Book Review: “Outlaw Kind of Love” by Nicole Snow

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“Outlaw Kind of Love” by Nicole Snow

2 stars

SUMMARY

Rachel Hargrove’s sheltered life comes to a screeching halt when an unthinkable family betrayal turns her over to a savage motorcycle gang. Just when it seems her nightmare fate is sealed, a beautiful savior appears, the Vice President of the rival Prairie Devils MC. With her new protectors, Rachel faces a whole new life she never could’ve imagined…

Jack “Throttle” Shields never wanted an old lady. One look at the beautiful angel cowering in his enemy’s clutches changes all that. Starting a war with the Raging Skulls MC to haul Rachel onto his bike and into his bed is just the beginning.

When Jack stakes a claim, he goes all in. War with the Skulls and a sinister Mayor is just the price of making Rachel his, and only his. But love invites blood and tragedy in an outlaw’s life.

Just when it’s looking up for his MC and his new woman, a savage attack blows the lid off everything. Revenge possessed Jack makes Rachel take a hard look at how far she’s willing to go to surrender her heart.

Will she weather an outlaw’s storm, or will the nightmare return – this time for good?

REVIEW

Another biker book that left me unsatisfied. I read the blurb and I thought that this was going to be a great read but that wasn’t the case at all. You know, when you read a book with bikers there are certain expectations that need to be fulfilled. Unfortunately that didn’t happen here. Let me tell you why.

There is a nineteen years old young virgin woman, Rachel, who is traded by her father to a MC full of savage men. Thankfully, she is rescued by another MC. What happened then? After a few days she becomes an old lady and she doesn’t even have a breakdown after what her father did to her.

And then there is, Jack, the man who rescued her. And he’s one of a kind! Why? Because he wants to have babies with her! Yeah, because it’s very logical for a nineteen years old woman to start a family with a man she knows for about two weeks! And when she said that she wasn’t sure, he was mad! Yeah, he’s that stupid.

Well, the idea behind this story was good but I didn’t like the outcome!

Book Review: “Hard Roads” by Lily White

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“Hard Roads” by Lily White

3 stars

SUMMARY

This life isn’t one that I chose for myself. Years spent as a daughter in the Dominion MC left me washed up and struggling to breathe. Life was never flowers and sunshine. It was gravel and dust, the trails of dirt left behind when the brothers tore out, floating up from the ground to hover in front of an angry, red sun.  I could never have imagined that a life sitting at rock bottom could get any worse, but it did. Life is funny like that.  Just when you think things can’t get any more bleak, a shade is drawn leaving you staggering and blind – lost in a world of heartache and sorrow. I met J.D. Brooks on the road and he swept me off my feet. Literally. But not in the way you might think. He was both an angel and a demon.

He was the most vicious storm that ever darkened my life. He was also my salvation. Stripped from the hands that always held me back, I was released into a nightmare that would threaten everything I thought I knew about the crap hand I’d been dealt.I thought I could never hate a man more than the one who stole me from the life I’d known. And in our time together, he would teach me one important lesson:That in the end, it doesn’t matter how our paths intersect, because when it comes down to the basic truth of our lives…we’re all stuck traveling down hard roads.

REVIEW

This is not an easy book to read. It’s dark, twisted, with a great deal of violence. This is the book that bad things happens to the main character while you’re reading it. I like dark books because sometimes we need to remember that humans are capable of doing atrocious things. The reason that I gave to this book 3 stars is not because it’s a dark read. It’s because I believe that the second half of the book needed to have more details and it seemed to me kind of hasty.

This is the story of Holly and JD. And it’s not a beautiful story. Holly’s dad is the President of a MC and too many people want to hurt him. Of course, his daughter is the way to do it. JD kidnapped her in order to give her to someone else. Unfortunately, too late he realized what this man had on his mind.

I cried for Holly a lot. What she’s been through is beyond words and I have to say that no matter how strong you are, these things always destroy you. She didn’t deserve it and I was glad to see that she was strong and a survivor.

JD… Well, what can I say for him? I am mad at him. He made all the wrong decisions. Then he tried to make things better. Would I forgive him? To be honest… no. I understand why Holly did it but if I was in her place I wouldn’t want to see him again.

