Published: December 29, 2015
Will he claim his heart’s hungry desire for the first time no matter the price?
Boner, the brooding enforcer of the motorcycle club risks his darkest secret to protect Jill, a rebellious young woman and a single mother who’s determined to start a new life for herself, despite her volatile ex-husband from a rival club.
He knows he should stay away from her. She’s much younger. And gorgeous. Generous, funny, brave. And she holds the key to his best friends’ happiness.
But one violent incident changes his mind.
Now thrown together, he can’t help himself. He’s possessive, emotional. And when they finally touch, he feels truly alive for the first time in forever.
And so does she.
But it’s not only desire and the bonds of brotherhood and friendship that keep Boner close to Jill. Hungry for Jill.
It’s his wild, untamed heart.
But when his ugly past rears its head and puts the club at risk, will Boner realize how powerful and true their love is before it’s too late?
So, here is some background info: Boner was Dig’s best friend, and the guy called on to take care of the mess Dig left behind when he killed the drugged out whack job Mole. Mole had kidnapped and sexually assaulted a teen-aged Jill all those years before. It was Mole’s brother who killed Dig in retaliation and shot Grace, his wife, costing her the baby she was carrying and any chance of ever conceiving again. Jill tried to contact Grace and the Jacks to offer her condolences to his loved ones and share how grateful she was Dig saved her and devastated he died doing so, but Boner prevents Jill from getting anywhere near the club, especially Dig’s wife.
Fast forward seventeen years and Jill is a single parent to a little girl and the father of the child being Catch who happens to be a member of The Flames of Hell MC. Jill finally gets to meet Grace through Catch’s sister Tania. Deciding to start anew, Jill cuts ties with Catch and moves to Meager to be close to Tania and to help Catch’s mother who is ill. When Jill discovers that the only way for Grace to have a baby is through surrogacy, she offers to be a surrogate mother for Grace and Lock, fulfilling her need to return the gift of life Dig gave to her.
The surrogacy is secondary to the romance between Boner and Jill. Boner was the hot, gypsy like, wise sage of the One Eyed Jacks but his messed up past was keeping him from trying to be happy with anyone. He maintains an emotional distance from Jill, keeping their connection a purely platonic one, placing her on a pedestal and determined to keep her there. He had quite the “I’m not good enough for her” complex. Even when his walls came down and he let her in, he had an exit strategy.
Jill was able to live her life to the fullest having survived the assault she endured as a teenager to as a way of honoring all Dig had sacrificed for her. I liked how no matter how much of a a$$ Catch was during their relationship, she took responsibility for her part in its demise too.
The plot had a lot going on, but it was easy to follow. Boner’s past had a huge impact on the story and we are given flashbacks throughout the story to clue us into what had happened and how the past continues to affect the future. The grit was there, just doled out in small doses, up until Boner’s past catches up, then it’s there front and center. It didn’t have the same as the previous books, in fact, Iron & Bone had a completely different type of feel. The overall series theme of love and sacrifice was again present with Boner and Jill’s story while at the same time as illustrating how one man’s influence can continue to affect so many in such huge ways, even years after he’s gone.