Another superb book to add to the Protectors cannon

Redemption (The Protectors, Book 8)Redemption by Sloane Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know how Sloane Kennedy does it. She consistently turns out books in this series which not only pack an emotional punch but which suck you into a unique exploration of MM romance.

While there are commonalities, this is a series after all, the relationships all have a unique element and experience which means you never feel like you’re reading a rehash.

In this one the trauma and suffering is almost too much but Sloane also knows just how far to push the reader before it would go into unpleasant territory.

I felt for Levi so much. What’s sadder is that there will be people out in the “real” world who have suffered in similar ways. The way his story and romance with Phoenix plays out is believable and realistic. It takes time to build up trust and it can be shattered so easily.

I loved this pairing, they were gentle, kind and supportive of each other and I loved that they talked! No annoying miscommunication between them to cause any dramady.

The crime element is well done, tight plotting keeps the tensions high until the explosive conclusion. I absolutely adore these books. The sneak peak at Vincent’s story left me begging for more.
And yet again the book is graced with an amazing cover from Jay Aheer featuring Wander Aguiar photography.

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Bloodshed and violence as the boys wreak revenge

Precious Jules: A Cowboy Gangster NovellaPrecious Jules: A Cowboy Gangster Novella by C.J. Bishop

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is vicious, brutal, all ends up bloody and violent in its typical brilliance.

It’s lost a star because, once again, it leaves the ending slightly open and that drives me batty beyond words. There’s loose threads left for what will undoubtedly be further books, which is great because I am addicted to them and the main plot is tied up but it still really irritates me. I’m not a fan of “serial” style books!

I’m not sure on the timescale for this one happening, it seems to be after all the weddings and there’s not much in the way of romance either but it has the Cowboy and Cochise doing what they do best so all is well!

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This book is awesome

Call the CoronerCall the Coroner by Avril Ashton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heed the trigger warnings, this is no hearts and flowers romance but it absolutely is a dark and twisted rollercoaster of emotion and desire.

I haven’t read any of the other books in the series but I don’t think I missed anything vital, although I absolutely will now be going to get all the others because these are totally my kind of kink.

Seriously dangerous men working in a dangerous world with death and despair on the edge of every action, this was a powerful examination of how the thing we think we hate often turns into the thing we need the most.

This is not fair the faint hearted but if you like honest emotion, no matter how dark the flavour, then read this book. Fans of KA Merikan should love this one. This is volcanic hot and powerfully erotic.

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Epic time travelling Motorcycle Club devilish romance

Laurent and the Beast (Kings of Hell MC, #1)Laurent and the Beast by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Full review to come when I’m at my desk.

Right, I’m at my desk now so I can properly give this review the attention it deserves. You know what I love most about reading? It’s that sometimes you find a book with a subject that you didn’t even know, until you read it, that you’d needed to have in your life.

This book is one of those. Ask me if I wanted to read about a time travelling book clerk hooking up with a scarred and tattooed motorcycle club bad boy to fight against a devilish (yes the actual Devil) plot and I’d have been “what the hell are you smoking mate?”

So it should come as a surprise to discover that not only did I want to read this book, I needed to read this book, to the extent that it kept me up until 3am this morning because I had to finish it and I physically could not force myself to put it down.

I’m not going to spoil it for anyone going into the book blind, nor am I going to rehash the plot, all I’m going to say is that people should read this book for one reason, and one reason alone – because it’s a thrill of a ride.

This book pushes the boundaries of what’s expected in an MM romance novel, adding in the spice of an air of mystery and magic, building up the sexual tension (the first full sex scene doesn’t happen until almost the 80% mark and then it’s virgin sex so even more hot and erotic!).

Wonderfully contrasting the two disparate settings of a character from 1805 and one from 2017 without ever making it feel like a fantasy novel, the story weaves its way into a complex and detailed relationship between two uniquely identified MCs. Both Laurent and Beast are fully fleshed out, their fears and hopes fit their characters and their relationship grows at a realistic and believable pace.

There are a few odd grammatical tenses which occur at times – the use of has instead of had threw me a couple of times but not enough to spoil my enjoyment of the read. Kat and Agnes have again exercised their incredible imaginations and brought to life a world which is our own but with just a hint of “Through the Looking Glass” about it to add the element of “what if this were real?”

