Top MM Books of 2020 Pt. 2

OK, we’re back with the second part of my best MM books of 2020. I have 2 books and 1 series of 6 books on this part of the list. And yeah, the entire series belongs on this list. It’s amazing. Remember, these are in no particular order. So, let’s get to it, shall we?

Nikole Knight-Fire & Brimstone Scrolls

When I first got the ARC for Revelations, the first book, it said that it was a RH, but I think that it is more like a poly series instead. It’s 4 guys, Riley, Noel, Jairus, and Gideon. Well, it’s Riley and his 3 guardian angels, but it turns into a relationship. It’s a slow burn series, and I mean seriously slow burn. I don’t think that there is any sex stuff until late in the 2nd book, and normally I’m not a fan of such a slow burn, but the story in this one really dragged me in. It is an intense series, with a lot of horrible things that happen to the main characters, and I mean terrible, terrible, terrible things. There are discussions of previous abuse and sexual assault. The series totally broke my heart at times, but the end totally made it worth everything. Honestly, I can’t even say how much I love this series. One really awesome thing is that we get a character is on the asexual spectrum, and we get to see how the relationship works there.

Gianni Holmes-Fable’s Foes

This is a gay MC Daddy poly book, with age play. Yeah. It may sound like something that shouldn’t work. I mean, you jam all kinds of tropes into one book, and it could get messy. And I’ve seen it happen. But it didn’t here. We have Fable, who is a Little, and who has to hide himself for so many reasons. Then he gets kidnapped. He gets rescued by bikers, because they were there to rescue someone else. Booker and Zak are two of the bikers, and they had been in a relationship of sorts, but they aren’t so much right now. But they are all attracted to each other. Part of the reason I like this one is that we get to see a main character who has something called Klinefelter syndrome, which gives him XXY instead of XY. He’s not trans, but he does have certain issues that go with it, and we get to see the effects of his disorder on his sex life.

Susan Hawke-Rules to Ignore

This is the 7th and last book in Susi’s Davey’s Rules series, and it’s Davey’s story. We kept waiting for this one to come out and it was well worth the wait. The whole series is a Daddy series, and the rules part comes from the rules that Davey sets for his Daddy. I think by the end of book 6, there are 90 some rules. Then we get to Davey’s book, and everything changes. We get to see Davey learning a lot more about himself than he had in the past, in a good way. We also get to see a non-traditional Daddy/boy relationship, and one that is pretty awesome.

OK, that’s my top MM books of last year. Stay tuned for the next list. I think it might be motorcycle club books.

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Winter Travers-Six-Gun

I’ve read several other of Winter’s MC books, so I was looking forward to seeing how she handled the RBMC. I mised her first book, so I’m going to have to go back and read it, especially after reading Six-Gun. The RBMC books go from really dark to light-ish. This one is more toward the light-ish side of the line. I mean, there’s still darkness going on, it is a MC book after all, but not as much as some others. So, let’s talk about this one, shall we? Now, I will say that there are some things that they talk about in this book that happened in the first book, so I am missing bits of the story, but not enough that it ruined my enjoyment of this one.

We start with Memphis. She has been staying with the Sacramento chapter of the RBMC because they rescued her from a terrible situation. Now she’s working as a bartender at a bar that the club owns. She goes from the clubhouse to the bar and back, and doesn’t do much else other than that, for lots of reasons. Six-Gun, one of the members, takes her back and forth to the club, and not only that, he stays there the whole time, staring at her. All Memphis can do is to ignore him and just pretend he doesn’t exist. It doesn’t always work, but she still tries.

Six-Gun (who Memphis eventually calls Six, so that’s what I’m going to call him from now on) is attracted to her, but it’s not just because of how pretty she is, because she is, but it’s also because of who she is. Before she was rescued, bad things happened, and after she got rescued, she stayed in her room for quite a while, and would cry and have nightmares. Six would sit outside her door all night, every night, in case she wanted to talk and in case she needed someone. Now he can’t stay away from her, but he’s willing to wait for her, no matter what.

