Lauren Grahame has spent her whole life thinking something special was going to happen. She didn’t know what it was, she just knew it would one day be hers. But she learned the hard way that special wasn’t on offer.
So, after divorcing her cheating husband, Lauren searched for nothing special and she thought she found it when she landed a job as a waitress in a biker bar in Carnal. It was perfect: a nothing job in a nowhere bar in Nowheresville.
Then Tatum Jackson walked in. Part-owner of the bar, he took one look at high-class Lauren and wanted nothing to do with her. And he made this known, loudly.
Tate’s angry insults seared in her brain, Lauren decides the feeling is mutual and she doesn’t want anything to do with the gloriously handsome Tate Jackson. The clash of the bartender and barmaid begins but, even though Tate makes his change of mind clear (in biker-speak, a language Lauren is not fluent in), Lauren is intent on going her own way.
Until a serial killer hits Carnal and Lauren finds out Tate isn’t a bartender, he’s a bounty hunter. He stakes his claim for Lauren before he goes on the hunt for a killer but Laurie doesn’t speak biker nor does she understand bounty hunters and Tate comes back from the hunt to find his old lady has moved on.
Life throws curveball after curveball at Laurie and Tate. As secrets are revealed, women are brutally murdered, and Lauren tries to find her inner biker babe.
I absolutely love Tate and Lauren. Tate is the badass biker boy we all wish we had. Lauren is the suburbia escapee looking for a new start in life. When she stumbles into Carnal, Colorado and gets a job at the only biker bar in town, her life changes dramatically, and all for the better. Tate is slow to catch on, but once he does there is no stopping him from getting what he wants. He's domineering, the typical alpha male. But Lauren gives attitude back in the trademark KA way. There was lots of action in this one, but there was also a lot of "normal". And the normal is what slowed it down for me. I was, at times, a little bored. And that is really hard to do in a Kristen Ashley book, but there it is. I loved the whole cast of characters in Carnal, they were a lot of fun to read. And even though this did bog for me a little (it took me 5 days to finish it), I still enjoyed it.