Monday, August 17, 2015

ARC Review: M/M ~ The Darkest Flame (Book 1 in Roadmap to Your Heart) by Christina Lee ~ (5 Star ARC Review, Excerpt + Flash Giveaway)

ARC Review: M/M ~ The Darkest Flame (Book 1 in Roadmap to Your Heart) by Christina Lee ~ (5 Star ARC Review, Excerpt + Flash Giveaway)

Author: Christina Lee
Book: The Darkest Flame
Series: Book One: Roadmap to Your Heart
Release Date: August 17, 2015

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Vaughn O’Keefe has been part owner of the Hog’s Den for years. Privy to plenty of Disciples of the Road business, he’s never been more ruffled as when a new recruit named “Smoke” walks through the door. Something about the man gets his blood pumping, but he knows to keep his preferences under wraps around the club.

“Smoke” Callahan has done a couple of rehab stints and is finally clean, thanks to help from the Disciples. He’s on the right path and isn’t about to get sidetracked, no matter how much the guy who manages the bar gets beneath his skin. Besides, his last relationship with a man left him scared, alone, and with a nightmare of an addiction.

When the Hog’s Den becomes shorthanded, and Smoke is ordered to help out the one man he can’t have, his longing for the bartender reaches blistering proportions. Vaughn figures a night together should be enough to satisfy their mutual attraction. But neither banks on just how scorching hot it might be.

As Smoke’s past unravels and the one person he hopes never to lay eyes on again messes with all he holds sacred, it’s time to involve the Disciples. Problem is, he’ll have to risk his membership, his heart, and his own hide to keep everyone he cares about safe​


I grabbed my hold of keys and tried not to slam my way out the door. I didn’t know why the hell I was so rattled by Vaughn tonight. I mean, I had been every night, but something about the idea of him being with somebody else right in front of my eyes, made me crazy with need. Need that it felt like only he could fulfill.

As soon as I got to my bike I realized I’d left my cut in the break room. I stood outside attempting to rein in my uneven pulse. I didn’t know what the fuck had come over me.
Breathing more steadily, I stepped back through the door only to find the bar empty. I’d just grab my leather vest and leave him in peace.

“I forgot my…” I stopped in my tracks because Vaughn stood motionless in the middle of the floor, veins bulging in his neck, as if he’d implode at the slightest touch.
He was always moving and talking with a restless energy in this bar so his stillness was a bit startling.

“Hey.” I gingerly placed my hand on his shoulder. “I’m sorry if I—”

There was instant recoil, as if he were attempting to contain the vortex of tension between us by vacuuming it in through his skin.

He twisted toward me, his eyes latching onto mine, right before I was slammed against the door.

    The wind was practically knocked out of me as Vaughn sank his weight against my smaller frame. We were groin to groin, heartbeat to heartbeat.

“Fuck, Vaughn, you’re—” Heaving breaths surged through my nostrils. “I was going to suggest a truce.”

 “Yeah?” he mumbled, his gaze fastening on my mouth. “What sort of truce?”
Tracy's Review:

5 Fiery Stars

*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

When I read There You Stand I fell in love with Cory and Jude. I didn't think it was possible for me to love Vaughn and Smoke just as much, but I did.

We met both Vaughn and Smoke briefly in There You Stand, and I was happy to see they were getting their own story. I couldn't tear myself away from this story, and I devoured it in less than 24 hours. I simply Couldn't. Put. It. Down.

Vaughn is part owner of Hog's Den, the Disciple's local watering hole. Vaughn and Smoke have been lusting after one another for a long time. Smoke manages to avoid Vaughn at just about all costs. This plan blows up in his face when Mal (the Disciples leader) assigns Smoke the task of helping Vaughn out behind the bar. What will happen when they let their guard down and give into temptation?

This was an amazing, sweet, action packed, passion filled and HOT read!! Vaughn and Smoke had a chemistry that was out of this world. The sexual tension was palpable. I felt the love and passion coming off the pages. There was an electrical spark between them from the first kiss.

I love Christina's writing. She is a fabulous story teller, and this book is no exception. It had enough angst to keep me riveted and turning the pages. It had mystery to keep me guessing at what was going to happen next. It flowed well and moved at a good pace. I couldn't wait to get to the conclusion, but I was sad when the book ended.

I'm looking forward to more M/M from Christina in the future!

About The Author:

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys.

She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK, WHISPER TO ME and PROMISE ME THIS available now.

Book five in the series, THERE YOU STAND, a male/male romance just released in April, 2015.

Also, her first Adult Contemporary Romance, TWO OF HEARTS, released in May, 2015.

Stay tuned--more M/M, Adult, and New Adult romance to come!

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24 hour Flash Giveaway: One eCopy of the The Darkest Flame by Christina Lee

Okay folks, this is a little different. There is no Rafflecopter. Please leave a comment here on the blog, with your name and email address and I will pick a winner tomorrow, August 18th at 8 AM. One winner will be chosen from this blog, so please comment! Goodluck!!


  1. I'd love to read this book, and win an e-copy! Thank you for the chance!

  2. I'm trying but it's not letting me. tracy

  3. Thanks for the chance! The book sounds really good. And it's a new author for me as well. Thank you also for the review. -Jen

    1. And you are my winner! I'll email your information to the blog organizer. Please let me know if you don't receive the book within the next week. (I'm not sure how long it'll take) Congrats!! ~ Tracy

  4. Thanks for the chance. Email is

  5. congrats and book sounds great

  6. Congratulations Christina on your new release I enjoyed the blurb and the excerpt and it was great to read the review too.I'm adding the book to my wish list.

  7. Congrats on the new book, it sounds wonderful and just the kind of book I love to read. Looking forward to reading it.

  8. Angela:

    Congrats on the release of The Darkest Flame, i really like the blurb of this book , and it looks like a great beginning to a new serie. The cover is very nice too ;)
    Thanks for this post and the giveaway chance.


  9. Congrats on your new book!! Thanks for the chance and such a great

  10. sounds awesome! please count me in