I really like Six. He really pays attention to Memphis and what she wants, likes, and dislikes. He also is more than willing to wait to go at Memphis’ pace. I really like that he gives her that safe place and that space. It can’t necessarily be easy for him, because I think that he’s going to be so much more a man of action than someone who wants to sit back and just wait. Of course, that might actually be doing something, since he makes sure that Memphis knows that she’s in charge. Either way, I think that he was really good.

I also like Memphis. I think that she was really strong, and I like her discussion with her boss about finding herself again, and how her boss went through some shit. Finding yourself again after bad things have happened isn’t necessarily easy, and you may never again find the person you were before, but you can find bits of that person and bring them back.

Anyway, I could almost call this book comfortable and cozy, just because of the way that Memphis and Six interact, but of course, it isn’t really, I mean, MC book, right? But it is good, and I enjoyed it a lot. I enjoyed it enough that I will continue to read her RBMC books.

OK, that’s all for this one today, and nothing under the picture today. Go check out the book, as well as all of Winter’s other books. If you like hilarious women, go check out Alice in Winter’s Fallen Lords books. Trust me, she’s so much fun.

Nicole James-Club Princess

Nicole has given us a new RBMC book. I love this shared world. I like that each of the authors works within the same framework, but within that framework, we get a different take. We have some dark, we have some paranormal, we have some lighter. Club Princess is toward the lighter end of the scale. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not light, it’s just lighter than some of the others.

So, we have Lola. She truly is the princess of the Durango CO chapter. Her dad Rock is the Prez. He has scared every member of the chapter away from her, not that it stops Lola from trying. She really keeps trying. She’s also trying to get a hot muscle car that one of the brothers is holding for her. She heads out to the bank to get her money so she can get her car, and it turns out that her brother has stolen $14K from her. So, now she has to find him. And oddly, she finds out that he’s in New Orleans, but only because a friend happened to see him. She’s going to go get her money back.

Well, as you may be able to guess, when Rock finds out that Lola is gone, he gets a little, well, cranky. First, he bangs into the rooms of each of the brothers in the clubhouse, catching a few in flagrante delicto (luckily for them, none of them were with Lola), then he tracks her cell phone and discovers that she’s in New Orleans. So he calls a nomad named Memphis, who happens to be in the area.

Memphs has itchy feet. He doesn’t want to settle down. He likes living on the road as a nomad. He gets to belong to the club and have his brothers, but he doesn’t have to stay in one place. As a nomad, he’s able to take on all kinds of jobs. And when Rock calls him to bring back the wayward Lola, off he goes. He eventually catches up with Lola just as she’s getting kicked out of a truck on the side of the road, grabs her, and then heads back out to Colorado with her.

I think that Lola is brave and fiesty. I also think that she takes a lot of stuff on her shoulder that she shouldn’t have to. She shouldn’t have to try to pull her father and her brother together, but I get where she might feel like she has to. They are both idiots with hard heads, and I think that they probably butt heads a whole lot.

Memphis is a good guy, well, within his moral standards. I think that he’s an idiot at times, and he doesn’t want to try and see past living on the road. I think that being a nomad was a lot easier for him because he didn’t have to deal with anything. Then Lola came, and well, messy feelings.

OK, that’s all for this one today. Nothing under the pic on this one either. Go check it out! Happy reading!

BB Blaque-Corral Me

So, BB is back with her Masters MC, which is now the Malevolent MC. This is the first book in the series that doesn’t focus on Colt and Tuesday and Kash and Barely. Not to say that Kash and Barely don’t show up in this one, it’s just that they aren’t the main couple of Corral Me. While this book could be considered the fifth book of the series, you could also consider it the first book of a new series. If you aren’t familiar with this world, you should still be OK, since we are more focused on the start of a new couple and the start of a new chapter in the world, so this can be a good place for you to get started.

