Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley (Dream Man #4)

Motorcycle Man by Kristen AshleyAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Borrowed

Reviewer: Michelle

Stuck in a colorless world, Tyra Masters decides to chuck her old life and starts searching for something. She doesn’t know what it is until she meets her dream man. The goateed, tattooed, muscled, gravelly voiced motorcycle man who plies her with tequila and gives her the best sex of her life. But she knows it isn’t the tequila and sex talking. He’s it. He’s who she’s been daydreaming about since she could remember.

Until he makes it clear she isn’t who he’s looking for.
Tyra slinks away from his bed, humiliated. The problem is, he’s her new boss. She just may or may not have forgotten to tell him that part.
Kane “Tack” Allen has a rule. He doesn’t employ someone he’s slept with. And he lets Tyra know that in his motorcycle man way. Tyra fights for her job and wins it using sass and a technicality. Tack challenges her that if she hits his bed one more time, she loses her job.
Tyra is determined to keep her job and keep away from Tack. But she makes a big mistake. During their head-to-heads, she lets it all hang out and shows Tack she is who he’s looking for. And Tack has had a good woman slip through his fingers, he’s not about to let that happen again.
Although Tack colors Tyra’s world with a vibrancy that’s blinding, being with him means she has to live in his Motorcycle Club world. Full on, no holds barred. And since Tack’s world, not to mention Tack, is a little scary, Tyra isn’t so sure.
It’s Tack’s job to convince her.

Tyra Masters makes a huge mistake. Before starting her job at Ride (home of motorcycle club Chaos), she becomes another in a long string of one night stands with Chaos leader Kane “Tack” Allen. Tyra falls instantly and she falls hard. She jumps at the chance to be with him, and with stars in her eyes, she basks in the moment and even starts envisioning a white picket fence future with him. Tack crashes into her dream world and sends her packing as soon as their sexy business is done, and he does it in a way there is no mistaking that she means nothing more than a roll in the hay to him. Tyra is crushed, embarrassed and pissed off. She shows up for her first day of work anyway. After being unemployed for two months and needing a new direction for her life, she is determined to take her new job while completely avoiding her new boss, a.k.a. the jerk she slept with. Unfortunately Tack is not someone you can avoid.

The chemistry between these two is off the charts. Off. The. Charts. They fight loud and love hard and nothing about them is simple. Tyra looks at Tack and sees her “dream man”, and yet he can be the biggest bastard on the planet. He is rude and crude and arrogant. He bosses her around, manhandles her and expects to get his way no matter how she feels. She wants nothing to with him, while at the same time wanting everything to do with him. For his part, Tack is furious. He doesn’t have sex with people who work for him, and he wants Tyra gone pronto. That lasts for all of five minutes. As soon as she opens her mouth and lets her sass start flying, he’s interested. She pushes his buttons big time.

Kristen Ashley’s heroes love a woman with some attitude, and Tyra had it in spades. She gave as good as she got, and when Tack pissed her off (which happened a lot), she let him know it. Unfortunately the way she let him know was usually to leave – either by attempting to quit her job or quit their relationship, or both. She knew in her heart of hearts that Tack was IT for her, but the way he acted and treated her and lived his life screamed that he’s NOT “it”. He might be hot and sexy and smart and even charming in his own way, but he is crass and insensitive and selfish and doesn’t fit into the mold of her dream man in any way, shape or form.

Thankfully Tack had more staying power than Tyra, and he refused to let her walk away. He was like a machine bulldozing his way into her life, her thoughts, her heart. He claimed her and that was that – done deal for him. Tack lives large in every way. He works hard to keep Chaos and Ride on the (sort of) straight and narrow. He parties even harder – he’s a beer-drinking, dirty-talking, sex-loving biker dude who wants everything on his terms. Compromise is not in his vocabulary at all, but once someone is in his fold, he takes care of them above all else.

Tack was such a hard hero for me to like. I loved everything about him that Tyra did – he was strong and sexy and protective and could be very, very (surprisingly) sweet. He was also the biggest alpha jerk on the planet and his “my way or the highway” attitude rankled me. I get that it’s the way he lives his life, but I feel that Tyra made a lot more concessions to live in his world than he did to let her in. I understand why that was, though I didn’t like it. Tyra realized that before Tack entered her world, she was simply existing in black and white. Tack brought color to her life and even though there was a lot of anger, pain and frustration to go with the highs of romance with Tack, she had never felt more alive.

That pretty much sums up how I felt about this book. After reading in black and white, Motorcycle Man is a huge splash of color. It is loud and vibrant and full of attitude. It’s full of crude language (Tack’s dirty talk – oh my Lord!) and tender moments, violence and humor. Tyra and Tack finally found what they needed in each other, and some of the most touching & romantic moments I’ve ever read happened in this book. If I could give it ten stars I would.

I give Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley 5 stars!

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