Custom Made (Fast & Fury #2) by Chantal Fernando

Cameron Davies has the job she’s always wanted—designing custom motorcycles at Fast & Fury. No way is she going to screw this up. But when her wild, sexy one-night stand ends up being the shop’s new VIP client, her life is suddenly turned on its head.
Orion Stenton radiates power, danger and, most of all, sex. His lavish lifestyle is fraught with dangers for Cam—and a far too intimate link to her past. She has to keep things professional, but it’s impossible to forget the feel of him or the way he whispers her name.
The connection between them demands far more than a quick fling. But when Cam’s past puts Orion in danger, she must face her demons if she’s going to save them both.

Cam’s character definitely caught my attention in the first book in the Fast & Fury series, Custom Built. I was happy to find out that she was going to get her own story and Custom Made did not disappoint.

Cam was a very talented and creative young woman and loved her job, along with the people she worked with. It was very much like a found family to her. Sharing the loss of someone close to her with Bronte just made those bonds stronger. Life was good and so soon after that loss, she definitely wasn’t looking for love, but sometimes Fate has other plans.

I wasn’t exactly impressed with the way that the relationship between Orion and Cam started – and neither was Cam. Orion eventually won Cam over, but it took a while. That time gave readers a chance to get to know both characters better. The attraction between the two of them was hard to ignore and Orion was determined to gain Cam’s trust – and more.

Cam thought she had left her past behind. When it creeps back in her main goal is to keep everyone around her safe. She soon finds out that the “family” she’s surrounded herself with is more than capable of taking care of themselves and everyone they care about. The lines between “good” and “bad” are more than a little blurred, but the Knights have their own sense of justice and if you mess with one of them, you mess with them all. Orion has that same kind of loyalty.

It’s that sense of loyalty, protection and family that keeps me coming back. There’s also plenty of heat, danger, action and mystery – everything I love in a good story. Another thing I like about both the Knights of Fury and Fast & Fury is that the female lead characters aren’t just “damsels in distress” – they are as protective of those that they love as those who are trying to protect them. They’re also smart and know when to not take unnecessary risks.

Although it’s not necessary to read Chantal Fernando’s Knights of Fury series before starting Fast & Fury, the ties between the two series aren’t loose at all. This series is almost a continuation of the first. The difference is that it takes place in the motorcycle shop that is owned by the club. Not a big deal and it probably won’t be noticed unless you’ve already been introduced to the Knights of Fury. It’s just worth mentioning because a lot of the characters from Knights of Fury show up from time to time – and in my opinion, they’re worth getting to know better. 😉

When He’s Wild (Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

The third and final book in a Walker Security trilogy featuring Adrian Ramos…
He was dirty, then he was bad, now he’s just plain wild. Like all the men of Walker Security, when he fell for his woman, he fell hard. Some might call his love for Priscilla a weakness, but you might as well call her a weapon.
You hurt her, vengeance is coming and his name is Adrian. 

When He’s Wild was the perfect ending to Lisa Renee Jones’ Adrian’s Trilogy. Which was a continuation of the Walker Security series. I can personally vouch for the fact that you can read this trilogy as a stand alone. I can also vouch for the fact that once you finish this series, you’re going to want to check out the rest of the Walker Security books. I’ve only had a taste and I can’t wait to read more.

There was little or no down time in When He’s Wild. Much like the previous book in this trilogy, When He’s Wild picked up where When He’s Bad left off. That doesn’t mean that there was no time for Adrian and Pri to have time alone – or time to doubt. There was plenty of time for both, but one thing they never doubted was their devotion to each other. That doubt was reserved for whether or not they would make it out in one piece or who outside of their immediate circle they could trust. That was an extremely short list.