If you like dark books with a lot of violence you should try this one!

Book Review: “Target This” by Lily White

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“Target This” by Lily White

2 stars

SUMMARY

I’m not sure what I was thinking that day. It was a normal Thursday, nothing new or exciting had occurred in the morning. I’d risen from bed, taken a shower and brushed my teeth. I’d then jumped on the 8:05 bus that ran a short distance between my house and the county library where I worked. The ride took its usual 15 minutes before it left me standing fresh faced in front of a building of gothic construction that was my favorite place in the world. After straightening my knee length skirt, I pushed open the door that led into the interior of the library. It was at that moment that my world would change – impossibly and forever. It was a fateful movement of wood that collided with the shoulder of a man that would alter my very existence. It wasn’t fear that I felt at that moment – more like the feeling of being watched. It was the feeling of knowing that danger lurks – the sensation of the hair standing on end at the back of your neck. Looking back on a moment that happened so many months ago, I now realize that I should have listened to that feeling. As I would later find out, the man standing in front of me referred to himself as Master Lucas…

…and I was his next target.

Disclaimer: This book is intended for mature audiences only (18+) and contains explicit descriptions of violence.

REVIEW

I really wanted to like this book. I am a fan of dark and twisted books but this one wasn’t what I was expecting… at all! I had trouble connecting with the main characters and that is something that really bothers me when I’m reading a book.

Autumn is prudish and judgmental and when she meets an author of dark erotica books her personal hell begins. Lucas wants her as his muse or his… target if you prefer. And he’s going to do anything in order to have her.

Well, I have to say that I didn’t like Autumn because I found her stupid. She believed a man she didn’t even like and she gave herself freely to him. She was too naïve for my taste.

As for Lucas… He didn’t convince me as a Master and I found him only sadistic. Also, after what we learn at the end of the book, I found him also stupid. A true Master would know better that to let his personal assistant do what Sarah did!

And what happened with Adam at the end?? I really didn’t like the implication!

So, it wasn’t my kind of read but maybe it’s yours!

Novella Review: “Dair” by R.K. Lilley

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“Dair” by R.K. Lilley

2 stars

SUMMARY

This is the final installment in Iris and Dair’s story

This book is intended for readers 18 and up.

REVIEW

Well, I am a huge fan of this author but I will admit that this novella wasn’t what I was expecting. Everything happened quickly and there were some scenes that didn’t make any sense.

Of course, in the third novella we had the same story: Dair is looking for Iris, Iris shows up to have sex with him and then Dair is looking again for Iris. And then suddenly, a secret has been revealed and everything is good.

Dair here is a desperate man. He is willing to do anything in order to keep Iris happy and I have to say that sometimes he seemed to be too softy for my taste.

For me Isis is kind of crazy. I wasn’t convinced for her intentions and I find her love for Dair very weird.

I don’t have anything more to say because this novella left me kind of speechless! Maybe this is your read, but I am sure it wasn’t mine!

Novella Review: “Ryder” by Jani Kay

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“Ryder” by Jani Kay

3 stars

SUMMARY

All Jade ever wants is an intelligent, well-mannered, and highly educated man like her daddy. One who has stellar career prospects as he climbs the corporate ladder to success. A good provider who will give her a stable life and a gorgeous house in the right neighborhood. A charmed life. Everything orderly and well balanced. Her perfect match.

What she doesn’t want is a smartass, cocky, rough-around-the-edges biker. One who has tattoos and piercings, and looks like a sex god. One who is demanding and controlling. The ultimate alpha male who storms into her life and shakes her to the core. Who won’t take no for an answer.

Jade never saw it coming. Ryder is the one man she can’t resist. He shows her what she really needs. Him.  Jade is the quintessential good girl. But what if she discovers that her perfect world isn’t as great as she believes it to be?

Underneath the layer of propriety, is there a naughty girl waiting to break free. Is Ryder the man to show her how? All Ryder wants is inner peace. Freedom from the hatred churning in his gut. Since his mother deserted him, his life has turned to shit. He’s killed a man, lost his brother and fought for his survival. All before turning twelve. Saved by Razor and Cobra, sons of the Scorpions, he owes his life and allegiance to them. The Scorpion MC is his only family. One he will serve and protect till his dying breath. What he doesn’t need in his life is a smart mouthed woman who thinks she’s better than him. One who pushes every one of his buttons. One who challenges him to want to be more than a drifter. One who makes him question everything he’s ever known. Ryder never saw it coming. He can’t get Jade out of his head. She shows him what he really wants. Her.

