Author: AJ Downey
Series: The Sacred Brotherhood #4
Publisher: Second Circle Press
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Genre: Erotic Romance, MC, Romantic Suspense
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Purchase: Amazon US
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Reckless, dangerous, and out of control; these are the words most often applied to the SHMC’s brother Duracell. Which is why no one can understand what the deal is between him and Blue. Blue is none of those things; if anything he’s quiet, shy, and as mild-mannered as they come. There’s no balance between these two yet they are inexplicably a team. Then Blue gets a single look at Hayley, and it’s all it takes for him to know she’s their third.
Is Hayley the woman for them? A match for Blue sure, but strong enough to withstand the bizarre tempest of Cell’s personality? The two MC brothers have set their sights on the waitress and have been patiently feeling her out. Now it’s time to take the next step and see if she’s indeed able to date the both of them.
She’ll either bring balance to the boys, or Cell’s pull will knock them all off balance and send them crashing, burning them all out before anything can even fully ignite.
Title: Between Brothers
Series: The Sacred Brotherhood #4
Genre: Erotic MC Romance
Cover Design: Wicked Smart Designs
Author: AJ Downey
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Hayley was asleep, her back rising and falling gently in the morning light. Cell was awake on the other side of her, looking at her, the calculation back on his face and I was nervous. It was like he was on the fence and I was waiting for a final decision. Did he like it enough last night to want to keep her, or was he of the opinion to throw her back, like some fish he’d caught that wasn’t satisfying enough?
“She’s got a pussy with a GI-Joe Kung-Fu grip,” he muttered and I tried not to laugh. She was laying on me, and laughing would wake her. Shit! I lost the battle and she stirred.
“Morning,” Cell grated and Hayley inhaled sharply.
She cuddled into my side a little more and I felt her lips curl into a smile against my skin. She kissed my chest and looked up looking like the cat who’d gotten the cream and said, “Good morning.” I could tell that Cell was pleased with Hayley and wanted to do more with her by what he said next.
“Look at you shattering all those inhibitions.” He even sounded complimentary.
I smiled to myself, the happiest I’d been for a while, and hugged Hayley against me, pleased when Cell grinned and nipped her shoulder before springing up into a sitting position. He scooted to the end of the bed and stood up. Lean muscles stretched and showed off to spectacular effect, leaving Hayley and me both staring with admiration. Cell had a great body, and one that he didn’t have to particularly work for outside of our day job.
“You both want we should go again right now?” he asked and Hayley blushed, but didn’t look away.
“I’m starving,” she said and Cell gave a crooked grin.
“Well, get dressed. Sunday breakfast is probably still going on out there and we can spend the day together. Maybe go for a ride or something.”
“My bike is back at Hayley’s,” I said.
“Shit, yeah, I saw her cage out there when I came in last night.”
“That’s okay,” Hayley piped up. “I mean, we can go get it. I can dress warmer…”
“Yeah?” Cell asked, making sure.
He nodded and smiled, “Alright then.”
We got dressed, and Hayley looked beautiful with her hair tousled by sleep and sex. I handed her a comb after running it through my own short hair and apologized that I didn’t have anything better. She smiled and laughed slightly.
“Its fine,” she said and went to her down jacket, getting her hairclip out of her pocket. She stood in front of the dresser mirror and combed through her long hair patiently, before gathering it into a ponytail. I watched her, fixated, the way her sweatshirt hung artfully off one shoulder, the way she swept up her hair, the elegant line of her neck revealed…
We’d shared something last night. Something deep and personal and I cherished it. I cherished her. I never wanted to let her go. I knew what this was. I’d felt it once before and I looked at Cell, the only other person I’d felt it for. He lifted one side of his mouth in a sardonic smile and shook his head at me. He knew. He knew, too, but he also was letting me have this.
Gratitude swamped me and I felt the urge to go to him and kiss him. I’d had that urge a time or two in the past when it’d come to him. Only tried the one time, the first time, and had had my ass beat for the trouble. Instead, I pulled the treasure that was Hayley into my arms. She looked up at me and smiled, a light of happiness in her eyes.
I bent and kissed her, putting everything into it that I was feeling at that moment, pleased that I completely stole her breath away.
I raised up so that I could see her face, and her eyes were closed, her body relaxed, and her expression one of concentration. As if she were committing the feel of my lips, this moment, to memory.
She was so the right girl…
“Hey, no way I can top that… I’ll get mine later.” Cell said, holding up his hands when Hayley turned to him. She smiled, and picked up her shoes, going to the bed to sit on its edge to put them on.
I looked at Cell and he gave me a still look back. He wasn’t in the mood for contact that wasn’t on his terms today. I could respect that. Hayley, I worried, wouldn’t understand it. So, we had to work together to strike a balance, for now…
Cell pulled his shirt over his head and down over his belt line and sat down to pull on his boots. I pulled on mine and we were just about out of here. I held out Hayley’s coat for her and she shrugged into it. I looped her scarf around her neck and pulled her in pecking her on the nose and she laughed.
