Sturgis. Half a million bikers, wannabes, and families in a town of fewer than 7000 residents. What could go wrong?
When my dad persuaded me to take one last vacation with my family after college graduation, he had no idea that I’d just broken up with my boyfriend of two years. That wasn’t my only secret. I had a much better reason to agree to be part of Dad’s lost-youth, bucket list plan. Half a million bikers? Surely there was at least one who could rock my world by giving me what I needed in bed.
From yards away I watched Jake pick up the girl like he had some kind of voodoo power. One minute she was spilling beer all over Pug, and the next she was walking out of the bar with Jake, who’d just, from the look of it, seduced her right there. I was in Sturgis with the Dust Devils to do a job and earn my patch. Not to poach a girl from the Veep’s son. But damned if I wasn’t going to try.
Book: Roll Me Away
Series: Smokey’s Roadhouse; Book #2
Publication Date: 11/24/15
Published By: Mad for Romance Publishing
Source: Author, in exchange for an honest review
First off, many thanks to Jessa Jacobs, who has provided a free copy of Roll Me Away in exchange for an honest review. This is the second book in the Smokey’s Roadhouse series, which revolves around - you guessed it - a roadhouse out in the middle of Nowhere, Wyoming that is owned by the Dust Devils outlaw MC. The previous novel, Highway Song, introduced us to the MC and some of the characters that take the main stage in Roll Me Away.
First, I’m going to focus on Zach, the male lead. Zach is recruited into the Devils as a prospect. The club is looking to get some young blood in the stable, because their side business has suffered ever since the younger generation of the MC split from the main group. They were looking to get into drug running, but that fell through. The side business is porn, and all of their big stars jumped ship at the end of the last book. But the youngbloods don’t have the collective brains of a gnat, and wind up coming back to the MC, wanting to rejoin. The Devils agree to allow them to come to Sturgis with them for the annual run, but they have to prove themselves worthy of being patched back in. So what does this have to do with Zach? We are seeing all of this through Zach’s eyes as he joins the MC for the first time. They are not merely going to Sturgis for beer and women - although that’s on the menu as well - they are going to lift some bikes from unsuspecting wanna be bikers. This is Zach’s weekend to prove his worth to the club, both in hot bikes and the ability to pick out women to join the Dust Bunnies - the female half of the side business.
Cricket comes to Sturgis with her parents and two younger siblings. I don’t know what possessed her dad to think that Sturgis of all places was a great place to vacation with the family. This STURGIS, man, not Disneyland! Biker Mecca! It’s not a place I would have pictured as family friendly. Anyway, he rents a bike (first thing I thought was oh yeah, that’s gonna get stolen) and off they go. But as the synopsis tells us, little does Dad know that little Cricket is looking to use this vacation for one thing and one thing alone - to find herself a biker of her very own. She thinks she has hit the jackpot when she meets Jake - the leader of the younger gen of devils. Jake has starred in the mc’s flicks - all of the younger guys have- and she recognizes him immediately. Cricket recently broke up with her squeaky clean boyfriend and is looking to have a wild time. Jake obliges, but freaks out when she passes out afterwards. He pushes her off on Zach, not wanting to have some passed out chick in his room, you know, just in case she died, or something. When she wakes she is suitably pissed, but after some conversation begins to see Zach as something of a friend. He’s develops a soft spot for her, but Cricket’s mind is firmly fixed on getting another piece of Jake.
Zach tries to tell Cricket that Jake is no good for her, but she just has to see for herself. Trouble with her parents lead her to seek out Zach for a place to stay. Zach’s a nice guy, and doesn’t take advantage of her. It takes a dose of hard reality for Cricket to realize that the biker life is not all she imagined it would be. She’s in a tight spot - she can’t go home without bowing to her parents, and with no job she cannot support herself. Zach offers her a way out - come home with him to Wyoming. The two of them are just getting comfortable with each other when tragedy strikes, leaving Zach wounded and Cricket wondering if she has the strength - or the desire - to stand beside her man.
I enjoyed this second novel of the Smokey’s Roadhouse series. I was interested to learn more about the inner workings of the MC, and I’m curious to see what the future holds for them. Jake didn’t endear himself to me in either Highway Song or Roll Me Away, but I’m hoping that he has realized by the end of this tale that it is time - past time - to grow up. I will be looking forward to the next story!
Till next time,
About the Author:
Like you, I'm a reader. When I read a good story with characters I can connect with, my everyday existence fades into the background as I enter a world that may contain exotic locations, adventure and excitement. And, if I can be totally honest with you, in my favorite stories I can fall in love for a while with an impossibly gorgeous guy who is the best lover imaginable.
So, maybe it won't come as a surprise that in my books you'll find hot alpha male book-boyfriends, sassy heroines who are much more clever and beautiful than I am, and stories I hope will make you laugh and cry while reading them, as I did while writing them. Oh, and some scenes you may want to role-play with your lover.
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