REVIEW

A prequel novella to a series that I haven’t start reading yet. For a short read is good because it gives us all the important information we want not only about the characters but about the problems that the MC has.

Jade is a young woman who wants the perfect boyfriend and Ryder is a man who had bad childhood and now is a member of a MC. Is it easy for them to be together?

Well, I have to say that I was not a huge fan of Jade at the beginning. Why? She’s judgmental and prejudiced. I didn’t like the way she was with Ryder since the beginning of the story. Thankfully, soon her mind changed.  I believe that deep down is a good person and an incident definitely changed her mind about what she wants, but she needs to be more brave.

Ryder is a good guy that lives a hard life. Nothing was easy for him and now the MC is his family and he’ll do anything for them. I have the feeling that he wants to be better and he has some insecurities. Nevertheless, he’s a man of action and I like a man who claims what he wants.

It was a good novella that I enjoyed reading. It wasn’t without minor problems but nothing of importance! Now, I want to read the first book of this series!

Book Review: “Biker Faith” by Ellie R. Hunter

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“Biker Faith” by Ellie R. Hunter

3.5 stars

SUMMARY

Jason ‘Sparky’ Carter is the new Vice President of the Lost Souls MC. All he wants is to enjoy life his own way, with no drama. Just as his club is settling down and putting the betrayal by their former president behind them Bonnie Hamilton stumbles into the club and into his life. She declared the war wasn’t over with the Raging Riders and it becomes a personal war of his own. When he first saw Bonnie he wanted to have her but all that dissolved when he discovered she was the enemy’s daughter. Now he has been given the task of watching over her. With the two of them being so close, can he figure out if she is a threat to him and his brothers before he gets in too deep. Or will his desire for her blindside him to their enemy? Just as Sparky finds out what he wants in life, so does Bonnie. Will Sparky be a part of her future? With the threat of the Raging Riders hanging over them…who will survive?

Biker Bait was about betrayal, Biker Faith is about learning to trust. For some, trust is not as easily earned as others.

REVIEW

The second book in the Lost Souls MC series is a nice read and I enjoyed it a little bit more than the first one. I still believe that something is missing from these books and, although, they have a very good plot they need something more.

This is the story of Bonnie and Sparky or two of the most stubborn people in the history if you prefer! They drove me crazy! She is a woman who was tortured in the hands of her father, brother and a man he called himself a fiancé. She escaped their brutality and found herself in the company of their rivals. He is the VP of the Lost Souls MC and he doesn’t trust anyone and, most of all, Bonnie. But their passion is more than obvious…

I liked Bonnie because she knew what she wanted and she did her best to have it. She is a survivor. She escaped from a life in hell because she was strong. Of course, I didn’t agree with many of her actions (after the second half of the book) but I understand her.

And as for Sparky… Well, I can’t say that I didn’t like him but he did so many mistakes that I can’t even count! He hurt Bonnie with his words and actions many times. Of course, he loves her deeply but there were time that he was too stubborn for his own good.

So, this is a decent story and if you love biker stories maybe this is your kind of read!

Book Review: “Biker Bait” by Ellie R. Hunter

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“Biker Bait” by Ellie R. Hunter

3 stars

SUMMARY

Alannah Blake was born and raised in The Lost Souls Motorcycle Club. She grown up surrounded by men dressed in leather, blood on their hands and living by a code society deems morally corrupt. She couldn’t be happier at the thought of finishing college and returning home to the men she regards as her uncles and brothers, her family.

While she’s been at college, she’s been hidden from the ever growing, never ending feud between her uncle’s club and The Raging Riders MC.  Her uncle -Michael Blake- The Lost Souls president is under pressure against their rivals. In a game that long ago began, he makes decisions that place not only his brothers in danger, but everyone connected to the club, including Alannah.

Castiel ‘Cas’ Jackson is the Vice President of The Lost Souls MC and gave up the only thing that ever meant anything to him when his VP patch is threatened. His loyalty to his brothers and his club has never been a problem, until he got close to the presidents niece – Alannah Blake. After breaking her heart before she left for college, can he keep his word to stay away from her now she’s back?

With Michael’s decisions affecting the club and Alannah, can Cas figure out his presidents secrets before it’s too late for Alannah and the club?

REVIEW

After reading the last book in an amazing series with bikers and watching the first season of Sons of Anarchy, I have to admit that I am still in mood for a good biker book, so I decided to read “Biker Bait”. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but it was decent for the first book in a series.

This is the story of Alannah and Cas. She was born and raised in MC and he is the VP of this MC. She was a forbidden fruit for him but soon their passion won and they didn’t care for the consequences. And on top of that, there was a treason from one member of the MC and things were going to change…

This book is different from other books with bikers. Why? Because it’s not as vulgar. But my personal opinion is that this is a mistake. Books with bikers must be more vulgar because the main characters are people who live with a different moral code and the reader have to see this.

Nevertheless, I liked both Alannah and Cas. I have to admit that everything happened too quick for my taste but I’m OK with that. I loved the possessive tone when I was reading the POV of Cas and the I-want-to-be-pissed-with-him-but-I-can’t-because-I-love-him tone that Alannah had in her POV.

Also, this book has some very likable secondary characters and I want to read more for some of them in the next books!

Book Review: “Leave a Trail” by Susan Fanetti

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“Leave a Trail” by Susan Fanetti

5 stars

SUMMARY

The Night Horde used to be sure of their place in this world. Now, following a harrowing confrontation with the vicious leader of a notorious drug cartel, they are weakened in body and spirit, and they no longer have the unwavering support of the citizens of Signal Bend. They must fight to reclaim the goodwill of their town and their own sense of purpose.

Justin “Badger” Ness is struggling both physically and mentally with the price he paid for his place in the brotherhood of the Night Horde. That which gives him the most strength is becoming his personal demon. He is in danger of losing sight of what is good and real in the world.

Adrienne Renard is lost between the life she thought she wanted and an endless world of possibilities. The stepdaughter of Showdown Ryan, the club VP, comes to Signal Bend out of concern for her friend, worried about Badger’s increasing distance, but she stays to find her own place in a life she never knew she wanted.

Together Badger and Adrienne learn that trust—in each other and in themselves—is where strength truly lies. Without trust, there can be no atonement, no forgiveness. It’s a lesson the Night Horde and the town of Signal Bend must learn, as well.

REVIEW

OMG! Why this book is the last of the series??? How am I going to survive without reading more stories about my favorite MC club??? And why the author is so cruel?? Really, I couldn’t stop crying while I was reading this book. I’m telling the truth! At some point I had to stop reading because I was crying so much that I couldn’t see the words in front of me!

When I write a review, usually, it’s a quick summary of the story and my opinion for the main characters. But I am not going to do this now. Yeah, this book is the story of Badger and Adrienne. But it’s more than this. This book is the conclusion of a very difficult period of a very big family. A family not by blood but by something more important: by choice.

This is not a typical MC series. All these books weren’t about a badass-man-meets-the-perfect-woman-and-live-happily-ever-after. These books were a lesson that life is too short and you have to live it like you were going to die tomorrow. All the characters, experience the loss of a beloved person. Some more than others, but no one is the same after every loss. Everyone in these books takes a hard lesson: if you want to survive you have to make sacrifices. There is no easy way out and they know it.

The main characters in this book love each other very much and they know that they have something special and they do everything in their powers to make it happen. So, Badger, knows that their MC’s problems have to end and he has to help. He’s a man who will fight his own battles and, although, he’s been through hell he is a survivor and he’ll do his best. Adrienne is the perfect woman for him because she’s always there, without judging and helps him more than she knows.

But this book, the last of this series (it hurts even to write!) made me cry for various reasons. I remembered Havoc and, even now while I write this review, I have tears in my eyes. Then, all the other characters… Their lives changed so much and it was hard to see some of them sad, some of them happy… It’s a bittersweet feeling… Isaac, Lilli, Show, Shannon, Cory, Nolan, Len, Tasha and, even, Bart… A big family that managed to survive through too many tragedies and now is trying to secure the future.

I was glad to read about their children because it gives me the illusion that there will be more to read for their future!

If you want an easy love story, then this is not your kind of read. But if you want a story that can change your life just by reading it, please read the whole series. But be prepared: you’ll need many tissues, alcohol, cigarettes (if you smoke!) and chocolate (you know…for comfort!).

As you can see, I absolutely loved this series and I want to read it again in the future!

Book Review: “Scare Crow” by Julie Hockley

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“Scare Crow” by Julie Hockley

4 stars

SUMMARY

Nineteen-year-old Emily Sheppard is losing her sanity. Ever since her mob king boyfriend, Cameron Hillard, abandoned her for her own good, Emmy has been attempting to move on with her charmed college student life as if nothing happened. Now rejected from the underworld and left grieving over Cameron’s alleged death, Emmy realizes she belongs nowhere. Worse yet, she is now keeping a dangerous secret.

After just a short time with Emily, Cameron has lost control over his world. As he miserably attempts to return to what is left of his life and unravel the mess he has made of the underworld, Emily’s hate turns to desperation. She needs to kill the kingpins responsible for Cameron’s death before they come looking for her. As Cameron secretly observes Emily, he has no idea of the danger he has placed her in—or that it may already be too late for him to save her.

Scare Crow is a tale of revenge, terror, and love as Emmy and Cameron embark on separate journeys to face enemies, correct past mistakes, and find their way to their destinies.

REVIEW

After reading the first book and liked it, I knew that I had to read “Scare Crow” immediately! It’s a very emotional book and there were times that I cried a lot while I was reading it but I enjoyed it very much!

The story continues and Emily is trying to survive. She’s grieving and she’s pregnant. Her mind is only on revenge and without any money she’s trying to survive. On the other hand, Cameron is trying to keep her safe from afar.

I have to admit that sometimes I was thinking that Emily acts before she thinks. She made some bad decisions and I found her a little irresponsible. I felt sorry for her because she was pregnant and she couldn’t say it to anyone. She was always among people but so alone. She’s always sad and it’s obvious that she hadn’t be loved by many people because she really craves to be loved. I have to admit that she’s definitely a survivor but the fact she lives at the end of the book is pure luck!

I loved the fact that we had Cameron’s POV in this book! I really like him! Yeah, I admit that his decisions were bad also but he made these decisions with good intentions. He loves Emily so much that it hurts him while they weren’t together. The only thing he had in his mind was to protect her no matter what.

My favorite parts in the book? Everything that had to do with Meatball and Billy’s letter! What I didn’t like? I found the ending kind of hasty!

Nevertheless, it’s a very nice read and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

Book Review: “Crow’s Row” by Julie Hockley

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“Crow’s Row” by Julie Hockley

4 stars

SUMMARY

For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents. Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library. During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing-and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.

Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six year- old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.

REVIEW

I had this book in my to-read list for some time and I thought that it was time to give it a try. I made the right choice! “Crow’s Row” is a very nice read with interesting characters and plot. It wasn’t as dark as I was expecting but I enjoyed it very much.

Emily is a college student and she’s trying to live her life as she wants. One day, she saw something she shouldn’t have seen and her life changes. She found herself prisoner to a very attractive but dangerous Cameron. But soon, she will learn some truths that will affect her life…

Let’s start with Emily. I liked her because she’s not a quitter but I found very hard to accept the fact that she was very calm when she was taken as a captive. Yeah, of course she was thinking a way out of the trouble but very soon she just became almost comfortable. She wanted almost immediately Cameron and I have to say that I wanted more resistance! Nevertheless, it was hard for her to learn many truths and she took the information with dignity and she tried her best. She was insecure with her looks and that’s understandable because of the way everyone was treating her.

Cameron was great! He’s young but he acts/thinks like he’s old because of the hard life he’s living. He knows that his decisions in life have made him a target and that it’s not easy to live a happy life as he would prefer. He wants Emily but he also wants to protect her from everything bad and that’s way he does many unbelievable things.

Except from these two, I liked some of the secondary characters also, Rocco for example, but I have to admit that I wasn’t prepared for some of the events that took place at the second half of the book!

It was a very interesting read and I recommend it to all the fans of this genre!

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