Review: Hard Riders Anthology by Jenna Byrnes, L.M. Somerton & Morticia Knight

December 17, 2014 Review 1

Review: Hard Riders Anthology by Jenna Byrnes, L.M. Somerton & Morticia Knight

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 realises?

Title: Hard Riders Anthology
Author: Jenna Byrnes, L.M. Somerton, Morticia Knight
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Frankie's Flame, Night Fall, Living on the Edge , What's His Passion?, Testing Lysander, Racing Hearts, Dangerous Wish, All Fired Up, Hesitant Heart
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: 5 December 2014
Genres: M/M Erotica
Pages: 250
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

Three stories in this anthology, all dealing with Motorcycle Club members and the men they love.  Byrnes, Somerton and Knight bring three action-packed short stories that mix heat and heart with a bit of danger and the forbidden.

Clear Blue Sky by Jenna Byrnes

Sky is running from his old life, an abusive ex-lover has shattered his confidence, esteem and his shoulder.  His cousin and best friend Billy offers him a place to stay and a new start on life as a motorcycle mechanic.  When Billy decides that Sky needs to get out of his funk and meet some people, he introduces him to the guys in his club, not so subtly pointing out the brothers who are gay.  But Task is the one who catches Sky’s eye, and more, and the two embark on a lusty affair.

Byrnes had me a bit confused at the start with the odd names, but her portrayal of Sky as a victim of domestic violence carrying all of the baggage from the abuse rang true and strong. The constant push-pull between Sky and Task over ‘honesty’ and dealings and the incredibly hot and steamy moments have readers twisting and turning for the hoped-for ending.

Mantrap by L.M. Somerton

Centered on the Wyverns motorcycle club, a group of gay men who are ‘serving penance’ for misdeeds in governmental service (police, rangers, etc). Rogue is the ‘leader’ of the group, gathering new assignments that range from foiling drug cartel deals to arms brokering.  When the new assignment turns out to be a kidnapping of a cartel-leaders submissive son, Rogue is just the Dom for the job.

My favorite of the three, Rogue and Orlando have an interesting and fun dynamic, and Orlando is so full of bravado that his see through pink shirt and confidence in his appeal feel like a little house dog playing big bad protector. Rogue is completely frustrated by yet intrigued with Orlando, and his Dominant is completely in charge of things, mostly.  Clever and fun with a bullet riddled climax that bookmarks some incredibly steamy scenes of bondage and flogging make this a quick read that will have you wanting a cool drink.

Biking Bad by Morticia Knight

Possibly the sweetest of the three in terms of the two damaged men who are at the center, Zero and Dylan are insecure, fumbling and not a little endearing.  Zero (or Luc) is a big, bad tattooed biker, part of the Sidewinders – a 1% club that is comprised of only gay men. Dylan is a newly minted private investigator, returning a favor for a couple that had taken him in: searching for their missing son.

The search leads Dylan into the Sidewinders bar/clubhouse: a place where outsiders are most certainly unwelcome. The Club President’s nephew looks as if he is going to make an example of him, Zero steps in to defend him.  A quick encounter leads to questions, and it is apparent to Dylan that Zero knows something about the kid he is searching for.  That puts Dylan into a precarious position – and Zero feels the need to protect him.

Both of these characters had hard lives growing up: where Zero reacted with anger and balls-to-the-wall bravado, he doesn’t trust or form attachments.  Tenderness and kindness are foreign to him, but he is both with Dylan, reacting to the younger man’s sweetness and open nature. This is a story of learning to trust and find redemption because of a need to protect and claim.

These three stories have plenty to offer fans of MC or M/M romance. Characters that are well-drawn, steamy moments and connections that feel real and honest, an anthology to please many.

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