Vipers Rule

Stephanie Tyler. Signet Eclipse, $7.99 mass-market (384p) ISBN 978-0-451-47047-8

Tyler combines high-octane drama and red-hot love scenes in her solid second Skulls Creek contemporary (after Vipers Run). After Maddie Wells’s marriage falls apart, she heads home to tiny Skulls Creek, S.C. Tals Garrity leaves the army and goes back to a different band of brothers: his fellow members in Skulls Creek’s Vipers Motorcycle Club. Tals’s twin, Tenn, isn’t exactly thrilled to see the privileged Maddie come back into his brother’s life, given that she hurt Tals badly in high school. But when it becomes obvious someone is targeting Maddie, the brothers team up with the other members of the club to keep her safe. Tals is the consummate bad boy with a heart of gold, and Maddie a classic damsel in distress. But Tyler’s skillful storytelling keeps both characters from being stereotypes, and their story is a sensual treat. Agent: Laura Bradford, Laura Bradford Literary Agency. (July)