Hard Riders Anthology by Jenna Byrnes, L.M. Somerton, Morticia Knight

Hard Riders Anthology by Jenna Byrnes, L.M. Somerton, Morticia Knight
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (248 pages)
Other: M/M, BDSM, anal sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lilac

Clear Blue Sky by Jenna Byrnes

Respect all, fear none is the Rebel Riders Motorcycle Club’s motto. Will the Riders step up when the Demon Outlaws go after one of their own?

Sky Warren doesn’t let the screen door smack him on the way out of Kansas. When his former abusive partner, Duke, is arrested for selling drugs, Sky takes off. He’s ready for a clean start and a change of scenery. Moving to Lakewood, Colorado with his cousin and accepting a job in Billy’s bike shop seems like just what he needs to start over. In Billy’s riding club he meets Task Rivers, a handsome, sexy biker and they hit it off immediately. Task is edgy, yet he shows Sky how a respectful and considerate man treats his partner. The two fall into a lusty, passionate relationship.

Death before dishonour. The Demon Outlaws have another way of looking at life. When Duke Lessing comes after Sky and is rebuffed, he joins the Outlaws in their troublemaking ways. With the Demons spoiling for a fight, Task calls on a few of the more hardcore Rebel Riders. As the night heats up, Sky is determined to avoid what seems like inevitable bloodshed. He wants to leave and lure the Demons away, but Task and the Rebel Riders have other ideas. Sky knows Duke doesn’t give up easily and learns that neither does Task, who’s fighting for what he wants. But will it be a fight to the death?

Mantrap by L.M. Somerton

Not all cages have bars.

The Wyverns Motorcycle Club has a reputation as fierce as its dragon emblem. Its enigmatic leader, Rogue Hellaby, has a police file so thick you could prop up a table with it. The qualifications for membership are a reckless disregard for authority and the attitude of a spitting cobra. But The Wyverns MC is not quite what it seems. All the riders have dubious histories in the military or the police—now they just serve and protect their own interests and those of Horatio Trap, the manipulative bastard who recruited them.

When Rogue receives an instruction to kidnap and hold hostage the son of a powerful drug lord, he doesn’t bat an eyelid. But Rogue has never had to deal with a captive like Orlando de la Pena. Orlando is furious—not because he’s being held prisoner, but because he’s prevented from partying at his favourite BDSM club. Rogue discovers that the only way to deal with Orlando is to become the Dom he so obviously needs. But Orlando’s father wants him back, and The Wyverns must face a battle that could cost them their lives.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of mild BDSM.

Biking Bad by Morticia Knight

When Dylan, a young wannabe investigator, stumbles into the Mojave Sidewinder’s MC bar he finds all kinds of trouble—especially in biker Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas.

The Mojave Sidewinders is the largest gay MC club in Southern California. They’re also one-percenters, which makes them alluring to those looking for trouble and a danger to those making it. Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas has been a brother ever since the club’s prez took him in as a runaway. At thirty-four years of age, he’s content to ride his hog, chase tail and run his tattoo and piercing parlor, Zero to Sixty.

Dylan has had to take care of himself since his aunt died when he was still a teen. Even though he’s barely twenty-two years old, the small spitfire has made his way in the world as best as he can and has even started his own would-be investigative agency. He’s proud of himself, even if his agency is on the edge of town in a ramshackle building.

Working his first big case, involving a missing young man, Dylan barges into Road Rage, the Mojave Sidewinder’s exclusive bar, and starts asking questions. When it looks as though he’s about to get beaten up, a large, muscled biker covered in ink comes to his aid. Dylan’s incredibly attracted to him—even if Zero is pretty scary and Dylan’s still a virgin. But is there something Zero knows about the missing man that he’s hiding? And is Dylan in more danger than he realises?

Rugged, inked, and muscular motorcyclists, plus their sweet men, is a smoldering combo you won’t wanna miss.

