme differences between the classes.  With very little social security for the working and poor classes, it must have been hell for so many people.  Books like this one always catch my attention because I love social justice woven into a great historical romance.

Hawk (Archer) stops Lady Brynn’s carriage one night.  He steals from her and her family, but can’t shake how she stood up to him and challenged his right to steal.  He quickly encounters her at the ton soiree’s and realizes that she is just more than an intrigue to him.  He enjoys her company, although he embarrasses her and insults her on more than one occasion.

Brynn is taken by two men.  The dashing and daring Masked Marauder who steals from the ton and the cold and aloof Marquess who is stealing kisses in the gardens from her.  She loves the mystery of the Masked Marauder, but when she encounters him stealing and shoots him, she becomes invested in his plight.  She is also becoming entangled with Hawk and his father – a pawn between the fighting father and son.

With this much happening, things rapidly start to unravel.  The plot is fast moving and well developed.  The complicated knots of Hawk and Brynn tighten and make things really interesting.  The secondary characters, along with a murder plot, make the story more interesting and engaging.

I found it hard to believe that this book was written by two authors.  It was so seamless and consistent.  I admire how challenging it must be to craft a story with another person and to write that story in harmony.  These authors have done a great job!

 

Someone Like You

Someone Like You (Oxford and Stilettos Series) by Lauren Layne

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Lincoln Mathis doesn’t hide his reputation as Manhattan’s ultimate playboy. In fact, he cultivates it. But behind every flirtatious smile, each provocative quip, there’s a secret that Lincoln’s hiding from even his closest friends—a tragedy from his past that holds his heart quietly captive. Lincoln knows what he wants: someone like Daisy Sinclair, the sassy, off-limits bridesmaid he can’t take his eyes off at his best friend’s wedding. He also knows that she’s everything he can never have.

After a devastating divorce, Daisy doesn’t need anyone to warn her off the charming best man at her sister’s wedding. One look at the breathtakingly hot Lincoln Mathis and she knows that he’s exactly the type of man she should avoid. But when Daisy stumbles upon Lincoln’s secret, she realizes there’s more to the charming playboy than meets the eye. And suddenly Daisy and Lincoln find their lives helplessly entwined in a journey that will either heal their damaged souls . . . or destroy them forever.

Dammit!  This book made me cry!  And it wasn’t even at the end of the story!

This is the long awaited story behind Oxford magazine’s biggest flirt and overall great guy, Lincoln.  He has been the supporting character in the many Oxford and Stiletto books to date.  There was always something to the womanizer with the quick lines and flashing smile.

So know we get his story.  And it’s a whopper!  He meets Daisy, Emma’s twin sister, and things click.  She is the one to pull out his story and help him cope.  Daisy has her own challenges in life.  A Southern debutante, life hasn’t turned out how she expected – divorced, alone and living in a mansion.  Coming to New York City for her twin’s wedding was supposed to be fun, but not life changing.

Daisy and Lincoln have great chemistry.  It’s like when you meet someone and immediately feel safe with them.  Not just physically, but that feeling that you have founded someone who has hurt as much as you have or they are a kindred spirit.  Daisy and Lincoln don’t spend all their time together morose or sulking, but help each other through the tragedies that have left them living not a full life.  It’s heart warming, but also frustrating – which made me love Lauren Layne even more!  There is some great conflict and challenges in the story which is what real life is about.

Lincoln is described as the best looking of the men at Oxford.  He has that irresistable man charm that makes most women weak in the knees.  You know the kind – flirty, caring and sexy.  He’s that guy that you notice for his ridiculous looks, but love because of how much fun he is to be around.  Daisy is the Southern belle who is looking to figure out her way in life.  The action takes a while to come in this book, but the long wait is the best kind of foreplay.

This may just be my favourite Oxford series book.  Lincoln’s story was raw, emotional and such an amazing journey!

 

Tied to His Betrayal

Tied to His Betrayal (A Dirty Little Secrets Novel) by Stacey Kennedy

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Darius Bennett can’t live without supreme control. A self-made billionaire, he’s rich enough to get anything—and any woman—he wants, yet he’s still haunted by a broken relationship. Five years ago, Darius let Taylor Erikson go because he knew he could never give her what she truly wanted: his heart. But the moment Taylor walks back into his life, bruised and beaten, Darius blames himself. To make good on his betrayal, he vows to help her heal—in and out of the sheets.
 
Once upon a time, Darius was Taylor’s world. Now his fierce embrace is exactly what she needs to get back on her feet. But Taylor pays a heavy price for her sizzling nights with Darius. As the emotional ties become stronger than ever and the paparazzi hunt her down for their next juicy story, Taylor must face some hard truths. They can’t go back. And to move forward, the key to loving Darius isn’t about keeping his secrets—it’s about exposing them.