So, we have Mama Stitch. She’s been a friend of the club for many years, but not a club girl or an ol’ lady. That’s not to say that people haven’t tried to pin her down, including Saint, but no one has managed. And she is a total badass in her own right. She rides her own bike, and can ride some of the guys into the ground with no problem. She carries a shitload of weapons. And just to top it off, she makes clothes and all kinds of fun stuff, so she makes her clothes with pockets to hide all her weapons. She makes clothes for all the ladies of the club too. Right now she’s been working on taking cuts of a defeated club and is turning them into furniture and accessories for new bar that the Malevolent MC is building. She’s also trying to deal with Sundown.

Sundown was a member of another chapter, but he’s moved down to this one with Kash and Colt. He’s fitting right in. And he’s got his eye on Mama Stitch. Because, you know, why not? He’s also involved with Kash and Barely. Because, again, why not? He’s drawn to Mama Stitch because there’s just something so wild and free about her. He has never felt this way about anyone before, especially not Shovelhead, a club girl that he used to fuck frequently, but that’s done with now.

This book is a little slow to start, but that works well, I think. The last 2 books were all about the war between the Masters/Malevolent and another club. And they were very intense, and really fucking dark. The slower beginning lets us catch our breath from everything that came before and will ease people who aren’t familiar with the world to start to figure out who everyone is, so it works really well.

I’ve always liked Stitch. She really is a mama to everyone, and she really is very stubborn and independent. I like that a lot. She very much knows who she is and is happy with that. She’s not going to settle for anything or anyone. Saint really tries to tempt her into being with him, but she knows that it wouldn’t work between them and has no problems shutting that shit down. We do learn more about her past, and it does really explain her present. I liked getting that look into her past.

Sundown is an asshole. He has no problem with admitting he’s an asshole. He’s quite proud of the fact that he’s an asshole. He will even brag about being an asshole. I think at first that his thing with Stitch was just the fact that she turned him down. Pretty much no one ever turned Sundown down before. He’d smile at them and they would fall over with their legs wide open. And Stitch wasn’t having that. I think that it was the challenge at first, but then it was all about Stitch and that he wanted more, and she was definitely more.

I will admit I was torn about cheering for Sundown and Stitch to get together and cheering for them not to get together. I love the push and pull between them, and they throw off all kinds of sparks. But there’s also Sundown and Kash/Barely. That’s just fucking hot. I wanted both pairings to work, but alas and alack, it cannot be. And Stitch ain’t gonna share, I’m pretty sure.

Ugh. Shovelhead and Saint totally deserve so much more. Just soooooooo much more.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

KE Osborn-Luring Light

This is KE’s second entry into the Tampa chapter of the RBMC, and I gotta tell you, I love Luring Light. I like Ivy and Void more than I liked the first couple, not that I didn’t like them, it’s just that I like these 2 more.

Ivy and her sister Eva were kidnapped in the previous book, but were saved by the Tampa chapter of the RBMC. They were taken because they had Rh null blood. (sound familiar?) Anyway, Eva got into a relationship with the Prez, and Ivy started to get to get close to the VP, Void. Since the last book was Eva’s book, we didn’t get much of Ivy, but that changes here.

Ivy has taken over the growing room for the MC, and she’s still living in the Bricking Cell. You know, whatever floats your boat. She feels safe there. But she’s also trying to have a relationship with Void, who is the only one of the MC that she’s really romantically attached to. At the same time, she’s trying to figure out who she is and how she fits into the RBMC life in specific and life in general. She’s always put on a good face, as the sweet, virginal, good girl, but that was just her mask, and she doesn’t have to be that way anymore. She just doesn’t know how to not be that way yet. But she’s working on it. Meanwhile, she’s dealing with Void being all hot and cold, and Dash being her friend. (Dash wants to be more, but she doesn’t see it.)

On the other hand, we have Void. He got his road name because he is an emotionless void. He can just turn that shit off. But Ivy makes him feel things, and he doesn’t know how to deal with that, so he’s a little… off-kilter. He’s making some not great choices. He’s very hot and cold with Ivy because he wants to be with her, but he has this whole perfect virginal idea of her in his head, even though she’s done stuff that would show that she isn’t that perfect sweet being of light that he sees her as. But, he has stuff in his past that colors the way that he sees Ivy, until she kinda shoves things in his face and he realizes that his idea of her isn’t what is real.

