A Dangerous Reality (The Bent Zealots MC #1)
by Layla Wolfe
Keep your lovers close—and your enemies in bed.
TURK: My club sent me to track him down. And when my mission was over, I never wanted another one again. When I found him, I kicked the crap out of Havelock Singer. I issued the mightiest beatdown of all time. Problem is, we’re evenly matched. We’re equals in every way, and when we finished whaling on each other, exhausted, we fell into each other’s arms.
I’ve never regretted it for an instant. It’s been the ride of my life. But loving another man in the MC world is a risky business. As if our business isn’t already brutal and ruthless enough, Lock’s homophobic sergeant-at-arms Stumpy gets an eyeful of our lovemaking and blackmails us into doing some of his dirty work, or be exposed for what we are—a couple of deviants.
This run into the Indian reservation is sleazy and beneath us, but now I’m cornered, and I’ll do anything to keep my sweet master Lock from being lynched by his club.
LOCK: When that kingpin Carmine Rojas got a load of my beautiful stallion Turk Blackburn, he’d stop at nothing to have him—and Rojas gets what he wants. It’s my fault we’re in this situation. I should’ve kicked Turk’s ass and sent him packing back to The Bare Bones. I wasn’t even close to being ready to come out, but now they’re forcing my hand.
I can hear my destiny calling me. Either I’ll slink back to my club like a hetero bounty hunter with no morals—and no respect from anyone in my own backyard—or I’ll step up to the plate and be the lion of the day.
Either way, my lover and I are screwed. Our clubs are going to hound us underground or into another country before we escape this mess—if we don’t die trying.
“Living off the grid and being an outlaw brings a dangerous reality.” –Ron Perlman
Publisher’s warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. It contains scenes of gay sex, consensual BDSM, illegal doings, dubious consent, and man-on-man violence.
Emma - 4.5 Crowns
Book 1 in The Bent Zealots MC series. This is a new series, however fans of Layla Wolfe's Bare Bones MC series may recognise some characters. You do not need to read that series to enjoy A Dangerous Reality.
As many of you know, I am addicted to MC romance. It's my thing. I Love the club politics, the grit, the violence, the alpha men and the sex. I have read many of the stories out there, some amazing, some ok, some rehashed stories under different titles and by a different author. When the opportunity arose for me to review this book I jumped at the chance. One look with that synopsis and you know it's going to be unique.
Turk Blackman is VP of the Bare Bones MC. Having been taken in by the Illuminati family, he has lived and breathed for his MC for the majority of his life. He is loyal and reliable; the one thing he isn't is truthful. Turk is gay and he has hidden his sexuality from his club to avoid putting himself and his brothers in the firing line in the very homophobic lifestyle they live in. He is tired of hiding who he is, especially as he knows that his brothers aren't stupid. Will he ever be able to live a life alongside a person he chooses to loves?
Lock Singer rides with the Assassins of Youth MC in Bullhead City. Manager of a successful bail bond business he loves the reputation he has built, and is proud that he always gets his man. Having been discharged for the Air force following a injury as well as PTSD; his clubs protocol has held him together since Iraq and kept the nightmares at bay. When he ends up in a gay club following a target, he soon finds himself remembering something within himself that he has tried to suppress. His attraction to men, wouldn't be tolerated in his club and it isn't something he is willing to except himself. He isn't gay, it was a one time thing with a man that he was thrown together with in the stresses of war... or was it?
One meeting is all it takes for 2 men in different stages of accepting their sexuality. War soon turns into passion and together they will have to navigate the dangerous waters they find themselves in. 2 separate MC's and a sexual orientation that is taboo and unacceptable in the outlaw world. When someone conspires against them and threatens to out them, they soon find themselves facing a dangerous reality.
Life will become deadly, will they survive the danger that is thrown at them? Will being together mean they have to walk away from the clubs that they are so loyal to? And is love ever enough when it is so unacceptable in the lifestyle they have chosen?
This was a bloody good book. I love a good M/M romance, to combine that with a MC book is GENIUS. It's so unique but also pretty dangerous. The writer has to maintain the level of grit, violence and all round manliness. It's a fine line and it takes a brave author to get the balance right. Often M/M books are more sex over substance and in this particular genre that is never going to work. Let me assure you now that Layla Wolfe has got that balance just right. This book is packed with club politics and the dynamics of a MC including the grit and violence we come to expect from the genre. Add to this two characters that are dealing with their sexualities and the drama that alone causes and you have a very unique and believable story.
Well done Layla, you have created a real stand out story in a difficult genre. Taking away the gay element, the club storyline is fast paced, holds your interest and is as important to the complete book as the personal issues the two main protagonists face. I am pleased to say this is definitely a substance over sex read; a M/M read that will have a broad appeal.
If you want a brilliant read that has a new twist on MC Romance, dealing with both personal and club politics this is a MUST READ!!