Title: The Darkest Flame
Author: Christina Lee
Genre: M/M Romance, LGBT, Contemporary
From the author of There You Stand, a new male/male romance about an errant motorcycle recruit and the captivating bartender who sends his wheels spinning down an all too tempting road.
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
I thought the book was really good and the story was compelling.
I really liked that Smoke had a past and Mal, the prez, didnt hesitate to let him in his club, took him under his wing, and helped him get his life back in order.
I also really liked the relationship between Vaughn and his father, and his father's obsession with clocks. These little things really brought the characters to life.
What I wasn't too fond of, though I thought their chemistry was off the charts, was that after every serious moment, there was a sex scene. It seems that over half the book was about that. I'm not usually one to complain about this, and though they were well written, I would have liked more storyline with my sex.
All in all, I give the story a 3.75 stars
**given as an arc for my honest review**