Burned by Christina Phillips

April 16, 2018 Book Review 0 ★★★

Burned by Christina Phillipsthree-stars
Burned by Christina Phillips
Series: Viking Bastards MC #3
Also in this series: Hooked, Payback
Published by Entangled Publishing on April 16, 2018
Genres: Biker / MC
Pages: 207
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Ten years ago I offered her everything, and she threw it back in my face. When she walked, I vowed no other woman would ever screw with my head the way she did. I moved on. Now I'm the V.P. of the Bastards, run my own nightclub, and nameless sex keeps me sane. No commitment or ties, just the way I like it.

Now she's back, for one week only, gorgeous, successful, and I can't keep away. She offers a long goodbye, a way to heal our fractured past. She burned me so bad––there's no way I should even want to be near her. But the more she gives, the more I need. Until I discover the real reason she left, and my whole damn world implodes...

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.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

By SpiceLately I’ve been super picky about biker books by new to me authors. My blog partners have both read books in this series and liked them well enough so I felt safe in my decision to put in for this ARC. Burned ended up being a quick easy read, but more of a biker lite book despite some sad, tragic history that touched on a couple of tough subjects.

Jas and Ty have a lot of water under their prospective bridge. Once they were high school sweethearts before it went wrong. Even though Ty was born into the Viking Bastards, as the daughter of a stripper/club girl, Jas was the one from the wrong side of the tracks. This never sat quite right with me each time it was brought up. I got where Ty’s mother might have an issue with Jas’ mother, but generally bikers tend to not take someone’s parentage against them, especially if the mother is a favorite among the club girls. Unless they are from another MC, then all bets are off, but that wasn’t the case here.

Anyway, Jas and Ty were together for a couple of years before something terrible happened and Jas broke it off with Ty and left the state. Ty, clueless as to what happened, let her go but not without an ugly scene we were never privy to. I did like that when they see each other again, there wasn’t any anger or revenge issues to deal with. Books that have the MC’s seriously still hating each other over a break up years before with when they were freaking teenagers get on my last nerve.

The death of Jas’ mother brought her back into town and the two quickly decide to have a week of no strings attached closure sex. Obviously this backfires on them as soon they are both fighting their strong feelings once again. They have oodles of combustible chemistry and they act on it over and over and over again. I prefer my books to have sexy times, but sometimes less is more because, like here, the sex takes over and ends up detracting from the book. I ended up skimming through a lot of them which is pretty sad.

What surprised me the most about Burned was the fact that although it’s an MC series, there wasn’t a lot of MC time. This was purely relationship/sex driven with not a lot of time spent with the members of the MC at all. This would have been a much better book with a few less sex scenes and more time spent with the club fleshing out the issues that sent Jas running in the first place.

Another big surprise was Ty’s resolution to their problems. I’m not going to give anything away, but I will say I wish we’d have been given more time with how that all shook out along with how things were going between him and the club. This was a huge missed opportunity that left the ending feeling rushed and incomplete.

Quick, sexy, with some feels to it, this wasn’t a bad read at all. It just could have been so much more.

Rating: 3 Missed Opportunity Stars



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