Title ~ Solo (Grave Diggers MC)
Author ~ Carol Lynne
Publisher ~ Pride Publishing
Published ~ 15th September 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
In a club of mean bikers, being gay can get you killed, but love can save any man.
Sam ‘Solo’ Braun lives by one truth, the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club, above all. The creed has served him well, giving him the only real family he’s ever known. He would die for his brothers and them for him, but they don’t know he prefers men over women. Coming out to a group of men who fear no one isn’t high on Solo’s priority list, especially because he’s never indulged in more than one-night stands.
Everything changes after one night with Eric James. For the first time, Solo can’t stop thinking about a single night he’d spent with a man. When fate intervenes, Solo comes face-to-face with his blue-eyed obsession, only to find out Eric is a cop. Solo hates cops, and so do his brothers in the club. However, Solo decides to gamble everything and spend more time with Eric under the guise of getting information.
Falling in love with a cop is a very dangerous proposition for a man in Solo’s position, so why can’t he walk away?
Sam, also known as Solo, can only indulge in one night stands. Being in the Grave Diggers MC means he has to keep his preference for men private, and his dalliances short. No emotions - just get his cock worked over and then move on. Or as Carol Lynne describes it "let some corporate do-gooder ride his pole for an hour or so was all he was after..."
As the book opens, the one man Solo has his eye on is Eric. For Eric, a local cop, Solo is all of his one night stand dreams come to life in one tasty package. He already knew that Solo was exactly that... a one-time thing, and although it wasn't what Eric preferred, there was enough of Solo's tattoos on display for him to go with it.
If that was the case the first chapter would have been the end of the book. But Solo gets caught up with Eric on the drug side of things, and from there things get a bit messy for Solo. Solo is not into drugs and in fact the Grave Diggers work hard to keep drugs away from school areas. So the two men come up with a deal - they can both suffer from their association with each other, so privacy is the key.
The drugs are a huge part of this story, as is the worry for the two men about getting caught with each other. Both men have a lot in common, like hating each other's houses for example, but for the longest time, I couldn't see how these two were ever going to work things out - and I like an HEA.
The story can seem a bit harsh, but it has to be taken in context. Solo is in a motorcycle gang, a gang that will kill him if they find out he's gay. Eric might be out at work, but seeing a biker is not something he can put on his resume. Then there is the fact that Solo doesn't do feelings, and Eric tries not to worry about it but knows it's a lost cause. I was getting positively edgy by the middle of the book.
I got to the end of the story relieved, although the ending was a little clichéd. There were a few lose threads left, which makes me hope there will be a second book in this series. I want to know why Rowdy was so grumpy and what the true story was about Solo's father. There were parts of the book I wished had a bit more detail especially with regards to the case that Solo and Eric were working on together - I finished the book not sure if that had been resolved. But overall this was a surprisingly sensitive love story and the epilogue, while it sprung a few extra questions, was a really nice read.
Favorite Line: Touching someone tenderly was new to Solo, and he worried he'd look stupid doing it.