There were more than a few twists and turns and there were times that their situation seemed hopeless. I had absolutely no idea how things were going to turn out. I have to say though that the ending was perfect and I didn’t see it coming. As I said, Adrian’s story may be over, but there’s a lot more series by Lisa Renee Jones that tie into the Walker Security series. Rumor has it that Savage’s series has a new release coming soon. Which means it’s a perfect time to catch up. 😉

Forgiven (Forgiven #1) by Garrett Leigh

When Mia Amour returns to England to open a florist shop, all she wants to do is put her lousy ex behind her and never look back. But getting a fresh start is easier said than done when her first love, the boy who once broke her teenage heart, strolls back into her life. He’s every bit as sexy as she remembers, and the urge to melt back into his arms almost makes her forget how devastated she was when he took off without a word. Almost.
Left with no choice, Luke Daley did what he had to do, leaving town to earn enough money to save his broken family, though it just about broke him, too. But now he’s back, running his uncle’s business and trying desperately to forget about Mia, the girl he left behind all those years ago. When he runs into her in town, the shock of seeing her again brings an intense rush of emotions: love, guilt…and an overwhelming urge to find out if it’s still as amazing between them as it used to be.
It doesn’t take either of them long to give in to desire and discover the fiery passion they once shared burns hotter than ever. With each new touch, each moment of forgiveness, old hurts heal and the future they’d hoped for ten years ago becomes possible again. But their fragile connection is tested by a threat neither of them saw coming—a threat that could end their second chance before it even gets started.

This isn’t my first Garrett Leigh read, but it is my first M/F read by her. Unlike some other readers, I love it when writers mix it up and branch out a little. My first reaction that I walked away with was that even though I loved the story, I had a hard time connecting with Mia. *sigh*

Luke didn’t handle the way he left Mia and everyone else when he was younger, but he was a kid who was trying to do what he thought was best. I understood Mia’s initial reaction and she had a right to be hurt, but I just wish she would have looked at what happened in the past with adult eyes. I think my main problem with her was the way she treated Luke.

I adored Luke from the beginning and to be fair, Mia eventually won me over. I also adored the supporting characters. There was a strong family feel to Forgiven, both blood and “found”, which always pulls me into a book. There was a touch of danger, plenty of heat and a bit of mystery. Plenty of reasons to keep the pages turning.

Next up in the Forgiven series is Unforgotten and it’s already on my TBR list. Given the description and knowing who the main characters are, I can’t wait to pick it up.

Mine to Keep (NOLA Knights #3) by Rhenna Morgan

She’s in way over her head.
Bonnie Drummond is from the wrong side of the tracks, raised in a family of liars and criminals. No matter how hard she tries to stay on the straight and narrow, she always finds herself sucked back into the family drama, forced to sacrifice everything she’s earned to protect her family.
But this time they’ve gone too far—crossed the wrong people—and to save them she’ll have to put her life on the line.
Roman Kozlov, enforcer for a New Orleans mafiya family, is the poster child for the life Bonnie is struggling to escape. But he’s also as alluring as he is dangerous, and it doesn’t take long for their lives to begin to mesh.
With Roman, Bonnie finds the family she never had. 
As their race for answers heats up, so too does the budding romance between them. And with danger nipping at her heels and love threatening her heart, Bonnie must come face-to-face with her past if she wants to have a future.

I fell in love with the brothers and their significant others in the Haven Brotherhood, so it should come as no surprise that it didn’t take long for the NOLA Knights to win me over. I was kind of curious about how Bonnie and Roman would “fit”. Although she had proven her loyalty to Cassie in Hers to Tame, she was still an unknown. Turns out that a lot of that “unknown” vibe was purposeful. Bonnie spent a lot of time hiding her past – which kind of made her the perfect match for Roman.

Bonnie was desperate when she called Cassie for help. She had her suspicions about who Cassie’s new family was and knew that it was probably safer for her to stay far away from them and their brand of help, but the lives of what little family she had left was at stake and she was scared. As dangerous as Roman probably was, she had no problem standing up to him even though she felt safer around him than any man she’d been around before. The attraction was intense and mutual. As strong as that attraction was, Roman knew he wasn’t the kind of man that Bonnie deserved. He knew in his heart that once she discovered who he truly was she would never look at him the same. Funny, Bonnie felt the same way about him knowing who she really was. So yeah, these two were definitely made for each other.

