Dirty Desires by Nicole James

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A twist of fate threw us together…

Gypsy—

I’m a Devil King; loyal to no one but my club, until she comes along and tests everything I thought I believed in.
When I do a favor for my imprisoned ex-president’s ol’ lady, I come face to face with the one-night-stand that’s haunted me for three years. She pulled a disappearing Cinderella act on me, vanishing with the dawn. I searched high and low for her, and now that I’ve found her—she’s the definition of off-limits. She’s an MC princess—my MC’s princess. And even if her father no longer runs things, she’s still forbidden with a capital F.
Tell that to my traitorous body that reacts every damn time she gets within sight of me.
They say no good deed goes unpunished, and I’m learning this golden haired beauty could be the death of me.

Though our chemistry blazes, every second I spend with her risks the brotherhood we’ve just repaired.

Tess—

I’ve never wanted anything to do with my father’s filthy MC, The Devil Kings. With daddy dearest in prison, my mother is falling apart. Her struggle with anxiety, drugs and money problems drag me back from the independence I crave. She needs my help and my father holds the key—literally.

But when he insists I get him information on the Devil Kings in exchange, I’m thrust into a world I want no part of. My father may be their EX-president, but I’m still considered an MC princess.

When my mother pulls in a favor and arranges an escort for me down to the prison, he walks in—a patched member of the Devil Kings MC—and a memory from a one-night stand we had three years ago.

But there’s a reason I ditched him the next morning; I want nothing to do with men like my father. Gypsy is everything I need to steer clear of—he’s an outlaw, a Devil King, dangerously sexy and loyal to his club.

As my mother’s world falls apart, my choice becomes clear.
But how do I choose between saving her and betraying the man I love?

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— MY REVIEW —

Ahhhhh! I loved reading this book! 😍😍😍

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I’m just gonna say it straight out —

✔ Amazing storyline.
✔ Amazing characters (and mind you, oh so hot!) *phoaarr!*
✔ Amazing world building.
✔ Amazing secondary characters (Hayley is a hoot and half. I love her!)
✔ Amazing development.

Just fucking AMAZING! I wish this series didn’t have to end but I’m glad it ended with an absolute banger! I only wish this book was a little longer. I really didn’t want it to end.

Tess and Gypsy are quite a pair. A perfect fit. I thought no other Devil King could top Reno but I think Gypsy is a definite contender. I will for sure grab a paperback of this (and the other books in this series).


“All my life I’ve sworn I wanted nothing to do with my father’s MC. And then you come along.” — Tess


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A must read for fellow MC romance lovers. Nicole James has done it again. She’s effortlessly gotten my attention well within the first chapter and followed all the way through with a strong plot, chemistry between her hero/ heroine, and some good ol’ suspense added in.

Nothing faltered. The pacing was steady and there wasn’t a damn moment that I didn’t soak up!

Some absolute highlights to look forward to:

Tess’ best friend Hayley! 😄 She is without a doubt THE BEST friend any girl could have. Not only is she upbeat, hilarious and 100% supportive, she is for sure a ride or die type of chick! 👊 She adds an uplifting element to the story and a nice contrast to the usual gritty world of an MC.


“I’m pretty sure it’s in the BFF rulebook. Accompany your friend when she’s about to do stupid, dangerous shit. It’s right after Don’t let her date a biker.” — Hayley


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Appearances from the club is a given — but most importantly characters from the previous books like Rusty and Reno are present, and brotherly banter strong as ever! 

But what screamed at me was the visualization of the entire world. The way James has described her characters, from their physical appearances to their personality traits was so vivid, I could almost picture them as real-life people. By giving us past glimpses to how the club has grown and evolved since the past James has expanded her already existing world of the Devil Kings MC.

Tess and Gypsy’s forbidden (hmm.. “forbidden” might be too strong a word. I should say it’s more of a don’t-even-go-there) romance was the shit! Excuse my potty-mouth for this review but it was needed to express my feels! Lol. 🔥 They’ll have you invested and rooting for things to pan out for them.


“Can’t promise you there won’t be bumps in the road, but I can promise you a hell of a ride.” — Gypsy


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Gypsy is the right balance of alpha male and gentleman. He’s strong, dependable, but not overly domineering like a lot of stereotypical alpha males. He stands out from the crowd just with his presence alone. He was caring and sweet (even before anything serious happened between him and Tess). I liked that he wasn’t pushy either with what he wanted.

Neither he or Tess are perfect people yet together they’re stronger, better and all round happier. 

Tess is spunky, feminine and confident in herself, but when she’s vulnerable, Gypsy is there to pick her up, keep her thinking positively and just makes you wanna swoon. You’ll wish it was you he was giving those soothing hugs and kisses to… trust me! (And FYI, anyone willing to go to WB Wizarding World, gets bonus points from me!)