#ARC provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Possibly the best one yet

His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem, #8)His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an adrenaline rush through some of the more horrific parts of life – the darkness which unfortunately exists to fuel sick and twisted desires.
Misha was kidnapped and forced into a life of horror when he was only 17 and has been in a living Hell for five years.

Grim is the Coffin Nails assassin, a Nomad who carries out the jobs the various chapters of the motorcycle club want doing when there’s trash needs cleaning out. He’s hard and powerful, dangerous, gay. And he hates homophobes.

Grim also has an unusual fetish, he’s an amputee devotee, he finds people with missing limbs fascinating and when he inadvertently rescues Misha during a Louisiana chapter raid on traffickers, he finds his own little broken bird.

This book is as brutal as all the others in the series but, bizarrely, it also has some of the most tender and loving moments. I’ve been waiting for Grim’s story since he was first introduced and it didn’t disappoint.

I loved this book, I loved how Misha slowly learnt to trust in Grim, that he loved him and not just his broken limbs, and how Grim realised that it was more than just his stumps that made Misha perfect for him.

But it’s not for everyone. It has some truly horrific moments, the subject matter it deals with is beyond revolting to even think about and the knowledge this world is real makes my stomach turn.

These are not hearts and flowers romances but they are love stories and these two authors are masters of their craft.

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A sweet! yes I said sweet, Sex & Mayhem story

Heart Ripper: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem, #9)Heart Ripper: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well this one was a change from the others, vastly less violent but still with its moments but with a much sweeter tone and actually some flowers!

There’s still the stupidly hot bikers, the sex in this one is quite kinky as virginal David discovers he’s actually quite a dirty boy in bed, in the bathroom, round the back of the clubhouse and a multitude of other places.

I liked having a non white MC as well. Raja was Indian but it was just one aspect of him, it wasn’t made a big deal out of. There was also a lot less trauma in this story too and a little bit of romance.

It had humour too, although it might just be me but the more I read snippets of Tooth and Lucky, the more I wonder if they’ve had a lobotomy as they don’t resemble the people they were in their own book. Lucky comes over as a stirring bitch and Tooth as an upright prude but neither of them were like that in their romance. Ah well.

Overall I’ve given it one star less as it seemed a bit more disconnected from the motorcycle club plotlines but it was still a great read.

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All the stars, every one of those troubled biker stars for this book

One Step Too Close: Coffin Nails MC Louisiana (Sex & Mayhem, #6)One Step Too Close: Coffin Nails MC Louisiana by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, I’ve been after wanting Jed and Ryder’s story ever since they guest starred in Chokehold where they ran into Dom and Seth so this book was a welcome read.

What I wasn’t expecting though, was that these boys would be fighting Tooth and Luci to he my favourite MC boys. This book was so good, Jed struggling to keep his sexuality a secret, his love for his step brother crippling him and sending him off the rails.
The scene at the bridge with his Honda and the kettlebells almost broke me, I just wanted to scoop him up and wrap him in cotton wool.

But Ryder, oh I fell for Ryder big time. The older brother, the responsible one, the one with the steady girlfriend but missing something undefined in his life but which he thought might just be Jed.
The guilt over his feeling for Jed, his knowledge that it would be something they couldn’t come back from if it went wrong.

On top of that we get the sub plot with Dana – bitch woman from Hell – and the Columbian Toro, visiting the Coffin Nails to buy arms and it going horribly wrong.
It was interesting seeing the other side of the operation and how Dana lost her finger. This one’s not quite so violent as the others have been but it’s top of the tree for the sex.

Lord the Sex!! When these two finally give in there aren’t enough words to describe the emotions pouring off the page. It’s Kindle, and pants, meltingly hot, just perfect. It’s also done realistically, no instant penetration on the first go here, it hurts Jed when Ryder tops him and we get to read about them finding their way together through that.
And it only improves as these boys discover just how good they can be when they give in to their love for each other.

Now Ele, in her review, had worried me when she mentioned the HEA as being perfect for them and the appropriate option and my brain had me going all over the place wondering what it might be.
But I shouldn’t have worried, she was right. Jed and Ryder do get to ride into their own version of happiness and its awesome.

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