Title: The Ballerino and the Biker
Series: The Hedonist #1
Publication date: March 10, 2018
Length: 186 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Most of his young life, Morgan Wentworth has dreamed of becoming a principal dancer in a prestigious corps de ballet. After years studying the art in Milan, Morgan comes home to New York City to apprentice with the Manhattan Ballet Company only to be hit by the unexpected death of his older brother, Jake. The grieving dancer learns his life is threatened by a dangerous rival motorcycle gang and that pierced, tattooed, HOT biker Zeke Ivers has been assigned by Jake’s MC to guard him. Saddled with the constant presence of the infuriating man, Morgan juggles the demands of an exhausting dance schedule as well as his new responsibilities as CEO of his family’s multi-million-dollar company. He never expects to develop an attraction for the straight, obnoxious biker, but that’s exactly what happens.
Estranged from an abusive family, Zeke Ivers has lived at the Sentinel’s club house and worked on cars since he was a teen. When fellow club member Jake Wentworth and a rival club president’s girl are killed on Jake’s bike, the Sentinel’s president delegates the protection of Jake’s little brother, Morgan, to Zeke. Zeke would do anything for the club that pulled him off the streets, but Morgan’s a ballet dancer, for Christ’s sake, as well as annoying as hell. Still, Zeke finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young man. The more attracted Zeke becomes to Morgan, the more the biker is forced to examine his sexuality and decide whether two people from opposite sides of the tracks could possibly have a future together, or if Zeke should do what is fast becoming too painful to consider: let Morgan go.
When The Ballerino and the Biker opened to Morgan standing over the grave of his older brother I knew I was going to feel particularly close to Morgan. I knew that this was a character that was going to be grieving. As the chapter went on I realized with even more clarity, just HOW alone this guy was. On the other side of that I got to watch him evolve into a strong and amazing character.
The author puts Morgan through a whole heck of a lot. I found his best friend to be so vital to his sanity and when push came to shove she did the right thing to make Morgan's life better.
Zeke. So, I had my up and down moments with this guy. He was conflicted and struggling with a lot of demons in his head but there were times that no amount of demons made you treat someone the way he treated Morgan. Knowing all he'd lost and how alone he was should have told him more than anything. So, yeah, Zeke is NOT a person you'd want to determine a mood based on body language or words. He is more a guy that needs you to hold a blinking sign with detailed instructions. And that's okay it really is because he does get his stuff in order.
This story had two parts almost, a little mystery, suspense, and perfect conflict. I really enjoyed this book and was so freaking happy that it ended how it did. It was one of those, THAT is how it had to go down, moments.
It's book one of a series and I am so excited to read more of these guys. I saw a few guys there worthy of their HEA's so I can't wait to read them!
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