The first in a new sexy romance series from bestselling author Chantal Fernando about the bad boys of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and the women who fall in love with them.
When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid.
Or should I say, someone?
Because of that mistake, I’m now stuck in a world I don’t belong in.
I’m a law student. They’re criminals. He’s the vice president of a motorcycle club. I’m a good girl with a strict upbringing. He’s my ex-boyfriend’s brother.
And I’m screwed.
About the Author
Chantal Fernando is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series, the Cursed Raven Motorcycle Club series, and the Maybe series, along with several other novels. She lives in Western Australia, where she is working on her next book. Find her online at AuthorChantalFernando.com, and on Twitter and Facebook.
Read an Excerpt
I STARE at the old motel in apprehension, taking in its brown brick exterior and dirty windows.
Not the Hilton, that’s for sure.
Feeling sorry for myself is a foreign concept. I normally consider myself a strong woman. I need to be one, with the parents I was given and the career I want in the future. I have a strong will, and I’m not afraid to open my mouth and say what’s on my mind. I don’t mince words or back down. I find humor in awkward situations and try to make the most of my life.
But I guess there’s a first time for everything, because here I am, tail between my legs, feeling more than sorry for myself. Kind of pathetic, really.
I’d have thought sixty dollars would have gotten me a better room than this, but I was wrong.
It has been known to happen.
I check in at reception, paying for one night and trying not to stare at the mold on the wall. The bored-looking girl at the counter hands me my key, then I drag my feet to my room, taking one bag with me. Inside are my toiletries, clothes, and a few valuables—including my purse, passport, and food.
Unlocking the door, I walk in and check out the room. A small bathroom, a couch, a bed, a fridge, and a TV. Eh, it could be worse. I put my bag on the couch and take off my sandals. Placing them neatly in the corner, I pull out a plastic container and open the lid.
Reaching inside, I decide on a piece of apple. As I munch on the cut fruit I contemplate my life. I have five thousand dollars saved, a growing belly, and no clue what the hell I’m going to do. My entire life, I’d had a plan. I always knew exactly what I was going to do, and how I was going to do it. But now? I had no plan. It was a scary thought, especially under the circumstances. One thing I know for sure is that I need to keep moving. One night here, and then I’m going to keep on driving. I want to get as far away from my old life as possible. That shit does not need to catch up with me.
I take a long shower, then take my time rubbing moisturizer into my skin. I have cherry-blossom lotion that I use every day without fail, and tonight is no exception. It gives me a little comfort, a little sense of normalcy. I brush my teeth, comb my wavy auburn hair, and climb into bed. Wishing I had brought my own sheets, I ignore the musty smell and fall asleep.
This is my life now, and I can’t afford to complain.
Another night passes and then I’m back on the road, heading farther north. I actually enjoy the drive; it’s nice being away from the city. Before it gets dark, I check into another sketchy motel and all but collapse onto the bed. Driving at night isn’t safe—there are animals that cross the roads. After a good night’s rest, I spend the next day looking for a job—applying anywhere and everywhere. I’m not fussy; I’ll do just about anything right now. Beggars can’t be choosers. I’d never had to use that saying before in my life, coming from a fairly wealthy family. But just because my parents had money didn’t mean we were happy. Far from it, actually. A quiet knock at the door makes me groan. I’d just gotten comfortable. I force myself to get up, expecting housekeeping. I open the door slightly, just enough to see who it is through the chain lock.
My jaw drops, and panic instantly sets in.
Definitely not housekeeping.
Unless they decided to hire a hot-as-hell, angry biker.
“Open it, or I will,” he demands, his eyes blazing. I consider my options for a few seconds before I slide open the lock. He could just break down the door if he wanted to, so there really is no point. I open it and take a few steps back as he enters.
Crystal-blue eyes narrow on me. A muscle ticks in his jaw as his gaze rakes over me, checking to make sure I’m okay. He’s wearing worn, ripped jeans and a long-sleeve black T-shirt that accentuates his muscular build. He looks good; he always did though.
“Just in the neighborhood?” I ask, hope filling my voice.
“What the fuck, Faye?” he rasps, gripping the doorframe.
