August 17, 2019 24 min to read
Review: Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology by Various Authors
Category : Reviews
Get ready to go for a thrill ride with 20 dangerous bad boys who live on the wrong side of the law!
This anthology of never before released stories about bikers, gangsters, and vigilantes features 20 of your favorite bestselling authors!
Included in the anthology:
Lane Hart, NYT bestselling author – Dalton : ATF Agent Bradley never suspected that the pretty, charismatic bastard was actually an unrepentant thief, born to be an outlaw.
Angela Snyder, NYT bestselling author – Devious: When the moment comes to take my revenge on Victoria’s father, will I be able to pull the trigger if it means losing her forever?
Sybil Bartel, USAT bestselling author – Hard Limit : I didn’t survive growing up in the nation’s most violent cult only to be taken out by an innocent blonde.
Rachel Lyn Adams – Mac (Desert Sinners MC #1): The moment she walked into the clubhouse I knew she was off-limits. That wasn’t going to stop me from making her mine.
Kim Bailey – Claiming Chaos: Kira was a voice in the dark and a threat to his control. A chaotic beauty who Bodhi must fight, kill for or claim as his own.
Laramie Briscoe – Creeker (Red Creek Renegades #1): As a Creeker, I live by two rules. Don’t f**k Banner Clark and don’t get caught doing illegal shit, but then again I’ve never been a fan of rules.
Marissa Dobson – Road to Kaytlyn: It takes kidnapping to bring two separated lovers together, but can they survive the walk through Hell?
Geri Glenn – Hood Rat: Georgia knew the south side was going to be rough, but she never dreamed she’d come up against anyone quite like Tripp.
Amanda Heartley – Flynn: Bad Breed MC: Violence has followed me all my life, and it got worse the day I joined the Bad Breed MC.
Marie James – Desperate Beginnings: A Ravens Ruin Prequel: My dreams never contained hope. My nightmares always included brutality. For me, it was always a desperate beginning.
Keri Lake – Absolution : After one of his penitents confesses a brutal murder, Father Damon breaks canon law to mete out justice and ends up an unlikely pawn to the woman who witnesses his crime.
Daphne Loveling – Rebel Ink: A Lords of Carnage MC Novella: Six is on the run, and she collides with Bullet. He protects what’s his, and she’s been his from the moment they met.
Liberty Parker – Walking the Crossroad: When Jasper and Knuckles started their MC, it was due to the Crossroads they found themselves crossing in life.
S.H. Richardson – Dread Masonry Ink: One hardened man looking for redemption. A broken girl looking for safety. An unlikely alliance forged in stone.
Roxy Sinclaire – SEALed to Protect: Could she believe that he was her protector? Or just her family’s traitor?
Winter Travers – Drop a Gear and Disappear: Kings of Vengeance MC: The only person I ever loved, taken by the men who wanted me dead. They may have her now, but vengeance will be mine.
Erin Trejo – Dark Savage: I’ve lowered myself to their standards to keep my club safe.
Ladies love me.
That’s not arrogance; it’s just the truth.
I give them a night they’ll never forget. One they’ll tell their friends about to make them jealous. A night their future husbands won’t be able to live up to.
Oh, yeah, I’m that good.
Tonight, though, I’m actually on a mission for our club, the Savage Kings MC. And I’m certain that the beautiful blonde ATF agent I’m getting ready to approach at the bar isn’t going to want to share our hot little hookup story for anyone. Ever.
My good looks are my secret weapon. No one ever suspects that a pretty, charismatic bastard like me is actually an unrepentant thief who was born to be an outlaw.
I’m a dangerous son of a bitch, but no one ever sees it coming.
Book 1: Dalton by Lane Hart
Genre: Romance – Romance, Opposites, MC, Bad Boys
Part of a Series: Yes Book 6 of the Savage Kings MC series
POV: Dalton and Peyton
Steam Level: Hot
Fun, sexy, and funny Dalton is a sexy story of an ATF agent and a MC member falling for each other despite the forces keeping them apart. I don’t read many MC book but this one was quite a lot of fun – both the mystery of Peyton’s investigation and how they both push each other’s buttons. Dalton was quite hot and I’d definitely read more of Lena Hart’s books, and this series.
- No one, not even an ATF agent, will ever suspect that a pretty, charismatic bastard like myself is actually and unrepentant thrief who was born to be an outlaw.
- Conducting a background checks on potential suitors seemed a little extreme.
When I meet Victoria, it’s not for the first time like she believes.
Victoria doesn’t remember me.
We met years ago when we were children. When we were innocent.
