*I received a free copy of Hidden Heat from Loveswept via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Brothers of Mayhem #1
Published by Loveswept on 16 February 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Cassidy Ryder refuses to be intimidated by anyone, even the hell-raising, hard-drinking Brothers of Mayhem. The daughter of their former president, she’s not above smashing a few heads to keep her teenage brother safe. But when Cassidy’s big mouth gets her in trouble, the only thing that saves her is some quick thinking from the Brothers’ bartender. He’s commanding and strong, and as smooth as the whiskey he pours: the ultimate temptation for a girl who swore she’d never be a biker’s plaything.
But Thorn Savalas is no ordinary biker. He’s a cop, and he’s worked too hard earning the Brothers’ trust to blow his cover over a female—even one who rocks a pair of jeans like Cassidy. The only way to protect her is by claiming she’s his old lady. Trouble is, Thorn can’t just pretend. He wants Cassidy, and every scorching touch tells him she feels the same. But acting on their hottest fantasies could leave them both exposed . . . even if nothing else has ever felt so real.
Hidden Heat is a fast-paced romantic suspense that unfolds in the midst of a criminal MC, and where the heroine should stay far away, but she wants to keep her brother safe.
The danger lurking everywhere in Hidden Heat kept me on the edge of my seat, and the absolute hotness between Cassidy and Thorn sweetened the deal! Cassidy did get on my nerves a little at times, though – she never really thought things through – especially if she was upset about something. And she was that. Quite often, too. She would go off on people she’d be much better off not even talking to in the first place, and she put herself and others in danger when she knowingly insulted the president of Brothers of Mayhem. Because she had grown up in the club, she couldn’t plead not knowing how things worked, either…
I really enjoyed Thorn, though – he was great in his role both as bartender and as Cassidy’s protector / boyfriend. He had a big heart hidden beneath his cut, and most of the time, Cassidy realized this. Hidden Heat managed to keep me interested, though, as both the overall storyline and the plot lines kept me wanting more, and trying to figure things out. The fast pace had me feeling out of breath at times, like I needed to run to make sure Cassidy and Thorn would be safe when things went to hell…
Written in third person point of view, past tense, the narrative was quite close to the two main characters, though, and the readers did not know much the protagonists didn’t know. This kept the suspense going until the end, though, and made for a tense and quick read.
Yeah, the girl – no scratch that – the woman was trouble, but he always had a thing for strong women. Sex was so much more fun and interesting when they surrendered. His dick twitched.
Though she grew up with pot and meth in whatever rental they lived in, she’d never messed with her parents’ stash. Whenever she’d even looked at their paraphernalia in curiosity, they blew their tops, but not from fear of what might happen to her, or because she was too young to use drugs, but because they hated sharing.
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