As with all the books in both this series and the Haven Brotherhood, the supporting characters were just as important as the main couple. It’s that sense of family that makes this series and Mine to Keep was definitely no exception. Watching Cassie and Evie take Bonnie under their wings was perfect and their not so subtle hints and match making maneuvers were adorable.

I’m not sure what Rhenna Morgan has in store for readers next, but I can’t wait to find out. I certainly hope that we haven’t seen the last of this extended family of found brothers and the ladies who love them. 😉

Custom Built (Fast & Fury #1) by Chantal Fernando

After losing her job, saying goodbye to a lifelong dream and having an all-around cruddy year, Bronte Pierce needs a break. A job at Fast & Fury might be just the thing to reset her life, even though she knows nothing about custom motorcycles. But taking a job isn’t the same as keeping it, and her fresh start quickly turns into a fresh nightmare.
Starting with her boss. Crow is hardheaded, stubborn and brutally honest. He may be easy on the eyes, but he runs with an MC and he’s anything but friendly to Bronte. She suspects he has a softer side—just not for her.
Her whole life, Bronte has known that the only person she can truly count on to save the day is herself. But when a single murder turns into a conspiracy and the threat to her life is more than she can handle alone, it’s Crow who comes through—and her newfound family might just become her greatest strength.

So, as far as I can tell, Fast & Fury isn’t as much of a spin off of the Knights of Fury series as it is a continuation. At least that’s my take on it. That’s not a bad thing or even a complaint. Just an observation. It’s also not necessary for you to have read the Knights of Fury series to start Fast & Fury, but most of the characters in Custom Built were first introduced in Saint, Renegade and Temper.

The description of Custom Built is a pretty good setup for Bronte and Crow’s story. The connection between them didn’t take too long to develop though.

Looking back on my review of Saint, I kind of had issues with that book too. Although with the first book in the Knights of Fury series, I couldn’t pin point exactly what my issue was. This time, I’m not quite so on the fence. Although I can’t give you details because I refuse to give spoilers in my reviews, I can tell you that it felt like Bronte was put through way too much. I’m all for conflict in a story and a bit of danger and heart break is tolerable, but with Bronte? I think I would have been okay with the story ending WAY before it did and even then it was almost too much. *sigh*

That doesn’t mean that I’m ready to give up on the series, because I’m not. It also doesn’t mean that I think that Custom Built isn’t worth the read. Despite what the author put them through, I really liked Crow and Bronte’s story. And since Cam’s story is next in Custom Made and I can’t wait for her to get her HEA.

Trusting a Warrior (Loving a Warrior #3) by Melanie Hansen

Heartbroken after her fiancé falls in love with another woman, Lani Abuel seeks comfort in the arms of a stranger, only to find herself alone…and pregnant. Fiercely determined to be a good mother, she’ll do whatever it takes, which means finally facing the trauma in her past. The last thing she needs is a warrior with wounds all too similar to her own finding his way into her heart.
George Monteverdi always had one goal—become a navy SEAL. Now both a SEAL and a K-9 handler, saving lives is his priority. Although he’s experienced the unspeakable, he handles it. SEALs are built tough—until they’re not. Lani understands him, and in her quiet strength, he finds a soft place to land.
As their worlds entwine, Lani and Geo find the redemption they’ve been seeking. But despite the sanctuary they’ve discovered with one another, a relationship seems impossible. A SEAL who spends most of his time deployed is far from what Lani—or her baby—needs, and Geo can’t imagine a future doing anything else.

Readers briefly met Lani in Keeping a Warrior, but since that was Rhys and Devon’s story, I didn’t remember much about her. The more I read, the more I remembered though.

