Lora Leigh and Jaci Burton
Nautier and Wilder
Berkley / April 2, 2013 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital
First there was Nauti and Wild. Now, New York Times bestselling authors Lora Leigh and Jaci Burton go one step further. Can you take it?
#1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to the relentlessly scorching backdrop of her Nauti Boys series with an all-new novella of a man—bad to the bone—and the one woman who knew he was trouble. That’s why she couldn’t let him go.
New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton once again blisters the asphalt with an all-new novella in her Wild Riders series. A hot biker craves a life of passion and danger—and finds it with the woman he’s sworn to protect.
In “Nauti Siren,” Piper McKay, the second in a new line of McKay sisters, is desperate to break out of the overprotective hold of her brother Dawg, cousins Rowdy and Natches, and a town where danger and suspicion always seem to be present—even when it comes to her budding feelings for Jedediah Booker, a man Piper has danced around, but whose mysterious involvement with Dawg, Rowdy, Natches and their brand of homeland security give her pause. Fed up with all of it, Piper longs for a little independence, and she sets off for New York City for a business meeting with a designer who's taken notice of her talent for fashion.
Once there, in typical Nauti flare, all hell breaks loose. But this time, Piper's on her own and there are no McKays in sight. When it's Jed who comes to her rescue, she realizes how much she wants to hold onto him, and there's no more keeping them apart.
“You think I've driven myself insane trying to hold back, trying to ensure you have the space you need to deal with your brother and decide what you want with me, just to stop with a fucking one-night stand?” Jed growled.
He moved so fast there was no avoiding him.
His hands were on her shoulders first, jerking her to him before one arm wrapped around her waist to hold her against his hard body while his free hand slid into her hair, clenched, and pulled her head back.
“You make me feel like a fucking caveman,” he rasped. Power, hunger, and something much deeper echoed in his voice and gleamed in his eyes. “Son of a bitch, Piper, you make me feel things I've never felt before, and I have no idea how to fucking deal with them.”
Her eyes widened.
“What do I make you feel, Jed?”
With this novella, there's a more seamless transition to the branch of Nauti girls; the story is distinct, and the suspense sharper. Piper and Jed have the same reckless abandon found in all the great Lora Leigh couples but their story is their own. And Dawg's difficult role as guardian of five new sisters is more sympathetic here, as real enemies and threats work against the family. One of the greatest things about the Nauti series is the unbreakable bond between the McKay kin, and that comes through here. But it's Jed who knows Piper better than anyone, and as they come to realize how entrenched their feelings are, the romance, the family, and the suspense strikes the perfect balance.
Burton's story “Riding to Sunset” provides the perfect counterpoint to Leigh's offering, equally on edge and also showing a new facet to a long-running series. This time, the Wild Riders have a new agent, Jed Templeton, who's tasked with going undercover in Miami to find a missing woman and protect her daughter. This case hits close to home for the Wild Riders' commander, General Grange Lee, because the missing woman and her daughter are his sister and niece. Though the hero is new to the undercover agency of bikers who ride hard and play dirty, there's a sense of familiarity in getting a piece of Grange's backstory. Jed is all too happy to come along for the ride when he meets Elena Madison, a gallery owner who loves the elements of creativity found in her job and the idyllic beauty of living by the ocean, but appreciates roots and stability after growing up with a mother who was never steady or grounded. The fact that Elena hasn't recently heard from her mother isn't necessarily an immediate cause for concern.
When Jed rolls in on his Harley, he and Elena hit it off, and though he keeps his cover intact, he realizes the company he finds with her helps soothe the solitary lifestyle he's been forced to lead as an undercover agent. The chemistry between them stirs quickly, and the sex scenes, with their fair share of exhibitionism, are intense and red hot.
“You're wet and hot in my hand.” He teased her with a light stroke, dragging another moan from her as she clenched his shirt between her fingers and held on.
His cock was hard as he rocked it against her hip.
“I'm going to fuck you tonight, Elena. Hard and fast, then easy and slow. I'm going to make you come so many times you're going to beg for mercy.”
She rolled her hips toward the magic of his fingers as he dug the heel of his hand against her clit and tucked two fingers inside her. She was so close to coming she could only focus on his movements and the dark, whispered words that spilled from his lips.
“You know, I'll bet you taste as good as you feel. I want you to come in my mouth, Elena.”
She was balanced on the very edge of insanity, but held on enough that shock slapped her when he bent down and dragged her sweats over her hips.
“Jed. Not out here.”
He tilted his head back and grinned at her. “No one's watching, and you have enough privacy out here. You're ready to fly, Elena. Let me.”
The Wild Riders series is not one to stop for the romance, and right away someone begins targeting Elena too. The story is too good to waste time with misunderstandings or allow secrets to keep Jed and Elena apart. Soon they learn they have to work together to fight a common threat, and in the process they see what they have is the real deal.
And with this anthology featuring two of romance's finest suspense series, we see there are new enemies, new romances, and many more stories to tell.
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Tiffany Tyer is a writer and editor who loves reading and analyzing all things romance. She also works as a vocalist, a tutor, and a non-profit ministry assistant, and she loves it that way. Her book reviews can be found at Happy Endings Reviews, a blog she co-founded.