I think I have become obsessed with MC romances, and it is books like this one that have left me in this state. Running Hot is book 2 in J.L Sheppard's Hell Ryder's MC series - and you should really read book 1 - Running Wild - before you read this one. (Personally I feel you should always read a series in order, and that if a book is part of a series, it is never really "a standalone", but what do I know?)
In Running Hot, we get up close and oh-so-personal with Thomas "Cuss" Layne, the sapphire-eyed biker we met, and let's be honest, crushed on, in book 1. Cuss has been in love with Tiffany for seven years, ever since he first saw her when she was in high school. Since then he has been looking out for her, but he's never done more than that because he considers himself biker trash, and doesn't think he is good enough for her. Little does he know that Tiffany is head over heels in love with him too. Cuss finally decides to make a move and make Tiffany his after her father hires him to scare off a stalker she's been having trouble with. He realizes that he can't live without her. But how hard will it be to go from friends to something more? And will Cuss be able to convince himself that he's good enough for Tiffany?
Let me just say that the main draw for this book is that Cuss is just swoon worthy. He's a total badass, but when it comes to his girl, he is such a softie. There is a lot of will-they-won't-they, and misinterpretation between the two that does get a bit aggravating, but their love story is still so worth it to read. J.L. Sheppard writes men with such brimming emotion that as a reader, I was just captured. She also does a great job of introducing other plot elements that make you want to keep reading the series. So far there are four books about the Hell Ryders. I can only hope that she intends to write more.