Red Skies at Dawn

Karen S. Johnson
Red Skies at Dawn
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
March 2013
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

[Siren Allure: Erotic Contemporary Romance, HFN]

Sammie Brown is involved with Jake, a biker, but it is his arrogant half brother that keeps invading her thoughts. Jake was an animal in bed but there was no fire, not like what she felt when his brother Mitch Baldwin kissed her.

Sammie reluctantly agrees to go to Sturgis with Jake to see if she should continue their relationship, and on the way she finds out that he is very different than he has led her to believe. He gets mad and abandons her, forcing her to accept the protection of his half brother Mitch, or "Cowboy" as the bikers call him.

The fire between Sammie and Mitch gets too hot to be refused and they give in to their passion, not knowing that Jake is watching. Mitch and Sammie realize that there is something special between them. Mitch vows to keep Sammie safe, but will he be able to protect her from his own brother?

A Siren Erotic Romance

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Mar 13, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
158 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed this gritty biker romance right up until the end.

Sammie didn't know that her biker boyfriend, Jake, would turn into such a jerk when she agreed to accompany him and his friends on a bike ride to Sturgis. Well, Jake was a slimeball of epic proportions, something that she hadn't seen until he abandoned her during the long ride. Time after time, he put her safety at risk. And that was just half the story, Jake had some creepy secrets that sweet Sammie never knew about. No problem, though, his big brother, Mitch, is along for the ride, and he keeps Sammie safe. Keeping their hands off each other was going to be hard though.

Sammie was a really cool character, and I liked her a lot. I could have felt sorry for her because of her slimy boyfriend. I mean, even I could see right from start that the guy didn't give two cents about her. I liked how she kicked him to the curb as soon as she saw what a creep he was. I liked that she wasn't one of those clingy characters as well. She was a real smart gal, and she moved on to something better.

I loved Mitch, the hero. I liked that he was protective of Sammie. And I really liked how he never stuck up for his loser brother. He knew that Jake was a lost cause, and he accepted it.
I liked how all of the "good" bikers looked out for the more innocent Sammie. There is always going to be some bad apples on the tree, and that was very evident in this story.

The writer did an extremely good job with the descriptions in this story. Most notable were the descriptions of Sammie's bike ride. I got the distinct feeling that perhaps the writer had taken that same ride herself. How else could she have described the conditions – for example, the heat – so vividly. I really felt that she knew what she was writing about. Maybe more so than some other "biker" stories I've read.

I enjoyed the suspense part of the story, although it did get graphic in some spots.

The love scenes were fairly hot between Mitch and Sammie. Although the early scenes between her and Jake were more than a little sleazy. Hot but sleazy. That scene in the showers gave me the creeps, and not because Jake knew they were being heard at the time. It made me uncomfortable because there was absolutely no romance. I kept thinking, "How could Sammie think she's in love with him?" It was the complete opposite with her and Mitch. I felt the romance in those scenes. But I digress....I think that was the writer's point.

Those were the many things I liked about the story. I was having a good read right up until the end. There is one thing I must have in a romance: a good ending. I didn't get that with this one. Oh, the HEA was as sweet as I'd thought it would be. But after such a good story, the ending came about rather abruptly. And I never got the satisfaction of seeing the twisted villain get what was coming to him. It ended so suddenly that it was almost as if the writer got tired of this story. I felt like throwing a temper tantrum.

I enjoyed this book. It's a very raw look at what can happen when you put your trust in the wrong person. The writer didn't pull any punches with this story. She didn't glorify the biker life at all. As I said earlier, I was sure that she had some experience with this world. She made the story and the characters seem all too real to me. However, I would suggest that she spend some extra time in resolving the ending next time. I liked the story, it flowed with an ease that got me engaged early on. I loved the characters, they were fleshed out quite well. It was only the ending that needed some more work. If not for the ending, this could have easily been a four star book. As it is, I'm giving it 3 stars.
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