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The Darkest Flame (Roadmap to Your Heart Book 1) by [Lee, Christina]
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"This was exactly what I wanted for this couple and more. I'm so happy she wrote their story. Vaughn & Smoke FTW!" --Kade Boehme, bestselling Male/Male Romance author. 
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"Holy Hannah! Christina Lee is MADE to write romance. Smoke and Vaughn are the definition of HOT. The sexual tension between them took my breath away." --We Solemnly Swear to Read Good Books Blog
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"I loved Vaughn and Smoke. These boys were incredible together and while the sex is some of the hottest I've ever read, the emotions were here and the need they had to be in each other's lives was incredibly romantic." --Gigi, Reviews by JesseWave
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After picking up The Darkest Flame, I compulsively devoured it in mere hours. I was so enthralled by these two magnetic men, I could barely put it down for anything." 
--Nose Stuck in a Book Blog

About the Author

Christina Lee is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2054 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Christina Lee; 1 edition (August 17, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 17, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013GVCA2A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Darkest Flame is the first book in Christina Lee’s new series entitled Roadmap to Your Heart. This first installment is also somewhat of a spin-off from the book There You Stand where the two protagonist appeared as secondary characters. In a violent biker world where keeping your “preferences” to yourself is essential, can both men risk it all and openly take what they so desperately want?

Vaughn O’Keefe has been part owner and bartender, and essentially the heart, of The Hog’s Den for years. Partially owned by the Disciples of the Road MC, the bikers use the bar as a hang-out as well as a place where they conduct official business. Despite never really involving himself with the Disciple’s outside of the odd social occasion, Vaughn is considered an honorary member of the gang. He runs the bar and it is a mutually beneficial arrangement for both parties. Vaughn is bisexual which is something that he has kept discreet. The fact that he prefers the company of men would likely not sit well with his surly father or the Disciples. Keeping things under wraps has never been an issue for Vaughn. Until Smoke comes into the picture.

Smoke Callahan is a loyal recruit of the Disciples. After all, their president, Malachi, is responsible for pulling Smoke out from under the crushing force of addiction that he found himself in when he was a member of a rival MC called Devil’s Asylum. Having completed rehab, Smoke has finally managed to piece his life back together again and leave the dysfunctional relationship he was in as well as the numbing effect of hardcore drugs behind him. Smoke is also bisexual; however, he has never openly been with a man. His previous encounters and relationships with men have all been closeted.
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Wow, the sexual tension was off the charts in this book. Vaughn and Smoke were attracted like magnets but kept resisting. The sexual tension was palpable. There was a lot of suspense in this book as well. Three motorcycle clubs were talked about, with crime and revenge and past mysteries being part of the story.

I found the mystery in this book pretty captivating. I don't really understand the reviews from people saying this was cookie-cutter or boring. But to each his own. I guess I don't read that many MC books. I even had to look up some MC terms, like 'cut.' Thank you, Google.

Smoke's family lost their bar when he was younger; it was a case of arson and his father died in that fire. So we have that mystery. We also don't know the whole story behind Smoke's time in a different MC and what is the nature of his 'work' for the Disciples now? We don't know what the mystery is that the Scorpions and Disciples are working on, and we don't know who is watching/bothering Vaughn or why. I thought all the mysteries combined with the romance were super entertaining.

The ending of the book shocked me and my heart was racing as I read it. It was a "WOW WOW WOW" kind of ending. I'm absolutely going to read the other books in this series, as well as a book that precedes this one and features 2 other guys from the Disciples MC.
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When Christina Lee wrote There You Stand, which was the fifth book in her Between Breaths series, I was so excited that she took the plunge into the m/m new adult romance pool. And, it was a really good book. The Darkest Flame is a spin-off from There You Stand, and it's also m/m, but everything in it is... MORE. More hot bikers. More drama. More heat.

We met both Vaughn and Smoke in There You Stand, and The Darkest Flame tells their story. I knew there was something between them, but it was obvious that they were not free to be out, given their current situations. Smoke is a recruit for the Disciples of the Road and finally on the right path in his life. He is wildly attracted to Vaughn, the part owner of the Hog's Den, which is where the Disciples always hang out.

The attraction is definitely not one-sided. Vaughn has had his eye on Smoke for a long time. The best part about The Darkest Flame is the crazy amount of sexual tension. It is RIDICULOUS. Bikers and motorcycle clubs are very hetero. They are full of testosterone-laden man-whores who love to bang the biker babes that hang out at their club houses. It's not exactly accepted to be gay and in an MC.

Both Vaughn and Smoke are bi-sexual, so they've been able to hide their proclivities thus far. But, when Smoke is forced to work behind the bar with Vaughn, both men fear their days of hiding are numbered. Subtle nudges behind the bar, storeroom meet-ups, late-night closings - it was just a matter of time before they gave in to their attraction.

Smoke and Vaughn were desperate to get back to business as usual. They weren't used to having their attentions so divided. Smoke has been wholly devoted to the club since they helped him kick his habit, and Vaughn's life is his bar.
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A few things I have learned about myself in the past year that I have been hard and heavy reading and blogging, is that I love M/M stories. And Books about MC clubs. Put the two together? I'm dead!

This was my first Christina Lee book, and I have to say I really enjoyed Smoke and Vaughn's story.
Vaughn is not part of the MC in the truest since but he is under their protection. It is his bar that the club that Smoke is a member of, comes to for meetings and to hang out. Both Smoke and Vaughn think that they have too much to loose in coming out to the club, however, the attraction between the two is undeniable and try as they may to hide it, they really aren't fooling anyone.

I enjoyed the passion between the two, the trust they had in each other, the love they shared and how they each wanted to protect the other. Both were very loyal to each other and those they loved and cared for. They both only wanted what was best but were willing to fight the attraction they had for each other in order for that to happen. They did not know how they would be accepted by the club and they struggled with that thought often.

But in the end, love is love and these two realize they belong together. I can't wait to read more of Christina's books!
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