She's ready for the ride of her life . . .
Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba's. It's a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn't want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he's also the bar's part owner and bartender.
When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't fit in at Bubba's. Yet there's more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.
Lauren left behind a broken marriage, fake friends and a house that was never a home. She has given up on ever finding her something or someone special. It just isn't for her. When her self-discovering journey lands her in Carnal, Colorado, she knows she has found a place where she can start over. The name alone kind of clues into what kind of town this is. Carnal isn't big and everyone knows everyone. It's also a biker town and that is so far from what Lauren is used to, it just might be what she needs.
With a biker town and a biker bar, comes biker men of course. It's the kind of men Lauren never thought she could be attracted to, but when Tate walks into Bubba's, she is sold. Until he opened his mouth. The man has a bad attitude and a tendency to run his mouth. While Lauren might not be a tough biker chick yet, she does have plenty of sass. Which kind of surprises Tate, still the last thing he needs is more drama in his life.
Seeing that he's the owner of the bar and she now a waitress, they do spend a lot of time together and that sexual tension between them becomes harder and harder to deny. When it explodes though it's wonderful. They might be constantly at each other's throat, though not in a bad way, more like little disagreements that end up in great make up sex.
They definitely keep things interesting, but there is more going on. There is a killer on the loose, going after women and doing very horrible things to them. An overall tension drops on the town. This somehow intensifies everything between Tate and Lauren. Though if a killer is not enough to create some drama, Tate's ex is still there. A woman with some serious issues, that can not let go of him. If she can not have him, she is set out to destroy everything around him.
So drama, drama, drama, I lover it! That combination of romance, mystery and so much drama makes this an amazingly entertaining read. While this whole plot seems over the top, it is technically possible, you just can not believe this would all happen is such a small town. Still it has me hooked so badly, I can not get enough.
Tate and Lauren are both great characters. They are very real and flawed, while still being wonderful. Lauren needs to learn throughout the story, that she is worthy of special and that she can find happiness. Tate almost the same. He's only human and has made some mistakes in the past, his ex being one of the biggest and therefor he fears what he feels for Lauren. Technically Tate knows she's not like the others, but it takes a while to really sink in and just let his feelings flow free.
I effing love these Colorado Mountain men! So glad to get that off my chest. Seriously the way Kristen Ashley writes her characters is freaking awesome. Mostly because they are real. Yes, the men are all handsome, but they are also very flawed and still you fall for them. The woman each have their own appeal and mostly sass, but they are real women with desires and insecurities, while still being strong in their own way. I also love how the characters are a bit older than what I am used to read, as in they passed the 3 mark a while back or in this case even the 4. Reading this reminds me that it's never to late to find happiness and you do get multiple chances in life.
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Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.
Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.