Book Review – Hard by Scott Hildreth

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hardPeyton Price
Given an assignment to write an article on an outlaw motorcycle club, what award-winning journalist would say no? Not me. I had a weakness for bad-boys, tattoos, and men on motorcycles.

But Nick Navarro wasn’t a typical biker. He wasn’t even a typical outlaw.

Nick Navarro
As president of the Filthy F*ckers MC, when I was offered an opportunity to be interviewed by a local journalist, I didn’t accept for the notoriety or the publicity. I agreed to get a shot at the 27 year-old p*ssy between the journalist’s legs.

She had plans to get in and get out, and do so quick.

But once I lay claim to something, it’s mine.  Until I decide otherwise.  

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3 out of 5 stars

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I haven’t read many “romance” books by male authors, but I read “His Rules” by Scott Hildreth and I loved it.  I didn’t love Hard.

I liked Hard.  Up until the rape scene.  I hate rape.  If I know a book has a rape scene, I won’t read it.  I had no idea this book had one, so I read it.  And I’m extremely disappointed with how the author handled the topic.

Peyton Price is asked to do a story on the Filthy Fuckers MC.  I hate the name of the club.  Nick Navarro is the President of the MC.  He agrees to do the interview, basically because he wants to screw Peyton.  He fingers her during their first meeting (huh?).

First, let me talk about the story.  There isn’t much of a story.  Peyton is doing a story, but we really don’t know why.  She and Nick screw pretty quick, she’s raped (gang raped), and the FF take revenge.  I will say the revenge was pretty sweet for her but not really realistic.  They continue to see each other, they like each other, Nick won’t touch her after the rape, the end.

Major lacking in story.  I did like Pee Bee, who the next book is about, which is the ONLY reason I will read the next book.  If it is not any better, I’m stopping.  This book was pretty disappointing.

In terms of the rape, the author had the victim go to 5 therapy sessions, then she was fine.  That’s not how it works.  If a male author is going to tackle a topic as sensitive as rape, to a mostly female reading audience, he should really do his homework and handle it in a much softer manner.  I really felt the way the author kind of threw the rape under the rug was unfair to both Peyton and rape survivors in general.  Please do your homework and research in the future, Mr. Hildreth.

Happy reading.

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Book Review | Unfinished Business by Carina Adams

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466a6-unfinishedbusiness_mock1bThe Bastards of Boston live in a world most don’t understand. They follow their own rules, only accountable to each other, the innocents they protect, and the people they couldn’t save.

As president of the Bastards MC, Robert Doyle is the man behind it all. It’s his responsibility to keep his club safe, to be the smartest man in the room, and be ten steps ahead of everyone. He’d give everything he had, and sell his soul to the devil, to protect the ones he loves.

Until Rocker comes face-to-face with the pain he thought he’d buried. Old wounds are ripped open. Revenge consumes him. Once again he’s the teenager desperate to avenge his daughter’s murder and nothing else matters.

He calls me his angel, but the halo I wear caught fire a long time ago. There is no line I won’t cross, no law I won’t break. I’ll do whatever it takes to save him. If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, I’ll happily burn.

When past and present collide, we’re in for one hell of a bumpy ride.

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3 out of 5 stars

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I received an ARC of this book from Enticing Journey Book Promotions for an honest review.

There are a lot of 5 star reviews for this book on goodreads.  This book was not a five star read for me.

The story follows Cris Murphy, whose brother Matt is a member of an MC.  Matt and his best friend, Rob Doyle,  have been friends forever, and consider each other part of  their respective families.  Problem is though that Rob and Cris absolutely detest each other.

The first thing I should mention is almost the entire book is told in the past – fifteen years ago.  The prologue is set in the present, and the last 8% of the book, but the rest is taking place 15 years prior.  That was good, but I digress.

Cris lost her innocence at a young age, and her brother protected her.  He still protects her, to this day.  Cris gets a letter that the man who abused her is getting out of prison and she runs straight to her brother in Boston.  Doesn’t call.  She shows up at his club house, with Rob’s sister Katie, who is Cris’s best friend.  They instantly get into trouble with the other MC guys, and Matt and Rob have to save them.

Rob is dealing with his own demons.  He knocked up a girl he didn’t really care for when he was 16, and his daughter, Hannah, was murdered.  I don’t know why the child had to be murdered.  There could have been a million reasons why Rob was a dick, but a murdered child was unnecessary.  My other complaint about his seek for vengeance was this – Rob was incarcerated when Hannah was little, and when he got out, he never went to see her.  So this child he loved so fiercely was one that could have been protected if he wasn’t such a selfish dickhead.

Then there’s the story about Cris practically raising Hannah, and Rob knowing nothing about it.  Cris went back to the club house the next day because she lost the only thing she had left from Hannah, and ended up getting “claimed” by Rob.  They then had to put on this sham relationship so neither of them would end up dead.  Then, after one day of living together, they are in love.  After years of hating each other. Though they really loved each other (smh).

There were a plethora of MC characters that were in the story, all with club names.  They were hard to remember.  There was a rival gang whose leader’s name was similar to the leader of the Club Rob was a prospect of (like I said, he was the MC President for 8% of the book; he was a prospect for the rest) and it was confusing as to who they were talking about and to.

The story just didn’t flow well.  One thing that really annoyed me was each chapter about Rob was called “Rocker”, yet hardly anybody called him that in person.  I didn’t care for the ending – I felt it was very anti-climactic.  There wasn’t a lot of closure.

I’m a big fan of Carina Adams.  I love her Southern Pleasure series, but this book was a real miss for me.  I will continue to read her though.

Happy reading.

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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.