Hello and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal! Today is my tour stop for J.C. Emery’s Burn, which is Book 5 in the Bayonet Scars Series! I love me some biker dudes, and I kid you not, Ian might just be my favorite!
Tragedy cuts deep. Revenge burns deeper.
The blood of their enemies coats the leather of their cuts and a trail of bodies lie in their wake, but the Forsaken Motorcycle Club isn’t done yet. Carlo Mancuso still needs to pay for his sins. Nobody knows that more than Ian Buckley, the Treasurer for Forsaken.
Ian prefers his pleasure mixed with pain and he’s only ever at peace when he’s doling out justice. Convinced that he’s too unstable and sadistic to take an old lady, he keeps his trysts, like all of his relationships, brief and anonymous. But with his club at war, and the stakes being so personal, Ian’s feeling the events around him more deeply than he expects.
Mindy Mercer is the sweet daughter of Fort Bragg’s most respectable cop. At least that’s how the town sees her. Very few people know the Mindy who hides her tracks and battles her cravings by lying to everyone around her. She thinks she has control of her addiction until she suffers an attack that leaves her searching for a way out of her own personal hell.
Mindy has never been more desperately in need of a savior and Ian has never seen a more beautifully destroyed creature in his life. Their attraction is intense, but their damage is extreme. Some scars never heal, and some people never get better.
Love is never more painful than when it can kill you.
As far as love stories go, Burn was fucking amazing. The Ian-Mindy pair may have just obliterated every other Bayonet Scars couple to win the Best Couple Ever title. And all because these two were just perfect together.
Every book in the Bayonet Scars series has eluded to Ian being dark. Dangerous. Unstable. And obviously, in true J.C. Emery fashion, it’s done so in a way to keep Ian in the reader’s mind as the guy who is obviously more menacing than the rest of the club. Then Rev happened, especially the bit at the end, when Holly finds herself in a very, very precarious place and the only one who helps her is Ian. In those awful moments, and in the terrible aftermath, Ian helps Holly again—in the way only he can. His gentle side is the only thing that the reader is shown, inspite of all the warnings I spoke about above.
And to me, that was the only thing I knew Ian to be. Gentle, caring, and strong under fire. Obviously, he was a part of the Forsaken MC and that meant that he was a thief, and a criminal, and an outlaw, and possibly a murderer. But as a reader, I only saw his gentle side. And it was pretty much the same in Burn. Except when it came to Mindy Mercer. When it came to Mindy, Ian was protective, fierce, and heart-breakingly kind.
Mindy features in Rev as Holly’s cousin and best friend. Everyone in town knows her as the sweet girl of a town cop. But no one knows that Mindy fights everyday to battle her addictions. And after the horrific incident that changed her life, everyone sees her as a victim. Everyone but Ian Bucley. No, Ian sees more in her.
Unlike every other couple in the series, Ian and Mindy’s relationship isn’t based on raunchy sex and an attraction that threatens to destroy them. At least, not in the beginning. No, their relationship is a slow-burning fire, riddled with their insecurities and fear of being consumed by each other. Ian is hesitant of bringing sweet, sweet Mindy into his ever-threatening world. Mindy is terrified that he will never love her as she does him.
I’ll give it to the author—Burn must have been a tricky book to write, what with Ian’s dark nature brimming just underneath his seemingly calm nature, and Mindy dealing with PTSD while also battling her constant craving for drugs. It was intense and fast-paced and thrilling to read. I couldn’t put the book down, not for a second, and it was so damned worth it. This book is my MOST RECOMMENDED book of the lot and if you’re looking for a biker dude with heart, this is the book for you!
OTHER BOOKS BY J. C. Emery
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As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can’t imagine a climate more beautiful.
JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories– and everything has at least a splash of romance.