Make You Burn

Make You Burn

by Megan Crane

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Meet the Deacons of Bourbon Street, bad boy bikers who are hell on wheels—and heaven between the sheets. Megan Crane revs up an irresistible new series co-written with Rachael Johns, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.
Sean “Ajax” Harding’s oaths are inked into his skin. Once second-in-command of the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, he left New Orleans to protect the brotherhood, and only the death of his beloved mentor, Priest Lombard, could lure him back. Walking into the old hangout gives him a familiar thrill—especially when he gets an eyeful of the bar’s delectable new owner. A wild ride with her is just the welcome Ajax needs. Then he realizes that she’s Priest’s daughter, all grown up and totally off limits.
Sophie Lombard loved her father, not his lifestyle. She’s done with bikers . . . until Ajax roars into town—arrogant, tough, and sexy as ever. And although he treats her like the Catholic schoolgirl he once knew, Sophie’s daydreams tend to revolve around sin. With the very real possibility of heartbreak looming, Sophie knows better than to get too close to an outlaw. But every touch from Ajax is steamier than the Louisiana bayou—and heat like this may just be worth getting burned.

Praise for Make You Burn
“If you are looking for a hot and dirty read in the motorcycle club genre, then Megan Crane is a new voice to follow. Her characters are gritty, unapologetic, and led by their animal instincts, whether in war or love.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Launching a biker-themed contemporary series, Crane piles on the passion and danger. . . . This tough and dirty world is fascinating and satisfying in its own way.”Publishers Weekly
“There’s hot and then there’s smoking, and Megan Crane’s start of the Deacons of Bourbon Street series is the sexiest thing I’ve read in a while. . . . Her style was so sultry and thick that I could almost feel the sweat of the bayou and the pulse of Bourbon Street as I read. I sunk deep into the story and enjoyed every minute of it.”Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“There’s heat, emotion, mystery, suspicion and danger coating every page in equal measure. . . . Make You Burn is an explosive start to what will be a truly hot series.”—My Written Romance
“Hang on to your seat as you read this one and get ready to take a cold shower. . . . If you want a hot, sexy read that is not your typical MC read this is it! May the Deacons go on forever!”—Southern Yankee Book Reviews
“Fans of dirty romances with seriously naughty and sexy heroes should not miss this book. It may make readers spontaneously combust. Make You Burn is . . . hot enough to start a fire with a plot that makes me want to know more.”Romance Novel News
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101884676
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Series: Deacons of Bourbon Street Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 217
Sales rank: 57,238
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Megan Crane is a New Jersey native who had great plans to star on Broadway, preferably in Evita, just like Patti LuPone. Sadly, her inability to wow audiences with her singing voice required a back-up plan. Accordingly, she graduated from Vassar College and got her MA and PhD in literature from the University of York in England. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on AIDS literature, mostly so she could wallow in her obsession with the remarkable multimedia artist David Wojnarowicz and her idol, the bitter and hilarious David Feinberg. After many years in the rain and subject to the whim of seasons, she followed the sun to Los Angeles, where she lives with too many pets and an artist named Jeff. She is still plotting her Broadway debut.

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Make You Burn 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Sean's biker road name was Ajax. Priest had been the president of the Deacons of Bourbon Street MC. Ajax had been in as VP but he left New Orleans 10yrs ago. Priest had become a surrogate father to Ajax. Ajax had taken an oath of allegiance at 16. Priority had been Priest's bar. Priest's daughter's name was Sophie. Priest had died and Ajax returned to New Orleans. He had been a mercenary when he had been away. Ajax had wanted Sophie when he seen her down Bourbon Street scantily clad. Sophie was stubborn and independent. She had never really known passion until Ajax. I loved her character, all of the emotional changes she went through. All she learned about herself and Ajax. Ajax was mentally and physically strong. The Deacons were the only true family he had. He realized that during the 10yrs he'd been away, he wasn't really alive. I also loved the changes his character went through. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and overall story. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it.
