Solo (Grave Digger’s MC #1) by Carol Lynne ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

soloTitle: Solo (Grave Digger’s MC #1)

Author: Carol Lynne

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/15/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

Blurb:

In a club of mean bikers, being gay can get you killed, but love can save any man.

Sam ‘Solo’ Braun lives by one truth, the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club, above all. The creed has served him well, giving him the only real family he’s ever known. He would die for his brothers and them for him, but they don’t know he prefers men over women. Coming out to a group of men who fear no one isn’t high on Solo’s priority list, especially because he’s never indulged in more than one-night stands.

Everything changes after one night with Eric James. For the first time, Solo can’t stop thinking about a single night he’d spent with a man. When fate intervenes, Solo comes face-to-face with his blue-eyed obsession, only to find out Eric is a cop. Solo hates cops, and so do his brothers in the club. However, Solo decides to gamble everything and spend more time with Eric under the guise of getting information.

Falling in love with a cop is a very dangerous proposition for a man in Solo’s position, so why can’t he walk away?

My View:

Solo was a great start to an interesting series. If the author follows the same pattern as this book, this series will be one I will continue to read as long as the author provides books. This may not be for everyone, but this book was perfect for me.

Solo was an exercise in contradictions and I loved it. I loved that both Solo and Eric appeared outwardly different than their true inner characters. Solo was this hard assed biker with a desire to prevent drug dealers from selling to young kids. Eric was this slight of build cop who relished in hard sex and bad boys. And I loved that while both men appeared different from one another, they were molded from the same cloth. They were both intense and broken in their own ways, yet yearned for the same thing, family and a home. It was fantastic.

I loved watching these men slowly but surely open up to their emotions and to each other. Bit by bit, their reticence and hardened walls crumbled and they slowly let the other see their love. I loved the way these men gradually felt the need to be together not only for sex, but for comfort and uplifting. In a world where being gay and being a cop/cop-lover could get you killed, the men had to navigate carefully and cautiously but still managed to put the other first. There was angst in the form of struggling to love within the confines of the only world and family Solo has ever known, But it did not feel manufactured and in the end, Solo overcame that angst without needing to hurt or leave Eric behind. For all his flaws and lack of experience, Solo got his own head out of his ass without having to destroy their relationship in the process.

I loved that while this was very fast, it did not have that insta-love feel. The author gave me a love story that felt natural and I often forgot that these men had just met and really had little interaction. As the story stated, these men were made for each other and they fit together perfectly. And oh they were HOT. Like HOT HOT.

I also loved the way the author created this really hard core environment and these macho men yet still managed to give me a romance that was as tender as it was harsh. That even though Solo’s actions were gruff and unschooled, he loved with his whole heart and treated Eric as a treasure. I love that love won and I can’t wait for more from this world. I want to know that Solo and Eric last and how they fit into the rough biker life together. And I want to know who else in this hard-core MC is capable of loving another without abandon.

Links

Solo (Grave Digger’s MC #1) on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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