Hell on Wheels (Kings of Mayhem MC #4) by Penny Dee

I left here a man but came back a beast
CHANCE
A shoulder-fired missile broke my body.
But betrayal obliterated my heart.
For months I lingered in and out of hell until my body healed.
Now I’m back in town with my club brothers. They think I am ok. But I am still fighting a war of darkness in my head and I can’t see a way out.
Then she comes into town like a summer breeze and makes me feel things I didn’t know existed.
She has the voice of an angel and the body of a goddess.
But she is running from her own demons. From the Devil himself.
He’s coming to town and she’s scared. But I’ve walked through hell and survived, and I’ll walk through it again to protect her.

CASSIDY
I’ve spent years running from my past.
Town to town.
State to state.
Never putting down roots.
Because I am running from the Devil himself and if he finds me he will drag me down to hell again.
Then I meet a beautiful, scarred beast of man who makes me feel something for the first time of my life…hope.
He makes me want to stay but thats an impossibility.
Because the Devil is coming for me and when he arrives I won’t stand a chance.

I’ve pretty much liked all the books in this series, even though I put off reading them. Don’t even ask me why, because I have absolutely no idea. Having said that, I think that Hell on Wheels has been my favorite out of all 4 books. All the brothers in Kings of Mayhem were a little bit broken, but Chance was the most broken of them all. Not even those who were closest to him knew exactly how much he had lost in combat. The physical scars were visible, but the emotional ones he kept well hidden. No one could heal those, until Cassidy.

I wanted things to work out for both Cassidy and Chance because they both deserved a break. Even when Cassidy did something stupid that put her in unnecessary danger or when Chance wouldn’t open up. As frustrating as those moments were, they kept the pages turning. The next book in the series is Off Limits and I’m going to try really hard not to put that one off as long as I did the rest of the books in the series.

All Fired Up (Road to Love #3) by Lori Foster

Charlotte Parrish has always wanted a certain kind of man: someone responsible, settled, boring. Bad boys need not apply. But when her car leaves her stranded and a mysterious stranger with brooding eyes and a protective streak comes to her rescue, she can’t deny how drawn she is to him. In town searching for family he’s never met, Mitch is everything she never thought she wanted—and suddenly everything she craves.
Finding his half brothers after all these years is more than Mitch Crews has allowed himself to wish for. Finding love never even crossed his mind…until he meets Charlotte. She’s sweet, warmhearted, sexier than she knows—and too damn good for an ex-con like him. But when his past comes back to haunt him, putting Charlotte—and the family he’s come to care for—in danger, Mitch isn’t playing by the rules. He’s already surrendered his heart, but now he’ll risk his life.

I’ve loved all the books in the Road to Love series so far, but I’ve gotta admit, I think All Fired Up may have been my favorite. It features Charlotte, who has been around since the series began and Mitch, who readers were hinted about at the end of Slow Ride.

Charlotte is the “little sister” to overprotective brothers, Jack and Brodie. She lost her parents when she was younger and was “adopted” by the Crews family with no hesitation whatsoever. Mitch had a plan. He wanted to establish himself and then at least meet his half brothers. That plan fell apart as soon as he ran into Charlotte. He was attracted to her from the start – even before he knew her connection to the Crews brothers. That should have nipped his attraction in the bud, but it soon became impossible to ignore.

When Mitch found out that he’d brought danger to his new family, he planned on keeping it as far away from them as possible, whatever it took. He didn’t know his family well enough to realize that they took care of their own and were more than capable. He didn’t expect the immediate devotion and trust for someone who should have been considered a total stranger. That’s just not how the Crews family worked.

I think that’s what made me love this series so much. The strong sense of family that came from all the Crews members. I had only one little issue with the family aspect and it centered around forgiveness. I’m not going to give it away. I think most readers will know what I’m talking about when they get to it. It wasn’t enough to tarnish my love for this series or All Fired Up. As usual, I can’t wait to see what Lori Foster has in store for readers next.