JaneeElanine More than 1 year ago
A very unconventional on a MC book. The story was great, but it left me wanting to know what happen with the rest of plot then the relationship of Ajax and Sophine. It was hot in the right places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very similar characters to "Sons of Anarchy," which the author mentions. Even Ajax the main character resembles "Jax" from the above mentioned movie, down to the back tattoo and blonde beard! Left me hanging wondering what happened to Priest, the Decons, and the property left to the Decons..jumped right to happily ever after. Which is nice, but not fulfilling as a story conclusion for this particular book. I understand that lust and sex is the main drive here but a story line and plot twist were provided that needed more development and at least an explanation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love plot was hot and competed but, MC plot was flat and left untouched. Had no connection we any other characters and not really interested in the next book. To little MC plot to hold interest in series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just wish Sophie would have at least owned the bar. Club politics, I guess.
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
Years ago, Ajax and three others were exiled from the MC club Deacons of Bourbon street. Now years later he has returned for the funeral of the MC President, Priest. After the funeral, Sophie, Priest’s daughter learns he has left the bar and other proprieties to the four individuals who had been exiled. Needless to say, she is not happy about this and she is quite vocal about it. Sophie is strong willed and does not let Ajax walk all over her. She tries to push him away but Ajax just takes what he wants. But she cannot help the attraction she has for him. Ajax is at times between the duties of the club and Sophie. He does not believe the “accident” that took Priest’s life was an accident. He has strong suspicion he was murdered. Ajax has decided to stay in town to run the MC club, build it back up to its glory days and try to solve the mystery of Priest’s death. Overall, this was a good story. It is told from alternating POVs. The only thing I did not like was the ending. It did not seem like a cliffhanger, yet not all the questions were answered. This is my first Megan Crane book I have read. I look forward to read the about the other characters who were exiled and the mystery of Priest’s death.
csingh More than 1 year ago
Coming home can be difficult, but coming home after losing someone important is even harder. Ajax is home but he's grieving the loss of his mentor and surrogate father Priest. He still hasn't been able to figure out why he and his brothers were exiled a decade ago and now he's tasked with calling his brothers home. Things have changed though, both in his city and family. The biggest noticeable change is Sophie Lombard, the daughter of the man he respects most. The attraction between Sophie and Ajax was instant and undeniable. It seemed like even before they'd exchanged names they were getting off with each other. I like how the insta-lust between them was not confused for insta-love on either of their parts. I really liked Sophie. My heart hurt for her knowing she'd lost her only family. I also hurt when she realized her father whom she'd sacrificed so much for hadn't cared enough to do the same. It was certainly jarring. I liked Sophie and her wits. She was smart and mostly level headed. She was reliable and responsible for someone so young. She also had a wild streak. Ajax was an interesting character. I liked him, sometimes. Other times I felt like he was too overbearing and rude. Ajax might have been short on words and emotions but the ones he shared and showed carried a lot of weight. I also felt horrible for him when I learned how he came to be a Deacon. I loved Ajax's loyalty and commitment to family, even if he knew pursuing Sophie broke the rules. Once he made Sophie his, she was his concern, even if she didn't like it. I think I liked watching Sophie and Ajax butt heads as much as I did seeing them get along. I was a little concerned about how blase they were regarding Priest's death especially when they realized it might not have been an accident. I don't feel like it was given the attention it deserved and when you have characters like Sophie and Ajax who have strong connections to the deceased, it felt wrong. I do feel like the murder mystery was pushed aside and Sophie and Ajax's bedroom romps took center stage. Now I'm not complaining because they were hot, but I would've liked the story and sex to be balanced. However since there are more books coming, I'm hoping that there will be more about finding the truth. As it is, I'm really excited to see Megan Crane writing something new and unfamiliar. It's definitely the hottest book of hers I've ever read. I like that she's pushing her boundaries. Overall, this book was a great introduction to a new story and characters and a great way to start off a new series. I'm already eagerly looking forward to the next book.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
