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. 😉

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.

Off Limits (Kings of Mayhem MC #5) by Penny Dee

RUGER
I was sixteen when she was born.
The niece of my best friend.
An angel with bright blue eyes and hair the color of night.
Through the years I’ve seen her grow from an adorable dimpled cupid into a strong, independent beauty.
Into a goddess.
A temptress.
Fate has brought us together.
But she is off limits.
I’ve got no business wanting her.
No business at all.

CHASTITY
For years I’ve crushed on him.
An older man who makes me tremble.
A biker King whose arms I want to get lost in.
Whose body I can only dream about touching.
Whose lips I’m dying to taste.
I shouldn’t want him.
But I do.
I shouldn’t lust after him.
But tell that to my poor hopeless heart.
I should stay away.
But I won’t.

Well, this was fun. It was pretty easy for me to get past the age thing, especially given the way that Chastity had grown up. No one had a harder time than Ruger though, which was pretty much the center of this story.

Ruger couldn’t stay away from Chastity, but he had to, for his own sanity. Then he did the craziest thing ever – invited her to live with him while her apartment was being repaired. He knew it was crazy, but he couldn’t help it. Having her that close, getting to know her even better, proved to be even more temptation than he expected.

It would have been easier on Ruger if Chastity didn’t any qualms about getting closer to Ruger. Time alone was just what she wanted and she was determined to use that time to her advantage. Watching Ruger squirm was what made this one so much fun.

This is one of those series that has grown on me. I loved the supporting characters, mainly because readers had already been introduced to them and it was fun learning more about them and the interactions between them. I’m kinda hoping we’re going to see more of them in future books.

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.

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!

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.)

Running on Empty (Havoc #3) by S.E. Jakes

After a brutal capture at the hands of the Heathens Motorcycle Club, Linc is just trying to heal, mentally and physically. But he’s got men in his life who are complicating everything. There’s Mercy—a Havoc MC biker and the man he is falling fast for—plus an undercover ATF agent and a rogue Havoc member.
But Mercy’s keeping him at arm’s length, and Linc is spinning. In an attempt to regain his equilibrium, he heads to the bar where he first met Mercy. Night after night, he escapes Havoc bonds and continues down his merry path of mayhem . . . mainly in the hopes that Mercy will give chase.
Since Linc’s capture by his old MC, Mercy’s been dealing with the fallout of his guilt. He’s trying to give Linc space and still watch over him—all without Linc’s knowledge. But with Linc’s old job calling and a threat to Havoc MC heating up, can they make their way back together?

I liked Running on Empty, but to honest, this one was my least favorite in the Havoc series so far. I think it’s a “me” thing though and I blame it totally on my feelings toward Mercy. I’m not the only one who was less than impressed with the way Mercy was acting though and I’m not talking about fellow readers. His brothers in Havoc and even others weren’t real happy with him either.

I understand his hesitance, but he almost gave Linc too much time. After everything that Linc endured in Running Blind, he needed Mercy, even though he was trying to push him away. He had other people to be there for him. He was broken and it took him a while to start feeling anything close to normal. When Mercy finally made his move, Linc knew in his heart that it was only out of guilt, it couldn’t be because he actually cared. Mercy wasn’t ready to let Linc know how he really felt, mostly because he didn’t think he deserved Linc’s love. *sigh*

Things get even messier when Linc has to face letting people he’s closest to know that there’s a huge part of his life he’s kept hidden. Mercy isn’t the only one with secrets that have the potential to harm those around him. Needless to say, there was a lot happening in Running on Empty. Some of the danger is taken care of by the end, but it’s obvious that things are far from over. I have no idea what’s next for Havoc, but I can’t wait to find out.

Brothers in Arms (Kings of Mayhem MC #2) by Penny Dee

CADE
They took someone from me.
And I’m going to make them pay.
In blood.
But before I can do that, I have to make sure my girl is safe.
And I will do whatever I have to, even break my own heart, to make sure she survives.
Because she is my queen.
My everything.
INDY
He’s changed.
His grief is overwhelming and I can feel the gap widening between us.
Someone is coming after the Kings of Mayhem MC.
And we are trapped as they play out their evil scheme.
Because under the cover of darkness, they are coming for each of us, one by one, to play out their own twisted vendetta.
And no one is safe.

First and foremost, this book is NOT for everyone. You can probably tell that from the description, but just in case it isn’t obvious, Brothers in Arms is a very dark book. If you read Kings of Mayhem, you know where Cade’s grief is coming from. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, you really need to before you pick up Brothers in Arms. You need to get to know Cade and Indy and their history to really understand some of what they go through in this book.

Penny Dee did not pull any punches in Brothers in Arms. She also didn’t sugarcoat any of the turmoil, grief or violence. That’s another thing you should understand and prepare yourself for going in. No one was safe from the unknown enemy attacking the Kings of Mayhem MC. Absolutely no one. The shock factor with some of those losses was heartbreaking.

