Another delicious Dogs of Fire installment and I have a new biker guy to adore. There’s just something about a tough guy going all soft for a young girl and growly protective over her and her mom and I am in book love.
This is the sixth installment in a series about a group of riders who are more than club and brothers, but family. Each story in theory could be read standalone if the reader doesn’t mind the obvious feeling that the group around the new couple have already had their stories and are an ongoing part of each new story.
In this book, Connor ‘Hatch’ Wallace is the knight on white horse when he helps a stranded woman, Maisie Mann, get her car started. He is immediately attracted, but shuts that down really quick knowing about the baggage that can come from relationships and ‘nice’ women particularly of the polished put together type like this one. His ex did a number on him and never again. His long term relationships will be for his younger siblings that he raised alone after his mom died and his dad went to prison and to his brothers in the Dogs of Fire MC. Only, he keeps encountering this sweet, soft-spoken woman and her daughter who are irresistible and get inside under his skin. A dangerous incident that puts Maisie in the hospital ends his resistance. He is all in. Now he needs to persuade Maisie.
Maisie fell in love with her childhood sweetheart and was with him until he died. It has been ten years and she still feels lost without him. Her best friend pushes her to move on, but Maisie is content to live for Poppy and doesn’t think there would ever be a second shot at the deep love she felt for her husband. But then big, rough biker, Hatch, is suddenly there and with each new encounter, she opens up to the idea of something special where she least expected it.
This could have been a rather good story of a biker and a business woman getting a second shot at love- and it was that, for sure. But with the addition of a best friend dealing with severe mental health issues, grief, and even modern class issues, this story dug deep into a bit of something more making it unputdownable for me. Up until now, I would have said that Ace and Cassidy’s story was my favorite of the series, but- new fav has emerged with this sweet yet passionate romance between Connor and Maisie.
Connor has some alpha protector in him and is quite capable of doing violence for those he loves, but he also wants what he fears the most- he wants his own relationship and family though he is afraid of being burned again. Maisie is the Brit with the stiff upper lip and balks at engaging in another go at love. She has a need to do things for herself and bristles whenever Connor tries to protect her, but she is all in when she pushes him to share his thoughts and feelings instead of shutting down and backing away. I enjoyed that they acted like mature adults even while working through their issues. And the pair of them were on fire together once they came together.
All in all, this was an absorbing read that I can highly recommend for the lovers of biker romance who want spice without going too dark.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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