by Rachael Johns
Series: Deacons of Bourbon Street #2
Pub. Date: Sept. 1, 2015
Can a scorching affair with a bohemian beauty tame a motorcycle man with a dark side? Rachael Johns takes the wheel in the sexy series co-written with Megan Crane, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.
Travis “Cash” Sinclair values only two things from his days with the Deacons of Bourbon Street: his prized Harley Davidson and the man who gave it to him. But now Priest Lombard is gone, and Cash has inherited the Deacons’ clubhouse—not to mentions its unexpected tenant. She’s exactly the type of woman he tries to avoid: all incense and art, with a sharp tongue that promises trouble. So why does Cash want to push aside those flowing skirts and lose himself between her legs?
Billie Taylor fled a bad marriage to start a new life among the grit and glamour of the French Quarter. She refuses to let another man distract her from her dreams, especially an outlaw biker with nothing to offer except hot sex and an eviction notice. Cash is dangerous, with an untamed streak he tries desperately to conceal. He drives Billie wild, sending her too close to the edge for her own good. And she won’t fall under his spell—or into his bed—without a fight.
This is the second installment of the Deacons of Bourbon Street series, with each book being penned by a different author. The first book, Make You Burn, we met the dirty-talking raw and gritty, Ajax and his old lady, the stoic Sophie.
In this installment, our male lead is Cash (Travis) who, since being exiled from the Deacons, has been working as a security analyst in Tallahassee. Cash got his name because he was good with computers and finances. Our female lead is Billie, the artist who rents the Deacons' old clubhouse for her art store and apartment. I actually liked Travis more than I did Ajax. While Ajax certainly got steamy in the bedroom, he was pretty much an ass the rest of the time. Travis' character was a little more deep, and we had more back story on him to make him interesting. He was steamy too (think Liam Hemsworth in leather), but I think we lost some of the heat from of the first book.
I also liked the cute and quirky Billie. The descriptions of New Orleans from her eyes were great, and I liked the jaunt to follow part of her ghost tour. There is even a female tour guide here who is an Aussie... so she may get a kick out of this book. At least through Billie's eyes, the city doesn't sound like its ALL so dirty and vomit-laced (though Bourbon Street is definitely like that).
While I liked these characters better, for some reason I disconnected with the story after they got together the first time. I have no idea what happened. Don't get me wrong - I still liked it. I just lost the passion somewhere. The conversation between Travis and Billie was sometimes a little awkward, like the romantic that just didn't fit with the biker leather. I loved the descriptions of Billie's sketches of Cash and his tattoos... I got a good picture of those in my head. But seriously, it wouldn't be hard to imagine a tattooed Hemsworth sketched out on paper. And I have definitely seen the other artwork around town that played a part in this book, particularly the cutlery animals.
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.