“Come on you two, I believe the lady mentioned she was starving and I’m not far behind her.” Cell tossed me my jacket and cut, his already on, and opened up my door, ushering us out into the hall with a wave of his hand. Hayley paused before going through and reached out, laying a hand along Cell’s face. He flinched slightly, but she didn’t take notice. I saw it though, a slight movement, a tightening of the muscles around his eyes, his jaw clenching slightly.
“Thank you,” she murmured and he smiled, all charm and turned his face, pressing his mouth to the center of her palm and giving it a quick peck.
“No problem,” he said and Hayley stepped past him the rest of the way. I gave him a nod and he gave one back and we went to breakfast. He even sucked it up and held her other hand as we walked from the barracks to the back door of the club.
Melody Beswick thought she was bringing herself and her thirteen month old son home to his father. It was her last ditch effort to make a better life for her and her boy. One in which Noah had a father to look up to and guide him. While she knew Grinder wasn’t perfect, she believed in him, and love always found a way, right?
Melody never thought her dreams for herself and her son could twist into such nightmares, and that it was so true, the old adage, that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. She’s about to find out that another adage is true, that sometimes it’s better the devil you know, when instead of finding Grinder, it’s his cold and critical brother Archer at the end of her long drive that she must contend with.
With no other options, and no place else to go, Melody is about to make a deal with this devil that she can’t refuse. Who knew it could, quite possibly, be the best decision she’s ever made?
Fate introduces people at both the right and the wrong times…
So it is for Maren on the absolute worst day imaginable. When all hope was gone, and she was whittled away to little more than tears and despair, up walks Nox, an unlikely hero to save the day. Maren is about to discover that sometimes the good guys wear black, and there are times that the lines between good and evil blur beyond recognition.
Nox is a bad man with a heart of gold, or so it seems. It also seems that Maren has captured that heart with her wide, tear filled brown eyes. Nox never saw himself going for jailbait before, but that’s just what Maren is, all woman trapped in a seventeen year old package. Still, what he wouldn’t do for her, including taking on the unlikely role of keeper to her unruly preteen brother.
This mess could end beautifully or in some serious time spent behind bars for Nox, but sometimes, it’s worth risking it all.
Rush had always been the brother that was the most up for adventure. Then Grinder died and he realized that it was time to slow down. Fast-forward by a year and more and his older brother Archer had found Mel. Hell, his own twin was with a woman of his own! Rush is starting to get restless again, which was just perfect. Cue a string of anonymous hook-ups and one night stands. It was enough to feed the restlessness for a while, then an adventure of sorts came a callin’ by way of the VP’s estranged aunt and the President’s sister-in-law.
Her daughter was in need of some kind of white knight, which Rush could care less about, but the white knight routine did come with a pretty big perk. It would mean that he got to go back to a job that had, once upon a time, felt like a calling.
Of course, nothing was ever easy where Rush was concerned, especially when he actually set eyes on the damsel in distress. One, she wasn’t some paper princess, and two, she definitely didn’t want him around. After all, one-night hook-ups were supposed to be just that… one and done.
Ashton Granger is a perfect wife to her husband. She has to be, if she’s not, he will find a way to correct any perceived imperfections. Such is life, and so it has been for a very long time, eroding Ashton’s sense of self, cracking her sense of worth until she lays in a million pieces on the side of a stretch of lonely highway.
Ethan “Trigger man” Howard is the Sergeant of Arms for The Sacred Hearts Motorcycle club. After several tours as a Marine Corps sniper overseas, he’s seen and done enough damage for a man three times his age. He’s out. Done. So over it, and home to nurse his wounds, physical, emotional and psychological with the help of his MC brothers. Now he simply deals with the scars that life handed him.
Was it more than just luck for he and Ashton both that he was the only other soul traveling that isolated stretch of highway that night?
Dray, Vice President of the Sacred Hearts MC, watched his mother die in a bloody hail of bullets at the tender age of sixteen. It broke something inside of him and he’s been pretty much pissed off at the world ever since. Worse, he’s done things since that time that have just broken down his soul even further… Dray doesn’t want to be that guy anymore. Then came Everett Moran…
She’s Been Burned…
Evy is having one of the worst days in the history of, well… ever, and she’s seen a lot of rough days. Raised an only child of a single father, Everett finds herself an orphan before she’s even old enough to drink. She knows a thing or two about loss and thanks to her boyfriend, she’s had more than a few lessons in hardship too. Still, she moves through life with a single minded determination to make her circumstances better… She harbors no illusions about life being anything other than what it is, so how in the hell could she have been so blind as to what her boyfriend Jerry was doing!?
Could the worst day of Everett’s life actually turn out to be the best thing to ever happen to her when she pulls into Dray’s garage? Could Everett’s arrival on Dray’s doorstep herald a new beginning for Dray, and heal some of his broken?