I am madly in love with Ivy. I think that she is this perfect dichotomy of light and dark. She can switch back and forth from one to the other in a snap of the finger, and each side fits her perfectly. I really like how she really grows into herself and how she is able to be all the parts of herself and has found a world where she can be all those sides. I love her freedom and how she is totally herself.

Void is actually the best partner for her, I think. Yeah, he had some problems from his past that made it hard for him to see Ivy clearly for a while, but once he did, he really was perfect for her. I think that he has some of the same dichotomy that Ivy does, but not as equally as Ivy does. I do think that they totally balance each other and complement each other so well.

I can’t wait for more of the Tampa RBMC chapter. I think that KE Osburn is doing really well with them.

I want Void to teach me how to ride a bike too.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Nikki Landis-Devil’s Ride

Nikki is back in the RBMC world. As a quick reminder, the there are several authors who have written in this shared world, each author is able to put their own spin on the world, as long as it has the Royal Bastards MC in it. So, Nikki puts a paranormal spin on her books in this series. So, let’s talk about Devil’s Ride.

The books starts 18 year in the past. Grim, not yet known as Grim, has been trapped by the bad guys along with his pres, Keys and another brother, Lockjaw. The guys aren’t treated well, at all, to the point that Lockjaw is dead when they go to escape, and Keys dies on their way to safety. Grim nearly dies, but at the last moment, he’s offered a deal with the Devil. And when I say deal with the Devil, I mean the literal devil. After he makes his deal, Grim, now using that road name, gets hit by a car. Out of that car comes a young girl, who gives Grim her teddy bear, Cuddles, because Cuddles always makes her feel better, and it’s obvious that Grim needs help. All Grim knows about her is that she has the most beautiful aura.

Fast forward 18 years. Trish is working as a bartender at a local bar, trying to take care of her drunk father, and dealing with her scummy step-brother, who is prospecting with a local MC (not the RBMC). He really wants in her pants, she really wants him not in her pants. So much not in her pants that she is more than willing to break him in pieces to keep that from happening. Trish tells her friend and roommate Suraya about the weird interaction she had with a severely injured biker back in the day. She’s never seen him again, at least until he walks into her bar one night. She recognizes him instantly, but she’s pretty sure that he doesn’t recognize her, until he meets her eyes and heads over to talk to her.

Grim recognizes her aura, and he is so drawn to her. There’s just something about her and her aura that gives him some peace and some light, which isn’t anything that he’s had before.

This was a huge fucking roller coaster of a ride. It knocked me right the fuck out. Sometimes I think that Grim and Trish are too toxic to each other to stay together, but other times I thought that their souls truly belonged together and that keeping them apart would hurt the two of them more than help. I think that the truth actually falls somewhere in between the two. They aren’t always good for each other, especially in Trish’s cases, but she has all these feelings for Grim.

I think that Trish is strong and independent. I think that sometimes she’s too independent, and that caused some of the problems. Now, I’m not victim blaming. I’m not saying that B happened to Trish because she did A, but it may have been a part of the reason that B happened. Or, maybe more like it gave B an opening to happen. Does that make sense? I think that Trish has every right to feel the way that she does about MCs throughout the book. It has to be a hard place for her to be.

Grim. Hmmmm. I don’t know what to say about Grim. I thinkk that I like him, most of the time. I understand his actions. His actions are really kind of just plain and straight forward. He doesn’t really have a lot of twists and turns going on, and WYSIWYG. At least mostly. He is keeping one big secret (other than MC business), but beyond that…

I found the Suraya/Sasha storyline to be really interesting and sad.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Jessica Gadizala-The Sacrifice

Jessica is a first time author for me, but after reading The Sacrifice, I don’t think that will continue. I’m going to be keeping my eye out on this series, because I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next with these guys. I’m going to have to go back and read her other books too. This is a PNR MC book, and it’s a really interesting combination, and one that I thought worked really well.