Clear Blue Sky by Jenna Byrnes

Sky needs to leave Kansas and his abusive ex, Duke, behind. In Colorado, he ends up working at a bike shop where he meets Task, a member of the Rebel Riders. Sparks fly from the start, and an affair begins. But Duke wants Sky back, so he joins a rival motorcycle club, the Demon Outlaws, and starts picking fights with the Rebel Riders. A confrontation between the two clubs and the three men is inevitable.

The portrayal of Sky’s past abuse as the vivid memories haunt him, even to his nightmares, is shown rather well. These invisible and visible scars are carried for life. Nonetheless, Sky wants to put the past behind him and escape the bonds of violence that keep him from trusting people. Yet he wants to take the plunge and open up again. This complex characterization gave him believable depth, the mix of vulnerability and strength a compelling one.

Despite the hot-and-heavy moments between Sky and Task, there’s an underlying focus on talking things through about topics like honesty and trust. Those conversations gave these two men a reality check and added depth, since in essence this has that insta-love thing going on, so realism and depth were needed. Then again, this is a short story.

Task is the perfect bad-ass biker, tough and sharp on the outside, gentle and sweet on the inside. This tale is a mix of dialogue about learning to love again, action and suspense, and pure smoking hot sex. The balance between all these aspects is accomplished through a well-written story, and I highly recommend this.

Mantrap by L.M. Somerton

Rogue is a member of the Wyverns Motorcycle club. His criminal record is extensive, and the club members are no strangers to crime. The club’s leader orders Rogue to kidnap Orlando, the son of a drug lord. But Orlando is feisty and unyielding. Rogue learns the only way to keep the kid down is by tying him up, BDSM style, and fuck the impudence right out of him.

This story was nothing like what I expected from the blurb. For one, the motorcycle club consists of gay guys who are actually trying to fix their past mistakes. Also, the leader of the club, Trap, is blackmailing the guys into doing jobs for him. Still, at the end of this quirky tale, we don’t get to know a lot about Orlando’s dad (his fate is a bit out there) or the mysterious Trap. So don’t go expecting everything to get tied up into a pretty little bow at the end.

As for Rogue and Orlando. Their interaction, in every sense, were the best parts of the story. Orlando is submissive but also a subtle, smart manipulator, definitely topping from the bottom. But Rogue sees through his shenanigans, which gives way to humor and funny moments, as both men try to gain the upper hand of the situation. And the kidnapping hadn’t actually even started yet!

Naturally, there’s a hailstorm of bullets toward the end and action-packed scenes. Overall, though, this tale delivers a wonderful complex dynamic of two people who find a true connection in a bad situation. The BDSM is mild but gives enough flare for drama and a background through which the main characters can work on their, um… frustrations. Not a bad story at all.

Biking Bad by Morticia Knight

Zero belongs to the Mojave Sidewinders, a gay MC club, and he knows how to take care of himself. Dylan is a wanna-be private eye who is searching for a missing young man and goes into Road Rage, the Sidewinders’ bar, all gung-ho, asking questions. Thankfully he’s saved from a beating by Zero. Their attraction is swift and burning hot, even though Dylan’s a virgin and Zero harbors secrets of his own.

Though at first Dylan and Zero seem like polar opposites, they have in fact a lot in common. Their pasts are rough, their lives hard and lonely, and they both have insecurity issues, they just deal with them differently. These similarities allow them to form a bond quickly, even though the risks in doing so exist. I thought their romance was sweet and and nice, and they’re both amiable, good men. Sure, at first Zero acts like a total jerk, but his tough exterior hides a heart of gold. And Dylan’s feistiness, despite his small stature, gets a thumbs-up from me.

Zero’s connection to the missing youth puts him in a position where he must decide which is more important: his MC club or Dylan. Another biker named Grim is the villain of the story, and his threats force Zero to choose sides. Illegal acitivies, guns ablazing, bar fights–this story’s got it all. The plotlines got a little confusing at times, so in that sense this was the weakest of the three stories. Nonetheless, well worth the read.


  1. Thanks so much for the review, we greatly appreciate it! Glad you enjoyed our biker boys.

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