Renegade (Knights of Fury #2) by Chantal Fernando

Good girl Isabella wouldn’t miss the birth of her sister’s baby for the world. So when her car breaks down and one of the bikers next door offers her a ride to Vegas, it’s too tempting to pass up. Besides, she can think of worse travel conditions than wrapping her arms around Renny, otherwise known as Renegade.
Tall, dark and handsome, the man is pure sex on a Harley.
Between wild parties and rumbling motorcycles, living next to the Knights of Fury MC has always left Isabella curious, but after a night in Vegas, she gets a firsthand taste. Drinks in the club surrounded by burly bikers soon turns into a series of daring decisions, which don’t seem so bad until she wakes up the next morning. Married. To Renny.
Could she be more of a cliché?
Nothing complicates an annulment like lingering temptation, especially when Isabella and Renny give in to their need, putting their marriage where their mouths are. But as Isabella learns what outlaw life is really like, she’ll have to decide if she’s in love with a biker—or in over her head.

Okay, so my first reaction when I finished Renegade was that these guys are kinda growing on me. I’ve realized that I have a type when it comes to MC romances. Some I’m on the fence with, but there have been others that I’ve flat out refused to finish. Others that I loved from the start. Just like with all groups, there’s good and there’s bad. The ones that I’ve refused to finish? It wasn’t because the writing was bad. Those are with main characters that are so bad, I see no way that they could possibly redeem themselves and find it really hard to stick around to see if they do. So far, Knights of Fury hasn’t come close to crossing that line, at least not with the main characters. There are a few that are questionable though, but I still hold out hope. The thing is, I can’t really tell you what they did that was questionable because it’s kind of a twist in the story line. Let’s just say, you’ll know it when you read it – or maybe it’s just me? Again?

Anyway… on the surface, Renny and Bella were not a match by any stretch of the imagination – until you got to know them. Renny had been admiring Bella from a distance and he already had respect for her because of the help she had given Skylar in Saint, the first book in the Knights of Fury series. Bella didn’t feel the same attraction, even though she was curious. When Renny seemed to come to her rescue, her opinion changed. Their unintended marriage was comical, until their feelings grew.

Things aren’t easy though. Trust if fragile and then danger falls on their doorstep. Renny sets out to prove that he’ll do anything to protect those he considers family, but Bella has to decide if that’s enough to win her heart.

I loved getting to know the Knights of Fury even better and the rest of the supporting characters added just as much to the story. Like I said, they’re growing on me. That sense of family is a strong pull for me in any story and it’s definitely a strong aspect of this series. I’m even looking forward to Temper, the next book in the series.

Hard Chrome (American Heavy Metal #1) by Vanessa North

Tanner Ellis left American Heavy Metal in her rearview mirror. She didn’t see the beauty behind the grease stains and the polished chrome until it was too late. Now she’s back, determined to save her father’s legacy—and bring the South’s premier classic-car shop into the new century. Nothing is going to stop her—especially not the sexy tech who refuses to follow her lead.
American Heavy Metal is the only home Duke Wilson’s ever known, and no high-heeled, sharp-tongued princess is going to take it away. He tolerates Tanner’s advice, and it’s fun to push her buttons, but she doesn’t belong in the shop—never has, never will. The sooner she realizes that, the sooner he can find his new normal.
When Tanner falters, revealing the pain beneath her bravado, Duke comforts her the only way he knows how. And when violence from his past threatens their future, she’ll be there for him, offering him the one thing he’s always wanted—a shot at a real family. He just has to convince himself to take it.

This isn’t my first read by Vanessa North, but it is my first M/F read by this author. I kinda like it when authors go outside their norm and Hard Chrome was a perfect start to the American Heavy Metal series.

Even though I really liked Hard Chrome, I have to admit that Tanner didn’t win me over right away. Since she didn’t win Duke over right away either, I’d don’t feel so bad admitting that. The thing is, she was trying too hard to be the boss that she thinks everyone at American Heavy Metal needs…and she’s keeping secrets. Secrets that she’s afraid if revealed, her family won’t trust her to run the family business.