So, we have Lenore. She’s part of a hidden coven of witches. She’s a little rebellious, doesn’t like to do what she’s told, has a hard time with meditating and doing parts of being a witch. Her coven has an arrangement with a group in the outer world. Each generation, one witch must act as a sacrifice and go to this group. No one knows what happens to the sacrifices, all they know is that they are never seen again. Lenore has just become this generation’s sacrifice. She was told the night before so that there’s no chance of her running away. She undergoes the rituals, and then climbs into the coffin-like box in a van to be taken away.

Lycus and his brothers are a motorcycle club. But that’s not all they are. They are also demons who have been stuck on Earth for eons. Several generations ago, they managed to make a pact with a coven of witches. Each generation they get one of the witches to use her as they need. This time, they have Lenore, and she’s getting Lycus’ brother Ace’s nerves, because she makes it rain all the time, so he told Lycus to fix the issue.

I really enjoyed this one. It’s not a mindfuck, not precisely, but it is very twisty, and it did leave me guessing, which we all know that I really like. I think that Jessica did a really good job with making people guess what was happening and then changing everything up all over the place.

Lenore is really interesting. She has a real otherworldliness, which, well, makes sense because she’s lived in a hidden enclave all her life. She isn’t familiar with all the little things that make life up these days. But she has a very etheral look on life as well, mostly because she sees it from a magical point of view. I think that it really colors everything. I have to wonder if the other sacrifices had that same kind of POV. She also has an insatiable curiosity, which makes her want to learn everything possible.

Lycus may be a biker demon, but he’s not what you might think of when you imagine a biker demon who has been stuck on Earth for millenia. I think that probably comes from the fact that he’s been stuck around humanity for so many years. Even a demon is going to lose their evil edge eventually. Now, he’s still a demon and he’s still evil, but I think that there is a real human edge to him as well.

OK, that’s all for this one today. Nothing below the picture today. Go check it out!

Chiah Wilder-Smokey’s Distraction

This is the 15th book in the Insurgent’s MC series. While the books are connected, and have a loose ongoing story, you can read the books as standalones. You don’t really miss much if you haven’t read the other 14 books before you read Smokey’s Distraction. Of course, I’m not going to discourage anyone from reading any book, and this is a series that I do enjoy.

So, we have Ashley. She’s a marketing expert and is very good at her job. She’s basically married to her job and she really wants to make partner at the firm she’s working with. She gets a call to let her know that her former boss is out of jail. Which wouldn’t normally be a problem, but she helped put his theiving ass in jail, and he swore that he would get her. When her current boss asks her to go to a different town to work on a marketing plan for a friend of his, she initially wasn’t going to go, until she looked out the window and saw someone staring at her office. She’s all for leaving then, and off she goes.

Smokey walks into a bar to hear a localish band and he sees a beautiful woman who tells him her name is Marie. He’s a huge player, and tries coming on to her, but she keeps turning him down, no matter what he does. He even walks her out to her car, and she turns him down. Again. So, imagine his surprise when he turns up at his construction company to meet with the all business, no nonsense expert his friend sent him and it’s “Marie”, who turns out to be Ashley. He is excited to meet her again, and he really wants to get to know her better, but she is trying to keep it all business.

I think that Ashley is smart, but I think that she has a bit of a small naive streak. Or maybe it’s just that I have a huge cyincal streak. I just think that she seemed surprised by some things that I wouldn’t have been. I also think that she’s really jumpy, which I think is an appropriate behavior under all circumstances. I do wonder how much she thought that Smokey’s attraction to her was just because she said no. It would’ve been a through that went through my head.

Smokey is an OK guy. He is a horn dog, but I never hold that against anyone, I don’t slut shame anyone. As long as it’s consensual, go forth and fuck. But, I can see why Ashley doesn’t want to immediately get involved with him, because, well, player. Her first glimpse of him he’s with other women, so that really colors her initial view of him. I do think that he coddles his brother overly much. I get feeling guilty and responsible for a younger sib, but at some point, you have to let them fall on their face on their own. Maybe it’s that I am older than Smokey’s character and I’ve been around the block a few more times and I’ve got a different perspective.

