Saturday, April 5, 2014

When Love is all there is in a gritty life: Bare Bones

The Bare Bones
The Bare Bones MC series #1
by Layla Wolfe
a Gritty MC Biker Erotica Romance
from Quicksilver Books
Review by pearls:
This is not a happy story about loving millionaire or even the boy next door.  This is the realistic, gritty story of two children who grew up with shitty parents.  Their lives were filled with abuse and despair from day one.  Madison coped by running and hiding; Ford by fighting.  Both learned to bury their feelings.  And then they found one another.  You could actually feel the sun come out of the clouds and shine upon them at that initial teenage meeting, and you could see the cloud cast over by their parents' presence. 
This story scans from teenage years to adulthood, taking us from the innocence of a teen crush to the passion of adult love.  And through it all, their lives continue to be the same gritty existence.  She's still hiding  and he's still fighting.  But their love never dies. And this is the heart of the story.  As much as you hate to see the life they can't escape, you hope and cheer for their love to overcome, to be enough. 
Chapters are told in alternating points of view, with Madison's in her 1st person reflection and Ford's in a 3rd person narrative.  The result is a mixture of emotional and action storytelling.  The supporting cast is vividly described.  Jumps in time are not always well explained, but this could be because I read an ARC.  The voice of Madison and the narrator pull you in with a pacing that clicks right along -- I read for four straight hours without coming up for air!
If you ain’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.

The rose-colored illusion of Madison Shellmound’s girlish crush on biker Ford Illuminati is stomped into smithereens by his crude, perverse father Cropper, Bare Bones club President. Fearing Ford will kill Cropper if he finds out, Madison flees town, becoming an upstanding cardiology nurse.

Madison and Ford have an ill-fated, star-crossed love that will last their lifetimes. Ford is a lifer in a different sort of enterprise, the gritty full-throttle club of guns, blood, and allegiance to his brothers.

Twelve years and several tours of SEAL duty later, Ford is thrust back into Madison’s arms on the worst day of his life. Madison’s prospect brother Speed has screwed up big-time and owes the club his life. She offers herself to Cropper as a sacrificial lamb to save Speed.

But how long until the fiery, full-on outlaw Ford discovers that the woman he loves was treated like a degraded slave by his own father? Well, meet the new boss. He’s not the same as the old boss.
Note: This is not your mother's romance. Readers will encounter molestation, drugging, consensual bondage and discipline, violence, and a HEA. It's a full-length novel of 65,000 words. Recommended 18+ due to content.
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About the Author

Layla Wolfe is a wannabe biker's old lady who is satisfied with a leather jacket, one bad-ass pink camo compound bow, and a vicarious outlaw lifestyle.

Layla has published 25+ erotic romance titles under the name Karen Mercury.
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