Torched by Shay Mara

February 18, 2015 An EDGy Favorite, Book Review 0 ★★★★★

Torched by Shay Marafive-stars
Torched by Shay Mara
Series: Iron Serpents Motorcycle Club #1
Published by Self-published on January 28, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
Pages: 324

My name is Livia Ash. It's an alias. The secrets and lies don't end there.

As a teenager, I was forced into a dark life, my freedom and innocence ripped out from under me. To get out, I had to become like the very people I hated, people who had no problem spilling blood just to make a point.

It almost cost me my own life, but I did it. Battered and broken, but determined to start over, I ran. Right into the path of Cameron "Torch" Larter, nomad member of the Iron Serpents Motorcycle club. Overbearing, rude, and intimidating, he was everything I didn't want to deal with. But this rugged biker Adonis -- with his piercing eyes and sharp tongue -- also got under my skin.

Forgetting him proved to be just as hard as breaking free from a life of crime. Neither happened. And by the time our worlds collided a second time, old enemies and new threats meant that I couldn't act on my desires. But Torch wasn't a man who took no for an answer.

Could two very different breeds of outlaws on a warpath ever unite without ending up on a cold slab or prison cot?

This is our story.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

By SpiceHoly shit, I loved Torched.  First 5 star read for the year for me. Liv and Torch were awesome main characters with amazing chemistry, and the plot was fast-paced. Truly, I didn’t want to put this book down. There was no insta-love here since even though they very attracted to each other, it was years before these two got into a serious relationship. I liked that they fought against the relationship not only for their own anti-commitment reasons but because they were worried about the repercussions against the other person.

Buddha and the rest of the Iron Serpents were fun, tough, and gave me lots of options as to whose book I hope I get to read next. Liv’s friends, Lex and Neil, cracked me up. Lex especially.

“God, I’d do him in a fucking heartbeat,” Lex mumbled.

“I’m right here, woman,” Neil protested.

“Oh shut up,” she snapped back. “You know I’d wait ’til you’re dead.”

“Well that’s fucking comforting,” he huffed.

Liv was the best heroine I’ve read in awhile. Yeah, she did some shady things but circumstances required it. She was tough, unbelievably smart, self-sufficient, and she never quit. I loved that even though Torch helped her out a couple of times, she didn’t require it nor did she sit on her ass waiting for her hero to save her. In fact, she went out of her way to take care of Torch and his MC instead of the other way around.

“You wanna know what I see, Livia? I see a stunning woman standing in front of me. You’re smart, you got guts, and you’re nothing like what I’m used to. You keep me on my toes and make me trip over them every time I just look at you. You’re so goddamned sexy that I can’t get my dick to go down, and judging by what I felt carrying you to bed last night, you can’t control that greedy pussy either.”

Torch was my idea of what a perfect badass biker book boyfriend should be. He was alpha, he was hot, he was loyal and even before he really knew her, he saw a woman in trouble and went out of his way to help her. I loved that!  Her self-sufficiency drove him crazy but instead of crushing her, he would eventually step back and try to figure out how to keep her safe and not lose her with his caveman tendencies. Oh, and not only was he hot, sexy, and a dirty talker, he could be funny in bed too.

“Fuck me, baby,” I whispered. His eyes glinted with lust. “You sure?” “Are you seriously gonna make me beg?”  A huge grin spread across his face. “Is that an option?”

There were a couple teeny tiny issues here and there. I would have loved to have known more about the long period of time they were separated and how Liv learned her “trade”. It was a little disconcerting when one minute she’s on the run and then it’s years later and she has some serious skills. If you pay attention, you know she’s incredibly smart and this makes it believable but I wanted to be shown that transition instead of just told about it. I also noticed a couple editing issues but nothing that pulled me out of the story.

When I read the last word of Torched, I had a huge smile on my face. I was in my little biker book happy place and it was a great place to be.

Rating: 5 Smiling Stars

*Unfortunately, this author disappeared and this series is no longer available for purchase.*

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