Sizzling with passion and suspense, perfect for fans of Joanna Wylde and Julie Ann Walker, the Brothers of Mayhem series revs up as a headstrong beauty faces off against an outlaw motorcycle club—and falls for the bad boy she never saw coming.
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 was one of those books that popped up as a “Since you’ve read that book, we think you’ll like this one…” email and after reading the description it definitely sounded like something I’d enjoy reading. Now, I’m not an MC junkie by any means, but I do have a few favorites that have brought on massive hangovers after finishing them, and couple that with the whole undercover cop aspect I gave it a go and as a whole I did enjoy the book. The beginning started off strong and though I did have some issues as the book progressed I was still fully engaged in the story and wanted to see how everything played out and the end of the book came and I had very mixed feelings on where things were left standing.
The book starts off strong with Cassidy marching her ass into the MC’s clubhouse and I had to wonder if this chick had balls of steel or bat shit crazy. Turns out she’s a bit of both. Her desire to keep her brother out of the biker world was strong and came from a good place, but her tendency to fly off the handle had me wanting to reach out and smack her. I couldn’t help but admire her determination and tenacity, but I’d have thought that a person who grew up in the life ~ not to mention was the child of the ex president of the MC ~ would have a clue how to handle things and not make things worse.
Thorn is just as determined and tenacious as Cassidy, but much, much more level headed. In part it is because of his job because becoming a loose cannon will more than likely get him killed, but he assess a situation quickly and figures out what the best plan of attack is and executes it. He’s that good guy that you can’t help but like and could definitely be labeled a “Knight in shining armor.”
Their feelings for each other evolve quickly, though I wouldn’t label it an insta-love situation. They are thrust together in what one could term ‘forced intimacy’ and it’s in both of their best interests that they go along with it. Thankfully they are attracted to each other and there is definite chemistry between them. The way that their issues were resolved were a bit quick for my tastes, but I’m also happy that it didn’t drag out, so looking at what it could have turned into I’m okay with it. My only issue with their relationship is that while we learned about Thorn’s past, I never felt like we, or Cass, really got to the heart and soul of him. Cass, we learn a lot about and see where her issues come from, but Thorn’s were always surface. He’s still that knight in shining armour but I wanted a little more from him.
This is my first book by the author and as I stated in the beginning I was completely engaged in the story and wanted to know how things turned out, but at the end of the book I felt like the only thing that got any sort of closure was Thorn and Cassidy’s relationship.I know that this is a first in series and laying out all your cards doesn’t happen, but there were quite a few relationships that are still in the “loose end” category and all I can hope for is that they do get tied up as the series progresses. Of the secondary characters I found Wolf and Angel to be the most interesting and am crossing my fingers that they get their own books.
The Bottom Line: This is a decent start to a new series and it’s peaked my interest enough to keep an eye out for the next book to see if Wolf and Angel do get their own stories as well as to see if the loose ends get tied up.
~ ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Carla Swafford loves romance novels, action/adventure movies and men, and her books reflect that. She's married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Alabama.