Make You Burn by Megan Crane: Early Review

June 22, 2015 Reviews 2 ★★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. So, if this kind of stuff makes you a little squeamish, this may not be the book for you.
Make You Burn by Megan Crane: Early ReviewMake You Burn by Megan Crane
Series: The Deacons of Bourbon Street #1
Published by Loveswept on August 4, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Pages: 217
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Meet the Deacons of Bourbon Street, bad boy bikers who are hell on wheels—and heaven between the sheets. Megan Crane revs up an irresistible new series co-written with Rachael Johns, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.
Sean “Ajax” Harding’s oaths are inked into his skin. Once second-in-command of the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, he left New Orleans to protect the brotherhood, and only the death of his beloved mentor, Priest Lombard, could lure him back. Walking into the old hangout gives him a familiar thrill—especially when he gets an eyeful of the bar’s delectable new owner. A wild ride with her is just the welcome Ajax needs. Then he realizes that she’s Priest’s daughter, all grown up and totally off limits.

Sophie Lombard loved her father, not his lifestyle. She’s done with bikers . . . until Ajax roars into town—arrogant, tough, and sexy as ever. And although he treats her like the Catholic schoolgirl he once knew, Sophie’s daydreams tend to revolve around sin. With the very real possibility of heartbreak looming, Sophie knows better than to get too close to an outlaw. But every touch from Ajax is steamier than the Louisiana bayou—and heat like this may just be worth getting burned.

The most difficult thing about reading books, in advance of their publication date, is finding one you want to tell EVERYONE about, but have to wait around for months to talk to them about this AWESOME book….

First world problem, probably, but a tough one nonetheless.

I’ve just come up against this problem. I recently finished an incredible new book from Megan Crane, called Make You Burn, and want to tell all of you all of EVERYTHING about it. However, as this is not released until August 4, the full lyrical waxing is going to have to wait.

BUUUUUUUT, I’m still going to tell you how much I loved Make You Burn.

How much, you ask?

This Much!

Make You Burn is the first book in the Deacons of Bourbon Street, a series from Loveswept, with subsequent tales to come from Rachael Johns, Jackie Ashenden and Maisey Yates.

Now, I love the work of these four authors individually, so when I heard they were combining their powers to write a series about hot bikers in New Orleans, I may just have been like this:

Colbert Happy

Make You Burn tells the story of ex-Deacons vice-president, Ajax and Sophie, the now-grown up daughter of the Deacons president.

From the opening scene, which may very well involve hot pants, nipple tassles and some VERY public hotness, you can feel the undeniably incendiary heat that these two generate.

MagmaI used this Dr Evil pic (see right) to describe the level of hotness in a tweet, while I was reading it, and it is – let’s face it – pretty freaking accurate.

A word of warning – if the sexytimes are not something you aren’t that keen on reading, Make You Burn is most probably not the book for you. Which is a pity. There are plentiful moments of horizontal folk dancing (and to be honest, vertical and back-to-front too), and each instance fits into the overall story beautifully. Gratuity for gratuity’s sake exists not here – the world in which Ajax and Sophie exist is one that runs b on high emotion, passion and drama, so vanilla sex was never going to cut it.

There is no glorification of the biker lifestyle, and no wallpapering over the outlaw aspects of the Deacons’ (and therefore Ajax’s) past. That, I loved. Ajax is a complex, imperfect man who wears his emotions both openly and squirreled away in the recesses. An epically tough exterior covers an interior scarred by a difficult life. He may give off that air of barely concealed menace, but it’s not too hard to see the depths to which he will go to protect those he loves.

Sophie, having never known any life but this, could have come across as weak or blindly devoted to this sketchy place. That she is not. Sophie has great strength and I love that she is open and honest about how she views her life and its realities.

There’s heat, emotion, mystery, suspicion and danger coating every page in equal measure, and I just wish I could let more out about what goes on.

However, I can’t and I won’t.


Pop this one – and with no doubt, its successors, on your TBR list. Make You Burn is an explosive start to what will be a truly hot series.

And as I said in a previous tweet, Ajax is a dirty, DIRTY boy…..enjoy!

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