This isn’t my first Melanie Hansen read, and although I’ve liked all the Loving a Warrior books so far, Trusting a Warrior held more of an emotional punch than all the others combined. Not quite as much emotion as I experienced when I read Point of Contact, but that book was an exception that would be hard to repeat.

I’m not sure which of their stories broke my heart more. There’s a lot of judgement that goes with suicide victims and those that are left behind. This story pulled no punches trying to downplay that. Part of the reason why Lani didn’t seek help in dealing with her grief was because of that. Devon’s grief was a lot fresher (Lani’s 10 years compared to Devon’s year.) He was also dealing with a whole different mentality surrounded by service men who considered suicide even more of a coward’s way out. The guilt that both Devon and Lani carried didn’t help either.

Which all brings me to the fact that Trusting a Warrior was so much more than a romance. It was a story of trust, love, honor, pain, recovery and hope. Lani and Devon found each other at just the right time, but they also had a strong supportive group of people who had their back.

Trusting a Warrior also got readers caught up on previous characters from the Loving a Warrior series. A lot of them came full circle and it was nice to see where they were years after their stories began.

When He’s Dirty (Walker Security: Adrian’s Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

As a member of Walker Security, Adrian Ramos has found redemption for a walk on the dark side. For six years the former FBI agent was undercover in the notorious Texas Kings biker club. For six years he changed, he became one of them and when the bust happened, he didn’t know who he was anymore. On a hitlist with a price on his head he disappeared and joined Walker Security, but now, the trial is set to start and witnesses are dropping like flies. 
Assistant District Attorney, Priscilla Miller is tasked with the conviction of The King himself, and she’s passionate about taking him down, but her case is falling apart. She’s also in trouble, and while she resists Adrian, the sexy ex-FBI agent with a killer reputation, he and his team at Walker Security will become her lifeline, in more ways than one.
He touches her, she melts.
He shields her, she survives.
But everything is not as it seems. Friends are enemies. Secrets are really lies. And the one time in his life Adrian lets his heart do the thinking, passion might just be deadly.

Okay, so it’s confession time. I’m way behind on my Lisa Renee Jones series reads. I read Hot Secrets and Dangerous Secrets in her Tall, Dark & Deadly series and then I lost track of the Walker Brothers. I got re-introduced to them in The Brilliance Trilogy and decided that I needed do a little back tracking. Turns out that’s going to have to wait a while since she’s revisiting Walker Security with Adrian’s Trilogy.

Although readers didn’t “meet” all of Walker Security in The Brilliance Trilogy, Adrian was a supporting character and I’m happy that he’s getting his own series. Bad jokes aside, it’s obvious that he’s loyal, caring and protective – especially to those he considers family. He also is broken and the title of the first book in his series is pretty fitting considering that’s how he sees himself.

Priscilla (Pri) has her own demons that she’s trying to shed from the time she spent working at her father’s law firm. She’s not proud of the things she did and she’s working hard to make up for them. Their mutual attraction couldn’t come at a worse time, but some things you can’t fight or ignore. They have to work together to put the man away for good that has them both in his crosshairs before he hurts anyone else.

There are more than a few suspect characters, which makes it hard for two people who don’t trust easily. It comes down to Adrian’s Walker Security family and Pri. There’s plenty of action, danger and heat between Adrian and Pri to keep the pages turning. And in case you’re one of those readers that cares, When He’s Dirty ends with a super intense, jaw dropping, cliff hanger. Thankfully, readers only have until December to wait for When He’s Bad.

Devil’s Cut (The Bourbon Kings #3) by J.R. Ward

At first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom . . . but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company’s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there’s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing. 
Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward’s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer–only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing. 
As Lane rushes to discover the truth, and Sutton finds herself irresistibly drawn to Edward in spite of his circumstances, the lives of everyone at Easterly will never be the same again. For some, this is good; for others, it could be a tragedy beyond imagining. Only one thing’s for certain: Love survives all things. Even murder. 

