BURN (Bayonet Scars #5)
Release Day: July 23
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.
Please make sure you read all the Bayonet Scars books prior to this review, it might have some spoilers and you will want to have Mindy’s back story.
I loved this book! Hands down Burn is the best one to date. If you have kept up with this series you know then you know that this story will be a very powerful, dark, and intense read. The story and characters will grip at your heart and have you completely engulfed with in the story. I am a huge fan of this author and I have read all of her work. She has a way of writing stories where I find myself completely connected with the characters and the words that she uses to describe scenes and events, just completely memorizes me. I feel as though I am right there in the story. Ian and Mindy’s story is not an easy one, it is filled with a lot of pain, anguish, blood, violence and self-pain. Not only is this Ian and Mindy’s heavy and dark road to romance but also the continuation of the Mancuso’s reign of terror.
Mindy’s character and story is one that will stay with me forever. My heart literally broke for her so many times. She was left completely broken and destroyed by a horrific attack. It is hard for her to live day to day with the horrible and graphic memories. Mindy cannot stand to be touched. She has a hard time eating, and even being around people but with Ian it is different. Mindy sees and feels something in Ian. He makes her feel safe. I loved watching her grow throughout the story. She becomes this strong woman who comes to terms with what happened to her. She is determined not to be a VICTIM but a SURVIVOR.
Ian, Ian, Ian – where do I begin with him. Ian is a total badass, hands down. After Mindy’s attack there was something that called to him to protect her. He needed to be there for her. He vowed that he would eliminate anyone or anything that would hurt her or cause her any grief. Ian’s life has not been an easy one. He carries the scar of an attack from the head of the Mancuso family and lives with dark and dangerous demons. He fights his attraction to Mindy because he knows what he is capable of. And let me say he puts up a good fight. I was not prepared for what was revealed. I broke for this young boy and for the man that he is today. He lives his life a certain way and he makes no excuses for it. His life in the club and what he does for Forsaken is something many cannot handle. Ian is a total alpha and dominant man when it comes to Mindy. I mean seriously even when he put distance between them he had this sense of power and control over her – it was so hot!!!
I really loved how deep and intense Ian and Mindy’s connection was and how much they in common. Mindy accepts the darkness in Ian because she too has darkness inside of her and together things are beautiful and full of promise. The danger of the Mancuso family is rearing its ugly head and the members of the Forsaken have the ultimate battle on their hands. The men in the Forsaken will do anything to keep their women safe and the club intact, but is it enough? The ultimate battle is fast approaching, with traitors in their midst will the members of the Forsaken survive? Can Ian and Mindy make peace with this darkness and find light? This is one book you don’t want to miss out.
“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 just 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.”
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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.