It doesn’t take these two long to realize that they work much better together than butting heads. They keep that to themselves too, because their time together isn’t serious… until it is.

One of the reasons why Hard Chrome was a great beginning to the American Heavy Metal series was because it introduced a lot of characters that made readers want to get to know them better. Flying Chrome is next and even though there’s no synopsis yet, I’m pretty sure who’s going to be featured next. 😉

His to Defend (Nola Knights #1) by Rhenna Morgan

His world. His rules. Her love.
Though his methods may be rough, when it comes to protecting what’s his, Russian vor Sergei Petrovyh’s heart is always in the right place. That’s never been more true than when the gorgeous Evette Labadie asks him for a job. He knows enough to keep his hands off someone as beloved by the locals as Evie, but there’s something about her that calls to him—no matter how badly he burns to make her his.
Don’t think Evie hasn’t noticed the powerful Russian mafia boss who makes her favorite diner a regular stop. How can she not? He’s as hot as his reputation is dangerous. But everyone in her struggling New Orleans neighborhood knows he’s the man to turn to. And right now she needs money to get her son out of trouble.
Her other needs—needs she knows damn well Sergei can more than satisfy—will have to wait.
Evie soon finds herself playing Cinderella to a man who, despite what people believe, is definitely more prince than villain. She can’t help falling deeper in love with each passing day. But when a turf war between Sergei and a rival brings violence to her doorstep, Evie must come to grips with loving a man who will do anything to defend her…or walk away from her best chance at a happily-ever-after of her very own.

Rhenna Morgan snagged me as a fan as soon as I read Rough & Tumble, the first book in her Men of Haven series. I read every book in that series and was kind of sad when Nola Knights was released because I was afraid that my beloved Men of Haven series was finished. My fears diminished though once I spent a little bit of time with Evie and Sergei. Plus, it’s kind of obvious that the Men of Haven series hasn’t been abandoned, just side tracked. It also didn’t hurt that more than a couple of characters made brief, but welcome appearances in His to Defend. 😉

One of the things I liked best about the Men of Haven series was the sense of family. Albeit, a very unconventional family. They couldn’t exactly be defined as “good-guys”, but they weren’t really bad either. They stayed out of trouble, unless trouble came after them, someone they loved or someone weaker and innocent. Then, all bets were off. Sergei and his “family” are much the same way, except with ties to the Mafia. He and his “brothers” have the same sort of code and any woman they claim as their own, needs to understand that. That’s not something the average person would be able to wrap their head around, but Evie did. She would do absolutely anything to protect her son, so she got it. Her growing attraction and love for Sergei made it even easier to accept. She saw a side to him that few ever did, and that’s the man she fell in love with.

There were a lot of interesting twists and turns in His to Defend. Some of them I saw coming, but some still surprised me. I loved seeing familiar faces, but the new characters were just as interesting. I’ve got to say, one of the things that I really loved about Evie was how she handled things near the end. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say her response was refreshing and not exactly typical.

Hers to Tame is next in the Nola Knights series and it should come as no surprise that I can’t wait. 😉

Biker Baby (Kings of Mayhem #3) by Penny Dee

I was about to make a huge mistake.
And when I say huge, I mean, approximately ten inches’ worth of mistake.
But after the week I’d had, this was just what I needed. A night of big bad mistakes with a big bad biker.
Honey Scott
Finding out your boyfriend is a cheating loser is a real buzz kill. Finding out you’re actually the other woman, is devastating. Call it temporary insanity, but I decide the best way to get over the loser I’d dated for two years is to get under a biker with tattoos, dimples and a hard body he knows how to use.
He’s going to make everything better with numerous mind-blowing orgasms. But just for one night.
Except one faulty condom means my one-night stand isn’t so one-night after all.
Caleb Calley
After a night of insane sex, the beautiful blue-eyed brunette gave me the slip. And even with all the women on offer afterwards, I can’t get her off my mind. So when she turns up at the Kings of Mayhem MC compound I’m quick to give her a second night of amazing sex and crazy orgasms. But this time, I’m not ready to let her go.
There’s just one problem— she’s not interested.
But if she thinks she’s going to give me the slip again, then she’s got another thing coming. I know she is keeping a secret from me but I don’t care what it is. I want her and I’m going to make her mine.

