Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Full Heat by Carla Swafford

From the author of Hidden Heat (“Filled with action, deception, and emotional and sexual tension.”—Publishers Weekly), the Brothers of Mayhem MC rides again in an explosive novel of wounded hearts and undeniable heat.

Forget shining armor. Motorcycle shop owner Mary Jane Parker could use a knight in black leather right about now. A local gang has been extorting her for protection money, and standing her ground would be a lot easier with the Brothers of Mayhem at her back. She just needs to convince the club’s new president to take the job. The powerful, brooding biker claims he’s not interested—but if his version of tough love is supposed to be punishment, Mary Jane would gladly misbehave for the rest of her life.

Storm Ryder has no interest in rescuing anyone but himself. He spent three agonizing years in prison, and there’s no way in hell he’s going back, not over a spoiled rich girl who’s flirting with trouble. So why does he find himself craving Mary Jane’s lips—and holding her close when he should be pushing her away? Deep down in his tortured soul, Storm knows she’ll be there for him. And when Mary Jane needs him most, he’ll find the courage to give her everything he’s got.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Storm Ryder is the charter president of the Brothers of Mayhem MC, returning from his stint in prison, he's messed up. Having aversions to touch and trust, he keeps his two officers close and women disposable. The club is a mess and Storm is trying to get them back on track and legit; he starts hiring out for bodyguard services to earn bank. Mary Jane walks into the club bar with an assurance most women wouldn't possess entering an MC. She needs the club's protection as her motorcycle shops are being threatened by a rival gang. Storm finds himself oddly attracted to the skinny and long-legged female, who's definitely not his usual type, and takes the job.

The story takes a ton of twists and turns! I still have NO clue what side Speed (the head Skull for the MC and Storm’s foster dad) is on, is he evil or good? And Speed has a long time friendship with Storm's dad, Ryder. Ryder is a downright psychopath and set his son up for a hard time in prison. Ryder is bucking for his place as Pres back and Storm sees a war coming.

I found Mary Jane to be a great female character in this story, strong but kind. She isn't a pushover and can hold her own, including a nice little cat fight with one of Storm's old flings. I really enjoyed the story and I wonder what the heck is going to happen in the next installment! There are so many ways this could go. Swafford sets up the next book really well!

Storm goes into jail a prospect and comes out the president of the Brothers of Mayhem. A president that doesn't seem to carry much weight and isn't respected. Mary Jane and Jimmy need protection from the Thirty Second Gang, they've threatened to kill them if they go to someone else. Mary Jane goes to Storm and asks for them to help her and Jimmy. When they get back, Thirty Second was good on their threat and kill Jimmy, leaving a note saying Mary Jane is next.

Storm brings her back to the club house to protect her. Storm had a horrible childhood and carries a ton a baggage from that. He finds out his father was just released from prison and wants to take over the club. Mary Jane grew up in a commune and has her own issues, but can stand her ground with Storm.

This one just wasn't for me. I enjoyed the beginning and thought it had a great premise, but the story plot seemed to go a bit haywire from there. In the MC genre, I understand trying to go out of the box, doing something different that puts you outside of the rest, but for me it just didn't work. I really wanted to like this one more.

4.5 Stars

I love that this book sucks you in from page one and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. It’s super hot and I loved it!

Storm is an angry man after having been through so much in life and being unable to handle it all. The only thing that keeps Storm sane is Mary Jane. Mary Jane is the local motorcycle shop owner, and when a local gang threatens her, she seeks help from the Brothers of Mayhem. Though Storm makes it his life’s mission to protect Mary Jane at all cost, he also sometimes takes his anger out on her, even though she doesn’t deserve it. Mary Jane stands by his side, and more importantly, stands up for herself.

This is definitely an emotional read and I really enjoyed it. I love that Mary Jane stays strong and stands up for herself. I also love that the author brings back Thorn and Cassidy from the previous book without making it confusing for those who may not have read book one. I look forward to the next book in the series!

This is the second book in the series – and I would recommend that you read book one first, although it is not essential.

I did enjoy this book, but at times could not buy in entirely to the emotions being displayed. Mary Jane was a strong woman, which is not always the case in an MC story, but a good feature of Ms. Swafford's writing. Storm was most definitely a man full of contradictions, and because we were given insight into his thoughts, it was possible to understand some of them. I was curious to see how the relationship could possibly work, and as hints were put forward, I kept wondering if that was going to be the answer. I was pleased with the outcome, and there is no doubt that there was a strong connection between them!

Looking forward to see whose story comes next...

Also Available in the Brothers of Mayhem Series

Book 1
Buy Links

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For reviews & more info, check out our Hidden Heat post.

Carla Swafford loves romance novels, action/adventure movies, and men, and her books reflect that. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Alabama.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Full Heat (Brothers of Mayhem #2) by Carla Swafford to read and review.

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