Totally likable characters. There wasn’t a single moment where either one of them annoyed me with their antics — because there weren’t any! (But that’s not to say there isn’t any drama. There is!) 🙌

Ugh. Just go read it! It doesn’t disappoint! The entire series doesn’t disappoint! *flails arms*

This book is another phenomenal example as to why I consider Nicole James a queen of MC romances. She always gets you suckered in by the blurb and hot ass cover, then when you actually read the book, it exceeds any expectation you may have. I love the way she writes and if you haven’t read any of her books, then I highly recommend you rectify that, pronto!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

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Read my reviews for the Devils Kings MC trilogy!

📕 Book One: Reno and Kara’s story
Dirty Deeds by Nicole James
📕 Book Two: Rusty and Ashlynn’s story
Dirty Deals by Nicole James

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Dirty Deals by Nicole James

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Rusty—
I’m the president of the Devil Kings Atlanta MC. With a fractious club to rebuild and a revolving door on my bedroom, the last thing I need is 5’4” of sex-on-a-stick trouble.
When a mysterious beauty shows up with her playmate’s body, dark soulful eyes and a bagful of cash, I’m willing to make an exception.
I don’t fully trust her, but she needs my help.

Ashlynn—
Things are finally good. I’m one of the best high-roller hostesses on the strip. But I’ve lived in Las Vegas two years and have yet to unpack my bags. Why? Because shit always goes sideways.
I should have known this time would be no different.
When I’m asked to hostess a private poker game at a mega exclusive hotel penthouse, I end up in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time.
I’m the sole witness to a double murder and I’m suddenly on the run again, but this time I’m running for my life.
I get as far as Atlanta before my Porsche blows a tire.
That’s when he shows up. Dangerous. Drop-dead gorgeous. Scary badass biker. One I can’t take my eyes off. Maybe this town is as good as any to lay low.
When trouble tracks me down, I want to run again. But he has other plans.
He’ll protect me—for a price.
My willing body in his big bed—all night, every night.
That’s the dirty deal he offers.
Dare I accept?

Where the President of the Devil Kings is involved, there are no rules.
But I’ll stand toe-to-toe with him and make it out of this bargain with my heart intact. Because in the end, running is what I do best.

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— MY REVIEW —

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I can’t get enough of Nicole James’ MC romances! And this one was just as enjoyable, just as swoon-worthy, and just as thrilling to see unfold! 😍😍

My only downside to this book? It was too friggin’ short! Nowhere near as long or as organically developed as it’s predecessor, Dirty Deeds. Ugh. I have loved and been intrigued by Rusty since the good ol’ Evil Dead MC days where he was introduced in Shades’ book as Skylar’s ex-boyfriend.

After having read Dirty Deeds, not only did it cement a new love for these Devil Kings members (and spin-off series), but it reiterated how much I wanted Rusty’s story.

I want to say that Rusty has been consistent in his personality and traits since he was first introduced in Evil Dead, all the way up to this book — HIS book. He always stood out to me as a character, whom despite being in a big bad MC, had morals, gentlemanly manners, and just good all around decency. I am so glad, he hasn’t strayed away from that. Dirty Deals, just made me love him even more and knowing that he’ll finally have his own HEA!

Okay! — Let’s talk storylines before we move onto my thoughts on our heroine, Ashlynn (aka Hot Rod), shall we?

The blurb pretty much sums up the plot to a T. Ashlynn blew a tire out and the lucky girl that she is, happen to have had Rusty riding past, pulled over to help her out, and the rest is history! 😉 You might say, their attraction to one another was instant. So, you can imagine me already scooting over, hand under my chin, grin on my face, and my full undivided attention in place!

With Reno’s book; Dirty Deals, the majority of the story revolved around their MC. In this instance, Rusty’s story revolved around Ashlynn and ensuring her safety. It still has a nice MC backdrop with members dropping by now and then, and having some of the scenes play out in their clubhouse, but make no mistake, Ashlynn and Rusty’s growing relationship, and her troubles are very much in the forefront.

It’s a little different from Nicole James’ previous MC romances in the sense that it’s MC-lite and more romance. Rusty, isn’t as gritty or troubled as some of the other MC characters Nicole has written in the past. Yes, he’s alpha. But he’s also patient and willing to take things slowly when it comes to someone he truly cares about.

I would’ve loved it even more if the story was little longer, so that it didn’t feel like things were progressing too fast. Their relationship, although sweet and steaming hot… it also felt like they skipped a few milestones between getting to know each other to not being able to live without one another. It still works, but in my opinion it only does because it’s an MC romance. If you’ve read from this genre before then you know, the guys usually move a little faster in claiming who they want. If this was more of a contemporary romance, then I consider their relationship leaned more towards insta-love.

