Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Happy Birthday
Author: B.D. Roca
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 62 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 13, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Jake Rushman is on the run, but it’s too late. He’s being tracked by an expert.
Motorcycle Club Enforcer Nick is tough, but even he has a conscience. It’s slowly destroying him, together with memories of his parents’ ugly deaths. Nick eliminates the guilty, but Jake Rushman is the innocent witness to a murder. It will be one kill too many.
Determined to find redemption, Nick plans to trade his life for Jake’s. Neither man counts on the fierce, powerful bond that the collision of their opposing worlds brings, and Jake refuses to let Nick sacrifice himself. He offers Nick the one thing he’s never had: hope.
But with a violent past tracking them, Nick might be forced to do the one thing he promised himself he never would—kill again.
Review: Nick is the enforcer of a biker gang run, in part, by his uncle who raised him. No longer able to follow through with all that his job entails, he decides he is going to end his life instead of taking out one more. Nick has quite a colorful background and is a classic victim of his circumstances, doing what it takes to survive, from witnessing his parent’s death, to growing up in the gang and having to be their enforcer under this uncle’s thumb.
Jake, is Nick’s cleanup job, a man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He witnessed a killing and is now on the run. He knows it is only a matter of time before he is taken out, but when the time comes and Nick makes contact, he is not on board with Nick’s plan, but instead, offers another solution.
These two have some immediate chemistry. Nick decides he will enjoy Jake, his one last chance at sex before he ends things. But, when he tries to get Jake to go off on his own, Jake won’t budge. Jake turns out to be much stronger than I had anticipated. I loved that he wasn’t a meek victim here, but one who took the reins and became an active participant in their lives. He weighed all of his options and offered the best scenario for all involved. Luckily, Nick was open to his ideas and of having a second chance at life.
This was a quick story, but there is plenty enough detail to get a vivid idea of their backgrounds and current situation. There are a few more bumps in the road, some of which Nick had planned for, and some that Jake came through with flying colors. I was rooting for them from the get go and was happy to see their relationship group.
B.D. Roca took a somewhat predicable story and made it unique and interesting. I really enjoyed it and wished it was longer. This was a great debut story, I’m definitely looking forward to more in the future.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*