05 January 2015

ICE Tour Stop!

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Loosely attached to Chelsea Camaron's Hellions Series and Jessie Lane's Ex Ops Series.

She's an investment banker.
He's an outlaw biker.
A little bit of heaven is about to meet a whole lot of hell.

Morgan Powell was raised to be perfect, to set an example for her sisters to follow. Her life has been dedicated to making something of her career, so she wouldn’t know what to do with a man even if you gave her an instruction manual.

Brett 'Ice' Grady spends his days trying to keep up with his teenage daughter, his nights consumed in Regulators’ MC business. He has no time for anything more than a casual hookup.

Two worlds collide when the dangers of his life crash into the calm of hers.

Can she go beyond her own boundaries and chip her way through to the man known to be as cold as ice?
Biker books are all the rage right now, and because of that they seem to run the full gamut.  You can read gritty biker tales, romantic biker tales, not so great biker tales…they’re all out there.  I would rate this as an upper-middle of the pack, though.  Its characters really pulled me in.

Morgan has been raised, ironically, by people who seem just as icy as Ice’s demeanor and reputation.  She has always done the right thing.  She’s gotten the good grades, excelled at a perfect career and been an example to her sisters.  When circumstances change and she needs help, she seeks out the leader of the Regulators MC.  And he totally lives up to his reputation.  Even though they seemingly are polar opposites, an attraction rages between them that neither one can deny. 

I have to admit, the characters won me over in this one.  Ice, especially, is a total alpha – possessive, sexy, egotistical – but he also is a single dad who lost the love of his life young and hasn’t opened himself up to a woman until Morgan.  I loved that underneath his tough exterior was a man who was tender and caring and just really deeply wounded.  He was complicated and layered and was a great character.  Morgan, as well, had some great qualities that kept me invested in her story.  Her past was sad, but she was a driven, tough and smart woman who could totally handle Ice.  And her transformation from beginning to end was fascinating and fun to read about.

My one complaint about the book was that as a fan of sex, there wasn’t nearly enough.  And it doesn’t happen until later in the book.  But I will say that it kept me reading wondering when the heck the two main characters were going to hook up!  Still, that doesn’t make the book bad it’s merely personal preference and you all know me, I love me some smut.  But, not every book can be smut-tastic.  I guess we all deserve a break sometimes.

Overall, I thought this book had a solid plot and great characters.  It was a promising start to a new biker series and I will definitely be reading the next book.  4 stars.
I was probably midway through Ice before I began to figure out what was so special about the Regulators Motorcycle Club. One of the reasons I like reading MC books is that while there are often similarities among the philosophies of the various clubs, they each tend to be unique in their own way and whether it’s a major difference or a minor difference, it’s what keeps this particular genre from stagnating for me. Because no matter what I expect from an MC romance, there’s always a nuance that keeps it from being a regurgitation of every other MC book I’ve read and Ice provided me with a new MC series to look forward to.

I have to give Morgan a lot of respect. I’m not sure that I would have been as open to Ice’s help and intrusion in my life after their previous interactions in which he was a complete arse. While I understand that she was at the end of her rope when dealing with her sister’s disappearance, she was most certainly a better woman than I would have been and I’m not a grudge holder. Fortunately, Ice made it easier for her to accept his help as he did admit that his previous behaviors and judgments were wrong – even if he refused to apologize, and I just gotta say that I appreciated the logic behind his refusal. I really liked how protective he became of Morgan once he and the club took on the search for her sister and the lengths to which they were willing to go to find her. Yes, her sister’s disappearance went hand-in-hand with their current machinations, but they stepped up their schedule so that they could get Madyson home quicker. I will admit that I enjoyed the interrogation scene immensely, probably more than I should have.

While Ice is an action-packed MC romance that kept me entertained from page one, what I enjoyed most about the book was that Ice didn’t attempt to bed Morgan until after her sister was home safe. Even though the attraction between the two was apparent, the sexual tension was not the focus of the story until after Madyson’s rescue. But once that business was complete, all bets were off for Ice and he set out to make Morgan his. They had great chemistry and this made the sex scenes hot, especially when Ice finally took Morgan out for a date at his daughter Brooke’s insistence (and that was a chuckle inducing scene all its own). I thoroughly enjoyed Ice and am already looking forward to the next book in the Regulators MC series. 
Looking at my phone screen, I smile at the text in front of me.
I’m off 2nite. Movie @ ur house or mine?
Texting back, I tell my best friend I will be at her house after work with takeout. It is not often she gets a Friday night off. Working in a bank, I have every weekend off. Casey’s career path is far different than mine, though, and it is one that requires weekend time.
My day drags on as I review current investment portfolios and market changes. I have the best job ever. I get paid to spend other people’s money as an investment broker here in South Beach. My life is sun, sand, and dollar bills.
Before going to Casey’s, I stop by my condo and change clothes. The down side to my job is the stuffy suits I have to wear: reasonable, past knee-length skirts; reasonable women’s dress pants; and reasonable button up shirts. I might hate them, yet in a sad way, the dress code fits my life—reasonable.
It’s not long into girl’s night before the difference in our lifestyle’s show.
“Damn, we’re not even halfway through the first movie, and you’re ready for bed? What the hell? Grandparents stay up later than you,” my best friend wakes me out of my doze.
“Sorry, some of us keep normal business hours,” I joke back.
“Yeah, your hours scream forty-two, not twenty-four, as does everything else in your life.”
“I’m not that bad,” I protest half-heartedly. However, that voice of doubt says “maybe I am.” Maybe my stiff upbringing has rubbed off on me more than I care to admit.
My parents raised me to be an example. As the oldest of three, I had to be the light to guide my younger sisters, Madyson and Mallory. Everything with my parents was about fitting the mold, keeping up appearances. Their brainwashing worked to some degree. Going away to college did nothing for me in my attempt to escape my overbearing parents, either. No, they live in my head, every rule engraved into my brain matter. Too bad no one warned me there is no cure and no escape once they get those rules engrained into your very being.
I am a twenty-four-year-old virgin. A college educated, suit wearing, have my shit together prude. Yep, that’s me. I wouldn’t know what to do with a penis if it was given to me gift wrapped in Christmas paper, and topped with a bow.
Morgan Ann Powell: pathetic, stiff, and borderline pseudo-old lady—that is me. I am, quite possibly, the only woman in her twenties who can count on one hand how many guys she has kissed. I am not cut out for parties, guys, or any wild times, either. My destiny is to be the old lady who lives alone, feeding all the stray cats in the neighborhood.
Jessie Lane is the best selling author of The Star Series, Big Bad Bite Series and the Ex Ops Series. She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in the making and her over protective alpha husband. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Jessie writes Adult Paranormal and Contemporary Romance & Upper YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.
   Chelsea Camaron
Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming. Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice. Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works. When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in. She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.  

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