Book Review – Reign by Jessica Gadziala

ReignOne notorious 1%er
One innocent trapped in an impossible situation
One vicious crime lord
Three people who aren’t who they appear to be
= one big (bloody) mess.

Reign is no stranger to the criminal underbelly and hard life, but when a random woman comes (literally) crashing into his life- learning things she has no business knowing, and bringing with her the weight of the city’s biggest skin trader- the “hard life” starts to take on a whole new meaning.

3.75 out of 5 stars

I first met Reign in the Mallick series, but only briefly.  Reign is part of a MC in New Jersey, and during a hurricane, goes out on his bike to clear his head.  He comes across a car accident and sees a girl stumble out of the car and start running.  He catches up to her, and convinces her to go home with him.

Summer had been kidnapped a few months prior to her escape, and wasn’t really trusting of anyone.  She wasn’t really trusting of people (understandable), but for some reason, she trusted Reign.

The other Henchmen are great. There is Cash, Reign’s brother, and Wolf, who are the closest to Reign.  Wolf doesn’t talk much but I loved his character.

This book had some major twists.  I can’t really say without spoiling but holy cow, I didn’t see them coming at all.

I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading Cash’s.

Happy reading.

Book Review – Cal by Megan O’Brien (Ride Series #5)

More than six months ago, Jill put her past in the rearview camirror in search of a fresh start. Determined to start over, moving to Hawthorne seemed like the perfect place for new beginnings. The trouble is, sometimes the past just won’t stay buried.  When Jill and her son are threatened, one man will stop at nothing to keep them safe.

As President of the Knight’s MC, Cal Jackson is a force to be reckoned with. He is a man who consumes. A man who claims.  And he wants Jill.  Can Jill put her fears aside in order to let Cal in? Will she be safe long enough to try? Because she knows that once she does, life will never be the same.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Cal is the fifth and final book in the “Ride” series.  Cal may be my favorite guy from the entire series.

Cal is the “Prez” of the motorcycle club, and Jill is Sophie’s best friend.  Jill moved to town 6 months earlier with her one year old son, after leaving Texas and an abusive husband.  Cal makes it known from the beginning that he is interested in Jill; Jill is not very trusting of men, having come out of an abusive relationship.

Jill’s past comes back to haunt her, and Cal steps in to assure her safety.  Cal is much older than Jill – 15 years (he’s 47; she’s 32).  He is Cole’s dad and a grandfather.  But I’ll be damned if he wasn’t just the most awesome guy.  He took instantly to Jill’s son, and came through for her when other family issues.  He was sweet, thoughtful and loving.

I liked Jill.  She had a rough past but had a big heart.  Cal was the best.  I loved him.  Just loved him.

The epilogue in this book was really awesome.  One of the best I’ve ever read.  I loved this series and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Happy reading.

 

Book Review – Mettle by JC Valentine

Talia McKinnon said goodbye to love the day she signed the divorce papers and moved across the country looking for a fresh start. With work occupying her days and nights, a relationship is the last thing on her mind, until a run-in with a hot-as-Hades, leather clad biker changes her mind. He’s everything she shouldn’t want but has to have. The problem is, he’s not that easy to catch.mettle

Tucker “Country” Abrams believes in two things: brotherhood and women. He takes his job seriously and his women hard, but at the end of the day, the only loyalty he has is to his club. So when a night with a beautiful stranger threatens to change everything, he’s quick to apply the brakes. But when a little detective work reveals that Talia may be much more than a one-night stand, Tucker is tasked with an impossible decision. Will he push her away, or go against every instinct he has and pull her closer?

2 1/2 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed Grit, so I thought I’d also really enjoy Mettle.  I didn’t.

Mettle is the story of Talia, an undercover agent who infiltrates an MC to find out if they are trafficking women.  She meets Tucker Abrams and begins a relationship with him.  This book DRAGGED on for a very long time.  I struggled to get through this one.

The story didn’t move at a great pace, there wasn’t a lot of character development and the story was pretty flat.  Very disappointed in this book.

Hope you had a good weekend.

Book Review – Garrison’s Creed by Cristin Harber

A SPY RUNNING FOR HER LIFE
Nicola is an injured CIA agent on the run from a failed undercover operation. Her escape plan shatters when she slams into the man who buried her a decade ago. Cash Garrison. garrison's creedHer first and only love. Now, sexier than her best memory and cradling a sniper’s rifle, he has questions she can’t answer. Why was she alive? And armed?

AND THE MAN SHE COULD NEVER SEE AGAIN
Cash is an elite member of a black ops organization, The Titan Group. He thought Nicola died his senior year of college and swore off love to focus on a decade of military missions. But when she shows up behind enemy lines, bleeding out and wielding a weapon, his heart and mind are unsure how to proceed.

BATTLE BETRAYAL TO SAVE THEMSELVES
Titan and the CIA join forces to uncover a mole hidden in a network of international terrorists and homegrown mobsters, teaming Cash and Nicola again. They fight old wounds and re-ignite sparks while closing in on a double agent. When disaster strikes, Nicola’s hidden past makes her the hunted target and Cash’s best kill shot may not be enough to save them.

3 out of 5 stars

This review won’t be long because is book was BORING.  Cash Garrison is an undercover agent and stumbles upon a scene where he runs into his dead ex-girlfriend.  Turns out she’s not dead after all.

The story was dull and predictable.  I liked Cash, but Nicola was a bit annoying.  She spent a lot of time trying to be a bad ass, when it really wasn’t necessary.

I liked her handler Beth and her brother Roman and the rest of the guys are cool.  But I didn’t love this book.

Happy reading.

 

 

Book Review – Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of anyride hard man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before . .

4 out of 5 stars

Ride Hard is the story of Haven Randall, the daughter of a horrible criminal who runs away from her father and is rescued by the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club.  She stays at their compound for protection.  Haven is very timid, due to years of abuse at the hand of her father.  She has a hard time trusting anyone other than her best friend, Cora.

The club president, Dare Kenyon, meets Haven and Cora and wants to protect them.  It’s what their club does.  Dare feels like Haven is naïve girl, but she’s much stronger than she seems.  Haven also has trouble sleeping at night; when she has trouble sleeping, she bakes, and apparently she’s very good.

This story wasn’t terribly deep, but it was a good book.  The ending was pretty predictable but it didn’t take away from the story.  I really liked Haven; she was a very sweet and caring girl, giving to others though she was treated poorly for most of her life.  I liked Haven and Dare together.

I’m excited for this new series.  It should be good.

Happy reading.

 

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.

 

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.