Jake Rushman is on the run, but it’s too late. He’s being tracked by an expert.
Motorcycle Club Enforcer Nick is tough, but even he has a conscience. It’s slowly destroying him, together with memories of his parents’ ugly deaths. Nick eliminates the guilty, but Jake Rushman is the innocent witness to a murder. It will be one kill too many.
Determined to find redemption, Nick plans to trade his life for Jake’s. Neither man counts on the fierce, powerful bond that the collision of their opposing worlds brings, and Jake refuses to let Nick sacrifice himself. He offers Nick the one thing he’s never had: hope.
Nick is a suicidal hit man working for his uncle’s motorcycle club. He is sent after a witness to a drug deal gone bad, but instead of doing his job, he finds the man that he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Jake was in the wrong place at the wrong time when the drug deal went down, but that luck changed when he saw spotted Nick in the same bar and instantly knew he was sent to kill Jake. Instead of running, Jake asks Nick to go back to his hotel room and what transpires is a heated, passionate, night of raunchy sex that quickly turns to so much more.
I admit, I wasn’t sure how the author could redeem a 23 year old, serial killer, hitman, who wants to die after his last job that happens to be on his birthday. But, not only did she redeem Nick, but she made him into a man willing to be overpowered by his lover (Jake). But, it wasn’t just a quick tryst for the heck of it. The sensuality between the two men was instantaneous and lead the way for Jake to suggest Nick go on the run with him instead of ending his life.
For a short story, Happy Birthday packed a punch. I instantly wanted these two men to get their happily ever after and spend their lives together. The ending surprised me, in a good way, but also showed how strong and protective Jake was over Nick. I was prepared for Nick to be the take charge, alpha, strong male, but putting Jake in that role allowed Nick to be cared for and cherished in a way that he never had. I really enjoyed this story and the author’s attention to detail and am glad I read it.