Don’t get me wrong, this was an enjoyable read that had me hooked from start to finish. I would definitely reread it again, and I’m not gonna lie the cover is now one of faves out all of James’ book covers! I just wanted MORE! ✊ More Rusty! ✊ More Rusty! ✊ More Rusty!


“I get we just met, and maybe you don’t trust me. I get that, babe. But if you need help, all you gotta do is ask. Understand?”


Ashlynn is an independent, well established career woman. It’s always refreshing to see a heroine in an MC romance to be so self-reliant. Yes, she’s a damsel in distress when it comes to the trouble she falls into, and yes, Rusty is more than willing to help her out. But I love that she’s financially set, and that she actually likes to work.

She’s got some personal issues and quirks, but she’s not naive, immature, or a pushover (which I always favor in my heroines!)

She knows she’s in a fucked up situation, but I respect her for wanting to make sure the people she cares about doesn’t get sucked into it with her. She thinks about consequences and actually uses her brain to piece things together.

  • Likable, smart heroine? ✔
  • Stunner of a anti-hero? ✔

This can be read as a standalone as each book centers around a different MC member. I still highly recommend you read Dirty Deeds so you get the entire backstory of the club, how Rusty became the President, and to get to know the relationships between the secondary characters (aka the rest of the MC members). If you really want to see what the Devils Kings MC were like in the past, how much they’ve evolved, and get an even bigger impression of Rusty — then read Shades from the Evil Dead MC series.

You don’t get a lot of world-building in this book. It’s more of a continuous from the first one, with very little expansion since — but as I said earlier, this one is less MC, more romance.

And whilst Rusty and Ashlynn’s relationship came together relatively quickly, there are some very memorable moments where they do try to get to know each other more. Their feelings for one another is actually one of the more solid things in this book.


“I just want you safe. I can be a dick, I know. Get used to it.”


A highlight is always the brotherhood and friendship that James’ always manages to include in her books. This was no different. There’s banter, but there’s also some deep camaraderie between the men. (Another reason why I think Nicole James’ is at the top of the game when it comes to MC romances).

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Somewhat short, but a worthwhile read. I’ve come to really love this spin-off series and look forward to the next installment. Effortless storytelling that’s full of life and love. Make sure to leave room in your book boyfriend list for Rusty’s name, because I guarantee after you read Dirty Deals, he’ll be all over it!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

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Read my review for Dirty Deeds — first book in the Devil Kings MC!

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📕 Dirty Deeds by Nicole James



Read my review for the Evil Dead MC — the series that started it all!

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📚 Evil Dead MC Series by Nicole James


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Dirty Deeds by Nicole James

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— BLURB —

Kara Harbinger’s only crime is having a court judge for a father. One who just happens to be presiding over the criminal case of the President of the Devil Kings MC. The DKs are about to use the biggest Achilles’ heel he’s got to bend him to their will, to buy his decision, to buy his very soul.

Reno—

I want nothing to do with this job, but I can’t get out of it.

As a member of the Devil Kings MC, my life is a violent existence hinged on loyalty to the oath I took: Devil Kings before all else. I’m the club’s muscle, the brother they give the vicious, vile jobs, the dirty deeds. When it comes to my club, I do whatever they ask, whatever they need.

Then I see Kara, all sweet and innocent with her soulful eyes and sexy body. She’s a bright light in my dark existence. In her eyes, I see an escape from the brutal life I’ve lived for so long, a life void of feelings, emotions and light. She gives me the faith to believe I can have more, to believe I can have everything.

What do I do when my VP wants her taken as leverage to use against her father?
What do I do when one look at Kara threatens everything I thought I held dear?
What do I do if they want me to put a gun to her head and end her life?
I’ll have to convince her to trust me if I have any hope of getting us both out of this alive.

Kara—

He’s the only one who can save me.

I’m not supposed to want a man like Reno. He’s dangerous—a lawless, badass, alpha biker. I know I should be afraid, but the way he looks at me, with hunger in his eyes makes me want to become his.

I believed the lies he told me. I thought he was a good guy.

But when he takes me hostage, everything I thought about him is turned on its head.
Now he expects me to trust him, even as he holds me captive.

How can I trust a man whose loyalty is to his club, a club that wants me dead?

