Sunday, February 28, 2016

Review: Hidden Heat (Brothers of Mayhem #1) by Carla Swafford from Loveswept

Hidden Heat
(Brothers of Mayhem #1)
by Carla Swafford
Published:  February 16, 2016 
Publisher:  Loveswept
Sold by:  Random House LLC

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Sizzling with passion and suspense, perfect for fans of Joanna Wylde and Julie Ann Walker, the Brothers of Mayhem series revs up as a headstrong beauty faces off against an outlaw motorcycle club—and falls for the bad boy she never saw coming.

Cassidy Ryder refuses to be intimidated by anyone, even the hell-raising, hard-drinking Brothers of Mayhem. The daughter of their former president, she's not above smashing a few heads to keep her teenage brother safe. But when Cassidy's big mouth gets her in trouble, the only thing that saves her is some quick thinking from the Brothers' bartender. He's commanding and strong, and as smooth as the whiskey he pours: the ultimate temptation for a girl who swore she'd never be a biker's plaything.

But Thorn Savalas is no ordinary biker. He's a cop, and he's worked too hard earning the Brothers' trust to blow his cover over a female—even one who rocks a pair of jeans like Cassidy. The only way to protect her is by claiming she's his old lady. Trouble is, Thorn can't just pretend. He wants Cassidy, and every scorching touch tells him she feels the same. But acting on their hottest fantasies could leave them both exposed . . . even if nothing else has ever felt so real.

This savage contemporary is filled with action, deception, and emotional and sexual tension that leave readers panting right up until the highly anticipated climax. --- Publishers Weekly about HIDDEN HEAT.

My Thoughts:  I love MC romances, so when I saw the cover the cover and read the synopsis for Hidden Heat, I couldn't resist checking it out.  Cassidy Ryder hates the Brother's of Mayhem MC Club and wants nothing to do with them, especially for her younger brother, and she isn't afraid to go head-to-head with them to save him, even when it isn't the smartest or the safest thing to do.  She's the daughter of the clubs former president, and hates everything the club stands for.  Now that her brother is about to turn 18, she hates them even more, because he's infatuated with them.  Needless to say, this more than perturbs her when she finds her self irresistibly attracted to the clubs bartender, Thorn Savalas.  Thorn is more than hot.  He represents everything she's trying to steer clear of, yet like a magnet, she's drawn to him.  The more she gets to know him, she see's how he's different than the others, and bit by bit, her resolve weakens.  

Thorn Savalas is hot, tattooed, tough as nails, and he's an undercover cop.  Not quite sure how to handle things when he finds himself in the middle of one of Cassidy's tirades regarding her brother, he knows he has to protect her from the brothers, even at the risk of blowing his cover.  What he didn't expect was how hard he's falling for her.  Things get dangerous as his investigation begins to come to a head, testing Thorn's resolve as he tries to do his job and keep Cassidy safe at the same time, but no matter how hard he tries to keep her safe physically, he can't protect her heart, nor his own for that matter, which proves to been an even harder task than the job he's undertaken. 

Filled with passion, suspense, danger, and all that you'd expect from a hot MC romance, Hidden Heat is a great beginning to what looks to be quite an enticing series.  A lot happens at the end all at once, and while I was glad to see what finally transpired between Cassidy and Thorn, I was a little sad at the level of corruption in the club, while holding onto hope that there is some good to be found there eventually.  The author sets the stage for the next book, and I will be looking forward to reading that, still hopeful that we ill see some good in the club, rather than just total corruption.  That of course, is just my opinion, having come to love Joanna Wylde's and Kristen Ashley's MC club novels and the tight-knit groups that they both portray and make you fall for, despite and because of who they are and what the represent.  I'll look forward to seeing where Carla Swafford takes this series as it progresses.  
3.5 Hearts


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