Love lost is one of the hardest things in the world.  This book really examines the reunion of lovers and the challenges of addressing the things left unsaid and done.

Darius was involved with Taylor five years previous.  They shared a hot sex life and a romance hidden in the shadows.  Taylor is young when she meets Darius, who is ten years her senior.  He is just rising in the business world and dealing with disentangling himself from his father’s grasp.  He can’t commit Taylor the way she needs, so he breaks things off for her benefit.

Five years pass and the two are reunited.  Darius has spent the time apart exploring his sexuality at his sex club, building his empire and remaining friends with his three other sex club owners.  Taylor has bounced from relationship to relationship and not made the best choices.  Darius is disappointed that he let her go, only to see that she didn’t fly like he hoped and expected.

The story revolves around their reconciliation and helping Taylor to re-build her life.  The sex is off the charts and very hot.  I rather expected more of the BDSM element, considering the first book in the series and the fact that Darius owns a sex club.  But Darius is evolving, he has sowed his oats.  He just needs to deal with his emotional unavailability and how it is impacting his life.

There is a fascinating sub plot that started with the first book in the series, and continues in this one.  It involves some spying and espionage on the sex club owners.  It was a great addition to the love story and found a way to tie the four friends and their love stories together.

I am really enjoying this series by Stacey Kennedy.  If you like interesting, complex stories definitely check this one out!

Filthy Rich

Filthy Rich by Raine Miller

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Billionaire Caleb Blackstone lives in the glamorous world of wealth and success, with every material luxury. But the moment he sees Brooke Casterley, none of that matters. Caleb is filled with a raw, undeniable need that he can’t ignore…for a girl who is so completely different from everything and everyone he’s ever known.

Only Brooke isn’t looking for love. She knows all too well just how much damage the wrong guy can do. Still, what sane, broke British girl can resist the charms of an incredibly sexy, chivalrous billionaire? What starts as flirtation quickly turns into all-consuming passion. Nothing could have prepared her for the searing heat of Caleb’s touch—or just how much she craves him.

Their whirlwind romance is the stuff of high-society fantasy—but for every moment of pleasure, there is a cost. Past mistakes and tragedy shadow them both…and falling for him might be the kind of trouble she can’t afford.

This book was really good.  Raine Miller is a fantastic author!  I have enjoyed all her books and this one is the start of a new series.

What is great about this story is that the character Caleb is awesome.  What I liked so much about this character is that Caleb is so intensely focused on Brooke.  Not in a creepy stalker way, but just that he knows that Brooke is meant for him.  He is dogged and single minded on finding a way to her heart.  You have to like it when a man is so devoted in his passion for the woman of his dreams.

Brooke and Caleb share common history.  They both grew up on a small island off Boston.  Caleb comes from a wealthy family and vacationed there his whole life.  Brooke’s parents tragically died when she was a teenager and she came to live with her grandmother on the idyllic New England island.  Although they never met, their shared love for Blackstone Island gives them an immediate connection.

I think what works well in this book is that although Caleb is filthy rich, it isn’t the centre of the story.  It is about his love for Brooke and how they can make a relationship work.  Caleb is a complicated character with challenges in his life.  Brooke is the character with a past.  The tension and complications in the plot come from her past, her insecurities and her self preservation.

It is a really good love story.  At the heart of the plot is the love that Brooke and Caleb find with each other.  The sex is fantastic – Raine Miller writes a mean love scene.  I found myself really enjoying this book and I liked the secondary characters introduced.  There is enough hints given about future novels in the series, that I am excited!

The World Has Changed

I know this is a blog dedicated to reviewing romance novels.  It is a place to escape the mad, mad world and find some escapism in the pages of our favourite authors.

But this week changed everything.  While I live in Canada, I have been deeply impacted by the election this week in the United States.  Like many around the world, I was stunned by the defeat of Hillary Clinton.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t live in the United States and didn’t have a vote.  The United States has influence over the whole world.  I have never lived without being the little sibling to the world power.  What happens just two hundred kilometers south of where I live, has impact here.  While we are part of the British Commonwealth, many Canadians feel more alike to their neighbours to the south than those across the Atlantic.

I took a long, hard look this week at why I was so devastated by Hillary’s loss.  Issues aside, I wanted a woman to lead a nation in North America.  Yes, Canada has had a female Prime Minister, but only for five months and she was not elected.  I’m still processing all my thoughts and feelings, but I definitely reaffirmed that I am indeed a feminist.

