Okay okay – new favorite novel (of the month at least). Yow is my reaction to Burn Down the Night. It’s explosive, dark and gritty and you’re so sure everything’s just going to get worse, but MO’K clearly loves her readers and I’ve found a new author I’m just about ready to devour.
Joan’s a stripper and an avenging angel. She sets a series of bombs in the nightclub she dances in to use as leverage to get the location where drug dealer scum Lagan is holding her sister as one of his ‘wives’.
Just as it’s all kicking off, she sees Max, president of the Skulls motorcycle club. He quit the dangerous MC life, or so she thought, but he’s back and his presence messes with her plans. There’s something between them though it’s never been consummated and she doesn’t want him to die. Her own life? That’s up for grabs.
The plan goes awry and the bad guy gets away whilst Max is attacked and shot in a coup by his own club brothers. In the chaos, Joan drags him into her car and drives him away and out of the state. He knows Lagan and now is the only chance she has of finding her sister. He’s just become her Plan B.
This opening alone is rough stuff. Joan has a suicidal lack of concern for her own wellbeing and as we start to understand how rough her life has been, we can see why. She takes Max somewhere safe, gets his injuries treated but keeps him chained to the bed and when he wakes, he is not a happy bunny.
Now I am not always a fan of the dickhead MC misogynist big man. And to start with, Max has some elements of this about him. But he also has reasons for being like this, and as much as he’s angry at Joan for imprisoning him, the chemistry between them is off the scale. And she’s been into him ever since they were eye-fucking as she danced at the club.
Joan’s bisexual and hasn’t slept with a man since that incident. Max likes that fact. He starts to break down Joan’s barriers whilst trying to maintain his own. But the two of them are so messed up –and the situation they’re in, ditto –that the road to happiness seems too farfetched to be possible. The arc too great. Plus there’s her sister to worry about and his MC club which is going to hell.
This is a bloody and sexy ride. And I lapped it up.
It has F/F scenes which I could take or leave (or is it F/F/M if there’s a guy in the room but just watching? IDK) but the HH lovin’ is both tense, sexy and tender.
This is third in a series, but I didn’t know this, so I can confirm it’s great as standalone. I will be going to back to read books 1&2 and book 4 when it appears.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Burn Down the Night
by M O’Keefe
Release Date: August 9, 2016