Road to Desire by Piper Davenport
Disclosure: Delighted Reader received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
If any biker romance can be termed sweet, this one is it. Oh, don’t get me wrong. It packs the heat, sass, alpha bad boy, and danger in between its covers, but its tone is sweeter and less grit and dirt if you feel me. It has the flavor of many of my favorites out there in biker romance world and shows the author has a true love and appreciation like the best of us fans. I actually don’t mind my biker romances to fall on this end of the spectrum and it gave me a little nostalgic smile to recognize the character and tone of the story so I’m definitely on board with where this new series is going.
Okay, well I’m going to actually back up and say ‘new spin-off series’ because there are some cross over characters from the Guardian series. The other series doesn’t need to be read first to appreciate this one and I actually haven’t read it yet myself- on the future agenda though.
So this one opens with sweet and pert, Danielle Harris breaking down on the side of the road in the industrial side of town at night sans cell phone because it was on the list along with her piece of junk car that she was meaning to get to when the money sitch looked better. She is still digging out of the financial and emotional hole she got herself into because the first time baby girl spread her wings and landed a guy she picked a real doozy who used her and took her for all she had. Her family is strong, supportive and willing to help her, but she wants to prove to herself and them that she will fix her own messes. Meanwhile, here she sat in her dead car with her dead phone after a crappy first date that bored her to tears. Then her knight in shining biker cut appears to help her out. Booker brings her to one of the club’s legit businesses so she can make arrangements for his guys to work on her car and let her best friend know she’s alright. Booker alias Austin Carver ends up dropping her home, but not before the tingles begin and the sparks fly back and forth. He makes it clear that the interest in mutual and she’ll be seeing him and seeing him often.
Austin ‘Booker’ Carver can’t believe what just happened to him. The moment he clapped eyes on Dani Harris he was well and caught. The curvy, cute little blond kindergarten teacher complicated by her family all being in law enforcement including her dad as a police chief is from a whole other world and by the end of the night he knows that she is his- his woman. Now to make this clear to Dani and to make it all work between her and his loyalty to his brothers in the MC.
Everything starts happening fast and Dani keeps the handbrake on their attraction as Austin pushes her hard and fast. He knows exactly what he wants, but she’s been burned and she doesn’t want to end up there again. Austin has gotten through and tugged on her heart and he will crush it if this is all him just scratching an itch so slow and steady is the game plan. That is until she meets a vixen with eyes for Austin, learns more about Austin’s world and Austin himself and takes a chance on the honesty in Austin’s eyes and his words. She is falling as fast and hard as Austin. A mistake in her past puts her in the crosshairs of danger- a danger that only Austin and others from his world can handle.
The book was an overall enjoyable reading experience and hit a lot of good points for me. I liked the opposites attract, the infusion of humor, the brotherhood of the MC, Dani’s family, the secondary story line with Hawk and Austin, the club scenes that balance into the whole of the story and the element of danger in the end.
I will say that the story got off to a good start, but then dragged a bit with the forward action leaving off while the world building caught up. The romance development was a good thing, but it was told in isolation of other stuff going on- or at least stuff in the actual scenes. I wasn’t bored, but let’s just say I was more interested when the other element to the story involving the money and possible ransom scheme came into play.
Booker cracked me up with that alpha thing going on. Although, the cave man with the one word imperatives did set my teeth into a grind. High IQ or not, I’m with Dani about his need for a comeuppance. I don’t hold with bratty women or women with the need to debate and argue everything and yes, she knew what the score was with his club, but a little flow of information would have been good. Austin had never been in a real relationship so his learning curve was actually bigger than Dani’s. They were cute to watch even as they scorched up the sheets once they got it all sorted.
As to Dani, I was on the fence about her for about the first third of the book. The opening pages made me picture a ditzy type because of the car and the phone and her tripping all over herself about Austin. But then she seemed to get her feet under her. I really did get why she did and said what she did and why it was important to keep Austin from pushing her. I give her a lot of credit for learning from the past. Her need to be reassured about the club, about Austin and about whether his word was good was what changed my mind about her. She’s a sweet, cuddly thing that has some sexy-kitten in her.
All in all, this spicy yet sweet biker romance was a hit and I would read more of the series. Fans of the milder stories in this niche should give it a go.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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