Full Heat: A Brothers of Mayhem Novel
By Carla Swafford
Forget shining armor. Motorcycle shop owner Mary Jane Parker could use a knight in black leather right about now. A local gang has been extorting her for protection money, and standing her ground would be a lot easier with the Brothers of Mayhem at her back. She just needs to convince the club’s new president to take the job. The powerful, brooding biker claims he’s not interested—but if his version of tough love is supposed to be punishment, Mary Jane would gladly misbehave for the rest of her life.
Storm Ryder has no interest in rescuing anyone but himself. He spent three agonizing years in prison, and there’s no way in hell he’s going back, not over a spoiled rich girl who’s flirting with trouble. So why does he find himself craving Mary Jane’s lips—and holding her close when he should be pushing her away? Deep down in his tortured soul, Storm knows she’ll be there for him. And when Mary Jane needs him most, he’ll find the courage to give her everything he’s got.
This is a very gritty and dark story. Mary Jane is the only light and she sure takes a great deal of hits throughout the book.
Storm has been through so much and is very traumatized and he had a great deal of anger in him. He doesn't really know how to cope with it all. But if you have been assaulted in many ways regularly for almost a year you can see why. He is very young and spent 3 years in jail. My heart goes out to him. Throughout the story his world crumbles and his only anchor is Mary Jane.
Storm dies treat Mary Jane badly at times, but she stands by him and forgives him. I am glad she stands up for herself though and realizes she doesn't need him to survive or live her life. She was a strong character and I liked that she stayed true the whole way.
Again a very emotional and difficult read at times, so it is not for everyone.
Received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for a honest review.