Reviewed by Caroline
SERIES: Brawlers Book 2
AUTHOR: JM Dabney
PUBLISHER: Hostile Whispers Press
LENGTH: 119 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2017
Welcome to Brawlers Bar…
Life wasn’t easy when you were certifiable, Gerald “Psycho” Clemons lived on the fringes of society. Five years he hadn’t thought twice about riding with a group who saw most laws as flexible. When the leader of the group turned crazier than Psycho, he stepped in and made the man pay. He’d never been rewarded for his temper before, yet that’s what happened when he earned a permanent place and a job as a bouncer. Everyone walked a wide circle around him, and he liked it that way. One look from his cold black eyes and he had people backing up. Then he met a man who had to be crazier than him.
Decadence Bakery was Ben Morin’s dream come true, and he loved it, but he grew tired of his lonely existence. Six months earlier he’d turned on the open sign and hopefully changed his life for the better. Ben loved his small cottage in the middle of nowhere even with the 3 a.m. rumbling of motorcycles and loud music at the farm next door. Although one thing he didn’t love, was his new hobby of watching one of the terrifying men next door. What could a little harmless peek now and then hurt?
Sweet and older wasn’t his type, but Psycho couldn’t deny the need to possess the beautiful baker. It was stronger than even the insanity he barely kept at bay, could he have a man who looked passed it or would Ben run like all the rest?
I am a huge fan of this series which is a follow on of the authors Twirled World Ink series. These men are all big, brash and intense. They have all had pretty rotten pasts but there is a real sense of family that they have strived to build and that they work hard to maintain. They are fierce and looking for love and when they set their hearts on someone there is no changing mind for anyone.
Psycho had a volatile and dangerous upbringing until he escaped with a woman who would first be his wife then his best friend and confidante. He has absolutely no social graces and doesn’t read situations well. His idea of a date is to ask a man to come home for a fuck – which is exactly what he says to Ben Morin when he saves him from a nose bleed. No matter how often the other guys try to steer him right he still says whatever he thinks and consequences be damned. His total lack of filter is what made him so endearing – that and watching him try to navigate his first romantic relationship.
Ben’s upbringing was less volatile but he was always left feeling he was never enough. That feeling has stayed with him throughout his life as the men he has tried dating have never made him feel special. His last boyfriend was an epic douche who cheated on him and when Ben found out he packed up, sold out and left for pastures new. Working in his recently opened Bakery brings a lot of men though the door but it’s the tattooed and gruff Psycho that catches his eye.
It must be pretty terrifying to come into this group of battle scarred and scary looking men but Ben does so with gusto and is quickly accepted as the newest member of the family.
I do have to mention the editing which as has previous books really lets the story down. There are a lot of very simple and very obvious mistakes which really should be getting picked up before publishing. As I have also said before my rating doesn’t reflect the poor editing and is purely for the story – which was excellent.
I really hope the author keeps going with this series for a while as I am nowhere near ready for it to end.