Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 103 Pages
At a Glance: This novella was worth the read despite the flaws.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: Sam “Solo” Braun lives by one truth, the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club above all. The creed has served him well, giving him the only real family he’s ever known.He would die for his brothers and them for him, but they don’t know he prefers men over women. Coming out to a group of men who fear no one isn’t high on Solo’s priority list, especially because he’s never indulged in more than one night stands.
Everything changes after one night with Eric James. For the first time, Solo can’t stop thinking about a single night he’d spent with a man. When fate intervenes, Solo comes face to face with his blue-eyed obsession only to find out Eric is a cop. Solo hates cops, and so do his brothers in the club. However, Solo decides to gamble everything and spend more time with Eric under the guise of getting information.
Falling in love with a cop is a very dangerous proposition for a man in Solo’s position, so why can’t he walk away?
Review: Carol Lynne’s book Solo has it all: insta-love, tough men skirting the law, bikers, cops who are tired of the system not always being just, and sex—lots of it!
Sam “Solo” Braun has lost much in his life. His father—who disappeared when he discovered his drunken wife was cheating on him—his youth—when he was bounce from place to lace and landed in juvie to do time, on an off—and his sister who, at the age of twelve, began using and died early. When he joined the hardcore biker club, the Grave Diggers, he was looking for a family of sorts, and found it—as long as he maintained his secret and appeared to be like all the other guys. Only his friend Rowdy knows that Solo is gay, and he intends on keeping it that way. So his life is a series of one-time hookups for rough sex, and that’s it. No love, no commitments, no playing nice. Until he meets Eric. Or, as he calls him, Blue.
Eric is a cop. With a similar background to Solo, Eric is looking for a better life; he just doesn’t realize it may be in the arms of a distant, unyielding biker who skirts the edge of the law most every day. With a common goal of keeping drugs away from the schools in their area, the two men decide to throw in together for the purposes of sharing info and getting the dealers off the street. Little do they know just what that will mean when they begin a dangerous relationship that threatens to be more than its original fuck buddy status.
Solo is a swift moving story that hinged a great deal of its development on the intimate moments that Blue and Solo shared, from the first chapter on. In fact, there were times when the plot depended more on the sex scenes than any storyline to keep it moving. This was hard for me to understand, as I felt the author had developed solid characters that I wanted to understand and get to know better. Solo, in particular, was more than met the eye; so love starved and affection deprived that the moment he began to even consider allowing Blue to get under the wall he’d built around his heart, it was lovely to read. Unfortunately, rather than develop that plot point, the author used sex to indicate the growing relationship and, I must admit, at times I just rolled my eyes and waited for it to be over. Also, the timing of their intimacy was sometimes really strange and unbelievable, like after Blue was released from the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound, and after Solo had crashed his bike and was really chewed up physically. These were times when the sex seemed rather contrived and ill timed.
Understanding that this was a novella, and therefore unable to plumb great depths, either character or plot wise, the story managed to hold together well and create two guys who were so darn likeable. You found yourself rooting for them despite the huge hurdles they would have to leap to even consider being together out in public. Solo was in a close-minded and rough biker club that did not brook its members playing nice with the cops, or being gay. Blue had to maintain the law but seemed to continually be stretching it when it came to Solo. Theirs was a relationship headed for disaster and yet, there was just enough character development to make you want to root for these guys to the very end. I do wish that there could have been more to the story itself because all the elements were present for a really solid novel.
All in all, this story simply lacked good development and relied way too much on sex to push it along to the rather obvious ending, but Carol Lynne is undeniably a gifted storyteller, and this novella was worth the read despite the flaws.
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