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A Dangerous Reality:
Let me start by saying WOW and don’t even think about reading this title if you have a problem with language, male-male romance or male-male interactions. This is a Motorcycle Club story – so the men are foul-mouthed, not always nice, and always ready to take offense at a slight: real or imagined. But – if you are not bothered by that, and want a gripping, sexy, steamy read that surprisingly shows a ton of heart- this is the book for you!
Layla Wolfe tells this story in alternating points of view from her two main characters: Turk and Lock. These two are raw, damaged men: both straddling the line between legal and illegal pursuits, fully vested in the brotherhood of their respective clubs, and in for a life-altering introduction.
Turk has been involved in the biker lifestyle since he was a teen: his parents were both killed by an elderly driver when he was young, and his strong sense of vengeance and survival are finely honed. The owner of a Marijuana dispensary, Turk is searching to see who is selling bogus product using his product name. Finding the lover he thought was monogamous engaged in a tryst at a gay bar was not the best night of his life. Even worse, it appears that the object of his lover’s interest is a member of a rival gang, one that is passing off swag product as his.
Lock is a relative newcomer to the bike scene: a former military man, and unable or unwilling to admit to his sexual proclivities. Lock owns a bail bonds company, as a bounty hunter he never misses a fugitive on the run. Tracking a fugitive one night led him into the gay bar where, despite his very vocal distrust and dislike of homosexuality, he finds himself handcuffed and being serviced in a back room.
Oh my giddy aunt – the language is so foul and the repeated and very vocal dislike and disdain for gays, the homosexual act and the need to dominate and control the situation are so incredibly well written that you can just see the over-compensation for what shouldn’t be shameful, but is seen as such by Lock. When Turk all of a sudden beats him down at the Laughlin rally, these two find themselves aroused yet unsure.
From here – the action and attraction just take off: combining forces Turk and Lock are struggling to conceal their attraction from their club brothers, and find themselves in a life-or-death struggle with a deviant and distasteful club member, a group of indigenous people that are being misused, a drug cartel kingpin and the difficulties of coming to terms with a relationship where neither are ‘out’, but want to be together.
I was, at first, put off by the repeated utterances of homophobic attitudes – and then I realized that Lock’s voice was one of a man unsure of his place in the world, and struggling to fit in. Yes, there is rampant homophobia in many clubs, but there is also a strong component of live and let live. A fact that concerned Turk, but he didn’t realize that his own club already was ‘acclimated’ to him, and accepted him no matter what. Even more striking was the realization that these two had found something special, long before they had the courage to speak or believe it themselves. Wolfe also showed that, despite the colors and reputations, both Lock and Turk have finely honed senses of what is right and wrong, and can see the spectrum of grey that exists between their lives with the MC and their lives in society. Before you know it, these two will have you rooting for them and hoping their plans for a life together as out and committed bikers with a new club and outlook on life’s possibilities.
Title: A Dangerous Reality
Author: Layla Wolfe
Published by: Quicksilver Books
Published on: 19 January, 2015
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Keep your lovers close—and your enemies in bed.
TURK: My club sent me to track him down. And when my mission was over, I never wanted another one again. When I found him, I kicked the crap out of Havelock Singer. I issued the mightiest beatdown of all time. Problem is, we’re evenly matched. We’re equals in every way, and when we finished whaling on each other, exhausted, we fell into each other’s arms.
I’ve never regretted it for an instant. It’s been the ride of my life. But loving another man in the MC world is a risky business. As if our business isn’t already brutal and ruthless enough, Lock’s homophobic sergeant-at-arms Stumpy gets an eyeful of our lovemaking and blackmails us into doing some of his dirty work, or be exposed for what we are—a couple of deviants.
This run into the Indian reservation is sleazy and beneath us, but now I’m cornered, and I’ll do anything to keep my sweet master Lock from being lynched by his club.
LOCK: When that kingpin Carmine Rojas got a load of my beautiful stallion Turk Blackburn, he’d stop at nothing to have him—and Rojas gets what he wants. It’s my fault we’re in this situation. I should’ve kicked Turk’s ass and sent him packing back to The Bare Bones. I wasn’t even close to being ready to come out, but now they’re forcing my hand.
I can hear my destiny calling me. Either I’ll slink back to my club like a hetero bounty hunter with no morals—and no respect from anyone in my own backyard—or I’ll step up to the plate and be the lion of the day.
Either way, my lover and I are screwed. Our clubs are going to hound us underground or into another country before we escape this mess—if we don’t die trying.
“Living off the grid and being an outlaw brings a dangerous reality.” –Ron Perlman
Publisher’s warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. It contains scenes of gay sex, consensual BDSM, illegal doings, dubious consent, and man-on-man violence.
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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