Title: Beard Mode
Series: The Dixie Wardens Rejects MC Series #1
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: February 23, 2017
Cover Model: David Byers
Photographer: Michael Stokes
Aaron don’t ever call me Fatbaby’ Sims is lucky to be alive. Or at least that is what everyone keeps telling him. He doesn’t feel lucky, though.
He’s scarred, has more than a little bit of a bad attitude, and there isn’t a single day that goes by that he doesn’t wish his wife would’ve just finished off the job.
After being denied his old position at the fire department, he leaves, and doesn’t look back. He heads straight to Alabama and into the semi-welcoming arms of The Dixie Wardens MC. There he becomes a part of a brotherhood that forces him to get back in the land of the living.
Imogen is a smart girl. A girl who doesn’t always make the best decisions.
Her heart is in the right place when she walks into that prison, but it doesn’t take long for her to realize that her heart shouldn’t have had any say so in the matter. Especially when one wrong move lands her in the arms of a scarred man that looks frightening enough to scare any sane woman away.
Immediately enthralled by the angry man, she tries to get closer to him. But the harder she tries to get to know him, the further he pushes her away.
The only thing Aaron wanted to do after his now ex-wife was sent to jail was escape. Escape the awful memories. The pity-filled eyes. The curious glances.
He does a damn fine job at ensuring he draws as little as attention as possible, but then that annoying woman with her startling blue eyes starts hammering away at his resolve. Makes him feel when he doesn’t want to feel.
Imogen comes into his life and carves out a place for herself, obliterating his defenses one heated kiss at a time.
It doesn’t take long, and he realizes he’s in deep. Too deep to ever want to come out.
Imogen will know what it’s like to be loved by a reject.
Aaron had many sides, included the badly scarred one. However, it was hard to tell if the external scars surpassed the internal ones. His ex-wife had ruined him and he had no intentions of letting another woman anywhere close to him—until he met Imogen. The pixie-sized ex-marine wasn't put off by the scars, in fact, she'd like nothing better than for him to put his hands, his body on her. As her neighbor, it wasn't easy to ignore her.
The characters in this MC story are not your typical bad boys. These guys are characters with stories to tell, however, they are a mix of medical personnel, law enforcement, as well as other leadership roles. They still have their get togethers, with beer and rowdy stories. I loved how well Imogen fit right in with the guys and how well she was accepted.
The town is in the middle of a gang war. Drugs are a major problem and that problem is too close to home. Can they clean up the problem Danger stalks them all. It is tough to make a life, overcome a past, and clean up a town.
Could Aaron hold down a job he didn't ask for, let a woman become part of his life, and fully live again? The story is funny, sad, steamy, filled with danger, and the beginning of a series I don't want to miss. The characters are interesting with lives worth reading about.
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