Exquisite Trouble Series: Iron Horse MC #1
Also in this series: Exquisite Redemption, Exquisite Redemption, Exquisite Karma
on July 15, 2014
Genres: Biker / MC
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Before I met Smoke I'd never been kissed, really kissed, by a man, let alone a biker sex god bent on taking my virginity and my heart.
I got dragged into the deadly world of the Iron Horse MC by my crazy twin sister who is engaged to the club's President and even crazier mom who only cares about herself. Smoke has been assigned by the club to keep me safe even though he's everything that I should be afraid of. He's the kind of man who lives by his own rules and does whatever he wants whenever he wants, but he treats me like I'm something rare and precious, not a socially dysfunctional basket case who has no idea how to love, but needs him more than her next breath.
Not that my feelings matter, because if we don't find my mother soon, the only thing I'll have to be worried about is who is going to kill me first.
For the first time in my life I know what it’s like to be completely and truly adored by a man who loves me for exactly who I am, a high functioning autistic with more personality quirks than there are stars in the Texas Hill Country night sky.
Some people think my boyfriend, Smoke, is a total biker psycho, a natural born killer who will destroy anyone who threatens what he considers his. They wouldn’t be wrong, but he’s so much more than that. He’s my dark salvation, my beloved fallen angel who is trying with all of his wicked heart to save me from what seems like an entire world bent on either killing me or a fate worse than death.
We’re headed to the Denver, Colorado chapter of the Iron Horse MC, chasing after my narcissistic, junkie mother who decided to steal from some very bad men leaving her two daughters behind to pay the price for her betrayal. My twin sister, Sarah, old lady to the Iron Horse MC president, is looking for my mother as well, but Sarah’s gone rogue and has no one to guard her back which worries me deeply. To further complicate matters, there are traitors in the Iron Horse MC who are working with my mother, not only helping her to escape but also informing my enemies of my every move.
The odds are stacked against me, but I will do whatever is necessary to protect those I love, and with Smoke at my side, I just might make it out of this mess alive.
It’s been a long time since I read Exquisite Trouble and it’s companion book, Exquisite Danger but I devoured the next two books in the Iron Horse MC series before realizing I never wrote reviews on the first two. Re-reading the books was not a hardship since I enjoyed Smoke and Swan’s story and already knew their history spans over both books.
Smoke, the Sergeant of Arms for the Iron Horse MC, was tasked with protecting Swan, the soon to be sister in law of the Iron Horse MC’s National President. While watching over her from afar, the quirky, unbelievably smart young woman with extreme social issues slowly stole his heart. At first, his behavior came off as stalkerish, but then you realize that the rough, gruff biker was doing everything possible to keep Swan safe from a threat she didn’t even know about.
As much as I adored Smoke, it was Swan who won my heart. With a retired special forces isolationist prepper father and a mob princess/assassin step-mother, her education consisted of homeschooling and survival training. This resulted in her being a strange mixture of extremely naive but also unbelievably deadly. As a high functioning autistic, she suffered from social anxiety and sensory issues such that being touched by people she didn’t trust could make her physically ill. Despite her issues, she was determined to make her way in the real world.
Due to a threat to Swan, Smoke was forced to make his presence known. Determined to make her his, he tried to go softly since she was so innocent but being the alpha biker he is, treading lightly wasn’t exactly his strong suit. Where he has had the advantage of a long time to fall in love with his woman, Swan doesn’t know him at all. Confused that he can actually touch her without issues, overwhelmed by new to her feelings, and clueless to MC life, Smoke has his work cut out for him getting her to give him a chance. At times, her not seeing what was right in front of her did get on my nerves.
Swan and Sarah’s (her identical twin sister) mother is one nasty piece of work. When she puts both her daughters in danger from more than one mob faction, Sarah takes off to find her and then disappears. As Smoke and Swan work together to find Sarah, it takes all of Smoke’s resources to find a way to keep Swan safe because of the huge target her mother has put on her.
During their search for Sarah, we get to meet several other characters who I hope to read more about in future books. Hustler’s antics had me smiling and Beach (Sarah’s fiancee and the MC President) made me want to reach into the iPad and hug him, such was his concern and worry over his woman. Tom, aka Mr. Sokolov, had me so interested I actually checked out Ms. Mayburn’s other books to see if he had a story of his own since he’s not really a member of the Iron Horse MC.
The two books have a definite HFN ending, but the trouble is far from over for the Iron Horse MC. This series has the rich characters, grit and action that I love in a good MC series, so I look forward to future installments.
What I Struggled With:
- Swan’s upbringing broke my heart.
- Veronica–the whole story line felted like unneeded angst, plus it made me want to throttle Smoke.
- I wanted to know more of Smoke’s past.
- At times Swan’s immaturity, especially in Exquisite Danger, got on my last nerve even though I understood how her sheltered upbringing contributed to this.
What I Loved:
- Almost everything about Swan including all her quirks.
- Smoke and how hard he tried to take care of all of Swan’s needs.
- Beach– His love and concern for Sarah showed were front and center with him.
4 Smoke Is A Great Name For A Book Boyfriend Stars
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