Release Date: August 4, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance | MC-Bikers
Meet the Deacons of Bourbon Street, bad boy bikers who are hell on wheels—and heaven between the sheets. Megan Crane revs up an irresistible new series co-written with Rachael Johns, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.
Sean “Ajax” Harding’s oaths are inked into his skin. Once second-in-command of the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, he left New Orleans to protect the brotherhood, and only the death of his beloved mentor, Priest Lombard, could lure him back. Walking into the old hangout gives him a familiar thrill—especially when he gets an eyeful of the bar’s delectable new owner. A wild ride with her is just the welcome Ajax needs. Then he realizes that she’s Priest’s daughter, all grown up and totally off limits.
Sophie Lombard loved her father, not his lifestyle. She’s done with bikers . . . until Ajax roars into town—arrogant, tough, and sexy as ever. And although he treats her like the Catholic schoolgirl he once knew, Sophie’s daydreams tend to revolve around sin. With the very real possibility of heartbreak looming, Sophie knows better than to get too close to an outlaw. But every touch from Ajax is steamier than the Louisiana bayou—and heat like this may just be worth getting burned.
I'm not going to mince words and be upfront about MAKE YOU BURN, book 1 of, The Deacons of Bourbon Street, by Megan Crane. If you're looking for some serious sexy time, then this biker romance novel is the one for you. It's 20% plot and 80% SEX. And it doesn't matter how you take it; on the rocks, shaken, stirren, extra olives; you're guaranteed to get your visual foreplay whether it's a date with your partner, or your favorite BoB. *wink wink*
THE PLOT: Sophie's father is the former President of The Deacons and now he's dead. According to reports, he crashed his bike in the highway and died on impact. Ajax thinks he's murdered. And that's far as the murder mystery went. MCrane told us rather than showed how Ajax came to this conclusion. So this part of the novel wasn't gripping and definitely didn't drive the story. If anything, it was nothing but a distraction from all the sexin' the main characters were doing.
THE ROMANTICA: MAKE YOU BURN is filled with pages and pages of passionate, intense, crude kinky fuckery. And it goes on and one to a point where I thought it's never going to end. The sexual chemistry and attraction between Ajax and Sophie is undeniable, it's very "present" that it felt like an auxiliary character in the novel. MCrane wrote mesmerizing love scenes. It's almost sinful in that you know it's "bad", but it's so good it's hard to stop or look away. And in all fairness, MAKE YOU BURN lived up to the expectation of being a biker romance novel. And if you're not into bikers before reading this, you will be at the end of this novel. Forget Mr. Darcy, MCrane romanticized the man in leathers astride a motorcycle to the hilt.
THE CHARACTERS: Ajax is another incarnation of Jax Teller (Sons of Anarchy), a caveman, an asshole, and needs a brief education on feminism and women's rights. Sean (Ajax), women are not cattle, we are NOT, and will NEVER BE, property. I'm sure some MC-Romance enthusiasts will disagree with me and will probably comment that I don't understand this world and I completely agree with that. Which is why I don't like Ajax, sexual prowess and all, and why I seldom partake in this genre. As for Sophie, I love her feistiness, how she tried to be strong in the midst of her father's death, held her own against Ajax, and took control of her wants and needs. And that did her a lot of good because she still ended up as Ajax's "property". You go gurl! And as a footnote, I don't understand why Sophie doesn't have friends?
IN CONCLUSION: MAKE YOU BURN is one of those polarizing novels for me. On one hand, it has everything I dislike about this genre, and it's mostly about how these (cave)men treat their women. If you love this genre and/or Sons of Anarchy, you understand what I'm saying here. On the other hand, I have to give MCrane props for writing this irritating and offending tale in a very addictive way. For all intents and purposes, MAKE YOU BURN IS a guilty pleasure. Like look at me! I'm griping over the characters and the copious amount of sex the novel has and yet, despite all my annoyance, I still finished the book and made an effort to write this review! Smh