Reviewed by JustJen
Title: A Dangerous Reality
Author: Layla Wolfe
Series: The Bent Zealots MC #1
Heroes: Turk Blackburn/Havelock “Lock” Singer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 301 Pages
Publisher: Quicksilver Books
Release Date: January 12, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Keep your lovers close—and your enemies in bed.
TURK: My club sent me to track him down. And when my mission was over, I never wanted another one again. When I found him, I kicked the crap out of Havelock Singer. I issued the mightiest beatdown of all time. Problem is, we’re evenly matched. We’re equals in every way, and when we finished whaling on each other, exhausted, we fell into each other’s arms.
I’ve never regretted it for an instant. It’s been the ride of my life. But loving another man in the MC world is a risky business. As if our business isn’t already brutal and ruthless enough, Lock’s homophobic sergeant-at-arms Stumpy gets an eyeful of our lovemaking and blackmails us into doing some of his dirty work, or be exposed for what we are—a couple of deviants.
This run into the Indian reservation is sleazy and beneath us, but now I’m cornered, and I’ll do anything to keep my sweet master Lock from being lynched by his club.
LOCK: When that kingpin Carmine Rojas got a load of my beautiful stallion Turk Blackburn, he’d stop at nothing to have him—and Rojas gets what he wants. It’s my fault we’re in this situation. I should’ve kicked Turk’s ass and sent him packing back to The Bare Bones. I wasn’t even close to being ready to come out, but now they’re forcing my hand.
I can hear my destiny calling me. Either I’ll slink back to my club like a hetero bounty hunter with no morals—and no respect from anyone in my own backyard—or I’ll step up to the plate and be the lion of the day.
Either way, my lover and I are screwed. Our clubs are going to hound us underground or into another country before we escape this mess—if we don’t die trying.
“Living off the grid and being an outlaw brings a dangerous reality.” –Ron Perlman
Publisher’s warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. It contains scenes of gay sex, consensual BDSM, illegal doings, dubious consent, and man-on-man violence.
Review: What a great start to a new series this is. Picture something along the lines of Sons of Anarchy, with a hot, alpha, sexy gay twist.
Lock is a biker who is a bounty hunter on the side. When a chase leads him into a gay BDSM club, he is terrified. He is closeted and in denial about his interest in men, but those thoughts are put aside fairly quickly once someone takes particular interest in him and he ends up getting a BJ in a back room. Unfortunately, they are interrupted by the blower’s boyfriend.
Turk is the boyfriend who caught his lover blowing Lock. He doesn’t realize who Lock is until he runs into him outside of the club. Turk is closeted as well, given he is the VP of a motorcycle gang, though he knows he’s gay and just does his best to hide it from his fellow bikers. When he realizes who Lock is, things get volatile very quickly.
Now, there is some cat and mouse activity going on with Turk suspicious of Lock where some MC business is concerned, but things play out and these guys quickly realize they have some amazing chemistry going on. Boy, do they ever. Turk considers himself a power bottom in a sense that he prefers to bottom, but also prefers to be the one in control. He works Lock like a finely tuned instrument, making Lock forget all about his hang ups. He teases and denies, edges and then blows Lock away, many times. Talk about some hot sex scenes!
Turk and Lock are quickly thrown into a tizzy with blackmail and planting drugs, kidnapping by a drug kinpin, set ups and more set ups, killings and shoot outs. Through this, their feelings grow and the heavy burden of their respective positions in rival clubs looms overhead. After finding some other gay bikers looking for a club to fit in with, a plan forms. What comes out at the end is a whole new MC rising out of the ashes with Turk and Lock at the reins – the Bent Zealots. While we didn’t get to see too much of Lock’s club, Turk’s is pretty great. He leaves in good standing with most, if not all, not wanting him to leave. The future looks very promising for a prosperous relationship with them.
There are some great side characters as well that will play a bigger part of the new club. All in all though, this was an exciting fast read that was gritty and dark at times, but sweet, sexy and loving at others. This is a first time for me reading Ms. Wolfe, but it won’t be my last, as I cannot wait for this story to continue. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the new club shapes up and to see Lock and Turk happy being themselves and enjoying each other.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*