Saturday, January 7, 2017

Devil's Mark by Megan Crane

The bestselling author of Devil’s Honor returns with a deliciously sinful novel about a good girl who goes bad—and the notorious Louisiana biker who can’t resist the lure of forbidden fruit.

Holly Chambless is tired of being the squeaky clean daughter of Lagrange’s holier-than-thou mayor. When her father is charged with corruption, she realizes that her whole life’s been a lie. Now’s her chance to do all the things she never dared, like scoring a job at a bar where reputations go to die, or reconnecting with the biker who sparked a secret hunger in her all those years ago. Holly isn’t a wide-eyed girl anymore—and this time she wants a taste of what has always been denied.

Killian “Uptown” Chenier has no time for stuck-up princesses. He likes fast bikes and wild sex. Sure, he remembers Holly. He sent her running with a wicked smile and a lesson about prying eyes. And sure, she’s grown up smoking-hot, with a body he’d like to personally desecrate. But Devil’s Keepers business is real and intense. Her daddy stole from the club, leaving his pretty blonde daughter a walking target. And when Uptown takes aim at what he wants, he never misses.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Little Holly Chambless's world is falling apart. With her father in jail on corruption charges, her mother hidden in her bedroom with all of her pills, she has no choice but to try to find her way in life. She's going to start by getting rid of the nice girl image she's had to portray all of her life. Gone are the reasons she had let her father mold her into the perfect trophy wife.

Watching Holly walk into Dumb Gators was something that Killian aka "Uptown" thought he'd never see. She was still as beautiful as the day she surprised him and a groupie getting it on the cemetery and just as innocent. Letting her actually work there might be the stupidest thing he ever did.

This installment in the Devil's Keeper series moves the entire story forward, but it seemed like there was a few scenes missing at times. I would have loved to know more about how/why her father was initially jailed, how he go out, more about what Whale is/was up to, etc.

Overall a good read, one that I stayed up late to finish.

This is the second in the series – and I would recommend that you read book one first as there is an ongoing plot running through the story, even though this is another DKMC brother finding unexpected romance.

Holly has been living her life to please her father, as her mother lives in a fog of prescription drugs. However, he has now been arrested and his shine has come off. Sadly, as the story progresses it comes off even more, as Holly makes some very unwelcome discoveries. As a 23 year old who has led a 'perfect, pure' life, all these revelations throw her ordered world into chaos. When she decides to go for a job in the biker bar, she is definitely pushing on boundaries!

Uptown still remembers being seen by Holly when she was just 16, and even though he hates her father, she gets his protection. As the reader, we get to experience the confusion and uncertainty that both these people feel as their feelings get in the way of good sense and expectation. I loved her innocent sassiness, his indulgent anger, their inability to resist each other’s charms. No need for the Bayou to heat up the pages, these two do the job themselves.

Add in the danger of the biker club which has some serious problems brewing, and this makes for a really good read. I am looking forward to a third installment.

This was a pretty good MC romance, it can definitely be read as a standalone.

Holly Chambless’s entire life has been spent being perfect for her mayor father. When it comes out that her father is corrupt and going to prison, Holly decides to take life by the horns by getting a job at the local biker bar. Uptown is an enforcer for the MC and has always had a little thing for Holly but knows she’s always been off limits. Now that she’s decided to immerse herself with the MC, Uptown decides she’s his to protect and the two start off a rollercoaster relationship. Holly’s father messed with the MC and Uptown knows that a way to get back at him would be to ruin his perfect daughter, the catch being that Uptown’s feelings quickly become involved.

I really enjoyed the sparks that fly between Holly and Uptown. For the most part, the story was fast-paced, but there were a few parts that I found myself skimming, especially towards the middle. The sexy scenes are well written with lots of dirty talk, so if that’s your thing, this is definitely a read for you.

Also Available in The Devil's Keepers Series

Book 1
Buy Links

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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our Devil’s Honor post.

Megan Crane is a New Jersey native who had great plans to star on Broadway, preferably in Evita, just like Patti LuPone. Sadly, her inability to wow audiences with her singing voice required a back-up plan. Accordingly, she graduated from Vassar College and got her MA and PhD in literature from the University of York in England. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on AIDS literature, mostly so she could wallow in her obsession with the remarkable multimedia artist David Wojnarowicz and her idol, the bitter and hilarious David Feinberg. After many years in the rain and subject to the whim of seasons, she followed the sun to Los Angeles, where she lives with too many pets and an artist named Jeff. She is still plotting her Broadway debut.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Devil's Mark (The Devil's Keepers #2) by Megan Crane to read and review.

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