I’m not exactly sure why I put reading this one off as long as I did. I honestly think it may be my favorite in this series so far…

I let this one sit for a while and like I said, I’m not exactly sure why because I loved Kings of Mayhem and Brothers in Arms. Maybe because the first two books in the Kings of Mayhem series were pretty heavy, and heartbreaking (especially Brothers in Arms.) Biker Baby did have its own level of drama, but it wasn’t filled with the danger and suspense that drove the first two books.

I loved getting to know Caleb better, but I also liked spending time with the previous characters. They had all been through so much, it was nice to see how they were coping. Honey and Caleb were a nice diversion – if that makes sense.

Honey had no idea what she was getting herself into when she decided to use Caleb as a one-night-stand. She certainly didn’t count on gaining and entire family out of the deal, but that’s what she got. There were some twists and turns and a little bit of danger, but that’s what keeps things interesting.

I’m kind of behind with the Kings of Mayhem series, but I’ll be picking up Hell on Wheels soon, so stay tuned!

A Pinch of Salt (Three Sisters Catering #1) by Bethany Lopez

For the past year, talented chef Millie has been consumed with running her new catering business with her sisters, Dru and Tasha. It isn’t until Jackson walks through their door that she realizes something may be missing in the recipe of her life.
For the past year, Jackson has been dealing with the fallout of his wife’s abandonment. He’s had to learn how to be a single father to their eight-year-old daughter, and will do anything to fill the void her mother left. It isn’t until he commissions Millie for his daughter’s birthday party that he realizes he’s forgotten that he’s not only a father, but a man.
They both think they’re content in their lives, but sometimes the right amount of spice can turn an okay dish into a magnificent one. A Pinch of Salt may be all that’s needed to bring Millie and Jackson the flavor they’ve been missing.

I picked up Pinch of Salt on a whim as a freebie. I’ve lost track of how many authors, books and series that I’ve got hooked on by a seemingly innocent free book. Sneaky, sneaky authors. 😉

Pinch of Salt was a great start to what promises to be a fun series. Neither Jackson or Millie are looking for a relationship when they find each other. Kid’s birthday parties aren’t something that they usually do, but something about Jackson makes her want to help him out. After she pulls off the party of his daughter’s dreams, he’s hooked.

Nothing about Pinch of Salt is really surprising. It’s just a sweet love story between two deserving people. Of course there are a couple of snags along the way to their HEA, but nothing true love can’t over come. What really caught my interest in Pinch of Salt was the set-up for the next couple. Which pretty much guarantees that I’ll be picking up A Touch of Cinnamon – like I said, sneaky, sneaky author 😉

Saint (Knights of Fury #1) by Chantal Fernando

Dear Skylar,
Five years. That’s a long time to go without talking to somebody, especially someone who was such a huge part of your life…
A letter from my first kiss and my childhood everything…from prison.
He may be nicknamed Saint, but this sweet, sexy biker most definitely has a wild streak. Hearing from him draws me right back into the Knights of Fury motorcycle club—the people I’ll always think of as family.
He’s still the only man I’ve ever wanted.
Each good, old-fashioned letter from my “prison pen pal” has my heart racing. Which is nothing compared to how I feel when Saint surprises me in person, as a free man.
I was just a kid the last time we saw each other, but the connection between us now is anything but innocent.
He’s the type of man who would do anything to protect his woman. And with my world crashing down around me, that’s exactly what I’m going to need.

I’m torn with this one. This is my first read by this author and I really did like the story, just had a couple of little glitches here and there – for me anyway. *sigh*

To make matters worse, in the interest of not giving anything away, I can’t really tell you what bothered me and why. Sorry? Since it’s probably just a “me” thing, don’t let that stop you from giving Saint a chance. For the record, it’s not going to stop me from checking out the rest of the series. There were more than a couple of characters that I can’t wait to get to know better.

