I am a huge fan of the Carolina Bad Boys series. Ms. Warren has created alpha males that are strong, possessive, protective, and full of love for the woman in their life. I have laughed and cried as I watched Josh & Leelee and Nick & Cat fight their way toward their respective partner and loved every minute of it. Needless to say, when the opportunity came up to review Steele: Into Your Heart I jumped at it. I could not wait to see how the author would handle the demise of one of Cat’s brother’s singledom. As expected, it was a wild ride – perhaps even wilder than I anticipated considering the tone of the previous books in the series.
Having met Brodie in Love: In the Fast Lane I was already aware that he and his brother were members of an MC. What I found interesting was that the Retribution MC is not modeled after the one-percenters that have become so popular in MC romances. Don’t get me wrong, I love the hardcore grittiness that we tend to see in the one-percenter MC clubs, but Ms. Warren’s choice to make the Retribution MC more of an actual club of motorcycle enthusiasts than outlaws was a refreshing approach. Being as Brodie’s love interest, Ashe, is a police officer it was practically necessary for the author to mix it up a bit so that a relationship between the MC’s VP and a law enforcement officer would be believable. And she nailed it.
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The author managed to give Brodie’s character the raw edge often associated with MC members while keeping him a law-abiding citizen. Brodie was just as alpha, possessive, protective, and bossy as any other lead I’ve encountered, but because he’s not the outlaw biker, his desire for a relationship with Ashe and her daughter was completely believable. I had no problem reconciling the bada$$ version of Brodie who would put a beat down on a man threatening his woman, with the soccer-dad version of Brodie who was there for Cara – even after Ashe broke up with him.
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As for Ashe, she’s a bada$$ in her own right. While I came to eventually understand her resistance to wanting a relationship with Brodie, I could not fault her at all for wanting to take advantage of a bike week hookup with him. Or coming back for more once they returned to the real world. By all accounts, Brodie is sex personified and his penchant for piercings just ratchets up his sex appeal. The chemistry between Ashe and Brodie is off the charts and I was surprised that they made it to an actual bed as often as they did. Holy heck! Even though the mood in Steele: Into Your Heart was not as light as Stone and Love and I didn’t laugh nearly as much, it had its moments and proved to be just as emotional of a story. Because of Ashe’s job, the author was able to introduce some external suspense elements that made this installment a more intense read than the others. This book kept me on the edge of my seat as I waited to see how the various elements played out and Ms. Warren did not disappoint. I loved Steele: Into Your Heart and it has been added to my re-read list. I am looking forward to reading Boomer’s story in Chrome: With a Heart Forged in Steele and cannot wait to get my hands on Hunter the first book in the spin-off series, Bad Boys of Retribution MC.