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.
I just knew I was going to love Ian’s story. There was always a mystery about him because of his constant brooding and his silent demeanor. I think his and Mindy’s story is my favorite, so far. The inner battles with their darkness and devotion for each other made for a great romance as well as a story of strength after overcoming a traumatic event.
We met Mindy, briefly, in Holly and Grady’s story in Rev, book 4 in the Bayonet Scars series. Poor Mindy was in a situation where she was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got got in the crosshairs of the beef between the Forsaken and the Mancuso crime family. Because of this and a case of mistaken identify, she had to endure the most horrific experience anyone could experience.
Months later, she’s still recovering and is still severely traumatized. Her only saving grace is Ian. He’s been a constant in her life since it happened and has taken it upon himself to protect her. He didn’t expect for that to develop into feelings he wasn’t ready to have.
Ian’s character hasn’t changed from when I started this series. He’s still the quiet/silent beast that he’s perceived as. He’s scary in that he is willing to do the dirties job in the club. He’s intelligent and caring. He loves his family but isn’t one to show affection. The trauma he want through as a young boy scarred him not only on the outside but on the inside as well; which is why he fights to accept his feelings for Mindy. Determined to help make her better so she can find someone better but not truly willing to let her go; he’s torn.
Mindy showed great strength in how she fought to get her independence back, to overcome the effects she’s still dealing with, as well as the nightmares and memories of the men who damaged her.
Again, JC Emery brings an amazing story of love, survival, strength and still manages to keep the story from feeling to dark with a dash of wit. Burn has definitely burned a permanent spot onto my top faves list and continues the great saga that is the Bayonet Scars.
*a copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
“I like talking to you. I want to get to know you.”
“What’s the point in getting to know me when you’re just going to end up hating me eventually, anyway?” This is why I don’t want to bond with her. I don’t want to let her in and to love her the way Ma does, the way Michael does. Even Ryan loves her and I’ll be damned if Pop doesn’t love her too.
She’s squirrelly like that.
“I can’t hate you. If I can’t hate my father, then I can’t hate you either. I won’t ask you not to hurt him, and I can’t tell you how I’ll feel when he dies because I don’t know how I’ll feel. But I can tell you this—he stole you and my mother from me. My father hurt you, and he hurt me in a different way. He hurt Michael too, but he might be too proud to admit that just yet. Carlo Mancuso has his family and I have mine.”
She takes a step closer and reaches out, grabbing my arm. The tears she was holding back slide down her cheeks as she stares up at me.
“I don’t like violence and I hate to see people get hurt, but no matter who I am today, I was a principessa, a Mancuso. I understand the need for justice and deep down I know that this war goes back further than last year and that it was only a matter of time for my father to get what’s coming to him.”
“I don’t want to hurt you,” I find myself saying. My chest aches and my jaw is tight. I reject the emotions that make me weak and force myself to think about anything but how good it feels to get this gift from her. “Every year on your birthday, we have a party. It used to be ju st me and Ma, and then when Pop and Ryan came around, they’d join in. It was always just something we did. Ma never wanted to forget either of you, and she made sure I never could. I don’t want to hurt you, but I have to make this better for her.”
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.