I'm very picky about the MC books I read because they usually fall into two categories: good or bad, nothing in between, but I have already read some of Ms. Crane's work and really enjoyed her writing style so I took a chance on MAKE YOU BURN and it really is what I would expect from a story about an MC: gritty, coarse and raunchy with some violence thrown in. If you want hearts and roses, this is definitely not the book for that! If you are squeamish about explicit and dirty sex, this is not the book for you! Sean “Ajax” Harding is back in New Orleans for the funeral of his MC President, Priest after ten years in exile. The city he knew is a ghost of its former self and the motorcycle club he swore an oath to is all but gone. What's left? Sophie Lombard, his president's daughter, a suspicion that foul play was involved in the death, his determination to find out who was responsible and restore the Club to its former glory. Ajax is a very hard man and totally over the top alpha male. I'm talking the grab-your-hair-and-hold-you-in-place kind and very steeped in the MC culture where women are property, to be seen and not heard; so macho that even acknowledging softer emotions for a woman is a no-no. The Sophie he meets is very far from the Catholic schoolgirl he left behind. This Sophie is mouthy, bold, challenges him in every way and gives no quarter and he loves it! Add in her sexy body and the combustible chemistry between them and suddenly he finds himself wanting to make her his old lady. He's does not do soft and sweet but as far as he's concerned, Sophie is his and he expresses his feelings for her the only way he knows how to: with his body and the way he takes care of her. Sophie Lombard has played second fiddle to the Deacons of Bourbon Street MC all her life and wanted a different life for herself, but her father's death and the return of the exiled club members changes everything. Sophie realizes that the life is all she's ever known and wanted but she also knows that to survive with Ajax, she has to give as good as she gets, but within the Club code. MAKE YOU BURN is dark, dirty, passionately intense and laced with the sultry flavor of New Orleans and I absolutely enjoyed it! Ms. Crane brings the seedy side of the French Quarter to life and even though this is about Sophie and Ajax's very fast jump into a relationship, there is the budding mystery of Priest's death (which I expect to be spread throughout all the books in the series) and also the foundation for the rest of the books. Ms. Crane is fast becoming a favorite author of mine because I simply love her writing. I may be in the minority but I totally love the internal monologues of her characters because they give insight into why they do the things they do. I'm excited about the series because each book is written by a different author and I can't wait to see what they each bring to it. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
For an MC romance, Make You Burn was heavy on the crudeness/sexually explicit content but light on everything else. Especially the non-existent plot. The book synopsis lead me to believe otherwise. When Sean “Ajax” Harding returned to New Orleans after a ten year exile that was never fully explained, he immediately sets his sights on the now deceased MC president’s daughter, Sophie Lombard. Well, that shouldn’t be too surprising, since she was walking down the middle of a crowded New Orleans street basically topless/almost naked. After following her into the MC biker bar, they shared an over-the-top, indecent, public, grinding session that left me embarrassed for both of them. Nope, it wasn’t even Mardi Gras. I think the author’s intent may have been to relay the normalcy of the decadence/depravity that many associate with “The Big Easy” and how well the stereotypical MC would melt into that backdrop. Frankly, I didn’t buy the “doing it to get back at my dead father/deal with my grief” excuse. Ajax has returned to attend the funeral and step in as the acting Pres, since he used to be the VP. And that, folks, pretty much is the rest of the story. There were hints of impending drama with a revival gang but nothing happened. He makes some phone calls to former members (Cash, Prince, and Blue) demanding their return to the now almost defunct MC. One by one, some of them very begrudgingly, start to appear. The sequels, of course, center around each of them. Prince, in his expensive, fancy suit, and Cash, wearing mostly an angry snear, in particular, seem to resent being forced out of their ten year exile. Blue was the only one who seems ready to jump back in. Again, their exiles were also not explained. This is surprising, because, after all, this is book 1, with no prequel. What we do know is the Pres left all his possessions to this group of four, while leaving Sophie, who he supposedly loved, with nothing. Again, an explanation would have been appreciated. By far the majority of the story was about Sophie and Ajax’s steamy, confrontational encounters. Though we were often told how strong and tough she was, to this reviewer her actions spoke otherwise. She seemed too quick to cave into Ajax’s crude behavior/demands. I would have loved to have seen her pack her stuff and leave, forcing him to go after her. Overall, unless you are only looking for an erotic read, this MC romance came across below average. (This review is based on ARC copy generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion. It will be posted on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and NetGalley.) Title: Make You Burn, Series: The Deacons of Bourbon Street (Book 1), Author: Megan Crane, stand-alone, no cliffhanger, HEA, VERY sexually explicit, quick read. Book 2 – Fire Me Up (Cash’s story), 9/1/15, Author: Rachel Johns Book 3 – Hold Me Down (Blue’s story), 12/8/15, Author: Jackie Ashenden Book 4 – Strip You Bare (Prince’s story), 11/3/15, Author: Maisey Yates
