Rockers, Bikers, and Mobsters – Oh My!

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Rockers, Bikers, and Mobsters – Oh My!

Bad Boy Heroes With Hearts of Gold

Three hot trends in contemporary romance and romantic suspense are rock stars, motorcycle clubs, and mobsters. Not sure these trends are for you? Try the short novella Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh to dip your toe in the water. Looking for bikers with a protective streak? Check out Ride Hard by Laura Kaye. Want something fun and light? Agnes and the Hitman will have you laughing out loud.
 
Rock Kiss series by Nalini Singh
This hot series of books stars members of the hard rock band, Schoolboy Choir, and the strong, independent women who keep them on their toes. Rock Addiction features lead singer Fox. Rock Courtship novella features drummer David and is officially book one and a half. Rock Redemption is book three featuring guitarist Noah. The second book in the series, Rock Hard, actually features a rugby player instead of a rock star but it is definitely worth a read as well.
 
Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott
Lick, Play, Lead, and Deep highlight each of the four members of the superstar band, Stage Dive, and their romantic entanglements. An impromptu Vegas wedding, a fake relationship for money, a sobriety coach, and an unplanned pregnancy – these bad boys of rock and roll go through all of this and more. Readers will fall in love with each couple. Scott also has an offshoot series called Dive Bar that starts with Dirty.
 
Ride Hard by Laura Kaye
Kaye’s first book in the Raven Riders series – a spinoff of her Hard Ink series – Ride Hard features Dare, the president of the Raven Riders motorcycle club, and Haven, runaway daughter of a vicious mobster. The Raven Riders are a little different from other motorcycle clubs in that they are committed to helping those in need of an escape. Ride Hard is a solid romantic suspense novel with an interesting cast of characters.

Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley
Own the Wind features a more stereotypical motorcycle club and its members so the hero can be a little problematic for some readers. Think Sons of Anarchy as a romance novel and you’ll be pretty close. Tabby and Shy have a complicated relationship because of their shared history and individual choices so readers who enjoy more relationship backstory over a boy meets girl romance should appreciate Ashley’s solid grounding in the characters’ past.
 
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
On a lighter note, Crusie and Mayer wrote a laugh out loud funny romance novel involving mobsters, government-sanctioned hitmen, mercenary hitmen, and Southern cooks with cast iron skillets. Throw in a little house renovation, some money stealing schemes, and a society wedding and readers will not know what comes next in this entertaining romp.