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The appeal of the anti-hero by L.M. Somerton

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The Wyverns was never meant to be a series. The first story, Mantrap, was written for the Hard Riders Anthology – a collection of biker short stories. “Make it gritty”, I was told. “And hot.” Though BDSM was not the central theme of the story, I’m afraid I reverted to type and Rogue Hellaby, the leader of The Wyverns, did turn out to be a Dom. Rogue and his friends appealed to readers more than I ever expected and so the series was born. Short stories about each of the main characters, giving them a bit more page space than the original story allowed. Sand Trap, the fourth book in the series, is out this week. I hope it doesn’t disappoint those readers who have demanded Crow and Shelton’s story.

The success of the series made me think about the appeal of anti-heroes. None of the characters in The Wyverns is particularly moral – indeed the gang skates around the edges of the law most of the time.

“An anti-hero is a flawed hero, and therefore, much more interesting than the more traditional heroes. They can be working on the side of good, but with a tragic flaw, or a horrible past, or for reasons that are selfish and not entirely “pure.” They can also be working for the side of evil, but with hidden noble intentions, or other underlying complexities. These darker heroes can be jerks, pathetic, hard, jaded, or mean. However, all anti-heroes must have enough heroic qualities, intentions, or strength to somehow gain the sympathy of the audience.” – Urban Dictionary

There are far too many different interpretations of the anti-hero to claim only one definition but the quote above, from the Urban Dictionary, rings true in many ways for The Wyverns. They aren’t traditional heroic characters – they are far darker, with shady pasts and moral compasses that definitely avoid true-north.

So what makes a character wrought with flaws and issues, so compelling? Perhaps it’s because we want to see people like us, people with flaws and mixed morals. Not that we are all closet renegade bikers, of course. But reading about people who flout the rules and don’t always make the morally correct decision is fun. There’s a kind of bravery about people who are brave enough to go their own way when we are often tied by societal norms. It’s cathartic to let go, even if it is only through fiction.

Life isn’t simple. We all have baggage. Insecurities and regrets are part of life. If we invest time and energy in a character, it’s satisfying to know they have the same complex emotions as we do. The Wyverns may be flawed, their actions questionable – but their motives are always pure. They defend the weak, combat evil and do it with little consideration of their own lives.

So, The Wyverns series is about adventure with a thread of romance. Even anti-heroes deserve love after all. Each book highlights some very real issues. White supremacy, cartels, drug and gun running and, in the latest release, People trafficking. But be assured, The Wyverns always come out on top (no pun intended).

If you enjoy hot men in leather straddling powerful motorcycles, fighting evil whilst attempting to find love, then this series might just be for you. AT the very least you can indulge in the guilty pleasure of rooting for the bad boys.

Series blurb

With a reputation akin to a nest of pit vipers with attitude, The Wyverns raise hell and leave chaos in their wake. Forced together because the alternatives are worse, they form the ultimate dysfunctional family. But how did this bunch of badass bikers end up baking in the arid heat of southern Arizona?

Never judge a book by its cover and never judge a biker by the patches on his leathers. Behind the intimidating façade, The Wyverns are organised, intelligent and committed to relieving the cartels of their wealth. Ejected from various branches of law enforcement and the military, they share a healthy disregard for authority and a collective appreciation of the male anatomy. They also have the skills to make crime pay—talents recognised by the shady, manipulative bastard called Trap who pulls their strings from behind the scenes.

The Wyverns are expendable. Surviving in their world takes guts and gritty determination. Little wonder that the attractions of BDSM appeal to men that live their lives on a knife-edge. But even those who crave the adrenaline rush of danger search for the one elusive soul mate that makes life worth living. This series follows the members of The Wyverns as they risk everything for love.

Sand Trap

Exposing secrets can be lethal.

Crow has had his eye on baby-faced Shelton since the young man became part of the Wyverns, but Crow is a committed Dom and unsure that Shelton is ready, or willing, to become his submissive. Getting trapped together during a dust storm provides an opportunity to find out.

When the dust settles, the winds have scoured the desert and uncovered a shallow grave full of bodies. Smuggling people across the border is big business and Crow knows that the traffickers will not want their gruesome secret revealed to the authorities.

When Shelton is taken and used as collateral, Crow and the Wyverns have to decide just how far they are prepared to go to serve justice and save Shelton’s life.

General Release Date: 2nd May 2017

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About the Author

LM lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.

She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.

LM is winner of the National Leather Association’s Pauline Reage Award for best novel and the 2016 Golden Flogger Award for best BDSM novel in the LGBT category. She has received multiple Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards and won the Action and Adventure category of Divine Magazine’s Book Awards in 2015. You can track her down online here:

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