29 December 2014

Hard Riders Anthology Spotlight!

Clear Blue Sky by Jenna Byrnes

Respect all, fear none is the Rebel Riders Motorcycle Club’s motto. Will the Riders step up when the Demon Outlaws go after one of their own?

Sky Warren doesn’t let the screen door smack him on the way out of Kansas. When his former abusive partner, Duke, is arrested for selling drugs, Sky takes off. He’s ready for a clean start and a change of scenery. Moving to Lakewood, Colorado with his cousin and accepting a job in Billy’s bike shop seems like just what he needs to start over. In Billy’s riding club he meets Task Rivers, a handsome, sexy biker and they hit it off immediately. Task is edgy, yet he shows Sky how a respectful and considerate man treats his partner. The two fall into a lusty, passionate relationship.

Death before dishonour. The Demon Outlaws have another way of looking at life. When Duke Lessing comes after Sky and is rebuffed, he joins the Outlaws in their troublemaking ways. With the Demons spoiling for a fight, Task calls on a few of the more hardcore Rebel Riders. As the night heats up, Sky is determined to avoid what seems like inevitable bloodshed. He wants to leave and lure the Demons away, but Task and the Rebel Riders have other ideas. Sky knows Duke doesn’t give up easily and learns that neither does Task, who’s fighting for what he wants. But will it be a fight to the death?

Mantrap by L.M. Somerton

Not all cages have bars.

The Wyverns Motorcycle Club has a reputation as fierce as its dragon emblem. Its enigmatic leader, Rogue Hellaby, has a police file so thick you could prop up a table with it. The qualifications for membership are a reckless disregard for authority and the attitude of a spitting cobra. But The Wyverns MC is not quite what it seems. All the riders have dubious histories in the military or the police—now they just serve and protect their own interests and those of Horatio Trap, the manipulative bastard who recruited them.

When Rogue receives an instruction to kidnap and hold hostage the son of a powerful drug lord, he doesn’t bat an eyelid. But Rogue has never had to deal with a captive like Orlando de la Pena. Orlando is furious—not because he’s being held prisoner, but because he’s prevented from partying at his favourite BDSM club. Rogue discovers that the only way to deal with Orlando is to become the Dom he so obviously needs. But Orlando’s father wants him back, and The Wyverns must face a battle that could cost them their lives.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of mild BDSM.

Biking Bad by Morticia Knight

When Dylan, a young wannabe investigator, stumbles into the Mojave Sidewinder’s MC bar he finds all kinds of trouble—especially in biker Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas.

The Mojave Sidewinders is the largest gay MC club in Southern California. They’re also one-percenters, which makes them alluring to those looking for trouble and a danger to those making it. Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas has been a brother ever since the club’s prez took him in as a runaway. At thirty-four years of age, he’s content to ride his hog, chase tail and run his tattoo and piercing parlor, Zero to Sixty.

Dylan has had to take care of himself since his aunt died when he was still a teen. Even though he’s barely twenty-two years old, the small spitfire has made his way in the world as best as he can and has even started his own would-be investigative agency. He’s proud of himself, even if his agency is on the edge of town in a ramshackle building.

Working his first big case, involving a missing young man, Dylan barges into Road Rage, the Mojave Sidewinder’s exclusive bar, and starts asking questions. When it looks as though he’s about to get beaten up, a large, muscled biker covered in ink comes to his aid. Dylan’s incredibly attracted to him—even if Zero is pretty scary and Dylan’s still a virgin. But is there something Zero knows about the missing man that he’s hiding? And is Dylan in more danger than he realizes?
Clear Blue Sky by Jenna Byrnes

I can say with complete honesty, that this story is the reason why I kept reading the bundle!  Right off the bat it was full of action, adventure, smuttiness, and it just kept me wanting to read more and more into the other stories to see how great they were as well.  I am not normally a fan of MC books, because that isn’t something that appeals to me, but after reading Ms. Byrnes bikers, I will be sure to start looking into her other books to see if she has anymore hidden!

I really loved the characters, especially Sky.  Even though he had been through something horrible, he didn’t let it get him down too much.  He was still willing to take the chance and do something new – and it ended up working out rather well for him!  I thought that Task was just the perfect man for him.  He was strong when Sky needed him to be, and soft when he needed him to be as well. 

This is one of those books where everything that happened in it, was put there for a reason.  There was no “filler” that kept the story going.  It was the story itself that did. 

I also will say that I hope Ms. Byrnes does more with these two men because they have certainly stuck in my mind and I can’t wait to catch up with them more!
Mantrap by L.M. Somerton

This story was very … interesting.  I can say that I was caught completely off guard for a bit when things were revealed, but besides that the story seemed very predictable.  I thought that Rogue was a very strong character, you could tell that he was most definitely in charge when it came to what was happening.  Orlando was a fun character though.  There was just something about him that really made me want to know more about him, and see what was going to happen to him as well.

I was also very interested in the relationship between Crow and Shelton.  I was hoping that we might find out more about them, but when we didn’t, that did leave me with hopes for another book in the series so we can learn about those two.

Overall, I did still enjoy this story and I will be sure to keep an eye out for others in this hopeful series.
Biking Bad by Morticia Knight

Right when I started this book I could tell that it was going to be a slightly complicated and confusing story.  And it was.  Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the story, but I had to focus more on what was going on so that I didn’t lose track of what I had found out already, and what new information was being given.

I loved Dylan’s character because even with everything that was/had happened to him, he was still standing strong and had a great outlook on life.  He went into his new job with his eyes open and wanted to do what was best for his friends.  I thought that Zero was a jerk, but I have a feeling he was written that way. When the *real* Zero started to come out, I thought that it was a really smart move for Ms. Knight because it did make it so that I wanted him to find his happiness as well.

With this book, I have a feeling that it would be a great starter to a new series, and one that I will be sure to keep an eye open for in the future.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review! I really appreciate it. :) Jenna Byrnes