I take another step back. I don’t know what he’s capable of right now. The old Dex would rather cut off his arm than hurt me, but do I really know him now? I don’t even know how the hell he found me.
Does he know? Of course he does.
Nothing gets by Dexter Black.
He bangs the door behind him, the noise making me flinch.
“Pack up your shit,” he demands, eyes searching the crappy motel room, which is now looking considerably smaller with his hulking presence. “We’re leaving.” He doesn’t look happy with what he sees. In fact, his scowl deepens. He crosses his arms over his broad chest and stares me down, waiting for me to move.
“I’m not going anywhere,” I say, putting my hands on my hips and glaring at him. He’s not the boss of me. Yes, he’s a badass, sexy man with whom I had one night of hot, passionate sex, but that doesn’t mean he gets to tell me what to do. I might have liked him bossy in bed, but this right here is a different story.
He takes a deep breath, as if calming himself. “I’ve been looking for you for two days. I’m trying not to lose my fuckin’ temper here, Faye, but you’re pushing me. I don’t think I’ve ever been this patient in my fuckin’ life.”
This is him patient?
“I’m not going anywhere,” I reply, lifting my chin up. “And you can’t make me.”
We stare at each other, the tension building.
I can actually feel the moment before he snaps.
His fists clench, and the tightness in his jaw looks almost painful.
I step back into the frame of the open bathroom door as he loses it.
He picks up the TV and throws it into the wall. The crashing sound makes me jump, but he doesn’t stop there. He punches the wall several times, then slides the few glasses off the table in one smooth movement.
There goes my deposit.
He turns and points his finger right at me.
My eyes widen as he grabs my bag and starts packing anything of mine he comes across. I walk up to him and try to grab it away from him, but one deathly look has me retracting my hand.
“Temper tantrum over?” I ask, trying to keep my voice steady.
He looks down at my bare feet, then at all the glass scattered on the carpet floor. “Don’t move.”
I do as I’m told as he brings me a pair of my shoes. I slide them on and look up at him.
Why does he want me to go with him? What good can come from it? What I need to do is move on with my life and settle down somewhere quiet and safe. Somewhere without sex-on-a-stick bikers and their douche-lord cheating brothers. Somewhere where my parents aren’t around, and I can be myself.
“I just want to be left alone, Dex,” I say, tears forming in my eyes. I’m tired, so fucking tired. My life isn’t meant to be like this, and I hate the fact that he’s seeing me this vulnerable.
I hate it.
I’m not this weak—not usually.
And he’s the last person I’d want to see me like this. He’s strong. Nothing touches him. I have no idea how he would handle me if I broke down right now, which I’m seriously close to doing.
“No, you thought running was going to solve your problems. You thought lying was going to solve your problems. You’re lucky my dipshit brother mentioned that you left, and that you were pregnant, or I wouldn’t even know I was going to have a fuckin’ kid!” he yells, losing his composure.
Talk about kicking me when I’m down.
“I really don’t need your shit right now,” I mutter, looking down at the floor, feeling like the worst person in the world. Because he’s right, I probably wouldn’t have told him. I can’t say what I would have done.
“You would have gone on, wouldn’t you? Your whole life without telling me,” he says in disbelief. “Don’t you think I deserved to have heard this from you?”
I think about lying, but in the end I don’t. I deserve his judgment over this. “Do you really think you could give this kid a good life?”
Wrong thing to say, but I needed to say it because that was my rationalization for leaving without a word. His eyes turn cold and hard. “I guess you’re going to find out now, aren’t you?”
“How do you know this kid is even yours?” I ask, lifting my chin up. Why am I poking the dragon? I have no idea.
“I know because the condom broke that night, and you hadn’t had sex with Eric in a while,” he says, staring straight at me. “Or anyone else.”
“The condom broke?” I gape, my eyes flaring.
Well, that explains things doesn’t it?
And who is he? The sex police? I hadn’t had sex with anyone else, but how did he know that?
He watches me under his lashes but ignores my comment.
“Grab your shit, Faye. You have five minutes or we leave without it,” he says, sitting down on the bed. I grit my teeth but do as he says, taking my few belongings and packing them back in my bag with efficient ease.
