Cover designed by: AJ Lake
Falling in love will only leave you vexed.
Recent high school graduate, Athena Vale might seem bubbly and uncomplicated, but she has big plans and even bigger dreams, she’s only ever shared with her best friend, Karina. Athena’s strict upbringing has left her curious about taking a walk on the wild side—just once. And she knows exactly who she wants to go wild with.
President of the Iron Bulls MC, Reed “Romeo” Crownover has no shortage of women willing to entertain him. But these days, there’s only one girl on his mind —Athena. When she shows up at his clubhouse on the night of her eighteenth birthday, he decides it’s time to work her out of his system.
But one night turns into two, two turns into three, and soon the no-strings fun turns into something more passionate than either of them expected. An intense romance neither of them have ever experienced or knew they wanted.
She’s half his age.
He doesn’t fit in her world.
She’s leaving for Los Angeles to start a new life in a few days.
Their connection was vexed from the start.
Vexed is the fourth novella in the Iron Bulls MC series. Although Romeo and Athena make brief appearances in the first three books, Vexed can be read as a stand-alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger.
All day I begged Karina to let me tag along to her boyfriend’s motorcycle club, but now that I’m here, I’m terrified.
The reality is so much scarier than all the things I’ve fantasized about since the first time I visited the Iron Bulls MC’s clubhouse.
A few weeks ago, I’d dropped Karina off to visit her boyfriend. I hadn’t expected the president of the club to take an interest me. The intensity of his deep blue eyes tied my tongue in knots and I made a fool of myself. That had been during the middle of the day. Things were relatively calm.
Tonight, the clubhouse is in the middle of a big celebration, and I’ve never seen some of sex acts being done around me. Not even on those five-minute Pornhub clips I’ve snuck a peek at once or twice when I found my way around my parents’ firewall.
My best friend has been keeping serious secrets. It blows my mind Karina hangs out around this erotic mayhem and never told me. I’m utterly shocked and throbbing with curiosity about everything I see.
You’re a whore just like your friend.
I give myself a shake, hoping to silent my parents’ ever-present criticism and focus. I swore if I had another chance to talk to Romeo, I wouldn’t embarrass myself. Yet here I am, gawking like a scared little girl.
This is the scene Romeo’s used to. The kind of behavior he expects. Sexy, confident girls. Not virgins who have no idea what they’re doing.
Well, some idea.
But my ex-boyfriend, Bobby, might as well have been an armadillo for all the similarity he has to Romeo.
The arrogance of having a road name like Romeo. Either he’s really good in the sack or has a micro penis.
God, I hope it’s not micro penis.
The way he’s staring at me and running his hand over a chin full of scruff, I think I’m about to find out.
“Did you have a good birthday?” he asks while watching me as if I’m the only person in the room.
Because he wants to get in your panties, idiot.
He doesn’t even pretend he’s not checking me out. His deep sapphire eyes gleam with sex and mischief while they appreciate my long, bare legs, covered by a short, frilly skirt. I practically feel the weight of his gaze as it moves up my body, over my hips, and over the swells of my breasts, barely concealed by the flimsy fabric of my camisole.
“Not really. I think you can make it better, though.” Where the hell did I find the lady balls to say that?
Romeo likes my forwardness. A feral smile lights up his face. Hell help me, this man’s insanely hot. The beard scruff doesn’t hide the hard angles of his jaw. The fitted T-shirt he’s wearing under his leather vest hints at the rock-hard body underneath. Tattoos peek out from every available inch of skin. His thick, dark hair seems too wild to be contained and falls over his forehead in a way that declares badass. Every inch of him screams reckless, gruff, crude, dirty, dangerous, and utterly irresistible.
I’m so in over my head with this guy…this man.
And I can’t wait to see what happens next.
If you read my reviews of the Iron Bulls MC stories, then you pick up real quick I have a ridiculous love for Dante, Sargent-at-Arms of the Iron Bulls. Well, Romeo just took a huge chunk of that love for himself and Athena took another!
Let me start by explaining a little about Athena. The girl is young. Young in age and young in experience, but not so young she doesn’t have a clear view of what she does and doesn’t want out of life. An acting career is one and Romeo is another. She’s known for quite some time that she was going to California right after graduation to pursue her dream. Nothing was stopping her from her dream. And so she planned it. She saved the money. She set up living arrangements. She was ready for this. And then she met Romeo … *sigh* and her girlie parts started singing 🙂 lol From the moment she set eyes on the Iron Bull’s President, she was a goner. But like I mentioned earlier, she may have been young in age and experience, but she was far from stupid. She knew if she ever got a chance to be with Romeo it would be a very fleeting thing, but she didn’t care. He set her on fire from the inside out with just a look. He was powerful and enigmatic and she couldn’t wait to get a taste of him …
Reed “Romeo” Crownover is the President of the Iron Bulls MC. The man has no problem keeping his bed warm at night. He’s self-assured bordering on arrogant and to the world he’s nothing less than an asshole. He knows what he wants and he goes after it. He doesn’t play games and he always gets what he wants. Until Athena …. Athena turns him inside out. From the moment he laid eyes on her he knew he had to have her. What he wasn’t counting on was having his world turned upside down. He’s a one and done man. As President, he can’t afford to feel and he sure as hell can’t afford to lose control. But Athena makes him question everything he’s ever known ….
The story of Athena and Romeo is a very sexually charged story. It is the sexual aspect of their relationship that drives their journey. As in all Phoenyx Slaughter books, it is the sexual nature of all her characters that is the driving force behind her stories. What she writes is sexual in nature and it pushes the boundaries. To put it simply, the journeys in her books are all about the sex. And she does it flawlessly! There is sex at every turn but it is woven into the story/relationship in a way where it belongs. Any other way and the story would be wrong.
There’s going to be a lot of you that will want to scream at both Athena and Romeo for things that happen in the book. But you should always keep in mind that everything happens for a reason and no relationship is ever rainbows and gumdrops. Decisions and choices by both Romeo and Athena are made in this story that will shock you and maybe leave a bad taste in your mouth. But they HAD to happen. Pay real close attention to who Athena is and where she comes from and do the same for Romeo. It will not take away the shock, but it will allow you to empathize with them and understand them and their choices.
I cannot sing my praises high enough for not only Vexed, but the entire Iron Bulls MC series. It’s a growing series. Every character continues to grow as the stories unfold. Romeo and Athena’s journey is far from over. It’s only just begun. This is not a cliffhanger book, but it also does not wrap up like a present. Because what in life really does? This is a HFN with a beautiful bright future ahead. Phoenyx has outdone herself once again!
ARC provided for blog tour review
Phoenyx “Nyx” Slaughter has many roles, including writer, reader, and roughneck wrangler. She loves taboo stories—the filthier the better.
She loves to travel and meet new people with similar interests. Feel free to visit her on facebook or send her an email: NyxSlaughter@gmail.com