Book Reviews

Happy Birthday (City to City 1) by B.D. Roca at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Bikers / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-November-2017

Book 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.


Book Review

A motorcycle enforcer with a conscience is not your usual fare, but it makes for an intriguing “hook” that pulled me right into this story. Combine it with an innocent man running for his life, and you’ve got ingredients that can make a story sizzle with tension. Between Nick’s need for redemption and Jake’s determination to survive, the author had me on the edge of my seat from the start. The suspense alone almost got to me to the point of breathlessness, but the many twists and turns and the ingenious ending had me spellbound. In a novella that feels much longer than its sixty-two pages, ‘Happy Birthday” sketches the pivotal moments in two men’s lives in such a masterful way that I am almost afraid to read the sequel – a novel titled ‘Broken Sun’ that will be published in a week or so. But how can I resist finding out more about Nick and Jake?

Nick has had to survive a lot, but survive he did. It made him hard – but it’s a shell he uses to protect him, rather than who he has become. It takes a lot for him to reveal his softer core deep inside, but Jake is the one to set in motion a chain of events that has Nick believing the end has come for him, and deciding he will use his own death to save Jake’s life. Quite the plan! His motivation is as interesting as his reaction to the changes Jake introduces to his thinking once they begin to talk, and I loved watching Nick adjust his thinking.

Jake may look like an innocent, a man who doesn’t quite know how to deal with the world, in the beginning, but it becomes clear pretty quickly that he is not as harmless as he seems. He is a good observer, not scared to run a few risks once he knows he will most likely end up dead, and the passion he feels for Nick is an excellent reason to try to escape a fate that seems unchangeable.

If you are in for the ride of your life (or at least one of the most exciting trips ever), if two desperate men fighting seemingly impossible odds to stay alive and be together are your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is likely to leave you reeling, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do. It’s gritty and full of violence and brutality, but considering the main characters and their situations, I have to admit that I expected as much. And in the end, it only adds a layer of realism to the story that made it all the more compelling.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 62 pages/20172 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-January-2016
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/happy-birthday-by-bd-roca-4168-b