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Friday, July 24, 2015

Burn by JC Emery (Review)

Title: Burn
Series: Bayonet Scars #5
Author: JC Emery
Released: July 23, 2015 Left Break Press
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages:  233 per Amazon

Tragedy cuts deep. Revenge burns deeper.

The blood of their enemies coats the leather of their cuts and a trail of bodies lie in their wake, but the Forsaken Motorcycle Club isn't done yet. Carlo Mancuso still needs to pay for his sins. Nobody knows that more than Ian Buckley, the Treasurer for Forsaken.

Ian prefers his pleasure mixed with pain and he's only ever at peace when he's doling out justice. Convinced that he's too unstable and sadistic to take an old lady, he keeps his trysts, like all of his relationships, brief and anonymous. But with his club at war, and the stakes being so personal, Ian's feeling the events around him more deeply than he expects.

Mindy Mercer is the sweet daughter of Fort Bragg’s most respectable cop. At least that’s how the town sees her. Very few people know the Mindy who hides her tracks and battles her cravings by lying to everyone around her. She thinks she has control of her addiction until she suffers an attack that leaves her searching for a way out of her own personal hell.

Mindy has never been more desperately in need of a savior and Ian has never seen a more beautifully destroyed creature in his life. Their attraction is intense, but their damage is extreme. Some scars never heal, and some people never get better.

Love is never more painful than when it can kill you.

Mmmmm Forsaken.  I love this mc club.  JC Emery has created this world that mixes the danger and excitement of the Forsaken mc club with the added danger element of the mafia.  I wasn't always sure I'd like the mix, but I definitely do.  And Burn is all about Mindy and Ian, two characters that are definitely dark (and thrilling!)

So in Holly and Grady's book, we saw that Mindy was raped... and that's putting it in the nicest way possible.  What happened to her was atrocious, degrading, and just downright dirty.  On top of that, she's a recovering junkie.  Mindy has her plate full.  But you know what, I like her.  She doesn't always make the best decisions, but she owns up to them all, and to me that says a lot about a person's character.  Mindy has some very dark parts to her, parts that you almost never see in female characters (at least in books I've read) and I LOVE that the author took this character to that place.

And Ian... whew.  Man.  This guy.  I always just kind of thought he was the strong silent type, but
still waters run very deep.  Ian loves Mindy.  Always has and always will, and I love that he doesn't make that a secret.  I love that it doesn't feel like some kind of flirty thing with him, his adoration for her is soul-deep.  That's the kind of connection I love to see in my leading couple, for sure.  And Ian himself is dark.  He's had abuse in his past, and the scars to prove it.  He also has some sexual tastes that definitely run on the darker erotic side - all good with me!!  However, for Mindy, it could be a problem.  But Ian is so hellbent on protecting her no matter what, he's not stopping to listen to what she's saying.  Sigh, gotta love a pigheaded man, ya know?

I love that JC Emery keeps all of her characters very active throughout the series.  They don't just make cameos, they are right there.  Burn is mostly in Mindy's point of view, but you also get Ian's, and it really helps round out the whole situation for them.  It's a tug-of-war between them, with lots of power plays and miscommunication - and lots of surprises along the way.  I loved every minute!  This book was definitely one of those books I that kept me anxiously waiting my next opportunity to
dig in.

The Forsaken mc club is one of my favorites, and if you want to find a new club to adore - definitely give them a shot!  JC Emery's writing is fantastic, and her world building skill are great.  This is definitely one of my favorite series to date, and I can't wait for each new book!

As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can't imagine a climate more beautiful.

JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.

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