Thanks to the allure of gritty television shows such as Sons of Anarchy (and their hot eye-candy stars like Charlie Hunnam) the Motorcycle Club lifestyle has become a popular subject of interest. Recently MC erotica has created a rabid fanbase. They perfectly exemplify the alpha-male bad-boy (who may or may not be on the wrong side of the law) and the MC lifestyle has a subversive set of rules where the men go to work and the women keep the home fires (or bedroom sheets or wherever is handy) burning. Sometimes these stories are more traditionally romanticised, and sometimes they are dark and epic. Here are the ones to put at the very top of your TBR pile:
Madeline Sheehan, Undeniable series
This series is the litmus test for reality in the MC world. The research has been done, and you can see it reflected in the settings, the characters, and the language they use. None of these stories are pretty little walks on the wild side; each couple’s story spans time, tragedy, and mistakes. In Undeniable, Deuce and Eva met when she was 5, he was 23, and they were both visiting their fathers in prison. They continued to cross paths over time, and all the while they loved each other and hurt each other. It was an emotional rollercoaster for the reader as well as the characters, and the hits keep coming with the other books in the series.
Joanna Wylde, Reapers MC series
Another well researched and gritty series featuring a hero named Horse. (At this point one could drop the mic and walk away, but then you would miss all the good stuff!) In the first book of the series, Reaper’s Property, Marie finds herself in a predicament. After leaving her abusive husband, she stays with her brother to collect herself. Her brother has some rough associates-the Reaper’s MC. When he steals from them, Horse decides to collect payment...by taking Marie.
Lili St. Germain, Gypsy Brothers series
This serial is a good old fashioned revenge drama. When she was 15, innocent Juliette Portland was raped, brutally beaten, and almost killed by Dornan Ross and six of his sons. His seventh and youngest son Jase, was her first real boyfriend and made to watch the brutality. Dornan killed Juliette's father and took over leadership of the Gypsy Brothers MC. Juliette was hidden away and now, six years later, Juliette is back for revenge and plans to take out Dornan and his sons. She gets plastic surgery, contacts, extensions, and becomes Dornan's favorite toy. Now known as Sammi, she has nothing but revenge on her mind, and is planning on taking them all out, one by one. But she still has to figure out her attraction to Jase.
Nicole Jacquelyn, Craving Constellations
The first book in this series is about Brenna, an MC brat who decides to go away to college and live the mainstream life. She casually dates an affluent and politically connected schoolmate, but on a visit home she hooks up with Dragon...a Prospect who was celebrating his official initiation into the club that night. He didn’t know she was off limits because her dad was the VP, and she didn’t tell him. Five years later, Brenna flees her abusive husband and returns to the MC with Dragon’s child.
Jamie Begley, The Last Riders series
In Razer’s Ride, Beth hooks up with Razer and is completely out of her depth. The Last Riders MC has just moved to the outskirts of Beth’s small town, so the locals are suspicious and wary. Beth typifies the small town good girl and Razer refuses to change his wild MC ways, so Beth decides to leave him to it. She ends up back in the MC fold however, when her life is in danger and the MC protects her. Now it’s up to Razer to make sure he can keep her this time.
Kristen Ashley, Chaos series
Kristen Ashley has written some of my favorite alpha males, and in the Chaos MC series, she strikes gold again. This narrative spans three years in the lives of young Tabby, the daughter of Chaos MC President Tack Allen, and Shy Cage, a member that has been around for a while, despite his age. Tabby has had a crush on him since she was a teen, but as a young adult she is rebelling against the world-and the MC members cover her antics up by picking her up when she gets in trouble and keeping it from Tack. One night, Shy gets the call for pick up, and it changes the course of their lives.
Kim Jones, Saving Dallas series
I thoroughly enjoyed this delicious twist of good girl/bad boy. In Saving Dallas, Dallas Knox is a driven corporate real estate tycoon at the tender age of 26. She decides to blow some steam by going to a local bar with the idea to pick up a boy toy for the night. She ends up getting Luke Carmical, President of the Devil’s Renegade MC. Luke definitely displays his alpha tendencies, but he throws curveballs of tenderness and vulnerability. I ate every bit up like a bag of Skittles.
Kit Rocha, Beyond series
The O’Kanes aren’t really an MC, but they are lead by Dallas O’Kane, who is ruler of Sector Four in this dystopian erotica series. The first book of the series, Beyond Shame, introduces us to innocent Noelle who is tossed out of the posh Eden into the Sectors. Luckily for her, she literally falls into the arms of Jasper, the right hand of Dallas O’Kane. Embraced into the O’Kane fold, she learns to be empowered by her wants, need, and sexuality. Now she just has to use that power to get Jasper…
What’s on your Motorcycle Club must-read list?
Nicole Leapheart's alter ego is Miss Boxy Frown, and she posts book reviews and TV recaps at missboxyfrown.blogspot.com. She reads and watches everything from romance to sci-fi, but enjoys it even more if some smut is involved. And tattoos.