I do think that the brother storyline wasn’t really necessary, and I wouldn’t have really missed it if it were gone.

No spoilers today. Go check it out!

Crimson Syn-Scarred by Pain

This is another entry into the Royal Bastards MC shared world series. This one takes place in New Orleans, in the national Chapter. Scarred by Pain is the story of Knuckles/Toren and Dyanara.

So, here’s our story. Knuckles is the Sargent at Arms for the NO chapter of the RBMC, which basically means he’s in charge off all beatdowns and making sure that the chapter is safe. One night, as he is out doing his thing, he takes a spooky back road and comes across a truck that has run off the road, with a woman in it. He calls a friend to help him get her out of the truck, and takes her back to his place so that he can fix her up. When she wakes up, she begs him to let her go home, because she really needs to, there’s going to be huge trouble if she isn’t home by a certain time. Finally, she calls someone and who says that they’ll pick her up from an abandoned gas station, so Taron agrees. He really doesn’t want to, because there’s just something about this woman that he’s really attracted to.

Dyanara has been kept trapped by her older brother for years. As she’s gotten older, it’s just gotten worse. She basically lives in her bedroom, 24/7. She has a guard who helps her (because she blows him) so she gets some freedom, sometimes. On one of those nights, she gets into a car accident, and wakes up with Taron. She knows that she needs to leave, because her brother is the president of an enemy of the RBMC, and she knowss that he’ll start a war. No matter how many times Knuckles says that they can protect her, she knows better, so she makes the decision to go back.

OK, so, I don’t understand why Dyanara keeps going back. She leaves a couple of more times, but she always goes back to her brother’s house. She knows that there isn’t anything good coming from being in that house, she knows that her brother hates her, she knows that there are men there who would gladly hurt her, and yet, she goes back? I don’t get it. It just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I don’t think that she’s TSTL, but I think that it gets close sometimes.

I actually like Taron, even though he has some issues, and there were times when I was really mad at him, but I think that he was really trying hard to live up to what he felt he had to, even if it wasn’t what he should’ve been doing. Once he figured out things, he did stand up and deal with what he should’ve been doing.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Ker Dukey-Rage

Ker Dukey has written several books that I really enjoy. She has given us Rage, which is actually her second entry into the RBMC world. The first one is Animal. You don’t have to have read Animal to understand this one, but I highly recommend it. This is the story of Gabe, AKA Rage, and Willa.

We first meet Willa as a 15 year old girl. Her brother, Milo, is trying to be a big deal, a drug dealer, underworld crime lord kind of thing. But he kinda isn’t smart, he’s definitely obsessive when it comes to Willa, and he’s definitely fucked up. He’s willing to do things or to make Willa do things that aren’t OK in any way, shape, or form. Including selling his little sister’s virginity for the money for a bar.

We skip ahead a few years, and Willa is now an adult, and her brother has gotten into serious money trouble and owes the Little Rock chapter of the RBMC a lot of money. When they come to collect, Willa offers to be collaterol for her brother. The guys who came didn’t agree with it, but one of them, Gabe, took her anyway.

Gabe and his best friend Jameson have left the Army and they are just waiting for their reserve time to run down. Once it does, they are going to prospect for the RBMC. For right now, they are running errands and providing muscle. When they walk into the bar and Gabe sees Willa, there’s just something about her that draws him to her. He wants to save her, but it goes beyond that.

You know, I know that life isn’t fair in any way, but damn, these two really get the shit end of the stick. I mean, damn. Their story really hurt my heart and I really wanted things to be so much better for them.

There are a lot of time jumps in between the chapters. Sometimes it’s a couple of weeks, sometimes it’s years. I think it works really well in this case. I wouldn’t like it in all books, but it needs it here. It lets you see the growth and evolution of the characters without having to slog through months and months and years.

It is a pretty quick read, and once I got into it, I didn’t get out of it. I would really like to see more of Willa and Gabe/Rage.

No spoilers today. Go check it out!