Recommendation: Yes. Motorcycles, hot guys, leather and well written love scenes. This book is a win for romance lovers, especially those who enjoy dirty men doing dirty things.
Type: Series but each novel can be read as a stand alone, this is book two in the Brothers of Mayhem series.
Summary: +interesting plot +more emotion that expected -unresolved plot holes *trigger topics +well written dialogue +great chemistry between mains -mediocre yet sweet ending +HEA with no cliffhanger
From the author of Hidden Heat (“Filled with action, deception, and emotional and sexual tension.”—Publishers Weekly), the Brothers of Mayhem MC rides again in an explosive novel of wounded hearts and undeniable heat.
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.
Full Heat is the second book in the Brothers of Mayhem series by Carla Swafford and after reading it, I am tempted to pick up the first novel in the series because my goodness it is spicy. Not for the tame of heart, Full Heat brings the explosion of chemistry that is created when a hot,alpha male motorcycle club president and timid yet free-spirited, good girl gone bad meet and their world’s collide. Now I know what you are thinking..hasn’t this been done before?
Several aspects of this book make it stand apart from others in the same genre. Our main man Storm is more than he seems. With a torturous past and almost every obstacle imaginable standing in his way, this story follows his fight to defeat his inner demons and survive the continuous violence he faces every day. I did enjoy reading this and completed it in one sitting. Surprisingly, I was not expecting some of deeper and darker happenings that occurred in this book. I felt a bit at odds because my mind couldn’t really fathom that a book with such intense desire and positive sexual tension also contained triggers like sexual assault and domestic violence. The stark contrast between the two ends of the spectrum helped to create a better picture of what our character’s were feeling but at the same time, made me want to shy away. I can’t imagine how someone would overcome that type of trauma.
Certain aspects of this book drove me a little nuts. There are several un-resolved issues that weren’t fully addressed. There is a certain injustice one feels when an antagonist doesn’t get what is coming to them. I just wanted to reach through my e-reader and pummel half the characters in this book. It seriously put me in a semi-foul mood after reading it, only because I felt like Storm and Mary Jane deserved MORE than that. They were owed more. The ending was sweet, but not super consistent with what I expected the character to do though. I have to give Swafford props, to be able to manipulate the emotions of the reader takes some skill and even my husband was making fun of my mood swings. Luckily, this doesn’t have a cliffhanger so my e-reader was able to live another day.
This book is set to be released July 19, 2016.
Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Carla Swafford and Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept .