When Dylan, a young wannabe investigator, stumbles into the Mojave Sidewinder’s MC bar, he finds all kinds of trouble—especially in biker Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas.
The Mojave Sidewinders is the largest gay MC club in Southern California. They’re also one-percenters, which makes them alluring to those looking for trouble and a danger to those making it. Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas has been a brother ever since the club’s prez took him in as a runaway. At thirty-four years of age, he’s content to ride his hog, chase tail and run his tattoo and piercing parlor, Zero to Sixty.
Dylan has had to take care of himself since his aunt died when he was still a teen. Even though he’s barely twenty-two years old, the small spitfire has made his way in the world as best as he can and has even started his own would-be investigative agency. He’s proud of himself, even if his agency is on the edge of town in a ramshackle building.
Working his first big case involving a missing young man, Dylan barges into Road Rage, the Mojave Sidewinder’s exclusive bar, and starts asking questions. When it looks as though he’s about to get beaten up, a large, muscled biker covered in ink comes to his aid. Dylan’s incredibly attracted to him—even if Zero is pretty scary and Dylan’s still a virgin. But is there something Zero knows about the missing man that he’s hiding? And is Dylan in more danger than he realizes?
Publisher’s Note: This story has been previously released as part of the Hard Riders anthology by Totally Bound Publishing
Luc ‘Zero’ Villarojas is part of the Mojave Sidewinders gang, has been since he showed up after running away from a foster home in his teens. Shock, the club leader, took him under his wing and Zero has been loyal to them ever since, he has his tattoo parlor and his pick of men in the club and considers it a good life. Dylan was orphaned as well – once by his parents, then by his aunt who took him after his parents and is trying to build his investigation business. He shows up at the club to ask questions, and gets Zero’s attention in a dubious introduction!
The story is told from the alternating points of view of Zero and Dylan.
I like stories of characters that appear to be opposites and this is definitely one of those stories, with a bike gang and an investigator. What is even more interesting, is the similarities between Zero and Dylan’s backgrounds. However, the gang sometimes travel on the wrong side of the law while Dylan, being an investigator, would like to bring justice to his latest case and the questions he asks put him on the gang’s radar – and not in a good way!
Since this story is part of the Hard Riders anthology, it is a very fast paced story to get the back story, connection of the characters and what brought Dylan into the club. I really liked both lead characters and their back stories that give them some common ground. I did find that their physical scenes seemed a bit rushed, but again, it is a shorter story and the rest of the story to be told! The author successfully made me cry with the case Dylan is working on and how it played out, although I appreciated that they did not go into great detail on what happened to the young man.