There was a lot going on in Saint. A lot to love and a lot to hate. A sweet romance laced with plenty of heart break along with a generous side of mystery. Some of it was pretty obvious, but some of it I didn’t see coming (hence the vagueness of this review.)

Sisters of Summer’s End (Summer Resort #2) by Lori Foster

As the summer ends, friendship begins…When single mom Joy Lee abandoned her old life to take a job at a lakeside resort, she found something that her family’s wealth and influence could never buy: peace of mind. Not easy to come by for the once-burned divorce who keeps everyone at a distance. But when her new friend, Maris, dares her to take a chance with the drive-in’s charismatic new owner, everything changes for Joy and her young son. A difficult childhood has left Maris Kennedy with definite priorities. Her job running Summer’s End, the camp store and cafe, comes first. Always. Nothing could ever make her risk that hard-won security–especially not her free-spirited colleague. But the more she encourages Joy to open herself up to new experiences, the more Maris begins to wonder what she, too, might be missing. Learning how to trust will bring Joy and Maris together.
And soon they form a friendship that leaves them as close as sisters–and open to love where they least expect it…in Summer’s End.

I’ve really enjoyed the Summer Resort series, which started with Cooper’s Charm. I think that Sisters of Summer’s End may have been even sweeter than the first book. For one thing, the only real conflict in this one was emotional. There was a touch of danger in Cooper’s Charm that was absent in the second book. That’s not a complaint though. Although I love Lori Foster’s suspenseful books a little more, the sweet ones definitely have their own appeal 😉

Just like Cooper’s Charm, there were two couples featured in Sisters of Summer’s End and I enjoyed both of them. Both women had interesting back stories and both men were determined to find a way into both of their hearts.

I’m not sure if there’s more to come with the Summer Resort series, but I have no doubt that there’s much more to come from Lori Foster, regardless.

Play it Again by Aidan Wayne

When Seattle-based blind YouTuber Dovid Rosenstein finds Sam Doyle’s Let’s Play channel, playitagainsam, he’s instantly captivated by the Irish gamer. Everything about Sam is adorable, from his accent to his personality, and Dovid can’t get enough of his content.
Dovid’s glowing shout-out on Don’t Look Now, his own successful channel, sends Sam’s subscriber numbers skyrocketing overnight. He has more comments than he can read. And while the sudden surge in popularity is anxiety inducing, Sam decides it’s only right to dedicate his next episode to Dovid…which soon leads to a heart-pounding exchange of DMs.
They may have never met in person, but Dovid’s never felt this close to anyone before. What they have feels worth exploring—no matter the distance. But is it possible to already be in love with someone who’s half a world away?

Honestly, this one was too cute not to like. I loved Dovid from the time he and his sister explained to the YouTube world how to pronounce his name. Which, by the way, was a very clever intro, because even with the assistance, I still found myself stumbling over the pronunciation more than a quarter of the way through the book. It also made me smile when Sam was nervous about making sure he got it right, so he wouldn’t insult Dovid. 🙂

Sam was the kind of guy you just wanted to hug. He lacked self-confidence, which wasn’t entirely his fault. When everything you lack is drummed into you from a very early age by people who should always build you up, it’s hard to see the good in yourself.

Fair warning, there’s an awful lot of info about YouTube-ing in Play it Again. There’s also like zero sexual romance. That doesn’t stop this story from being a sweet romance though, just not heated. Which is okay, but kind of left me wondering, or maybe hoping that things really work out for these two… you’ll understand why once you read Play it Again. Love has a way of working things out though, so I do have hope for Sam and Dovid.

On a side note, I’m really not a fan of YouTube “play” videos. That’s probably because I’m not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination and my grandkids could literally watch them for hours… and I just don’t get it. Maybe if I could find someone like Sam to watch…?

This isn’t my first Aidan Wayne book and I’ve got to say, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I pick up one of their books. I always walk away learning something… (Loud and Clear, Counter Balance) and that’s a good thing 😉