Series: #5 Dogs of Fire
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on May 13, 2016
After all this time, the fiery and wild Kimberly Church meets her match when Aiden ‘Knight’ Quinn. Riding a Harley made him hot, but then he proves he can see past her walls. Too dangerous- dangerous to her plans to stay aloof and free. I’ve been so curious for when Kimmie, the best friend of the heroine from book one, Road to Desire, would get her turn. She’s the carefree, pampered princess, rich party girl of the group and I was always wondering if she would find her match with one of the Dogs of Fire brotherhood.
This story is book five and it really needs to fall in line after the others. It not only includes characters from the previous books, but it begins as a parallel read to all the other books so that all those swiftly connected short scenes only make sense if the reader got them in more developed form through the other books. Kimmie and Knight’s story was running in the background of the others. It’s been a while since I read the first ones so it was taxing my memories to pull up the events so I’m absolutely certain a newbie couldn’t start here.
Kimberly Church lets the world think she is a high-maintenance, pampered princess no strings attached party girl. Only a chosen trusted few know the real woman under the attitude and walls. She is determined to keep it that way so has some sincere panic when quiet, confident Knight looks right into her eyes and sees straight to her soul. They connect and are an easy fit, but that is what terrifies her the most so Kimberly does the lowest of Queen B moves. She lies to his face by saying she doesn’t trust him, he’s just like the man in the alley, and he makes her afraid right after he saved her from an attack and near rape. The hurt and shocked expression on his face as he backs away is her new burden to carry and she lets him go.
Kimmie knows the instant she pulled her lying, hateful stunt that she just ruined a really good chance and even possibly her best chance. Her motives were to protect and restore her life to the control she needed, but learns that instead, she is now miserable and spiraling out of control.
Or, her actions should have destroyed the attraction, but Knight remains at only a watchful distance and is quietly faithful to looking out for her- waiting for her to get her mess together. Even Dani her best friend and sister of the heart, tells her to pull her head out of her butt and woman up. Dani makes it clear that Kimmie never gave Knight a chance and doesn’t even know him if she thinks he gave up.
And through a series of encounters, Kimmie learns this is true. The man is not just a biker, but shares the same love for horses and riding. She gets a further shocking revelation that proves he is never going to be after her money or her family’s power. He is intuitive about her and the connection is still there. Can she conquer her demons and let Knight in?
This one had some definite sizzle and connection between the hero and heroine. It took it’s time as it set things up and it’s got a rough pace as it works through a series of vignettes told over a couple years’ time that cover the couple’s first meet and periodic scenes together up through the present.
At first, I thought I was going to be disappointed and not even finish the book. But I’m glad I gave it a longer lead. It is one that isn’t all that it appears to be in the beginning and well worth the reader’s patience to see it through. I say that because the heroine was dancing on my last nerve for several pages. I was not loving her. At. All. I could not figure out what her major malfunction was.
But I love the series and the broader scenes and story kept me going until I learned that the heroine has her reasons for her issues. Didn’t excuse meanness early and that chip on her shoulder every time someone was trying to get her to be safe and smart, but did make me go from disappointed to totally into it and cheering for her.
When she stopped really resisting, I could totally appreciate the strength, intelligence, and assertive confident woman she was just as Aiden did. He is an alpha and he has his own way of doing things. He is the king in his area of expertise and that is hot on its own. But he respected Kimmie and supported and built her up. He was truly right there for her through everything. Incidentally, what is with those Quinn brothers all being such cuties? No complaints, though.
The last half of the book just got better from the first half. It settled into a nice pace and easy to follow story arc and development. There are a few things going on beyond the romance and personal character growth that make things exciting. Stalkers. Revenge seekers. Enemies from the past. Greed over an inheritance battle. Arson. And competition.
I know this is an MC romance series, but I enjoyed that the author took the story into the world of show horse events and cross country (in an Olympic year when I’m more geeked than usual for it, woots). I watch that whenever it’s on TV and out at the fairgrounds and am enthralled by the beauty and grace of the sport so yeah, that was a huge hit with me. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but this one has some excitement and fun of a different sort in the latter half of the book.
And as always, the strengths of this series is the camaraderie of the large cast of characters. I love the club moments or even the get-togethers. The group are there for each other in the hard times and the good times. I do enjoy that the previous books’ characters are right there continuing with their lives. Babies are starting to come for those burly, gruff, and assertive biker men and their gals. And I grin.
So, all in all, this was another one to leave me satisfied though, as I said, it’s one that has to be given a lot of lead to get going and the time to see the change and growth take place in the characters and the romance. Knight earning Kimmie’s trust was a beautiful thing. And those horses, gah. Loved the equestrian back drop.
This is a nice series for someone new to biker romance that wants to start out easy does it and for those who prefer their biker romances mild and their romance fired up.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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