But my innocence and childhood were stolen from me by her father.
And now she’s the key to finally getting my revenge.
I have a plan in place. A simple one. Make her fall for me, so that I can get back at the man who destroyed my life and murdered my family.
I’ll use her. Take what I want. And not give a single f**k.
But the closer I get to Victoria, the more my old, locked away feelings for her start to resurface and bleed through my dark heart.
And when the moment comes to take my revenge, will I be able to pull the trigger if it means I could ultimately lose her forever?
**Note: Devious is Book 1 of the Deviant Series and is not intended to be read as a standalone. Victorious, Book 2 of the Deviant Series and the conclusion of the duet, is now available for pre-order on Amazon and will be published in March of 2019.**
Book 2: Devious by Angela Snyder
Genre: Romance – Dark, enemies-to-lovers, second-chance, mafia
Standalone: Nope – ends on a cliffhanger
Part of a Series: Book 1 of 2 in the Deviant Series
POV: Victoria and Arlo/Damon
Steam Level: Warm
I appreciated the warning ahead of time that Devious was a cliffhanger I seriously hate cliffhangers but hate them more if it’s a surprise at the end. I debated about actually reading this book in the Wanted Anthology but decided to do so since I haven’t ever read Angela Snyder and the premise was intriguing. Overall Devious was okay. Written well with much build up. I’d like to find out what happens and how Damon will redeem himself.
- Running is peaceful to me, because my brain shuts down all the extra band thoughts and just focuses on the task at hand. Some might say I’m running from my past. Those people would probably be right.
- It’s like I’m an addict, and she’s my preferred brand of heroin.
Hard Limit (Alpha Antihero Series Book 1)
One f*cking breath.
That’s all I needed.
Air in my lungs so I could exhale through the pain.
My ribs broken, my face in the mud, one leg useless, I tried and failed to lift my head. Mosquitoes swarmed, and the sun dropped. I wasn’t gonna die out here. No f*cking way. I was Tarquin Scott, and that was a hard limit. One arm crawl after another, I needed to man up.
I wasn’t dead yet.
But then I heard her voice, angel soft and breathless, and I wondered if I’d been kidding myself. I didn’t have time to figure it out. A small hand landed on my back and I fisted my bloody knife.
I wasn’t gonna die tonight. But someone else was.
*HARD LIMIT is the first book in the Alpha Antihero Series.
The Alpha Antihero Series
Book 3: Hard Limit by Sybil Bartel
Genre: Romance – Dark
Part of a Series: Book 1 (of 3) of the Alpha Antihero series
POV: Tarquin and Shaila
Steam Level: Toasty
Did I mention that I hate cliffhangers? No? I hate cliffhangers! Hate them even more when I’m blindsided by said cliffhanger. You’ve been warned.
Now that that’s out of my system I found this book simultaneously intriguing and annoying. The premise was fun the but accents/stereotypes were over the top. I don’t even know what else to say about this book that won’t give anything away. On the fence about wanted to see what happens?
- “You dumb shit, motherfucker.: Out of breath, I kicked him. “And, that’s for making me sweart. Real ladies don’t cuss like a sailor.”
- My mouth, not one to be left out by my crazy, followed suit and I made the second-biggest mistake of my life.
From the moment I saw Kate, I wanted her, and for more than just a quick turn in the sheets. Except, she’s my club president’s newfound daughter and completely off-limits.
Loyalty and trust are two of the most important values of the Desert Sinners. As an officer and one of Viking’s most reliable members, falling for the girl I was asked to protect could cause more than just problems within the club.
As simmering tensions with a rival club grow to a boil, and problems from Kate’s past come back to haunt her, my allegiance to the club and the desires of my heart are destined to collide.
I only hope I won’t lose everything in the destruction.
***Mac was originally published as part of USAT best-selling Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology. No changes to the story have been made.***
Book 4: Mac by Rachel Lyn Adams
Genre: Romance, suspense
Standalone: Mostly – Kat and Mac’s story is complete but the larger mystery is unfinished
Part of a Series: Yes: Book 1 of the Desert Sinners MC
POV: Kate and Mac
Steam Level: Toasty
Mac is the first book I’ve read by Rachel Lyn Adams. It was a fun, quick read. I’d definitely read more of her books and this series. I liked the guys and the world that Adams built. This was definitely a great addition to this anthology.
Hit-man, Bodhi Decker never loses control. His plan is to stay in the shadows and kill the next man on his list. Until Kira Nakamura crosses his path in a blaze of gunfire and mayhem.
