Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: Fire Me Up (The Deacon's of Bourbon Street #2) by Rachael Johns

Book Blurb:
Can a scorching affair with a bohemian beauty tame a motorcycle man with a dark side? Rachael Johns takes the wheel in the sexy series co-written with Megan Crane, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.

Travis “Cash” Sinclair values only two things from his days with the Deacons of Bourbon Street: his prized Harley Davidson and the man who gave it to him. But now Priest Lombard is gone, and Cash has inherited the Deacons’ clubhouse—not to mentions its unexpected tenant. She’s exactly the type of woman he tries to avoid: all incense and art, with a sharp tongue that promises trouble. So why does Cash want to push aside those flowing skirts and lose himself between her legs?

Billie Taylor fled a bad marriage to start a new life among the grit and glamour of the French Quarter. She refuses to let another man distract her from her dreams, especially an outlaw biker with nothing to offer except hot sex and an eviction notice. Cash is dangerous, with an untamed streak he tries desperately to conceal. He drives Billie wild, sending her too close to the edge for her own good. And she won’t fall under his spell—or into his bed—without a fight.

My Review:

The second book in the Deacons of Bourbon Street, Fire Me Up by Rachael Johns delves even deeper into the darker side of New Orleans, a reviving motorcycle club, and the questionable death of Priest - the Deacons leader. This is all the reason Travis is back in New Orleans - the last place he wants to be. The place he meets Billie - exactly the opposite of what a motorcycle man should want...

Billie and Travis are very interesting characters, a very unexpected hero and heroine! Most of the time they were like oil and water, but that doesn't stop the heat between them. Travis is by no means a sweet, sensitive man. He is rough, he is brash, he makes no apologies for who and what he is, and he is over the top alpha! Because of his attitude and the way he talked to and treated Billie, it was really hard to like him for a while. He just walks in and takes charge, threatening everything Billie has worked so hard for. My thoughts are that this is the tough motorcycle man persona though, and as the plot thickened, I felt like I got to understand Travis better and my heart ached a bit for what he went through. I might not have come to love him, but he was a great main character in this story. Billie is a touching heroine who I felt I could relate to much easier. I really felt for her, and I really admired her. Billie brings a bit of softness to this series! I liked how she stood up to Travis, even though he was intimidating, and at the same time was wildly attracted to him. There is a lot of character growth for Billie and Travis, and it is believable and very touching!

As the relationship between these two expands, the plot flowing through this series about the motorcycle club and Priest's death becomes more intense and mysterious. I liked this carry over of the plot and it is done in such a way that there are no cliffhangers in either of the first two books, but a ongoing thread between the books. There are also some other ongoing sub plots that I can't wait to see if they are resolved, and what each will mean for the characters of this series. I love how this is done, and that three different authors are writing this series which so far is written very smoothly.

The secondary characters in Fire Me Up all have their own part in the plot and add a lot of dimension. Once again I loved the New Orleans setting.

The characters are all edgy and raw, but at the same time powerful, intense, and real.

Fire Me Up is the second book in this series, and I would recommend reading the first book to get a good understanding of what is happening. I'd recommend Fire Me Up and this series to any romance reader who likes book with an edge and a bit of mystery.

4/5 stars

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