This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle Club Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on January 15, 2021
Source: Book Tour Provided
After witnessing a member of the mafia kill a couple people, she jumps in her Porsche and hightails it from Vegas until a flat tire brings her to the notice of a ruggedly, handsome MC Prez who is determined to puzzle out her secrets. A sizzling hot attraction, a cross between a biker romance and suspense, and engaging characters in a book told by dual narrators was a temptation I wasn’t about to miss.
Dirty Deals is the second in the Devil Kings MC series which I believe share the same world as the Evil Dead MC series. I jumped in without book one and had no trouble though the events of the past and most of the characters are all part of the earlier book.
Dirty Deals opens in the glitzy and glamorous world of high rollers and luxury accommodations for those who can afford it and Ashlynn is the one to make sure her clients get the full satisfactory experience while spending money at the hotel. Everything is going great until the night she sees two murders committed when in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her escape is seen by the killers who are associated with the mafia and she just has time to toss her ever-ready Go bag into the back of her fabulous yellow Porsche and take to the road in an adrenaline rush across the country. Her run comes to a halt just outside Atlanta when her tire goes flat. To her rescue comes a wickedly attractive guy sporting a biker club vest and a patch that shows he’s the Prez of what she sees as a gang. With a tire iron to keep things from going sideways, she watches him give her tire a temporary fix and she thinks that is that until Rusty turns up and won’t be put off. Not that she wants to see the back of him. In fact, it isn’t long when she wants a man bad enough to considering staying. Eventually, her past will catch up and keeping Rusty won’t be an option.
Rusty is dazzled by the classy, sassy gal who is running scared, but full of moxy. When she purchases a gun and keeps her bagged packed while always looking scared of something coming for her, he’s no fool. He’s seen a lot of trouble and some of it bad enough to need a gun for, but he’s willing to take on Ashlynn’s problems if she would just trust him. Meanwhile, he entices her with sexy nights in her bed, work at his custom motorcycle shop, and friends with his motorcycle club family. He wants her to care enough to trust him and unpack that bag, but when the trouble starts up, she gets that hunted look and he has to do everything he can to keep her safe.
Dirty Deals has some darker deeds in it with killing and hunting down a witness and including a motorcycle club recovering from a violent shake up, but for all that, I felt the tone was fairly light. It paced along swiftly and steadily. It got hot and spicy quickly once the romance pair had their first encounter, but it didn’t stretch credibility too far since they are a little older and both have a take charge ‘know-what-I-want’ attitude. The build up to the romance conflict and the suspenseful climax was great and that ending was swoonworthy.
Ashlynn is an uber competent high-class hotel guest associate. She looks the part and is at the top of her game so that owning her ‘baby’, the yellow Porsche and a bank full of funds is normal. Whereas Rusty comes across as laid back and country in ways, but he is much more as the owner of a successful custom bike business and now president of an MC chapter with good leadership skills and able to keep his head while in danger. They seemed to different, but that sizzling attraction and Ashlynn’s satisfaction with working in the shop office gave prove to a possibility.
My only issue was two-part. There were hints about Ashlynn and Dusty’s backgrounds, but they remained mostly vague and undeveloped. I didn’t get to know them as thoroughly as I would have liked. Just like, I was fine with them as characters and even liked their romance, but at the same time, it happened swiftly and there didn’t seen enough in common to hold them together long term. I wanted more connections for them, I guess.
As to the narration, I was startled by how the two narrators worked together instead of taking turns with the chapters. Ryan West voiced all the male speakers and Dusty’s point of view and Virginia Rose did the same for Ashlynn and the other female voices. Once I was adjusted to this style of narration, I was right back in the story and loving both their contributions. I’ve already enjoyed Ryan West’s work before, but this was my first encounter with Virginia Rose. They nailed the voices so I was certain who was speaking, they had good emotional range and caught the tone of the book well, and their overall storytelling was fabulous.
All in all, I enjoyed this easy and quick book with sizzling romance, suspenseful action moments, and colorful backdrop. I was hooked by the tantalizing hints leading into the next book. And, I definitely want to experience more of the series on audio. Those who enjoy lighter biker and extra spicy romance should definitely pick this book/series up.
I rec’d my copy from Caffeinated PR to listen to in exchange for an honest review.
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