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— MY REVIEW —

I am obsessed with Dirty Deeds! With Reno. With Rusty. Even with the nameless prospect. Lol. But ugggh.. I loved reading every page of it! ❤❤❤

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I’m sure like many other Evil Dead MC fan, we had very strong feelings about the Devil Kings MC. They’re rivals clubs and every time they appeared in one of the books (especially in Shades), there was no love lost with them 😅

Well guys.. this book changes everything! You’re initial opinion of them (or at least some of them) will be thrown out the window the second you start reading Dirty Deeds. I don’t how else to describe this book other than a perfect read. It was just the story I needed to get out of my latest reading slump. But not only that– it was just the story that I’m always in the lookout for. It has all these elements I love in romance books all wrapped up in one and executed brilliantly, mind you! It was well developed, with the world-building expanding from the Evil Dead MC without leaving the reader who hasn’t read that series feel like they’ve missed the atmosphere and characteristics of an MC world.

Although these characters were first introduced in the Evil Dead MC, we don’t get their perspectives or their true opinions on anything really until now. The character development in my opinion is a big selling point in turning what was once the “bad guys” in the eyes of the Evil Dead (and Evil Dead fans), into the heroes in this scenario. The moral dilemma that Reno goes through here is what makes his character more than meets the eye. You really get an insight to their club life, the hierarchy and what the brothers jobs are within this club. (And if you have already read the Evil Dead MC, then you will also see the different contrasts between the two clubs).

There’s obvious dynamics in the Devil Kings. Which I think is what I enjoy about Nicole James’ MC books. There’s an array of characters with different personalities and attitudes that you’re bound to fall for some.. and glare at others. Hehe. But one thing you can always count on is the interactions these guys have. They’re written in so amazingly with their witty banter, brotherhood, and mischief-making that even without the romance, you’re still going to get an satisfying read!

But let’s be honest — we’re here for the romance…and the romance did not disappoint! This was a lust-at-first-sight turned hate-to-love, with a stereotypical bad boy/ good girl love story.

“Was it all a lie? Everything?” — Kara 

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Reno wasn’t someone I saw having his own book. Well, actually I didn’t see the Devil Kings MC having their own series but damn… now I’m eager for more! I’m excited to see more of him in future books and seeing how he’s going.

Did I mention how much I love the cover and think the model is perfect match to Reno? No? Well, he is — and I was picturing him the entire time I was reading this.

With a character like Reno (and even Rusty), it’s hard to hate him or his actions for very long because he’s one of those morally grey characters that has limits to what his willing and not willing to do, despite the fact that he’s part of an MC that lacks in the morality department. What works about him and this book as a whole is the lengths he goes through to change things in his life. You witness how he’s character goes from someone who takes orders, to someone questioning it and wanting to make up his own decisions. Kara was just the person who helps him wake up, if you will.

“You and me. That was true.” — Reno

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If you’re looking for an MC romance with equal amounts of MC and romance, then give this one a go. Dirty Deeds is a kidnapping-turned-lovers romance with possessive yet protective alphas and lighthearted banter throughout. It’ll make you swoon, smile and all the ooey-gooey goodness that comes with a winning romance book. It’s a greatly paced storyline with something always going on. If anything I wished it was longer. 😅

It’s total delectable escapism. An enjoyable read with enough thrill and suspense with so many “oh shiiiit” moments that it’ll have you holding your breath at times.

If you like alphas in your reads who are possessive and protective, but has a big teddy bear side to them — then this is another book you need to get to! Nicole James has perfected MC romances in my opinion and she knows what’s going to get her readers’ panties melting.

I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve been dying for a new book from Nicole James for a while now, or that I’ve been craving an MC romance read, or that it’s a case of being cooped up indoors for weeks now that I’m no longer in the right frame of mind, or maybe it’s all of the above.. but I really, truly loved Dirty Deeds and couldn’t fault any of it.. (and if there was anything I wasn’t completely a fan of, my overall love of the book clearly trumped it!) 😄

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RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

Nicole James was the author who first introduced me to MC romances, and honestly, as much as I’ve read a ton more since, nothing compares to Nicole and the caliber of her books. It always has the perfect balance of romance, edginess and grit–with a little humor mixed in. I haven’t read a single one of her books that wasn’t fun, entertaining and swoony as hell! Dirty Deeds is no different. After having read and utterly loved to death the Evil Dead MC series and all the guys in that MC.. I really didn’t think I would like any of their rival MCs. But oh man, Dirty Deeds (and Reno) sure as fuck changed my mind pretty quick.. 😂

Highly recommended read. This one’s not to be missed for any fellow MC romance lovers! A great start to a new series by James. Looking forward to the next one! 😄

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— EVIL DEAD MC by Nicole James —


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At the time I discovered the Evil Dead MC series, I wasn’t really writing reviews. And as much as I would love to write individual reviews for each book now, there’s just too many of them (lol… ahhh sigh) 🤦‍♀️ Maybe one day, but for the time being, I have an all-in-one post with my rating for each book in the series so you guys can at least see my overall thought of them. You can check it here: Evil Dead MC Series by Nicole James

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