Indy and Cade were put through a lot in Brothers in Arms and it threatened to tear them apart, until they both realized they were stronger together. A big part of the suspense in Brothers in Arms was not knowing where the danger was coming from. It’s hard to fight against something when that something… or someone… is unknown. I have to admit that I had my suspicions about who that someone was, but that didn’t make the confirmation any easier for anyone involved.

Hopefully, things will begin to settle down for the Kings of Mayhem by the time we get to the next book. Biker Baby steps away from Cade and Indy for a little while and features Caleb. It’s already on my TBR list, so stay tuned. 😉

Kings of Mayhem (Kings of Mayhem MC #1) by Penny Dee

When a King loves
He loves hard
CADE
I’ve loved her since we were five years old.
We grew up side by side.
Two kids tied together by the Kings of Mayhem Motorcycle Club.
But I broke us.
I broke her.
So, she fled.
Now she’s back after twelve long years.
And I’m going to show her all the reasons why we should be together and make her forget all the reasons why we shouldn’t.
INDY
I’m back in town but only because I have to be.
I’m here to help my mom bury my father.
And the sooner we get it done, the better.
Because I want to see Cade as much as I want a hole in the head.
He broke me once—no, he broke my everything— and I’ll be damned if I’ll let him do it again.
Get in and get out. That is the plan.
But you know what they say about best-laid plans.

I hate to start a review with a warning, but I feel like I need to with Kings of Mayhem. In short, this book is NOT for everyone. You can pretty much tell from the description that mistakes were made, hearts were broken and a lot more that may offend some readers.

Motorcycle clubs are like a different world, at least to me. There’s a strong family dynamic along with a hierarchy that is just as strong. There’s also a very fine line between right and wrong and they have their own brand of justice for those they feel deserve it. It explains a lot of what happened and what was ignored while Cade and Indy were growing up, but it still didn’t make it right. It also explained why Indy wanted to leave that life behind as soon as she could. Cade’s betrayal made it happen sooner than expected. Things may have turned out differently if she would have listened to Cade’s explanation, but some things can’t be fixed. At least not right away…

I liked the glimpses into Cade and Indy’s past – it helped readers understand exactly how strong the connection between them really was. It also helped me realize that there was more to Cade’s actions in their past than Indy realized. It didn’t make it any less wrong, but it definitely made me sympathize with him just a little. Cade may have been the one to “break” them, but she wasn’t the only one who suffered. He ended up fairly broken too.

I’m going to end this review with one more warning… if you’re not a fan of cliff hangers, wait until you can get your hands on Brothers in Arms. You can thank me later 😉

 

Mess me Up (Bear Bottom Guardians MC #1) by Lani Lynn Vale

When Rome Pierce moved to Bear Bottom, Texas, it was his intention to lay low. To not be seen. To find a way to heal his body and soul—as well as his son’s.
Nobody would know by looking at him that he used to play professional football. Not with the Bear Bottom MC cut covering his back, and definitely not with his friendly smile completely obliterated.
No longer is there charm in each smooth word that comes out of his mouth. What’s left is an angry, bitter, scared man that’s terrified one day he’s going to wake up and his entire world is going to be gone.
Nobody knows what drove him to leave the game he loved—nobody but her.
She’s the one person that has helped him make it through the dark days and even darker nights. She’s the bright and shining star in his pitch-black sky.
And he doesn’t even know her name.
He should be afraid that she knows things that not anyone—not even his best friend—knows.
Yet, with each encounter, he gives what little bit of his soul remains, and before he knows it only two people on this earth—one dying and one too afraid to live—make his life worth living.
Until one day he has to choose—the love of his life, or the life he brought into this world.
Two impossible situations. One decision that would change him forever.

This one starts with tears of heart wrenching grief and ends with tears of joy… I might forgive this author… eventually.

Some books are harder to read than others and Mess Me Up – guess which category this one falls in? At least during the first part. The grief that Rome experiences is overwhelming and he almost drowns himself in it, which is understandable. Because the emotions in Mess Me Up are so raw that it might serve as a trigger to anyone who has experienced this type of grief should probably steer clear of this one, so proceed with caution.

The second part of Mess Me Up was much easier, but no less emotional. Rome had a lot of people who wanted to look out for him and support him, but he kept them all at a distance. Especially Izzy… but she was determined to be there for Rome whether she wanted him to or not. She had her own past that made her want to keep her heart under lock and key, but she knew Rome was worth the risk and she couldn’t walk away.

I know a lot of readers had a hard time with this one and I totally understand why and respect their opinion. I also agree with that there should have been a disclaimer for those that may be sensitive to the subject. As for me, a warning would have been nice, but I can pretty much handle anything that an author puts their characters through as long as they leave them with hope and a chance to heal… Although this story just about broke my heart for both Izzy and Rome, I think that they were both left with a hopeful future and stronger in the end.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Lani Lynn Vale book and I obviously have some catching up to do. Even though this is the first book in the Bear Bottom Guardians MC series, readers met evidently met Rome in Vale’s Simple Man series. So the question is, do I continue the Bear Bottom Guardians MC series, or back track to all the books I need to catch up on… decisions, decisions.