She’s an enigmatic beauty with a wild will, deadly moves, and a target on her back. Despite her resistance and his better judgment, Bodhi’s drawn to protect her.
But it’s not only his life he risks.
As Bodhi’s list grows, he must choose. Follow his plan and maintain his carefully crafted control. Or follow his heart and claim Kira’s chaos as his own.
Claiming Chaos was previously released as part of the USA TODAY Best-Seller, Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology..
Book 5: Claiming Chaos by Kim Bailey
I stopped reading this book about a chapter and a half in (or two and a half). I couldn’t get into the story. Maybe because I knew it was a cliffhanger, maybe not. I’m not sure I just know that I couldn’t get into it. The portion I did read was written well.
- Kids were never on my hit list–I was a killer for hire, not a fucking psychopath. Not yet, anyway.
Book 6: Creeker by Laramie Briscoe
Genre: Romance – MC, Forbidden
Standalone: No. This is the prequel to an upcoming book
Part of a Series: Yes Prequel to the upcoming Sacrifice
POV: Hawk and Banner
Steam Level: Slow Burn
I started this book knowing it’s a prequel. However I’ve heard good things about Laramie Briscoe so decided to give it a chance. I’m glad I did and think I’ve found another author to follow. Creeker sucked me in from the start. I whipped through this story and will be looking for Sacrifice.
It takes a kidnapping to bring two separated lovers together, but can they survive the journey through Hell?
After spending three years in prison, Jax Easton has two things on his mind: the woman he left behind and revenge. He never expected a kidnapping would bring them back together and put them on the same path—a path to a freedom.
Kaytlyn Esposito has lived under her father’s thumb all her life, playing the dutiful daughter and pawn more times than she can remember. But when he sells her to save himself that’s where she draws the line. It’s time to remove his hold on her and to move on with her life.
Torn apart by Jax’s need to save her, can they come together again and find something that makes everything worth fighting for? Their journey through Hell will be hot but love must find a way to prevail.
Book 7: Road to Kaytlyn by Marissa Dobson
Genre: Romance: Second chance, dark, bodyguard, mafia
Part of a Series: I don’t think so
POV: Kaytlyn and Jax
Steam Level: Toasty
Road to Kaytlyn was a quick novella. It was a fun addition to this anthology with another author I haven’t read before. I love second chance romance and this one was quite fun. My only complaint is that the point of conflict was glossed over and didn’t feel satisfying. But overall quite fun and I can see a book for her cousin (if there isn’t already one).
- Her safety was the one thing that matter to him. Her happiness was a close second buy in this case protecting her would override all else.
- “Fuck baby, you’re going to be the death of me.”…”I want to be your life. Not your death.”
- Sometimes you have to travel through hell in order to find your piece of heaven.
USA Today Bestselling Author Geri Glenn returns with an unforgettable story of hardship, strength, determination and love in the most unlikely of places.
A rich girl trying to save the world. A hood rat living by a moral code of his own creation.
Georgia knew the south side was going to be rough, but she never dreamed she’d come up against anyone quite like Tripp. When Tripp’s kid brother gets caught up with a local street gang, the two of them have no choice but to set aside their differences and work together.
You’ve read the novella in the Wanted Anthology, but Hood Rat is back and better than ever. Now a full length novel! Prepare yourself to fall in love with Tripp and Georgia all over again.
Book 8: Hood Rat by Geri Glenn
Genre: Romance – opposites
Part of a Series: No but their story is being expanded into a full-length novel later
POV: Georgia and Tripp
Steam Level: Slow burn
I’ll be honest – this story surprised me. I judged it by its name and almost skipped it. Luckily I’m a bit OCD and had to try it before skipping. I’m glad I did because Hood Rat was good. A great addition to this anthology and the subgenre of Opposites and/or good girl/bad boy rich girl/poor boy and even single-father since Tripp is raising his brothers and sisters.
Book 9: Flynn by Amanda Heartley
Genre: Romance, MC
Part of a Series: No
POV: Flynn and Jo
Steam Level: Slow Burn to toasty
Flynn was a good addition to this anthology. I don’t want to say too much and give anything away but I will say that it was a fun ride and I adore Flynn’s soft inside.
- There’s something about trauma – time really doesn’t heal anything.
- Detachment is an art…and I’m good at it.
**Desperate Beginnings is the prequel to the Ravens Ruin MC Series, helping to explain why the club is the way is. It’s not much of a romance, but a segue into the romantic suspense series.**
I don’t realize I’m the monster in this story until the rope is already snug around my neck.
Every order, every move, every attempt to make things better only dig my grave a little deeper.
