The Bastards MC Series Boxed contains the first two books in the series - Always Been Mine and Honey Whiskey
My carefully constructed, picture perfect life is crumbling around me. For the first time in fifteen years, I don't know who I want to be.
I need to find me.
I'm done playing it safe, done caring what others think. I want wild and crazy. And, as much as I try to ignore it, I want Matt to see me as more than just his best friend.
The Bastards live in a world most don't understand. We follow our own rules, only accountable to each other, the innocents we protect, and the people we couldn't save. Each of us wears a mask, hiding behind a polite smile and a respectable job, covering the monsters inside. I made peace with who I was a long time ago. I have no regrets.
Jo Walker. I'm not letting her go without a fight.
“I’ve had dreams like this.” He pushed himself off the door and swaggered toward me. “Where you come here, take off all your clothes, and tease me. I always wake up before I get to touch you.”
He ran fingers along my collarbone lightly, as if to make sure I was real. The fingers trailed down my chest, between my breasts, over my stomach, and onto my hip. He stood so close that I could feel his breath on my face while he looked over every inch of me, and I fought the instinct to cover myself and hide. There was a lot more meat on my body than there had been last summer. I’d let the irritation of the divorce and the stress of losing Matty get to me, and I’d packed on an extra fifteen-ish pounds. I was curvier than I’d been in a long time, and a lot more woman than I was sure he was used to.
His eyes met mine, watching me carefully for a few minutes. “You are so fuckin’ beautiful, and you don’t even know it, do you?” His voice was low, practically a whisper. He reached out his other hand and, following the same trail slowly, ended up on my other hip. “Joes?”
He bit his bottom lip as his eyes met mine again, and I knew he was asking if I was sure I wanted this. I nodded.
He picked me up, and my back hit the wall before I even realized we’d moved. His hands skimmed down my hips, onto my ass, then to the undersides of my thighs, pulling me as close to him as I could get while he was still fully clothed. I wrapped my legs around his waist, desperate for contact. His mouth moved up my neck, his tongue drawing a line and his lips blowing on it, his beard tickling me—the combination sent shivers down my spine and made my muscles clench.
I tangled my fingers in his hair, trying to pull his head back, needing to kiss his lips. He was stronger though, and he continued his tantalizing journey—lapping, blowing, and sometimes nibbling—up to my ear and back down the front of my neck. Helpless to do anything else, I rocked my center against his jeans, the denim providing just enough friction to make me moan.
He ran the tip of his nose back up my neck, onto my face, and his mouth closed over mine, claiming me. All too soon, he pulled away, releasing me and backing up. My feet weren’t ready to hold me, and I leaned against the wall, confused.
He grinned as he looked me over once more. “Fucking amazing.”
AMIE'S 4 STAR REVIEW
Lay It Down is a boxed set containing 2 of the Bastards MC books. I will say book 1 is more of an intro to the characters and how they all fit together. It gives us the base story for Matty and Joes but we do not get much of the MC. Matty and Joes story is that of best friends turned lovers , which of course is a fave of mine !! Book 2 gets into the MC side and the twists and turns start coming on and you see a whole new side of both Mateo and Joey !! I enjoyed both stories and I would love to follow a few of the others we met along the way.
Always Been Mine-
When we met Joes she is having some major marriage issues. She has been with Will since college , they have 2 kids , a nice house , great jobs and friends. Sadly Will has made some big mistakes and this time around Joes is not putting up with it. Thankfully the kids are away for the summer so they can work on the marriage , or so they thought. Joes and Matty met at work years ago - before kids. They have been besties ever since they annoyed each other that first day !! Once Matty gets wind of the real issues going on with Joes he steps up as always and attempts to care for her despite the ramblings of significant others and family. This is where you come to find the feelings they both may have been harboring for each other all along. Matty is an amazing everything !! They may make some impulse choices and cause some waves but I do believe they have what it takes and it sucks that they never realized it to begin with. The only problem is - who is Matty really ?? We start to see a whole new side of him and Joes learns some things she never even knew. It starts to get interesting and makes you look forward to book 2 !!
Honey Whiskey -
Well now we find out from Matty's POV just what he has been thinking and feeling for years - then we move into the dual POV to continue on with our story. Matty has been living a double life - almost !! The things Matty has always tried to protect his loved ones from come out in full force now and we see just how bad boy he can be !! This makes the already rocky relationship with Joes even worse and can make it a little frustrating to read at times. All the things that you have been wondering , questioning now start piecing together and you may be shocked with some of the revelations. Not everything is as it seems and not everyone is who they seem to be. Joes and Will may have their life figured out and running smoothly with kids and locations BUT Matty's life with anyone is a tangled web. Can Joes and Matty survive ?? Again there are more than a few characters that I want more of - especially Rocker and Cris/Jessie !!
Carina Adams has been writing and creating characters for as long as she can remember, allowing her to fall in love with the next man of her dreams with every new story.
Thankfully, fate stepped in and granted her the ultimate wish - a life full of men. Carina lives in a picturesque New England town with her husband, the man who ruined the thought of all others, and two amazing sons who always keep her on her toes.
Carina received her MBA in May, but would much rather play with her imaginary friends (the voices in her head) than work her 8 to 5. When she isn’t trying to juggle being a working mom with karate and football practices, surprising her children with her sci-fi movie knowledge, or writing, you can find her with her nose pressed against her kindle, laughing with friends, or living life vicariously as her Derby Girl persona, Writers Block.
Carina is the author the of Bastards MC series and best selling Forever Red. She is currently writing Out of The Blue, the follow up to Forever Red. She loves to hear feedback from her readers, no matter what type. You can email her at: