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Book Review – Ryker by Megan O’Brien

More than a decade ago, I walked away from Hawthorne Nevada and the only boy I ever loved.  When Piper Owens returns home to care for her father and to try to pick up the pieces following her mother’s death, she needs that boy rykermore than ever.  But Ryker Black isn’t a boy anymore and he’s not interested in reliving the past. Now a patched member of the Knight’s Motorcycle Club, Ryker has a building threat from another club to worry about. As Piper fights to rebuild her family’s dream and to overcome her loss, can Ryker put aside past hurt in order to build a future?  This is the story of Piper and Ryker. The fourth installment in the Ride Series Ryker can be read as a stand-alone but it’s recommended that you read the other three books in the series first.     

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Book 4 (and NOT THE LAST, yeah!!!:) book in the Ride series focuses on Ryker Black, younger brother of Axel (book 3).  Ryker and Axel had a hard life growing up, with an alcoholic mom and abusive dad, and as a child, Ryker found solace in the home of Piper Owens and her family.

10 years ago, Piper left Nevada (and Ryker) to go to USC.  Ryker was devastated.  Fast forward 10 years and Piper has come home because her mother has passed away and her father is having a hard time dealing with her death.  Piper gets a part time job at a day care and Mason, Jill’s son, goes there.  Ryker helps out with Mason, and he and Piper have a few run ins.  Piper is still in love with Ryker; Ryker is not showing the same feelings to Piper.

Piper and Ryker end up getting together, and it’s a little anti-climactic.  It was like “hey, you broke my heart, no problem.”    But I’m sure Ryker never stopped loving Piper.

There was some drama with a rival biker gang, and with Ryker’s mom.  This was a very fast read, and I’m really glad this series isn’t over.  I’m excited for the next book, even though this wasn’t my favorite.

Happy reading.

 

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Book Review – Axel by Megan O’Brien

More than a year ago, Sophie disappeared without a trace. axelWhen she turns up again, she’s a different woman with one big secret and Axel will stop at nothing to make her his.  Sophie was once afraid of the world. In her time away she’s learned a hell of a lot except to rely on anyone other than herself.  When Axel comes careening back into her life he demands just that and so much more.  He won’t take no for an answer.  As the threats build from all sides Axel will stop at nothing to protect those he loves.

4 out of 5 stars

The third book in the Ride series is the story of Axel and Sophie.  I read Sal in October 2014,  and kind of forgot the gist of the series, but I was quickly reminded of the characters and their backstory.

The beginning of the book finds Sophie learning some news that has her fleeing.  The reason why is really predictable and kind of dumb, but it is what it is.

Regardless of the circumstances, Axel finds Sophie and brings her back to Nevada.  She has a hard time trusting him at first, after the way he acted.  But there are circumstances that cause her to trust Axel, no matter what.

I freaking loved Axel.  I was such a dominant alpha male.  I liked Sophie, though her reason for leaving was so dumb.  I love the supporting cast in this series, and really thought I knew how things were going to end.  Turns out I was wrong.

I’m looking forward to Ryker’s story next.

Happy reading.

 

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Book Review – Grit by J.C. Valentine

Gabby Morgan isn’t looking for love. Not even a little romance. Following a rocky past that she’d just as soon forget, she’s determined to focus on the future. One that most certainly doesn’t involve the tough-as-nails, short-on-words, hot-as-hell biker…or his kid.grit

Blake Mahone may not be done with women, but he’s finished with relationships. Then Gabby Morgan enters the picture. She’s flawless, refined, and as his kid’s teacher, way out of his league. She acts like she hates him, but her eyes tell a different story. Before he knows it, Blake finds himself hot for teacher, and he’s more than ready to learn all her secrets. Now all he has to do is convince her to give him a shot…without getting them both killed in the process.

4 out of 5 stars

I’m a sucker for a single dad, but add in a sexy motorcycle riding single dad and I’m sold.

Grit is the story of Gabby Morgan, a woman who is starting her life over as a kindergarten teacher.  The first day of school, one of her students shows up late, and then his dad is late picking him up.  When the dad, Blake Mahone, shows up, he instantly sets Gabby off.  She doesn’t like bikers and has some pre-conceived notions about them.

Blake is a single dad and the president of a “riding club”, which is basically a legal MC (no crime).  He’s doing his best to raise his son, Ash, on his own.  Blake is a true alpha male, which I LOVE.  But Gabby was tough and didn’t put up with Blake’s shit.  She quickly developed a bond with Ash, one that was very sweet.

The “club” wasn’t featured in the story too much, just a few guys, but it didn’t take away from the story.  Gabby had a back story that was very interesting, and added a little suspense to the story.

My only critique would be that this story would have been a five star book if it had been told in the first person.  I just feel personally that you can relate to the characters more when it’s from their POV.  That’s just my opinion though.  This was a good read, and I will continue to read the series.

Happy reading.

 

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Book Review – Desertion by River Savage (Knights Rebels #3)

Honor. Courage. Commitment.
Three things Jesse Carter has lost. A former Marine, Jesse used to stand proud of his achievements and live by the code. But when circumstance made him question everything he believed in, those most basic values didn’t feel so important after all.
Sex. Lies. Knights Rebels.

Three things Jesse Carter has found. Reborn into a brotherhood not so different from the one he left behind, Jesse finds it all too easy to block out his past and claim the role as the Rebels’ fun loving player.  Until he meets Bell.

Shy, awkward, and with troubles of her own, Bell Johnson’s no stranger to hiding her pain. When Jesse forces himself into her life, she’s at risk of her defenses crumbling.
Does Bell have the strength to survive Jesse and his demons or is she fated to become another casualty in the self-destruction of Jesse Carter?

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

Book 3 in the Knights Rebels series was by far my least favorite, and the reason – the hero.  Jesse pissed me off more times than I can tell you.  He acted like whiny bitch for a long time in this book.  The real saving grace of this was Bell.  She was so sweet and likable.

There was a subplot of Bell’s sister being missing – and Bell did not believe that her sister was dead.  I found this story pretty dumb – and so was the ending.  The ending was very anti-climatic and very predictable.  I would recommend this because of the series, but it was most definitely not my favorite of the series.

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Book Review – Ryker by Geri Glenn

Charlotte. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve taken care of everyone around me, including my self-centered older sister, Anna. When her poor choices make us targets of the Devil’s Rejects Motorcycle Club, I grab her and we run like hell. A new city, a new job, a new life. It’s almost perfect – and then I meet Ryker.

He’s gorgeous, rugged and too cocky for his own damned good. But he’s a biker – exactly the type of man I’ve been running from. I have no business getting involved with a man like him. Too bad I can’t get him out of my head.

Ryker – As V.P. of the Kings of Korruption MC, I know all about violence and loss. In my world, getting involved with a woman never turns out well. Avoiding commitment isn’t something I have to work at – it’s just a way of life. Then I meet Charlotte. Drawn to her kindness and beauty, I know there’s no place for her in my world. I have to let her go.

Finding Charlotte battered and bloody late one night, I go against my own beliefs, making it my mission to protect her. The Devils are out for blood and it’s Charlotte’s they want. Maybe I can’t keep her but I will put my life on the line to keep her safe. If not, I face losing the only woman that’s ever made me feel alive.

4 out of 5 stars

I freaking LOVE Ryker!  The book and the man both.

Ryker is the story of Ryker, the VP of the Kings of Korruption MC and Charlotte.  Charlotte is a nurse at a facility that cares for cancer patients in their final days.  Charlotte is taking care of a patient named Smokey, and while caring for him, she meets Ryker.  Ryker is instantly taken with Charlotte – whom he calls Charlie, and she is intensely attracted to him.  But Charlotte has a fear of motorcycle men – and with good reason.  She and her sister are on the run from an MC themselves.

It turns out that Charlie’s sister Anna (who is one of the worst characters I’ve read in a long time) borrowed money from another MC and the MC is searching for her to retrieve their money.  Anna told the MC that if she couldn’t repay the loan, they could have Charlie – as a sex slave.  Ryker gets wind of this and loses his shit.

The whole time, Ryker tells himself that he can’t get involved with Charlie – because she’s too good for him.  He pushes her away, but she already had feelings for him.  It crushes her.  So to get away from Ryker, Charlie fakes being sick and sneaks out of work – and away from the protection Ryker has put on her.  This is, of course, a terrible decision.  But what happens causes Ryker to realize that maybe, just maybe, he deserves happiness.

Ryker was a very quick read – took me less than 24 hours.  While I hated Anna, I really liked the rest of the other characters, especially Ryker and Charlie.    Overall, this was a very good book and I would highly recommend.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Out of Time by Beth Flynn

They thought with his execution it would all be over.  They were wrong.

The leader of one of South Florida’s most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs has been put to death by lethal injection. Days later, his family and friends should have been picking up the pieces, moving on. Instead, they’ve been catapulted into a world so twisted and dangerous even the most ruthless among them would be stunned to discover the tangled web of deception, not only on the dangerous streets of South Florida but all the way to the top.

In this gripping follow-up novel to Nine Minutes, Out of Time takes readers from the sun-drenched flatlands of 1950s Central Florida to the vivid tropical heat of Fort Lauderdale to the halls of Florida’s Death Row as we finally learn the gritty backstory of Jason “Grizz” Talbot, the terrifying leader of Satan’s Army motorcycle gang, and the secret he spent his life trying to conceal.

Not even Grizz’s inner circle knows his full story—the tragedy that enveloped his early life, the surprise discovery that made him the government’s most wanted and most feared, and the depths of his love for Ginny, the tenderhearted innocent he’d once abducted and later made his wife.

Once Grizz’s obsession and now the mother of his child, Ginny has spent years grieving the man she’d first resisted and then came to love. Now remarried to Tommy, a former member of the gang, the pair have spent more than a decade trying desperately to live a normal existence far from the violent, crime-ridden world they’d once carved out on the edge of the Florida Everglades. For Tommy, especially, the stakes are high. Desperately in love with Ginny for years, he’s finally living his dream: married to the woman he never thought he could have. But even with the façade of normalcy—thriving careers, two beautiful children, and a genuinely happy and loving marriage—they can’t seem to put the past behind them. Every time they turn around, another secret is revealed, unraveling the very bonds that hold them together. And with Grizz finally put to death, now Ginny has learned secrets so dark, so evil she’s not even sure she can go on. Will these secrets tear their love to pieces? And how far will Grizz go to protect what he still considers his, even from beyond the grave?

1 1/2 out of 5 stars

Let me start by saying I didn’t read this whole book.  I struggled to get to 40% (took me 5 days), then I said f*&! it and skipped to 87%.  And this won’t be much of a review.

I really hated this book.  And I’m super pissed off about the ending, but since I don’t do spoilers, I can’t say much.  This book started with Grizz’s childhood, and every chapter was set in a different year.  I was very confused and just really bored, to be honest.  I wanted to bitch slap Ginny most of the time, and I felt sorry for Tommy, who was really the only likable character in either book.  So much violence, lying and backstabbing – and for what?  Just made no sense.

My recommendation would be to read the first book, which was phenomenal, and skip this one.  I won’t read the third book.  I’m officially done.

Happy reading.

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Book Review – Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.

5 stars

I have so many feelings as I finish this book.  This book was like nothing I’ve ever read before – a totally unique storyline.  I’m glad I gave this book a chance, because, I will admit – I’m a cover whore, and I HATED the cover of this book.

I was hooked from the first page.  I instantly liked Ginny (Kit).  She was wise beyond her years, due to the fact that she was raised by a hippie mother she couldn’t call mom.  At 15, she is offered a ride home from a man on a motorcycle, but he doesn’t take her home.  He takes her to the motel that would become her home – a motel occupied by Satan’s Army.  She is presented as a “gift” to Grizz, the group’s leader.  Turns out it wasn’t a gift after all….

This book had so many twists, turns and unexpected surprises.  Yes, there are some things about the story that disturbed me (Grizz, a man likely in his thirties, obsessed with a 15 year old girl, the violence), but overall, this story was so well written and engaging.  I loved the characters in this book – and most of them were criminals.  Moe was my favorite character – I just loved her.  I loved Grunt too.

The end of this book shocked me – I read it three times.  I’m still in shock.  Left a lot of unanswered questions.  I hope they are answered in the next book.  This is a great book, and I would highly recommend it.