I'm absolutely thrilled to be part of the "Dirty Eleven" bloggers taking part on this book tour for Jill Sorenson's new MC erotic romantic novel, Riding Dirty!
I've read it, and it's terrific!
Read on for an introduction to Cole "Shank" Shepherd from Jill, a giveaway and review!
He's her weapon of choice
Psychologist Mia Richards wants revenge. Her new client, tattooed Cole "Shank" Shepherd, provides the perfect means. She just has to manipulate the felon-turned-informant into eliminating her husband's killers—members of Cole's rival motorcycle club. The first step, seducing Cole, is simple. As for walking away before she falls hard—it's already too late
Dirty Eleven practically raised Cole, and he plans to double-cross the cops rather than sell them out. But smart, sexy Mia is an irresistible distraction. While she's evaluating his mind, all he can think about is her body until he discovers her true intentions. Walking a fine line between desire and betrayal, they'll have to outrun her past, his enemies and the law for a love that's dangerously real.
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From Jill: Meet Cole "Shank" Shepherd
Hello Red Hot Blue! I’m so excited to be here and introduce my new book!! Cole “Shank” Shepherd is the hero of Riding Dirty, my first erotic romance novel. It’s dirtier than my other books, so be warned!
I don’t usually look for inspiration photos for my heroes and heroines before I start writing. As the characters develop, I form a mental picture. Settling on a physical description can be really challenging, so I try to keep it simple. Eye color, hair color, height, body type. All of these details come from inside my head, not from a photo on the internet.
That said, someone tweeted this pic of Tom Hardy the other day and I took notice. He’s not a perfect match for Cole Shepherd, but close enough.
This is how I imagine Cole’s reaction to Mia’s observations about his personal issues.
“Therapy? I don’t need therapy.”
I included a snippet from chapter one of Riding Dirty, when Mia meets Cole for the first time.
Mia Richards rose to her feet as her new client, Cole “Shank” Shepherd, walked through the door.
She’d anticipated feeling resentment toward him, even loathing, so she schooled her features into a pleasant mask as she stepped forward to greet him. Not too pleasant—there was no need for coy friendliness or overt displays of interest.
The stark prison photograph she’d pored over the night before hadn’t done him justice. With his chin up and his head tilted to the side, displaying the spider’s web tattoo on his neck, he’d resembled an ordinary white male thug. All hard edges and hooded eyes. He was better looking in person. Taller and more intimidating. She registered his towering height along with the span of his broad shoulders, his bulky biceps and ink-sleeved arms. He wore a plain T-shirt with no leather jacket for protection; maybe he’d left it with his bike. Faded Levi’s covered his long legs. His scuffed motorcycle boots were almost Frankensteinian.
She lifted her gaze to his face. His eyes were the color of amber ale, pale brown and a little bloodshot. He had dark hair, cut razor-short on the sides and longer on top. His jaw was angular, his nose had seen better days, and his mouth was a sardonic slash. There was a sharpness to him that extended beyond his features.
Mia felt a jolt of unease. She hadn’t expected him to be so attractive. He was the kind of man who would draw female attention wherever he went, based on his build alone. Some women were excited by danger. They probably went crazy for his tattoos and checkered past, too. Mia was disturbed by her own lack of repulsion. Executing her plan was going to be even more difficult than she’d imagined.
Tamping down her nerves, she offered him a polite smile. “You must be Cole. I’m Mia Richards.”
What I thought about Riding Dirty
Mia's got one thing on her mind and thinks she has the perfect tool to get the revenge she wants on her husband's killers. It's Cole "Shank" Shepherd, and she's going to be his therapist while he acts as an informant against the Dirty Eleven motorcycle club.
Her plan to seduce him into finding and killing the MC members that murdered her husband has one problem (well, maybe more than one) -- she didn't anticipate the instant attraction she feels for Cole from their very first meeting. Jill Sorenson does an incredible job of building the sexual heat between Mia and Cole from the start.
Add one sketchy chief investigator who wants Mia too, and that results in a whole lot of trouble for Cole and Mia. Damon Vargas has a few moves of his own, including threatening to throw Cole back in prison and more I don't want to spoil for you.
Cole and Mia couldn't be more mismatched and yet there's such a strong attraction between them that neither one can deny it. Cole brings Mia back to life, awakening something in her she hasn't felt since her husband was murdered. Mia opens up to Cole in some major ways, sharing her fantasies which Cole is happy to make happen for her, and Mia gives Cole hope for a different kind of life, one without the MC and it's criminal element.
It's not all lust though, and soon they both find themselves falling for the other. Cole is not just tough, he's sensitive and sexy and the scenes between Mia and Cole burned up the virtual pages of my e-reader!
When Vargas and the MC discover Cole and Mia's relationship, they are in deep trouble, leading up to a conclusion that had me holding my breath.
Riding Dirty is a bit dark which helps to give the story realism. It's super sexy, too, with the chemistry between these two characters off the charts. Fans of Jill's Aftershock series are going to love the connections between Riding Dirty and characters from that series. And I always appreciate the beautiful and dangerous California locations that Jill pays homage to in her stories that bring back fond memories of the years I lived in California.
Riding Dirty is a solid five star read for me. I couldn't put it down, and I immediately went back to re-read my favorite parts. Ms. Sorenson doesn't leave her roots of suspense in this erotic romance but combines the erotic nature of the tale with a well-crafted crime storyline. It's a scorchin' hot, suspenseful read that just really grabbed my attention and left me satisfied.
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Jill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels, including the Aftershock series by HQN. She lives in the San Diego area with her family. She’s a soccer mom who loves nature, coffee, reading, twitter and reality TV. Jogging keeps her sane. Riding Dirty is her first erotic suspense novel.
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