A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Allure
Diego Champagne, Sergeant in Arms for the Louisiana Banni motorcycle gang, has grown up tough—half French, half Creole, and all male. Diego loves men, but keeps his sex life on the down-low…until he meets Colby Young, that is.
Colby carries his own baggage. He has his own reasons for not believing in love—reasons he doesn’t share—and he sure as the devil doesn’t like it when he’s forced to accept help from anyone.
When Diego intervenes in a bar brawl during a motorbike rally and saves Colby and his best friend, Spider McGraw, leader of the rival gang Death Proof, it begins to look as if Colby and Diego are going to be joined at the hip. Somebody puts a hit out on Colby, and Spider’s up to his neck in mayhem. When the Banni offer their protection to advance their own game, Colby begins to wonder: is love like artificial moonlight, seductive yet false? Or is it powerful and true, something for which he might risk everything…maybe even his life?
Artificial Moonlight was my first foray into biker gang romances but having heard a lot about one of the authors, DJ Manly, I was intrigued enough to give it a try. A.M. tells the story of Diego and Colby who are part of different biker gangs, both in Austin for a rally.
While both characters are interesting, the story can get a bit muddled and feel broken due to the fact that it is told in the first person from both Diego and Colby. I will be the first to admit that I don’t know much about biker gangs but I did find it hard to believe that there would be so many gay men in a single gang.
All my disbelief aside, the story was compelling, the sex was hot, hot, hot and left the promise of more fun to come. Artificial Moonlight is a short story that’s worth the read.