Huge, gorgeous Max Chase isn’t looking for female attention, but the grumpy lion shifter sure gets a lot of it. As the bouncer for Club Crimson, an exclusive club filled with beautiful men, he uses his patented glare to keep everyone at arm’s length. That is until a kind, curvy woman makes Max reconsider everything he thought about humans, as the lion inside him growls for his mate.
Jackie Moore doesn’t know why she let her coworkers drag her out to Club Crimson. She’d rather stay home with a book than meet strange men, no matter how hot they are. But all that changes when a disastrous night leads Jackie to a helpless, small creature who needs her, and a gruff, terrifying, beautiful bouncer who might just be more than he seems.
The more time Max spends with Jackie, the more the possessive lion shifter longs to claim her as his mate. But first Max needs to tell her the truth about himself and Club Crimson, and with danger quickly approaching, he can’t afford to wait.
This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
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Series: Club Crimson
Author: Terry Bolryder
Published: March 25, 2019
My Rating: 4 stars
MAX brings us to a club that we’ve visited before – they even have a drink named after one Nightmare Dragon in particular. In the Club Crimson series, we get the chance to look behind the curtains at Club Crimson and find out what those full of secrets shifters are really up to. There are several familiar faces and mentions of events in MAX that longtime readers of Terry Bolryder may recognize. I love those touches of old friends appearing again. Yet, if you haven’t read all of her stories then you’ll only notice the names as part of the narrative as they blend in so well and effortlessly.
I enjoyed Jackie and Max’s romance. Max is over-the-top possessive of his mate, even more so than your average possessive, obsessive shifter and I have to admit it didn’t work for me this time. I’ve read the Pride Island series, I knew of Max’s background but his mistrust of humans to the point of almost disdain for their often perceived fickleness was excessive, even for a shifter. I loved Jackie, she has such a kind heart and she’s not afraid to stand up to Max when he’s being a jerk. There is danger afoot but it’s not really revealed until almost the ending of this story which means we’ll get more in Lock’s and Benny’s stories. I enjoyed myself, I simply didn’t fall head over heels for Max this time. In all, MAX is an intriguing introduction to this series and I definitely want to know more of what is going on behind the scenes at Club Crimson.
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