Author: Carla Swafford
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
Received From Publisher
Blurb: Forget shining armor. Motorcycle shop owner Mary Jane Parker could use a knight in black leather right about now. A local gang has been extorting her for protection money, and standing her ground would be a lot easier with the Brothers of Mayhem at her back. She just needs to convince the club’s new president to take the job. The powerful, brooding biker claims he’s not interested—but if his version of tough love is supposed to be punishment, Mary Jane would gladly misbehave for the rest of her life.
Storm Ryder has no interest in rescuing anyone but himself. He spent three agonizing years in prison, and there’s no way in hell he’s going back, not over a spoiled rich girl who’s flirting with trouble. So why does he find himself craving Mary Jane’s lips—and holding her close when he should be pushing her away? Deep down in his tortured soul, Storm knows she’ll be there for him. And when Mary Jane needs him most, he’ll find the courage to give her everything he’s got.
Review: Carla Swafford surprised me with this contemporary look at an MC and its leaders. She’s always had a knack for making the taboo seem normal; in this book, she wrote about a controversial subject with heart and heat–creating a love story for a man that really needed one.
Mary Jane Parker needed help. She and her partner Jimmy Marcus had been threatened by a gang called Thirty Seconds, and they needed protection in a bad way because they refused to pay protection money. Luckily, Jimmy had found the Brothers of Mayhem motorcycle club who were doing a brisk sideline business as bodyguards. Before she could bring their leader, Storm Ryder, back to the office, Jimmy was killed, which left Mary Jane in a world of hurt. She needed someone to keep her safe and ensure justice was found for Jimmy’s murder. Plus she needed to protect her businesses.
Storm Ryder was new to heading up the MC, and it had been his idea for them to pull some legal money acting as bodyguards. What he hadn’t counted on was how attracted he was to Mary Jane.
When dark forces within the MC bubble up and threaten to overthrow the relative peace he’d created, Storm begins to worry that the danger surrounding them will destroy him and Mary Jane. Could he have a future and have Mary Jane too?
All that’s left for him to do is choose the safest path for the future–for him, Mary Jane…and the club. Great emotional read that covered issues including rape and murder. I liked it much more than some other MC books I’ve read thanks to Carla’s writing skill. The plot was authentic and deeply touching. Thanks!