As a fan of stories featuring MCs I'm excited to introduce you to the enticing and sensual Corrupting Cinderella by Autumn Jones Lake, the second book in the Lost Kings MC series. Keep reading to get a glimpse of this book, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more about this book by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour. Make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win a $25 bookstore GC too!
Can a lawyer and a criminal maintain an enduring romantic relationship?
Although Hope and Rock care deeply for one another, the truth is they come from completely different worlds. Add to that the fact that they are also both headstrong people, and they have a very rough road ahead of them.
For Rock that means introducing Hope to what it really means to be part of his brutal and shady world, where the Lost Kings Motorcycle Club is his main focus. For Hope it means accepting the things she can’t change, and understanding that Rock is a man who will do anything to keep her safe.
As Rock continues to draw Hope deeper into his world, painful misunderstandings and opposition from the members of his club will threaten to drive them apart.
“Babe, you wanna stay up at the clubhouse or at my house Thursday?”
Since her caseload is still small, Hope’s been taking Fridays off, so we normally spend the night together at one of those two places. Now that the clubhouse is free of girls itching to harass her, she seems more comfortable spending time there, which in turn makes my life easier.
She walks into the living room, nervously twisting her hands. “I, uh, have a thing to go to Thursday night.”
Her tone puts me on alert, and I sit up. “What kind of thing?”
She waves her hand in the air. “A lawyer thing. For Mara’s husband? The judge? I normally wouldn’t go—I hate those things—but she asked me to, so…”
“That mean Sophie’s going too?”
“Yes…” Something about the way she answers sparks my interest.
“You going together?”
“No, I’m going with Mara’s friend, Ross. You’ve met him. He uh, isn’t really ‘out’ in the legal community. So, Mara used to go to these things as his date, but you know, since she’s married now, she asked me if I’d go with him.”
I have met Ross. Still, something about her going as someone else’s date, no matter the reason, bothers me.
“You said you don’t do those type of things, so that’s why I didn’t ask,” she says hurriedly.
There it is. That’s why I feel like shit. She’s right. I did make a big point of telling her I would never escort her to something like that. And fuck, I meant it.
But Christ, when I think of the amount of time she’s spent with me in my world, all the shit she’s put up with from the people in my club, doing that stuff because I needed her to. . .is escorting her to some stupid party really that big a deal? In the entire time we’ve been together, this is the first time she’s gone to one of these things. It’s not like she does it all the time.
I’ve been silent for so long thinking this through that Hope drops her hands and returns to the kitchen where she was preparing dinner. She gives up, just like that.
Maybe she’s embarrassed to be seen with me at that type of event? Even with long sleeves and a collared shirt, traces of my ink will be visible.
Well, no, she’s introduced me to her friends. By accident mostly. Even the invitation to Jonny’s show came unintentionally, because I happened to be sitting next to her when Sophie sent the invite. My girl never asks me to spend time with her friends, but I’m always making her spend time with mine. Fuck, she never demands anything from me.
Which I haven’t completely given her yet.
Pushing off the couch, I find her in the kitchen stirring sauce over the stove.
Without turning, she answers with a soft, “Thanks.”
“Babe, I’ll go with you Thursday.”
Her shoulders sag, not exactly the reaction I expected. “It’s okay. It’ll be boring. Clay never went with me to that type of stuff either. It’s not a big deal. I’m used to it.”
I’m not crazy enough to think I’m in competition with her dead husband or anything. Still, her admission pushes me forward. Setting my hands on her shoulders, I pull her back from the stove. She drops the wooden spoon she was using on the counter and turns in my arms.
Her deep green eyes stare up at me with concern. “What’s wrong, Rochlan?”
She’s so serious all of a sudden. Maybe she doesn’t want me there.
Truth, give her truth.
“I want to take you.”
She lets out a soft sigh. “Why? You can’t possibly be jealous of Ross. You’ve met him.”
Cupping her cheeks with my hands, I draw her gaze up to meet mine. “It’s not a jealousy thing. You’ve been so agreeable about spending time doing stuff with me, it’s only fair I return the favor.”
Confusion clouds her pretty face, and she looks down at the floor.
“That’s not our deal. I knew your role as President meant I’d have to spend time at the club. You were upfront with me that you didn’t do suits, ties, and schmoozing. I agreed it was okay. I have no right to complain about it now.”
Christ, how she’s twisting the knife in my heart, and she doesn’t even realize it. Throwing my words back at me without any venom. She’s completely honest and serious.
“You’re not asking me, sweetheart. I’m offering. I should do this for you.”
She glances up, and I get a glimpse of cautious optimism that cements my decision.
“It’s at this stupid fancy-pants place. You’ll hate it.”
“Is that your way of asking me if I own a suit?” I tease.
The corners of her mouth twitch up. “No.”
“You worried your judge friend won’t want me there because of my record?”
She tilts her head as if the thought never occurred to her, and a slight frown darkens her face. “No. It’s not like they’re going to do a background check at the door.”
“You gonna be embarrassed if I can’t cover all my ink?”
She tilts her head to the side, and a hint of a naughty smile curves her lips. “No. It’s sexy, since I’ll be the only one there who gets to see the full picture.”
Well, doesn’t that answer excite the fuck outta me.
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Hope is a strong-willed woman who can't help being attracted to the sexy man from the wrong side of the tracks. After the loss of her husband she never thought she'd find herself with someone again but Rock is just what she needs even as she worries if she can ever truly fit in. Hope remains true to herself but makes a place for herself in the club and her power to lead is never in doubt as she uses her brains instead of brawn to win fights. She's a kindhearted person too which can be seen in her interactions with the other club members. She's a mother and a sister and gives as good as she gets when in their presence.
Rock isn't your typical MC leader as he's not afraid to show his softer side. He's drawn to Hope and wants nothing more than to protect her and at first wants to keep their worlds separate to achieve that goal. As they grow closer though he wants to be her everything. He's a strong leader but not afraid to let Hope be who she needs to be while remaining by her side for when she needs him. He's sexy, loyal, and willing to sacrifice to make Hope happy and their scenes crackled with sensuality. He's a master at talking dirty but also at whispering sweet nothings and I completely fell for him.
Along with this compelling and appealing main couple is a delightful cast of secondary characters. From Trinity to Z to Wrath there was a sense of family with their mutual playfulness, support, and occasional loving mockery. The world of this MC was on vivid display and added to my entertainment as I watched each member's role in the group play out. Though I haven't read the previous installment in this series I had no trouble jumping into this story wholeheartedly and falling for Rock and the other men in the Lost Kings MC. Readers who want delectably larger than life characters with heart and steam, then this is the book for you!
My rating for this is an A.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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As an only child, Autumn kept herself entertained by making up all sorts of stories. For a long time, life and school dimmed her enthusiasm for creative writing. But as soon as she rediscovered her love of storytelling, she put her fingers to the keyboard and hasn’t looked back.
Her favorite books to read are mystery, thrillers, horror, romance, erotica and urban fantasy. Her favorite thing to write is romance. All of her stories have to include a hunky hero and an optimistic ending.
When she’s not writing, Autumn spends time listening to music, going to concerts, and driving her family nuts. She enjoys reading, gardening, acting, and collecting nail polish. (Her husband says she shouldn’t be allowed to include gardening in her list of hobbies, because she makes him do all the work, but that’s not relevant.)
Autumn lives in Upstate New York with her husband and their three rescue dogs. She is actively involved with several dog rescue groups and her local RWA chapter.
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