Kiss slowly. Play hard.
Oaklyn: That arrogant, loathsome bastard had the nerve to move to Avalanche. Levon left behind his empire of sleaze to invade the tiny, sleepy town I’d decided to call home. I wanted to get away from smut and abuse and into a fresh, innocent place where nobody knew my name, only to be followed right into my very house by the King of Corruption himself.
I could handle it if he was physically gruesome. But he struts around with his muscles bulging and his cornflower blue eyes sparkling. I’m a nurse, a practical, sensible gal. But when Levon needs my help, I put away my pride and come running. And he’s going to need a lot of help to go up against the dirtbag Avalanche mayor, blackmailing him with his shameful past.
Levon: She’s proud, conceited, and holier-than-thou, everything I hate in a woman. But maybe it’s been too long since I had one, because when she steps up to the plate to help me, I’m doomed. I had to knock her down a few pegs once she knew I wanted her. Joining the Assassins of Youth motorcycle club and giving Oaklyn a few sessions over my knee just seemed to increase her yearning, though.
She’s a sizzling hot tornado of a woman. I need her to fight back against the fucking corrupt politicians in this town we’re trying to transform. I might have come from a sordid, disgraceful background. But I’m determined to move into the light and the purity that will make this town great.
Publisher’s Note: This is a full-length, standalone novel with a HEA and no cliffhanger. Possible triggers include male prostitution, sexual abuse, gun running, and crooked municipal blackmail.
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The one thing I love about picking up a book by Ms. Wolfe is I know I’m going to get a fun ride. Her Assassins of Youth series is so wonderful. I’ve enjoyed the first two so much. There’s a new rhythm to these that wasn’t there in her previous books. The way she includes poetry and some of the classics of literature is amazingly integrated into the story. But she still keeps the core of her writing style where it’s over the top crazy fun. She still has characters that you can’t help but want to see happy. Plus she does it in a way that is natural without trying too hard. Oaklyn says to Levon at one point a line that sums up my feelings towards Ms. Wolfe’s writing. “You have the heart of a poet.”
Oaklyn is so well written. She had that great internal batter between her logical self and her emotional responses. It was great seeing her grow as a character through the book as she realized she deserved a true love relationship and not just settling.
I felt for Levon though. He struggled with his identity in this story and he was so versatile. He took everything thrown his way and just rolled with it and kept going. I loved the scene where he talks with Oaklyn about his change of heart about religion and how he was effected by it. It was a great look at how people handle crises of faith.
I just wanted to take Deloy and give him a huge hug! I desperately want him to have his own happy ending. I can’t wait for more stories in this series. I will definitely be reading them.
Four and a half
Bestselling author Layla Wolfe is satisfied with a leather jacket, one bad-ass pink camo compound bow, and a vicarious outlaw lifestyle. Her BARE BONES MC series explores the dark, disturbing life of the biker club in Arizona. Her spinoff series THE BENT ZEALOTS MC is a gritty MM saga.
Layla Wolfe is the pen name of multi-published erotic romance author Karen Mercury.
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Thanks for the awesome review, Molly! ❤