“I’m ready,” I say, avoiding eye contact. He takes the bag from me and hikes it on his shoulder, then holds the door open. I walk out and wait for him to lead me to his car. He walks down toward the parking lot, and I follow, a few steps behind.
“What about my car? It has some of my stuff in it,” I ask him.
“Rake will drive it home,” he says as he opens the door to a black four-wheel drive. He grips my hips and lifts me up onto the seat. My breath hitches at the contact and flashes of our night together enter my mind.
Him braced above me as he grinds into me, sweat dripping down his body.
Me on all fours in front of him, his fingers digging into my hips as he thrusts.
“Faye,” he says, snapping me out of it.
“What were you just thinking about?” he asks, his voice a low rumble.
“Oh, nothing,” I mutter embarrassment coloring my cheeks.
“I’ll bet. I said Rake will handle your car, so don’t worry about it.”
“Rake?” I ask, my brows furrowing in confusion. I watch as Dex lifts his head toward the side of the building. I follow his line of sight and see a man leaning against the wall, smoking a cigarette. He walks over and stands next to Dex.
“So this is what the fuss is all about,” the man named Rake says, checking me out and not being subtle about it.
“I’m Rake,” he says, grinning at me. He’s a good-looking man. Blond hair, curling around his face, green eyes, and a panty-dropping smile. He has a lip ring and an eyebrow ring—both suit him perfectly.
“Faye,” I say, managing a small smile.
“I have to drive your car home,” he says. “You owe me, Faye.” Another grin, and then he’s off.
Dex sends Rake a look I can’t decipher, then turns to me.
“You okay?” he asks, scanning my face. His expression softens as he looks over me.
“Yeah. Thanks for asking,” I tell him, clearing my throat. He grunts in reply, closing the door and heading to the other side. When he pulls out of the parking lot, he turns to me.
“You know, I thought you were one of the good ones. I never thought you would do something like this, trying to keep me in the dark about my own kid.”
With that parting shot, which I feel deep in my bones, he drives me back home.
Back to the place I’m trying to escape.
Back to where my child will have no future.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3.5 Stars This is probably the funniest MC book I've ever read...yep funny! Weird for a biker book to be funny but this one was...it was a very fast paced light read, with funny, lovable characters. I really enjoyed Faye's character, while she was young, only twenty, and stupid enough to get knocked up on a one night stand, she had a very witty and sarcastic sense of humor. She had an almost positive outlook on life, except for those few times when her pregnancy hormones got the best of her, but other than that she knew how to handle herself very well. She didn't take crap from anyone, not the club whores, nor the other bikers, her mother, the club president or even her baby daddy...lol! I think this would have been worthy of five stars and not the 3.5 I gave it except that have no idea where this story even took place. Australia maybe? IDK...could be wrong, I'm going based on some words I picked up on throughout the book. The author did great explaining and detailing the characters but she did a piss poor job of detailing the scenery, background, places, etc. Also the sex was lacking and felt rushed as did a lot of parts of the story. The beginning and middle were pretty good, but once we head towards the end its like Ms. Fernando just wanted to hurry up and finish the book, it felt so rushed. There were a few grammatical errors, not many, and some editing mistakes that confused me as well; for example after Faye and Dex have sex for the first time he gets up and goes into the bathroom and she 'gets dressed'....then a few lines further down in the same paragraph he lies down on the bed and she bends over to begin 'picking up her clothes'...he asks her what's she doing and she says 'getting dressed'.... See what I mean...that was just so confusing! Overall it was an enjoyable read, certainly very different and lighthearted from all the dark and gritty biker books I've been reading lately. SR
Completely different perspective of a MC than I have read in other series. I enjoyed the bit of humor tossed in with the serious aspects of a MC. Good enough to get the second book...
This was a GREAT story! Written very well. I absolutely LOVE Faye. This book truly keeps you on your toes.