Until this point in my life, I’d fought, killed, and bled to build my club, to prove to my son what kind of man was needed to lead Ravens Ruin MC.
Who could’ve predicted that he’d be a bigger monster than I ever dreamed?
Book 10: Desperate Beginnings by Marie James
A Ravens Ruin Prequel
I started reading this book last night before I started falling asleep. I got to chapter four before stopping. I liked that the author warned us, the readers, that it wasn’t a romance story and that the characters were a$$h013s. She wasn’t lying. I woke up in middle of the night and I realized how much I didn’t enjoy the three Chase I read, not did I want to continue reading this story in order to try to get back to sleep, not did I want to finish the story. I saw no redeeming qualities and found the main character quite stupid. I’m glad he was killed off in the very beginning. Lol Sorry. I don’t mind reading about jerks but they at least need to be compelling ones.
Book 11: Absolution by Kari Lake
Genre: Romance – Dark, Suspense
Standalone: Mostly The story ends at a good point but definitely more to the story
Part of a Series: Book 1?
POV: Damon and Ivy
Steam Level: Hot
Not for the faint of heart, Absolution by Kari Hart is sexy, violent and funny. Father Damon is wrestling with his spirituality and is pushed over the edge by a confession The conflict between past and present, good and evil is well done. Definitely an author I’d read again
- Sex can be a powerful and manipulative tool, if properly wielded.
- Opportunity can be a surprising little bitch who shows us shows up when you least expect it.
- Killing a person isn’t supposed to feel like doing the world a favor, an yet, that’s exactly what I feel.
- The most wonderful things in life are blessings we don’t see coming.
Book 12: Rebel Ink by Daphne Loveling A Lords of Carnage MC Novella
Genre: Romance, suspense, MC
Part of a Series: Yes a novella in the Lords of Carnage MC
POV: Six and Bullet
Steam Level: Quite Toasty
I’ve heard of but have never read Daphne Loveling. If Rebel Ink is any indication then I’d definitely enjoy her book. Rebel Ink was a great mix of suspense and steam. I loved the banter between Bullet and Six. This was quite a fun read.
USA Today’s Best Selling Author brings you a new MC. This is the Prequel to the upcoming series Crossroad Soldiers MC.
Originally part of USA Today’s best selling anthology – Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology
When I got out of the military I was at a crossroads in my life. But like any good soldier who longed for brotherhood, I started an MC with one of my closest friends, who’d also been one of my brothers in the special forces. It was hard for us to adapt and we longed for the bonds that we created. That’s when the Crossroad Soldiers was formed. That was twenty-years ago. Yeah, we’re not considered good men because of the dealings we have. But, we do have our boundaries and morals. I also married my high school sweetheart, and together we formed a family that is impenetrable. She is the love of my life, my one weakness in life other than our children.
When my man Jasper left for the service, I never imagined he’d be changed to the degree he was when he returned. I knew at first glance that he was missing something. When he came to me about the idea of the MC, I knew that I could either stand by him and support him, or lose him forever. That wasn’t something I was willing to do. He was and is the love of my life. With me by his side, we formed a different type of family. One who would take a bullet for you and never ask for an apology for the outcome. As an old lady, we are prepared for the possibility that once our man walks out that door it may be the last time he’s held us in his arms or placed his lips upon ours. Is it a perfect relationship? No, but what fun would that be?
There is a new enemy in town. Can they come out of this unscathed? Or will their family and MC forever be changed?
Meant for readers over the age of 18
Book 13: Walking the Crossroads by Liberty Parker
Crossroad Soldiers MC
Genre: Romance, MC, military
Standalone: mostly – the story ends but the epilogue opens it to the future generations
Part of a Series: part of the Crossroad Soldiers MC
POV: Jasper and Miracle
Steam Level: Hot
This was another fun book in this anthology. It was sexy and emotional A fun roller coaster of decisions that reminds the reader that not all choices are the right ones but family comes first.
Never trust anyone.
They all betray you in the end.
They call me Dread, but what’s in a name? Don’t mess with me, and I won’t fuck with you. Simple. I’m an ex-con and a drifter. My victim wants to punish me, keep me running for the rest of my life, but her time is nearly up. This is just supposed to be another small town to kick around in until my debt to society is paid. Masonry Ink may be a reason to stick around… if I survive.
I made a mistake three years ago, and I am still paying the price for it. My parents threw me away. I’m alone and frightened, living a life that is one big disappointment after another. Until the day my new housemate blows into town. Tattooed and crass, he should scare the pants off me. Perhaps that’s what he had in mind all along. I’m ready to reclaim my life again. Fear won’t stop me. The days of playing victim are over.