Reaver has always been a little weird, a little strange, okay MORE than a little of each. His psyche cracked right down the middle a long time ago. He holds the official title of ‘Treasurer’ for the Sacred Hearts MC but he’s much more than that. He’s the club’s enforcer, the one they call on when things need to be done quickly, quietly, efficiently and have no traces left behind. Which is good for Reaver, very good, because it keeps the monster inside his head satisfied and in check for the most part… but then Hayden Michaels entered the picture and Reaver decided that he wanted much more.
The day was supposed to be the happiest day of Hayden’s life, instead it left her crushed beneath a pile of emotional rubble. Is it any surprise that Reaver would be the one to pull her from the emotional wreckage left behind? Sweet, funny, caring Reaver with eyes like the bluest winter skies and a smile that left her breath hitching every time he turned it on her. Trouble is, Reaver has a darker side, one that he has never given Hayden any illusions about. Will it be something Hayden can handle? Or will the cracks his psyche contains be the cracks in the dam that crushes her under a river of never ending pain?
Squick has been a longtime fixture of the Sacred Hearts MC. His boss, Trigger, is their Sergeant at Arms after all. It took a while for him to put together a bike to become an official hangaround then prospect, and he was pretty thrilled that his other boss, Zander, took the plunge with him. Still, Squick is hiding something big that could test friendships and destroy relationships. The mask is becoming increasingly difficult for him to wear.
Of course, now that he is on the very cusp of patching in, that’s when Aaron walks into his life. Suddenly it’s do or die… Come out to the club and lose the brotherhood and the only sense of true family he has ever known, or don’t and lose them anyway when they find out about Aaron? Squick doesn’t see a third option, and the deeper he gets into his situation, the more his misery compounds.
Just what will he do?
One catastrophic night, Shelly Jordan’s world was ripped to shreds. Now, living in an isolation of her own making, she’s slipping away from everything and everyone she once loved. She can’t piece the remnants of who she was back together with who she is now. Shelly can barely get through the next hour, let alone the whole day, and no one blames her for it. She tells the world she’s fine, afraid to lose the only family she has. After all, there’s no place in an MC for a used up club whore who can’t bear to be touched.
Ghost has had a thing for Shelly since first laying eyes on her. Still, Ghosty-boy don’t share, and as a club slut, Shelly gives it up to whoever asks. If only she’d knock off her slut-tastic ways… But now she’s hurt and he’s torn in two. If he’d been less of a jackass, she wouldn’t have run from the safety of the fireside – his side – that night. Ghost feels responsible for the horrible things he said that drove her into the predator’s hands. Now he wants to man up and make it right.
Can Ghost stitch Shelly back together again when all he’s ever really been good at is ripping things apart?
Mandy Price is best friends with Everett, the Ol’ Lady to the Sacred Hearts’ Vice-President. The product of a broken childhood, Mandy lives a fractured existence, but she’s the preacher’s dutiful daughter and she knows how to keep a secret. Every Sunday she returns to her father’s church, sits at his table and plays the good girl. But Mandy is starting to grow into her own. It’s becoming harder and harder to maintain appearances, and the strain is taking its toll.
Revelator has had his eye on the innocent redhead from the moment he first saw her. But life got in the way of him pursuing the angel, prospecting for the club taking up just too damned much of his time. Fully patched at last, preparing to make a move, that’s when his shop and his living came down around his ears. Faced with rebuilding from the ground up, he’s decided that if he has to start from the beginning, he might as well go all in. The life he plans on building from here on out definitely has his Red by his side and no one else’s.
It doesn’t take Rev long to find out what his girl is hiding, and when he does, someone is going to realize just how formidable he can be.
Dani Broussard never imagined that her life would turn out like this. She always thought that her grandfather would be there for her into adulthood and that her high school sweetheart, Jared, would be the man she would marry. That isn’t what happened though. Instead, her grandfather got sick and passed away before Dani saw the age of nineteen. It was just her and Jared until he hooked up with a local MC, The Suicide Kings… Then it was just her. Pig-Pen claimed her body, rules her life, but he would never hold her heart. Kept because of her looks and a particular set of skills unique only to her, Dani has been with The Suicide Kings for the last three years… three long damaging years. She hates it, all of it, the pain the humiliation, the fear… and as strong as Dani is, as clever as she can be, she is quickly finding that death may be the kinder, gentler option rather than live through any more of this hell.
Red-XIII is, and always will be, a Sacred Hearts man. But for now, he’s a Suicide Kings prospect. Tasked with providing intelligence on the King’s inner workings to his real club, Thirteen has been slowly, quietly and carefully dismantling the King’s operation from the inside out. The situation is dangerous, good thing Thirteen is a dangerous guy but even he can’t be everywhere at once and a couple of missteps have cost the Sacred Hearts dearly. Doubly determined to finish this with no more wreckage or damage to the SHMC, Thirteen is blindsided by his heart when he lays eyes on Dani. A pretty, little thing with long black hair and striking blue eyes. She slays him with one look from her damaged soul and now Thirteen has tasked himself with two missions… Take down The Suicide Kings and get both Dani and himself out alive.
For now those missions run parallel to each other but what happens if they ever end up at odds?
The bigger question is, how can he get close to the VP’s Ol’ Lady as a Prospect and not get them both burned?