Introducing a steamy, sexy, suspenseful new release by Christina Lee …
Title: The Darkest Flame
Author: Christina Lee
Series: Roadmap to Your Heart, Book 1
Genre: M/M, MCC Erotic Romance, Suspense
Vaughn O’Keefe has been part owner of the Hog’s Den for years. Privy to plenty of Disciples of the Road business, he’s never been more ruffled as when a new recruit named “Smoke” walks through the door. Something about the man gets his blood pumping, but he knows to keep his preferences under wraps around the club.
“Smoke” Callahan has done a couple of rehab stints and is finally clean, thanks to help from the Disciples. He’s on the right path and isn’t about to get sidetracked, no matter how much the guy who manages the bar gets beneath his skin. Besides, his last relationship with a man left him scared, alone, and with a nightmare of an addiction.
When the Hog’s Den becomes shorthanded, and Smoke is ordered to help out the one man he can’t have, his longing for the bartender reaches blistering proportions. Vaughn figures a night together should be enough to satisfy their mutual attraction. But neither banks on just how scorching hot it might be.
As Smoke’s past unravels and the one person he hopes never to lay eyes on again messes with all he holds sacred, it’s time to involve the Disciples. Problem is, he’ll have to risk his membership, his heart, and his own hide to keep everyone he cares about safe.
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The Darkest Flame was my first introduction to the very popular MCC genre. I’ve not consciously avoided it, but I’m the kind of incurable romantic that is usually drawn to less gritty, less violent themes. Given a choice, I tend to prefer stories about sexy athletes and well-groomed CEOs to the equally stereotypical tattooed bad-boys and their leather-clad ‘old ladies.’ However, in this case, I was drawn to the story precisely because it defies the customary premise.
This dramatically steamy, suspenseful novel is a stunning M/M contemporary adult erotic romance that includes all of the hard-hitting sex, suspense, and personal struggles that MCC fans expect and appreciate. But it goes further, powerfully conveying the heart-wrenching struggle of the attraction between Smoke and Vaughn, as well as their battles with personal demons. The characters are well-developed and the solid storyline is believably set within a culture that typically shuns – or ignores – the presence of homosexuality within its ranks. You feel the longing that pulls them together and the fear that drives them apart. Every sense comes alive when they finally acknowledge and act upon their irresistible need for one another.
The addition of tenuous alliances between clubs, the dark nature of the drug and arms trade, and the suspense of not knowing who can and who cannot be trusted evokes a different type of fear and dread in the reader. Will Smoke be drawn back into the self-destructive life he’s left behind? Will one of them be exposed or sabotaged by a former lover or associate? Do they have the strength to live the life they long for? Or, even worse, will one or the other be injured or killed in the inevitable confrontation between Smoke’s old club and the one that has taken him in?
I highly recommend The Darkest Flame and really look forward to the remaining books in this new series.