Speed: MC Romance by Carson Mackenzie
Series: Black Hawk MC #1
Also in this series: Crusher: MC Romance
Published by JK Publishing on February 22, 2016
Genres: Biker / MC
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Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences 18+. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. MF.
In book one of Black Hawk MC: Kane “Speed” Weston, after leaving the military, returns to Black Hawk MC, the club he grew up in, the only family he has left. With his father’s spot open, he prepares to fill the position. What he finds upon his return, the military nor the MC could have prepared him for.
Sami Borelli was raised in an MC. With her father being the president of the club, she’d been referred to as princess, feeling anything but. Sami moved to Black Hawk territory when her father’s club faced internal problems, turning her into a liability instead of an asset. She met a man at a club party who changed her life, but when she went back, he was gone, only to return years later with no memory of her while she remembered everything about him.
The sons of Black Hawk MC are home and ready to take the places within the club they were groomed for. What they were never taught was how to handle losing their hearts.
I took a chance on an author who is relatively new and unfamiliar to me and I’m excited to say it paid off! I’m going to say this one was biker lite since there was no grit to it at all. The bikers do act like bikers with strippers and club whores but that’s about the extent of it. I do think some action may be coming in the future but this book was mainly relationship driven.
Sami is a club princess from a different club but who has been sent into the Black Hawk’s territory for safety reasons due to some pretty major internal issues at her father’s club. When she first arrived, she visited the Black Hawk’s clubhouse with a couple of her new friends mainly to be around something familiar. Her and Speed, who is on leave from the military, hit it off immediately and end up in the sack before even catching each other’s names which is unusual for her. Speed heads out the very next day. A few years down the road he returns to a completely changed club plus he learns that Sami is now the manager of the MC’s strip club. Although she works for them, she isn’t part of the MC. She returned to the clubhouse once but learned that Speed was gone so she stayed away.
One reason why I liked this book so much was the fact that both main characters were mature. No back and forth overwrought angst, the characters had adult reactions to adult situations, no OTT ridiculous fights, it was refreshing. Sami was doing well, especially considering her circumstances. She had kept a secret for a while, but I completely got why and when it came time to come clean she was formulating a plan to do just that. As for Speed, he was a typical OTT biker who was single-minded in his pursuit once he decided what he wanted.
There were a lot of characters to keep track of, but I liked all of them and found myself hoping to see several of them get books of their own. There was also a lot of time spent with the MC getting us a good overview of club politics, which I loved. My main complaint is I wanted more. Although I loved the story of Speed and Sami’s relationship, I wanted more forward movement on the mystery surrounding what happened to Speed’s Dad. I’m guessing this will play out in future books, but it just felt like unfinished business here. The setup for the next book felt a little cliffhanger-ish, but I decided to ignore that.
Crusher and Carly’s book is next. Speed and Sami left big shoes to fill as main characters and it will be interesting to see if Ms. Mackenzie can impress me again!
Spice’s Rating: 3.5 What a Great Beginning Stars
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