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has pain, betrayal, secrets, suspense, and heartbreak. This was not a typical MC book. This book is on the light side. Things are skimmed over more than described. This is Faye and Dex (Sin)’s story. After he boyfriend betrays her Faye goes out to a bar. She meets up with her childhood friend and protector Dex. They spend one night together and move on with their life. Months later Dex tracks her down and brings her home. He wants her to be with him and live together. They are going to try a relationship. Secrets are revealed. The MC Brothers get involved and she takes them on one by one to win them over. But can Dex and Faye make it long term or are they just kidding themselves? When danger comes crawling can Faye survive the outcome? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.
161 pages. Great humor and a different take on mc life.
4.5 Sinful Alpha Male Stars One night with her ex-boyfriend’s brother turns Faye’s carefully planned world upside down in this steamy, erotic MC romance. Faye was comfortable and confident in her life. She was studying to be an attorney, at the top of her class, and planned to one day open a practice with her long-term boyfriend, Eric. But all that changed when she walked in on her boyfriend with one of her friends. When Faye runs into Eric’s brother, Dex, a few nights later, who also happens to be her childhood crush, she decides she deserves to live out her fantasy, even if only for one night. But in a twisted turn of fate, she winds up pregnant, carrying the child of a motorcycle club’s vice president. Kicked out of her house, Faye flees the town that has only brought her rejection. But when Dex finds out she’s pregnant with his child, he wastes no time tracking her down and demanding she come home with him. DRAGON’S LAIR was my first MC romance—but if this is what I can expect, it most definitely will not be my last. I loved the way Dex barreled his way into Faye’s life and took over. You could tell by the other bikers’ reactions that the way Dex treated Faye was not his norm, which made it all the more endearing. He was big and bad and scary to everyone else, but for Faye he could be soft and caring. Faye was immediately immersed into the MC lifestyle and the way she stuck out like a fish out of water made the story entertaining and fun. Dex’s raging jealousy was sexy and swoon-worthy and I just couldn’t get enough. My only complaint (and the reason I took off half a star) was that after a while, Faye’s inability to keep her mouth shut seemed a bit contrived for dramatic affect and the way the bikers always seemed to find her sass cute rather than disrespectful was a bit groan-inducing. This wasn’t until about 70% or so, the first three quarters I was eating it up; it was just near the end that I started to find it less than adorable. DRAGON’S LAIR had me greedily highlighting every delicious comment out of Dex’s mouth. From the very first chapter, Chantal Fernando reeled me in with the perfect combination of all my favorite traits in a bad boy: possessive, controlling, domineering, and smitten for that one special girl. **Complimentary copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
Been in a reading funk. This helped me get over it. Good read, quick and very funny. Grabbing book two.
Love the the guys
Dragon’s Lair is an entertaining read. I LOVED the characters within the story. Yes, these are bad guys. Yes, they kill people. Yes, they run drugs (I think). However, I loved their personalities. No one is sure what to make about this prissy, prude law pregnant chick their VP brings in. She’s mouthy, doesn’t hold back, and doesn’t really act like most women do around the club members. Once they realize that she’s not out to trap Dex or cause any trouble, they welcome her with open arms and plenty of jokes. You could really feel the brotherhood and camaraderie with the guys, and the women, too. Since Faye spoke her mind and didn’t hold back, the guys were always shaking their heads at her and mumbling, “You’re so weird,” and I don’t know why but it had me cheesing like a loon every time. For being something that had some darker elements to it, the humor really balanced it out. Now, I won’t say that Dragon’s Lair is original because it’s just like every other MC romance out there. Heck, it felt a lot like Sons of Anarchy. The author even brings up the show in the books, which didn’t help matters. There’s even a guy names Irish, who has an accent and has a scar on his face and across his neck. I don’t know if you’ve seen SoA but that’s a dead ringer for Chibs, a Scotsman with facial scars and an accent. I also didn’t really care for the fact that EVERY single guy in the club was drop dead gorgeous. I mean, I get that the author plans to pair all these men off but every guy doesn’t need to be Adonis personified. Faye was salivating at the mouth every four seconds and it was a little off-putting. While the majority of the book was of Faye just spending her pregnancy while living in the club house, getting to learn what the MC was all about, I still found it entertaining. I think if the characters weren’t so lively and amusing I would have been bored with her just sitting around doing practically nothing. The author did do a good job with skipping forward in time a lot so as to not get bogged down with all the mundane stuff that Faye does during the day. While this story isn’t action packed, and is told in only Faye’s point of view, it was still an amusing read. I’m glad I stumbled across this book. It’s the perfect fix if you’re in the mood for something like SoA.