gaele More than 1 year ago
Motorcycle club focused stories seem to be one of the new hot topics for romance, and I’ll admit that I have encountered a mix of good and not so. Make You Burn brought compelling characters who felt plausible, and the club influence was not prevalent enough to become a character in its own right, one that often runs contrary to or overruns the core romance. Sophie has just lost her father, Priest, the founder and president of the Deacons of Bourbon Street. Although she loved her father dearly, she wasn’t a huge fan of the club, the time it took from her, the behavior of her father and the others. Now that he is gone, she’s expecting the boys to pay their respects and move on. But she wasn’t expecting Ajax to return. Ajax is a dyed in the wool bad boy – he’d left New Orleans to “save the club” and is now back. He’s finding the woman he spotted walking into the Priory is actually Sophie – all grown up. Of course, there is attraction, and there is some serious steam, but the rest of the book just missed for me. There wasn’t enough interaction after pages and passages of interior monologue that really didn’t feel like it went anywhere. The moments between Sophie and Ajax are seriously steamy, but most of that comes from descriptions and interior monologue – little from dialogue and actual interaction. I expected the misogyny, and it was used to good effect without overreach here – and kudos to the author for alluding to drug deals, violence and other unsavory one-percenter activities that gave a feel, but never really graphically delivered. What was missing was the interest in Priest’s death – if it is questionable there wasn’t a ton of “we must know’, and the other two former members: why they left, what was the purpose, didn’t get answered well enough for me. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t a complete and compelling story that encourages me to keep on with the series. Good writing that just didn’t suit the grit and texture that I want from a MC story, with a limited emotional draw to either character that left me thinking it was an okay story, not a good or great one. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
jmhoward07 More than 1 year ago
My first time reading this author's work and I can say from the bottom of my heart I will be reading more from her I liked her slow and steady pace of the MC world pus the softer side of it was even better. The way she wrote the different POV were they blended into each other was really great and worked extremely well for this story. It was like 2 minds coming together as 1 was kinda magical. MUST READ story!!! I really liked this MC passion sexual filled story. I so cannot wait for more of this series well here's to me hoping that their is more to this series. ***I received this story for free in exchange for an honest review, see more of my review @ ***
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I could not put this story down once I started it. It's definitely a gritty look at the life inside a motorcycle club, with its politics, violence and sex. Ajax is the ultimate alpha male in this one - hard, confident, possessive. He straddles the line between a hero and an anti-hero, making no apologies for the life he has lived and the life he wants back now that he's returned to New Orleans. He's also one of the sexier heroes I've read, making it very clear to Sophie that he wants her, and only her. Unlike other bikers who might have a mistress or two on the side, he's a one woman man, and that woman is Sophie. Sophie on the other hand, isn't overly impressed with Ajax. She finds him arrogant and pushy. She's a strong and independent woman who speaks her mind and does what she likes. But, when the death of her father threatens to overwhelm her, Ajax reveals his softer side, offering her some comfort and the assurance that he will stand by her and give her what she needs. Now granted, in Ajax's mind a lot of this revolves around sexual satisfaction, but Sophie soon finds that he is becoming a man that she can't resist. The sex scenes in this story are super hot. The chemistry between Ajax and Sophie is there right from the start (indeed Sophie was attracted to Ajax long before, when she was a teenager and he was her dad's second in command). Now that's she's all grown up, Ajax at first thinks of her as forbidden fruit, the daughter of his one time mentor. But his attraction to her leads him down the path of no return, and it's one that Sophie treads willingly with him, even though she knows she might be burned in the process. I really liked the setting of the story, and the author does a great job of revealing the sultry and seedy side of the Big Easy. You can feel the sweltering heat, the decay, the façade of gentility over the reality of the post Katrina streets. New Orleans famed French Quarter with its tourists looking for the decadent nightlife is easily pictured and the bar Sophie runs on Bourbon Street is part of that image. The four men of the series, Ajax, Cash, Blue and Micah have an uneasy relationship as the heirs to the Deacon's club - they might have been happier left alone but they have a responsibility that they can't ignore, or at the least that Ajax won't let them ignore. There's also a mystery afoot (because Priest's death is a little too convenient) and that's something I expect will be a key subplot through the series. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of these, they are sure to be fun rides! 5 stars for this enthralling, sexy tale.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Burn you will this is how hot this story is-great read!! This is a new series from author Megan Crane called Deacons of Bourbon Street. The 1st book is called Make You Burn. In book one, Sean “Ajax” Harding returns to New Orleans after he hears that the President of the MC is dead. He is the VP of the club and he wants to come back to pay his respects. He was asked to leave 10 years ago by the Prez, Priest Lombard so he did leave out of respect. He comes back to town 10 years later and sees a woman walking towards the Priory-the MC club, walking practically naked and he instantly follows her. Guess what? This is the dead club prez’s daughter – It was practically lust at first site. Sophie Lombard loved her dad but HATED his lifestyle. Now she just wants to get away from his club and the life he led-until sexy Ajax rolled in. Now all she wants is it know everything there is about Ajax. She is in a place where she feels lost but yet Ajax makes her feels safe. Ajax is back to take over and run things. He knows he needs to stay far from Sophie and get the Prez buried and just take care of getting the MC House in order since things were just so run down and messed up. As he is cleaning things up, he comes to realize things aren’t as they seem. He comes to be in Sophie’s world more and more and the passion and chemistry is thru the roof, it’s so electric. Another thing that is going on, is a murder mystery. You get to see the MC fleshed out and I REALLY enjoyed this. Sophie is someone who is young but she has learned to be strong yet at the same time she is still fragile at times. She was close to breaking apart but she still kept her inner strength going. She grew throughout this story and I loved seeing her growth. As for Sean aka Ajax- he is definitely all ALPHA. He is demanding, very raw and possessive. Yet he shows Sophie his love, his concern. He may not give all the words but by his actions he is giving her the words and he proves his love over and over. I really had questions about why the dead prez exile his 4 trusted officers 10 yrs ago. Why he let his club go downhill. There are a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered in the upcoming books. I enjoyed this story and the MC theme was awesome. I cant wait for the upcoming books.Ajax and Sophie were fantastic MC and their story was emotional, gripping and hot- the murder mystery was another layer that added to their story. Even though the mystery wasn’t solved per say, their story was great. ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** My rating: 4.3 stars ****
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
I was so surprised by this story. It was a magnificent story without the really nasty storyline where woman in motorcycle clubs are treated like trash. In this book, the heroine, Sophie Lombard, is the daughter of the President of the Bourbon Street Motorcycle Club – Priest – who has just passed away. The hero Ajax (Sean Harding but don’t ever call him Sean!) was once the VP of the Club but has been MIA for ten years. He could have been a stereotypical character in that he could have degraded and debased Sophie. Instead, he just dominated. And man oh man did he dominate! Ajax and Sophie go through many different emotions and their story is about Ajax helping Sophie thru her grief over her father’s death, getting the facts of her father’s death, and introducing us to the rest of the MC members who also left oh so long ago. I think this book sets up the next books in the series – not a cliffhanger, per se, just the story lines that I think will lead us to the next books. All in all, I enjoyed this book and if the authors of the rest of the series continue to keep the storyline as Ms. Crane did, I believe it will be one helluva sexy, wild ride.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I'm really on the fence about this one. The good - heat level is blistering, the chemistry between Ajax and Sophie is off the charts, the story was interesting enough to peak my interest. The bad - Ajax and 3 others were exiled 10 years ago, why I still don't understand, yet he walks back in like he was never gone?? I don't know much about the inner workings of MC's but this seemed a bit unbelievable. So the story left me with tons of questions which I can only hope are answered in future books and since it was good enough to grab my interest I will read the next in the series to see if the story starts to come together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
See headline!! One star is not what I wanted to enter. See headline!!