Feminism has received backlash by female celebrities in the past couple of years.  Feminism by definition means advocacy for women’s rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality to men.  When I was a teenager, I was already heavily into Judith McNaught and Kathleen Woodiwiss.  I never questioned the ‘bodice rippers’ of the 1970s and 80s.  It wasn’t until my mother basically locked me in my bedroom and made me read The Beauty Myth:  How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women.  This book by the author Naomi Wolf was published in 1990, but it would still be eye opening to a woman (and man) today.

I don’t think that because I enjoy romance novels, reading about relationships, sex and conflict makes me less of a feminist.  It is the lens that I view everything through.  It is easier to coincide my views with contemporary novels because we expect women today to be strong.  We don’t want to read stories about women who let a man walk all over them.  BDSM books are especially powerful because they discuss consent.  Books that feature abuse survivors are important because they recognize the lives of our fellow sisters and can be a lifeline to a reader who is living that reality.

I read a lot of books.  Primarily, I read historical romance.  I have seen a huge difference in the stories over the years.  While, the bodice rippers of the past are sacred to many of us, the historical romance novels of today are more reflective of our modern society.  This is a tricky thing – being authentic to the time period and the role of women, but also connecting with the modern woman.  Books like Shana Galen’s Lord and Lady Spy and Monica McCarty’s Highland Guard series, feature strong women.  They don’t need a man to save them, yet the plot and writing are so well done that you don’t question what the reality of women would have really been like.

It is no mistake that the vast majority of romance authors are women.  They are women because we live a unique experience.  I have never met a woman who doesn’t know someone who has been a victim of abuse, sexual misconduct, inequality in the workplace and in the home.  We joke about ‘manspreading’ and ‘mansplaining’, but it isn’t a joke.  We don’t want those types of things in our romance novels.  If it is present, they are the enemy and the villain of the book.  So, why should we expect it in our real lives?

I feel like over the past year and a half of writing the blog, I have become part of a sisterhood of women.  We love romance novels.  We live normal lives.  We have families, jobs, responsibilities, political views and causes that are dear to our hearts.  I was unsure of whether or not to address my frustrations and fears over the election.  However, so many of the authors and readers I admire and follow have been speaking up.

So, I will as well.  I will be here to share with you books that make me laugh, smile, hot and bothered, angry and ecstatic.  I’ve had my few days of moping, but I am ready to get back to reading.  If you see tweets of Hot Scots of the Day that make you smile, I am glad.  If you see my book reviews that makes you look forward to reading, let me know.  If you see an article I am passing along, feel free to read and share or exercise your right to take a pass.

Sometimes the world is a dark place.  To quote our uber hot Prime Minister in Canada…Sunny Ways my friends.  Sunny ways.

 

Over The Edge

Over the Edge (The Bridge Series) by Meredith Wild

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Olivia Bridge has always been a good girl—good grades, good friends, and a good job that her wealthy parents handed her. Desperate to carve out a life that is truly hers, Liv walks away from it all and takes on the challenge of helping her brothers open a chain of fitness centers in New York City. Just as she’s beginning to find her footing in a new place, she’s caught between two men who couldn’t be more determined to turn all her goodness inside out.

Will Donovan has the capital to make the Bridge brothers’ entrepreneurial dreams a reality. Taking their uptight sister to bed seems a reasonable perk for the risk. Liv is the smartest, sexiest prude Will’s ever met, and he can’t wait to break her down.

Life is too short for Ian Savo to play by anyone’s rules. Sharing women with his friend isn’t anything new, so when Will introduces him to Liv, he can’t wait to get a taste. But falling for the same girl, or falling at all, was never in the plans…

Wowza!!!  This book is NOT for the faint of heart!

The story is essentially a love story that features Olivia and her relationship with two men.  As you can imagine, this means sex with two men – sometimes separately and sometimes together!

Meredith Wild is a great writer and I was really intrigued to see how she would handle the menage genre, while keeping the story and plotline on track.  Let’s be honest, most menage stories are sex scenes that string plot between them.  This book definitely has graphic, emotional, steamy sex scenes, but it also has a deep love story.

Olivia agrees to be in a physical relationship with Will.  She doesn’t realize that her brother’s friend, Ian is his roommate.  Olivia has always felt an attraction to Ian, which confuses her as she is getting involved with Will.  When Will tells her that both men would like to be with her physically, she agrees.

What none of them expected was that apparently Olivia has a magical ‘honey pot’ that has made both men fall head over heels and swear their undying devotion to her.  I’m being sarcastic with my brisk explanation, but things move fast in this book!  What works well is that Olivia develops a relationship with both men outside of the bedroom.  They appeal to different parts of her – Will to her business sense and Ian to her artistic.  Maybe that is the secret in life?  Find men who have strengths in different areas so that they make up the perfect man.

It’s pretty obvious that the sex is important in this book.  The scenes are wild and passionate.  The sex is frequent and hot!  I was curious whether it would be romantic or straight up porn.  It’s a blend of both.  Olivia has sex with the guys together and separately, so there is lots of variety in case one way isn’t your cup of tea.