Five freaking GOLD STARS!!!!! Loved It!!!! The story pulls you in the very minute you start to read it. Could not put it down. The minute you start reading you get the meant to be vibe and it is delicious. A beautiful made for each other story, that you will love every minute of. I was so engrossed in the story i finished it in one day. Dex is Alpha manly incredibly sexy and utterly smitten. Faye is innocent and a beautiful character, feisty and can hold her own and hilariously funny. Dex and Faye connected on an immediate level and did not feel rushed at all, it felt believable. The first scene between Faye and Dex when they were children is beyond beautiful and really set the bar for the relationship that was to become. I love how they got to know each other as adults although they had known each other as children. The personalities that evolved and the behaviors that changed and also what stayed the same. I loved the brothers and I really hope they all get a story. I believe Arrow's story is next and we got a little taste at the end of this one, I most definitely be one clicking this!!!!!! I hope Dex and Faye get some cameos. I knew Chantal Fernando ROCKED once I saw Five Finger Death Punch makes me love Dex more!!! I seriously held my breath a couple of times while reading thinking this is where she will end it and thank the rock gods she didn't. I did not want it to end. All up a really well rounded story with a bit of everything for everyone. Loved it that much I'm wanting the paperback!!!! This is definitely a story teller to look out for and I will most definitely be continuing on with the series and looking at any other work she has out there. Audiobook - LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE It!!!! I definately recommend. I loved being able to lesten to the story while doing houseworks, working out, even driving. The readers are quite good easy to listen to and follow. I re-reading due to a new book coming out and I wanted to be up to date this is a great way to catch up with the series and do a re-read.
A great start of the series.
Dex and Faye have known each other most of their lives. Faye was actually dating Dex's brother, who cheated on her. Faye and Dex see each other out one night and have a one-night stand that winds up becoming life-changing. Dex tracks Faye down after she tries to run away and brings her to the Clubhouse. Faye is without options and, even though a law student, she really does make some dumb decisions and was very childish at times. Dex kept a huge secret from her (two actually) and she shrugged them off like they were no big deal, but would analyze to death other things which left me confused. She, along with the Club, suffers some casualties and she does not react well at all when another threat is made. Her lashing out and anxiety did not suggest she would be a good Ol' Lady, but just a scared child. The ending was nice but too vague for me.
I wasn't expecting so much humor and light heartedness in an MC read. Faye was funny and sassy. Dex was her neighbor growing up and her childhood crush and teenage fantasy. Eric was her long time boyfriend who she catches cheating on her. I didn't think that I could enjoy a read where two brothers were at the center of one woman's life. In all honesty, I'm not sure that I would have really connected with Faye without the prologue. It seems that all of the men of the MC could also be cover models. This was obviously fantasy and the idea as far as bikers go. However, the bikers were lovable and fun-loving. You get to know a bit of their personalities and easily get attached to them. This was entertaining and a fun read. Free read via XOXO After Dark
I loved this book and can't wait to continue with this series
Great story and introduction to some sexy characters that I just can't wait to read about next! :)
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Faye's life is going to crap. She's working on her law degree when she finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her. She decides to go out and have fun to feel better. While out, she runs into Dex, her ex's older brother and the hero of her childhood and youthful crush. Shortly after they hook up, she finds out she's pregnant and get's kicked out of her home. When Dex finds out, he takes her back to his place, a room at his MC Club where's he's Vice President. Will they be able to find common ground so they can raise their baby? I really liked Faye. She's feisty independent and her curiosity is hilarious. Even though she relies on Dex to a point, she resists as much as possible. Dex is sweet in his own way. When he's with her, it's evident that he's crazy about her while still maintaining his toughness. They were both very likable characters. Overall very good book. It was a quick read. I'm always kind of iffy with reading MC books as they can get gritty in a way I don't really want to read about, but this one skated around that in a good way. I can't wait to read the next one.