What an ending to a great trilogy. I know that some readers aren’t fans of books written with multiple POVs. For the record, I’m not one of those readers. In the case of King’s Cut, those multiple POVs made it hard to put down. I’d get to the end of a pivotal scene with one couple and think I could stop there, but then the next chapter would be just as intriguing. There was so much going on and so much depended on all the crazy twists and turns that before I knew it, I’d finished another 50 – 100 pages.

Although the description centers around Edward, Sutton, Lizzie and Lane, King’s Cut wraps things up for everyone else as well. And there were a lot of things that needed to be settled in this final book. Some of the HEA’s were harder to come by than others. There were tears and heartbreak along the way, but J.R. Ward did an amazing job of wrapping things up.

As for the “who” behind William’s death? I honestly didn’t see it coming until just before everyone else did. There were a couple of other surprises along the way that made things more than a little interesting. Although my favorite series penned by J.R. Ward is the BDB, I can honestly say that I enjoyed this contemporary visit with The Bourbon Kings. 😉

A Sinful Encore (Brilliance Trilogy #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

You only thought you knew how this was going to end, but their story is far from over. The explosive finale is bound to leave you breathless. A Sinful Encore is the third and final book in the Brilliance Trilogy.

What an amazing end to a beautiful trilogy. ❤

The Brilliance Trilogy was one of those series that drew me in from the first book. It was also one where each book seemed impossible to put down and once I reached the final page, I couldn’t wait for the next. And that wasn’t just because of the cliff hangers in A Reckless Note and A Wicked Song.

I really don’t want to give anything away, so if you haven’t started this trilogy yet, you need to stop reading this review now. I won’t be giving anything away from A Sinful Encore, but it would be impossible to not give anything away from the previous books. So, consider yourself warned. 😉

A Sinful Encore begins exactly where A Wicked Song left off – with Kace and Aria coming face to face with a very angry Gio. From the volatile beginning to the very last page, the twists, turns and revelations just kept coming. That and the fact that the writing was just as lyrical as it was in the first two books, kept the pages turning.

Kace spent a lot of time in A Sinful Encore attempting to protect Aria from danger and sometimes even from himself. Gio was convinced that Kace was a danger to her, while Kace was convinced the same was true of Gio. It was hard at times to tell who to trust, but Aria never once lost her trust in Kace.

There were a lot of characters in the Brilliance Trilogy that readers were familiar with from previous series. From the standpoint of a reader who hasn’t read those previous series, I kind of liked being introduced to them as Aria was. Now I get to go back and experience those relationships from the beginning, which I definitely plan on doing.

Although the Brilliance Trilogy came to a satisfying end, there was still a little bit of a mystery left in the finale. Just enough to make readers wonder what comes next for Aria, Kace and those that they are closest to. ❤

 

The Angels’ Share (The Bourbon Kings #2) by J.R. Ward

In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society—just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder…
No one is above suspicion—especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle—as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.
Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a savior…or the worst of all the sinners?

I think the fact that the author got past all the introductions, history and back story in The Bourbon Kings, is the main reason that I liked The Angels’ Share even better than the first book in the series. Either that or the Bradfords are starting to grow on me.

On the surface, it was easy to form opinions on all the Bradford siblings, but once you got to know them, you realized there was much more to them than what was on the surface. The more I got to know them, the more I sympathized with them.

There were twists, turns, secrets and more than a few revelations. The deception and the pure… well I’m not sure how to describe exactly what drove the head of the Bradford family to do what he did to pretty much everyone he should have cared about. The more that was revealed, the more that I had no problem cheering on whoever put an end to his reign – as long as they got away with it. In the end, I’m still not sure that the right person was brought to justice.

There’s so much more to come, which means that since Devil’s Cut is the last book in the Bourbon Kings series, it has a lot of ground to cover. The are more than a few loose ends, at least one person that needs to be taken down a notch and a mystery or two that needs to be solved.