This is the final book in the Bridge Series.  So if you have read about Olivia’s brothers, you will love to see more of their lives and how things turn out for them and their wives.  I always enjoy Meredith Wild’s writing and this sexy story has been added to that list!

The Legendary Lord

The Legendary Lord (Playful Brides Series) by Valerie Bowman

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When Christian Forester, Viscount Berkeley, flees the stuffy ballrooms of London for his Scottish hunting lodge, the last thing he expects to find ensconced before his fire is an incredibly beautiful woman. But the plight of lovely young Sarah Highgate, who has run away from an unwanted betrothal, inspires an eminently practical exchange. He’ll safeguard her reputation with the ton while she advises him how to best attract a proper bride…

As the undisputed belle of the season, Sarah has enchanted plenty of suitors. Still, she isn’t interested in marriage, especially not to the pompous bore her father has chosen for her. But her hasty escape seems reckless now that she’s estranged from her family and has no one to count on besides Christian. Turning the luckless lord into such a catch has another unplanned consequence for Sarah: Has he run away with her heart?

I struggled what I write about this book.  There is nothing wrong with it.  It’s a story about two people who are right for each other, but take the length of the novel to figure it out.

Christian and Sarah meet by accident at his hunting lodge in Scotland and spend a few magical days together.  Sarah has run away from her future husband and Christian has come for solitude from hunting for a bride.  Clearly they are meant for one another.

The rest of the novel is the push and pull of reasons to be together and yet stay apart.  The spark and defiance that Sarah demonstrates at the beginning of the novel disappears after she leaves Scotland.  Christian becomes the toast of the ton, but he can’t seem to fight for what his heart really wants.

I think that is my frustration with the novel.  The majority of the book is spent with the romantic leads bemoaning their fate to their mutual friends.  As I stated, there is nothing wrong with this story, it just moves slowly.  I kept waiting for the even that would interrupt the status quo.  It’s a sweet story that benefits from the inclusion of characters from the other books in the series.  While this story didn’t wow me, I still was interested in reading the book, cared about the characters and hoped for their happily ever after!

Devil’s Honor

Devil’s Honor (The Devil’s Keeper Series) by Megan Crane

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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.

There are frequent trends in contemporary romance novels that highlight the interests in our culture.  In the past, the billionaire genre was exploding on the scene thanks to books like Fifty Shades of Grey and the Crossfire series.  Lately, the trend seems to be toward hockey players and motor cycle clubs.  In fact, I have read two books this week alone that feature MC heroes who are tough and rough on the outside and madly in love with their women.

This book was really enjoyable. There are some books in this genre that miss the balance between the seedy biker world and the needs of the romance reader.  Readers want a tough, strong biker, but they also want one that is intrinsically good inside.  He loves his woman, he takes care of her and is faithful to her and his club.  This book has those elements.

I loved that the book was set in rural Louisiana.  The swamps and backwaters felt like they were a character within the book.  The culture and history of the state influenced the characters and the plot.  It adds depth to the book when the setting is powerfully described and utilized by the author.

Merritt has returned home to her parish in Louisiana to escape the bad relationship she had in New York City.  As the daughter of the only daughter in her small town, she has always perceived herself as somewhat better than the rest of the population. Her own father propagated this theory and pushed her to be better than her roots.  Coming home with her tail between her legs isn’t what she wants, especially since she knows that she will inevitably run into the man she left behind.

A hot and steamy romance with Greeley ended badly when she chose Ivy League education over staying to be his old lady.  They did not part on good terms.  Their reunion arrives swiftly upon her return and the passion between them flares up immediately.  The sex between the two is frequent and steamy like the bayou humidity.  Greeley is a passionate lover, demanding and domineering, and he craves Merritt like no other.

Greeley is married to his MC club.  Part of the plot revolves around issues within the leadership of the MC and I wasn’t entirely sure where it was all going – was it relevant to the plot with Merritt?  Was it setting up the timeline for more stories in the series?  While there is some resolution at the end of the book, there are still problems in the Devil’s Keeper MC.  Merritt is a lawyer who has fled her career to get away from a repressive and abusive colleague/lover.  While she is hiding in her home state, trouble will find her.

The heart of this story is the relationship between Merritt and Greeley.  Can they find more with each other than sex?  Can Merritt stop running and face who she really is and what she wants?  The author really takes the time to explore Merritt’s situation.  While at times she frustrated me, I appreciated the unveiling of her thoughts and feelings.  It added depth to the story and took it past a superficial level.

If you are a fan of the MC genre, definitely check out this book!  I found the characters well developed, the passion off the charts and the plot fast moving and suspenseful!