Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hold Me Down by Jackie Ashenden

When the biker who broke her heart rides into town, a woman must choose between passion and duty. Jackie Ashenden ups the ante in a seductive series co-written with Megan Crane, Rachael Johns, and Maisey Yates.

Leonidas “Blue” Delacroix might be the prodigal son of New Orleans aristocrats, but the Deacons of Bourbon Street are his real family. And with their patriarch murdered, Blue wants nothing more than to unleash hell on the motorcycle club’s enemies—even if it means taking up arms against the girl who used to be his best friend. She’s done quite a bit of growing up, and suddenly their chemistry is red-hot. But where’s the line between ruthless seduction and sweet temptation?

For Alice Day, loyalty is everything. When Blue skipped town, she had no choice but to adopt a new family: their rivals, the Graveyard Ministry. Seeing him again reawakens old feelings...and fiery fantasies. Alice could never forget the scent of leather on his skin—just as she could never forgive the sting of his betrayal. But while the Ministry has treated her like one of their own, Blue is part of her soul. And as their liaisons hit the boiling point, Alice trusts her heart with the deadliest choice of her life.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3 1/2 stars
I have loved the Deacons of Bourbon Street series so far. I had no idea that the authors were going to be different going into this new series. The first book was written so eloquently I was just wowed. The second one a bit less so and this one even less. While I enjoyed Blue & Red's story line, I found myself easily distracted, which did not happen with book one. That being said I'm still invested in this story line and these characters.

Blue is back after a 10 year long hiatus from his MC after a run gone horribly wrong. The Deacons are reconvening back in the Quarter to find out who killed their President.

Alice was a Deacon through & through, until all hell broke loose and the Deacons abandoned her and the Quarter. She defects to rival club, The Ministry. But when she hears the Deacons are back in town for good, Alice decides to check things out. Needing to see for herself if her old best friend, Leon aka Blue, is back for real, she makes a stop at the Priory which is the old Deacons’ hangout. Blue & Red may have been best friends 10 years ago but sparks fly now! Problem is, she's with the Ministry MC now with the tattoo to prove it. Club loyalties are pushed to the limits while Blue & Red try to do the right thing for their clubs and their hearts. The ending was somewhat rushed and predictable but I was thankful for the closure. I will read the next because, again, it's a different author.

I have not read the previous books in the series, but I was interested in how this story would play out from the blurb. I was not disappointed. It may be the case that I would have understood more of the nuance if I had read the previous books, but I still found it a good storyline.

Alice is the star of the book for me, with Leon coming a close second. Her behaviour over the previous ten years was totally understandable, his not so much. As the story unfolds, there is a good level of tension – and certainly some very strong chemistry between the two of them. Interestingly the writing style, which started overly complex to my mind, became more relaxed and enjoyable.

Hold Me Down is the third installment of the Deacons of Bourbon Street. This one is written by a "new to me" author. The first two I loved, completely invested in the stories, this one left me not caring as much. It had the same grittiness about it as the others, but overall the feeling was much different. Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying the basic story line but I found myself skimming and skipping on this one.

After ten years, Blue returns to the Deacons. When he does he finds an old friend that was once with the Deacons is now with their rivals, the Ministry. Blue's furious Alice has joined with the rivals, Alice is mad that the Deacons left her, what was she supposed to do. The chemistry between the two ignite.

The ending seemed to be very rushed. Some questions were answered, others were left open on purpose I'm sure for the conclusion of the series. I'd like to see where it goes given my investment into the Deacons.

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Book 4
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Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes who’ve just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines.

She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr. Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she’s not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hold Me Down (Deacons of Bourbon Street #3) by Jackie Ashenden to read and review.

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