(The Deacons of Bourbon Street #3)
by Jackie Ashenden
Published: December 8, 2015
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When the biker who broke her heart rides into town, a woman must choose between passion and duty. Jackie Ashenden ups the ante in a seductive series co-written with Megan Crane, Rachael Johns, and Maisey Yates.
Leonidas “Blue” Delacroix might be the prodigal son of New Orleans aristocrats, but the Deacons of Bourbon Street are his real family. And with their patriarch murdered, Blue wants nothing more than to unleash hell on the motorcycle club’s enemies—even if it means taking up arms against the girl who used to be his best friend. She’s done quite a bit of growing up, and suddenly their chemistry is red-hot. But where’s the line between ruthless seduction and sweet temptation?
For Alice Day, loyalty is everything. When Blue skipped town, she had no choice but to adopt a new family: their rivals, the Graveyard Ministry. Seeing him again reawakens old feelings . . . and fiery fantasies. Alice could never forget the scent of leather on his skin—just as she could never forgive the sting of his betrayal. But while the Ministry has treated her like one of their own, Blue is part of her soul. And as their liaisons hit the boiling point, Alice trusts her heart with the deadliest choice of her life.
My Thoughts: Hold Me Down is the first book that I've read from The Deacons of Bourbon Street Series. Each book is a companion novel and can be read as a standalone, and each book is by a different author. Hold Me Down is written by Jackie Ashenden (this is also the first book I've read by her). I really enjoy MC books. I mean there is just something about books with characters who are hot, sexy, tattooed, alpha male bikers that just reaches out and takes you into a fantasy land where many of us would never dare to go except in worlds created by words written on pages, and Leonidas “Blue” Delacroix is one of those characters.
Hold Me Down is Blue and Alice's story. Leon "Blue" Delacroix and Alice Day were best friends at one time, that time being long gone....10 years long gone. Blue disappeared without a word and all but destroyed Alice, who had a massive crush on him, leaving her feeling abandoned, alone, and somewhat desperate, especially when most of the Deacons disappeared after Hurricane Katrina. Left alone with just her father, she had no choice but to ally herself with the Ministry, rivals of the Deacons, rivals who were there for Alice and her father, when the Deacons were nowhere to be found. Now 10 years later and tragedy has brought them back.........has brought "him" back, along with desires and feelings, both good and bad, that create a storm of tumultuous emotions in both Alice and Blue that rival Katrina's fury. Passion, betrayal, murder, loyalties, danger, and a future that can unite as easily as destroy them both, fuel the pages of Hold Me Down as these characters weather one side of the storm, embrace the eye of the hurricane, and then must decide if they can trust one another to make it through to the other side.
Hold Me Down is only 216 pages, so it doesn't take long to read, and though while short, the story doesn't feel rushed, though I would have liked to have seen a little more...... I don't know.... suspense, action, anticipation, in regard to the climax of the book and the "final showdown." Also, though loyalty to the club was a big deal , especially with Blue, it lacked the intensity of that bond that I've seen in other MC books, i.e., Joanna Wylde's Reapers Series. That said, Ashenden did bring on the heat in the romance department and the story was well written, so even without the "bang" I was hoping for in regard to the climatic event, I did enjoy the book and fans of MC stories will definitely want to consider checking this one out.