When violence sweeps through their town, the Men of Hell must figure out who’s after their club.
Someone is watching Romeo Barrigan’s every move. Chloe Matsumoto’s favorite pastime is studying the Men of Hell Motorcycle Club’s president. Ever since he helped rescue her deaf cousin from the hands of a human-trafficking ring, Chloe has become fascinated with him and now wonders how she can repay him.
Daxton Squire is the enforcer of the Men of Hell. He’s filled with self-loathing after failing to recognize the threat from the former club president. When he spots someone tailing Romeo, he vows to protect him at any cost. Only Dax didn’t expect to be so attracted to the little stalker.
Violence sweeps through Bair, Nebraska, threatening the town and the club. Romeo has a lot on his plate. Not only does he have to figure out who’s after his club, he also has to determine how the hell he ended up in a ménage relationship—and keep those he loves safe from the menace.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of ménage and anal sex, scenes of violence, physical abuse, murder, prostitution, and hints of drug use. There is a scene of dubious consent and some racist language.
Chloe is obsessed with Romeo, the leader of the Men of Hell MC. He saved her cousin and she wants to repay the debt. She heads to the little town where the club rules and falls into trouble with Dax the club enforcer. Realizing that she is hot for him, she makes a brazen demand when the club needs help. She’ll finance the club – but, she wants Romeo and Dax in her bed.
There is a lot of violence, steamy sex, and some disturbing sex scenes in this story. They all work within this MC story and help keep the suspenseful parts of the story going. This is the second book that I have read by Beth Carter and I really like her story-telling abilities. The way she wrote this menage made me root for them and want them to have a HEA. However, the constant references to Chloe being crazy bothered me. I know her obsession with the club and Romeo was odd. Yes, she was in a “relaxation center” after her last obsession with a man went wrong. Yes, she was seeing a psychiatrist and was prescribed medication. But the word crazy was used so many times in a derogatory way that it bothered me. But, that’s my issue and the story still worked well.
If you like M/F/M and MC books, definitely pick this one up to try! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Chloe huffed and puffed, clearly not liking this idea at all, but she opened her bag and pulled out some supplies. Dax helped Romeo take off his cut, then she wrapped an Ace bandage around the upper part of his arm. Minutes later, a huge pressure bandage soaked up any blood still leaking.
Romeo nodded his thanks and walked over to his bike. Dax was about to head toward his, but Chloe yanked Romeo’s cut out of his hands.
“I’ll take this,” she said.
“I warned you to stay away,” he admonished. “You didn’t do as I said.”
“I rarely do as I’m told.”
“Yeah, I’m discovering that about you.”
She stepped up to him until he felt her body heat enveloping him. There it was again, that spark that drove him batty. She may have the hots for Romeo, but there was no denying that chemistry flared between them. Suddenly he was more than willing to make her admit that her pussy creamed for him as well.
“I’ll see you at the compound,” she whispered.
“Definitely.” He lowered his voice to the tone more than one woman had described as sexy. “We need to talk about your listening skills.”
He made sure to put emphasis on the last word, lacing the statement with unspoken passionate promise. Her eyes widened a little and small gasp escaped her.
He turned, grinning. Making her concede to him would be so much fun.
To Beard or not to Beard by Beth D. Carter
When a story pops into my head I start to visualize the characters who will play out the leads. Sometimes this is easy and sometimes I pull my hair out very slowly trying to figure out the heroes and heroine. For my newest release, Mad Delights, I had already established one of the heroes, Romeo, in the book Lily Roar (Red Wolves MC #4), but as for the second hero…well, he took a little more thought.
“The bristles of his beard had been soft under her touch, and she had very nearly kissed him. What would she do if given the opportunity to kiss Dax again?”
It wasn’t until I typed that line that I realized Dax would have a scraggly beard. Without even realizing it, I tended to write the same male character again and again and again. I was using the same image of a man I found attractive in every story so I had to step back and reevaluate all my heroes. Even though I don’t particularly like chest hair that doesn’t mean my readers don’t. And just because I love blue eyed men doesn’t mean every hero out there has to have baby blues.
“Yet, as she stared into his dark eyes, she couldn’t deny the zing that shot through her body.”
Even up until the explosion of eBook publishing and the erotic romance genre coming to life, there weren’t that many ethnic heroes or heroines out there. In the 80’s and 90’s, the shelves were dominated by beautiful white women and sinfully handsome white men. Yet life is very rarely so monochromatic. When I decided to write a ménage motorcycle club series, I knew right away that it also had to be interracial somehow. In Mad Delights (Men of Hell MC), Chloe Matsumoto is Japanese, and more than a match for her two love interests.
“Her hair was in some weird updo, emphasizing her Asian heritage. Interest stirred, and he tried hard to remember that she’d spent the better part of a week stalking the club.”
I laid down the foundation of a sequel in the book, and decided to write outside my comfort zone. In Madness Ends (Releases in November), Chloe’s cousin Kaiya is deaf. One of her men, Gabby, has a scar dissecting his face. As I’ve grown more mature I realize my taste has evolved in what I find sexy. My heroes have become somewhat less…vanilla, for lack of a better word.
I’ve stopped writing about the sinfully sexy ordinary hero. Now my characters are tatted up, riding Harley’s, complete with muscles and all the bad attitude that comes with it. They may even have a piercing or two. Some have beards, some don’t, some don’t care. What each man does have is a good woman riding off with him into the sunset.
I like writing about the very ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so my heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors or corporate high rollers. I try to write characters who aren’t cookie cutters and push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box. I love writing characters who are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love.
I’ve been pretty fortunate in life to experience some amazing things. I’ve lived in France, traveled throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand. I am a mom to an amazing little boy. I’m surrounded by friends and family. And although I love holding a book in my hand, I absolutely adore my eReader, which I’ve named Ruby. I love to hear from readers so I’ve made it really easy to find me on the web.