Fire Me Up: A Review
by Kiersten Hallie Krum
Fire Me Up by Rachael Johns is the second book in Loveswept’s The Deacons of Bourbon Street MC erotic romance series featuring authors Megan Crane, Rachael Johns, 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.
Cash is the first of the once-exiled Deacons to not want to be back in New Orleans. Called back by Ajax in Make You Burn, he only plans to stay long enough to honor his dead MC president, Priest, and then scoot right back to his life in Florida as a security analyst. His plans go awry when Priest’s will names him as one of four heirs. Now Cash is stuck in New Orleans indefinitely until the inherited properties can be sold, including the offensive bohemian art gallery that now lives in what was once the Deacons’ prized clubhouse.
Billie barely survived an abusive, domineering ex-husband. Her art gallery in New Orleans is her second chance: a new life for a new Billie. Now that sanctuary is threatened by Cash’s plans, especially after he decides to move back into the former clubhouse and be her roommate for as long as he’s there. Billie doesn’t like feeling powerless again but increasingly finds it difficult to set boundaries with Cash when the longer he’s there, the more she wants for him to stay.
Cash and Billie are sharp contrast to the high-octane Ajax and Sophie who debuted the Deacons of Bourbon Street in Make You Burn, though they are no less intense. Billie is the first outsider to this MC world and it’s not an easy adaptation for her, especially given the abuses of her former marriage. She’s afraid to object for fear of pushing Cash and the Deacons to a decision she doesn’t want, but can’t give up her gallery, her home, without a fight. Cash is dealing with some serious emo issues and fighting it every step of the way. Cash is pretty much pissed at everyone and his trust issues are a mile wide–which makes them a few yards shorter than Billie’s. He made a life away from the Deacon’s out of necessity, one he’s come to value quite a bit, but the old pull of what was once the most important thing in his life, the club, once again has its claws in him. His relationship with Billie makes him confront his past too and particularly the deed (and the person) that set him on the path to the Deacons in the first place. Billie is sweet and has a slow burn to find her feet but with a great payoff. She’s necessary too, a needed palliative to all the MC attitude swinging going on around her. Cash’s presence and the uncertainty that the changes happening in the Deacons MC brings to her door shakes up the comfort zone she’s been hiding in since arriving from Australia. The sexual tension between her and Cash and the shades of similar and different between him and her ex force Billie to figure out who she wants to be in this new life of hers and just what she does, or doesn’t, need from the man who’s dramatically become a focus in it.
Fire Me Up is available on September 1st. Click on the cover image above to buy. Check out the Lady Smut review of Make You Burn and see out The Deacons of Bourbon Street series began. And be sure to listen in to the podcast interview with all four Bitches of Bourbon Street, authors Megan Crane, Rachael Johns, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.
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