One hardened man looking for redemption.
A broken girl searching for safety.
An unlikely alliance forged in stone
Originally published as part of the USA Today Best-Selling Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology now extended to a full length novel.
Book 14: Dread (Masonry Ink) by SH Richardson
I’m not sure where to start my review of this book. I liked it but hated the cliffhanger.
- Trust is earned, not forced.
Book 15: SEALed to Protect by Roxy Sinclaire
Genre: Romance – Suspense, mafia, bodyguard, military SEAL
Part of a Series: No
POV: Madeline and Blake
Steam Level: Warm
This was my first Rosie Sinclair book and I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. While a good, emotional story it felt rushed and was a bit of a letdown.
They tried to make me disappear.
I thought I had found the brotherhood I had been searching for.
A club to fill the nagging void.
Till they took the woman I loved and left me for dead.
They may have her now, but things are about to change.
Vengeance will be mine.
You’ve read the novella in the Wanted Anthology, but Drop a Gear and Disappear is back and better than ever. Prepare to ride with the Kings of Vengeance.
Book 16: Drop a Gear and Disappear by Winter Tracers
Genre: Romance – Suspense, IF
Part of a Series: Book 1 of the Kings of Vengeance MC
POV: Quinn and Limber
Steam Level: Some
This was a fun addition to This anthology and definitely a series I’d continue reading. The author’s use of humor during the intense scenes was masterful. Definitely a great read.
- If you’re breathing, you’re fighting. Even if it feels like death.
- A lie can be more telling than the truth.
- Love, lust, hatred…They’re all connected. One just as easily substituted for the next.
- Before you give yourself over to revenge, you need to know who your enemy is.
As president of the Dark Savage MC, I knew
my role. I also knew that if I wanted to
remain in control I had to make
sacrifices. In my world being an FBI
informant was considered a rat. I wasn’t
a rat in my mind. I did what I had to do
to keep my club on top of the game.
Charlie Richmond wasn’t part of that plan.
The girl swooped into my life, my world like a
tornado ripping her way through
everything I’d worked so hard to build.
When her truth becomes mine, the world
around us threatens to crumble. I find
myself on the verge of killing myself to
My name is Marcus “Savage” Turner and
I’m ready to bring this world to its knees.
Book 17: Dark Savage by Erin Trejo
While definitely noow it played out.t a traditional romance read Dark Savage was sexy and violent, filled with suspense and action. Overall and liked how it played out.
Before Us (A Next Generation Novella)
Our relationship was toxic.
When she slipped out of my hotel room, I made it my mission to have her back in my bed.
And when we finally crashed, I’d have to save her from the one person she trusted most…
Book 18: Before Us by J. M. Walker
Genre: Romance – Suspense, second-chance, MC, friends-to-lovers
Part of a Series: No
POV: Piper and Jaron
Steam Level: Hot
Before Us was fun and different I’d love to read an extended version of this book and more of these characters.
Hold on tight for a ride down memory lane in this Savage Kings MC prequel!
Chase Fury reminisces with his new cellmate Abe Cross about his days prospecting for the MC, in an attempt to entice him to join the Kings.
You’ll find out more about Deacon Fury, the founding member of the Savage Kings, and then go back to the very beginning, when Chase meets the love of his life.
Book 19: King’s Road by D. B. West
Savage Kings MC and Prequel to Chase
King’s Road was good. A non traditional romance. I liked the story telling and the fact that it wasn’t a cliffhanger but truly a great prequel that makes you want to read more but also makes it so you don’t have to in order to get a complete story.
From USA Today best-selling author Trisha Wolfe comes one of her most darkly intense thrillers.
To hunt a killer, I search the darkest corners of Seattle. As a private investigator, I comb through the seediest organizations to locate my prey.
There’s a monster roaming the streets, and his blue, stone-cold eyes are all I see when I close mine. That he lives haunts my waking hours. Through the storm, I watched him murder a man. I saw his evil. And when the moment strikes to exact my revenge, he steals the only witness to his crime.
In his cellar, I unravel every dark and twisted secret; the sordid mystery that entangles both our lives. When the storm passes, and the dark chamber has heard our confessions, which one of us will survive the truth?
Note: Cellar Door was previously a part of the USA Today best-selling Wanted Anthology. It has since been revised for this edition.
Book 20: Cellar Door by Trisha Wolfe
A unique story. Dark and twisted Cellar Door explores the lengths one would go for revenge. This is one of those haunting stories that will stay with you – making you go through the darkness and into the light.