Hidden Heat (Brothers of Mayhem #1)
by Carla Swafford
Sizzling with passion and suspense, perfect for fans of Joanna Wylde and Julie Ann Walker, the Brothers of Mayhem series revs up as a headstrong beauty faces off against an outlaw motorcycle club—and falls for the bad boy she never saw coming.
Cassidy Ryder refuses to be intimidated by anyone, even the hell-raising, hard-drinking Brothers of Mayhem. The daughter of their former president, she's not above smashing a few heads to keep her teenage brother safe. But when Cassidy's big mouth gets her in trouble, the only thing that saves her is some quick thinking from the Brothers' bartender. He's commanding and strong, and as smooth as the whiskey he pours: the ultimate temptation for a girl who swore she'd never be a biker's plaything.
But Thorn Savalas is no ordinary biker. He's a cop, and he's worked too hard earning the Brothers' trust to blow his cover over a female—even one who rocks a pair of jeans like Cassidy. The only way to protect her is by claiming she's his old lady. Trouble is, Thorn can't just pretend. He wants Cassidy, and every scorching touch tells him she feels the same. But acting on their hottest fantasies could leave them both exposed . . . even if nothing else has ever felt so real.
I'm always drawn to books with undercover cops and Hidden Heat was no exception. As soon as I read the blurb I knew that I had to give this one a go. And while it wasn't everything I was hoping it'd be, Hidden Heat was still a pretty good read.
Everything starts up pretty quickly in this one when Cassidy shows up at the bar looking for her brother and her mouth gets her into a little bit of trouble. Having grown up in the life she's not afraid of a bunch of bikers, but luckily, Thorn still steps in and rescues her.
Both Thorn and Cassidy intrigued me from the beginning. Cassidy comes off as kind of a badass and I couldn't wait to see if it was all a front... And Thorn... Well what can I really say about him?! And undercover cop posing as an MC bartender who rescues a damsel in distress... Sigh! That's my favorite kind of hero.
As soon as Thorn claims Cassidy as his old lady things heat up pretty quickly between them and that heat doesn't fade out until the end. Can we say bathroom quickie?! Unfortunately Thorn isn't exactly in the position to have any lasting relationships and Cassidy figures that a god guy like Thorn wouldn't want her for the long term anyway.
There's a decent amount of danger and suspense in this one that kept me interested. I mean, Thorn is an undercover cop after all... It's only a matter of time before he's made or he has to finish up his assignment and move on.
This one probably would have been closer to a four star read for me if it wasn't for the end. Everything wraps up so quickly and easily and Thorn disappears to go on his next undercover assignment without any contact with Cassidy for eleven months... And what does she do when he shows back up?! Falls right into his arms and agrees to marry him. Where's the big grovel that most women would have demanded?!
Other than that though, Hidden Heat was a decent read with a different perspective into the MC lifestyle that offered a nice change from the norm. And even though I didn't exactly love this one, I'm definitely still interested in continuing the series.
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Hidden Heat through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.