This week, I thought I would give a summary of a Girlfriend’s Guide to Bikers!!!
Devil’s Game (out June 3, 2014 by Berkley Trade) by Joanna Wylde is one of my most wanted books of this year…Please, please, please forward me an ARC!!! (Edit: I was blessed with an ARC this past weekend!!!).
This Reaper book is about a rival MC ‘president’ named Hunter, who was introduced in Reaper’s Legacy. While he first appeared as the safe love interest for Em, is totally badassLiam “Hunter” Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil’s Jack, he knows his duty. He’ll defend his club from their oldest enemies—the Reapers—using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers’ president has a daughter who’s alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her. Em has li…moreHunter. After the lies, deception and kidnapping of Reaper’s Legacy, Hunter did not appear to be the “one” for Em. Of course, in the biker world though, lying and deceiving are par for the course and Hunter is gonna have his hands full with Em.
Here’s what the book liner has to say:
Liam “Hunter” Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil’s Jack, he knows his duty. He’ll defend his club from their oldest enemies—the Reapers—using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers’ president has a daughter who’s alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her. Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club’s president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger—a man who isn’t afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn’t afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he’s The One. Or so she thinks.
I was first introduced to the whole Reapers MC in Reaper’s Property. Horse was da bomb! Then in Reaper’s Legacy we got Ruger. Em actually used to daydream that she would marry Ruger one day! Reapers…The whole bunch is hot and the perfect line between bad ass biker and smexy bad boy. I loved how in this series the guys were not too polished or too perfect, but still kept the authenticity that is the MC lifestyle. I reviewed Reaper’s Legacy here on Talk Books to Me and if you haven’t started this series…totally hit it up! The first with Horse and Marie was of younger leads, then Ruger and Sophie are more seasoned. In Devil’s Game, Em is 22 and Hunter is 26. I definitely get the feeling that we are in for a seasoned couple again in book four, as Picnic (42) is introduced to sexy civilian (38). I love how each of these stories is different and the couples drive the love story at their own pace. Thanks to Brandi for securing an ARC of Devil’s Game, which I will be reviewing here closer to the publication date.
As everyone knows by now…I love Kristen Ashley! Tate was the first biker I met (Sweet Dreams), but Wood was awesome too in a wholly different way. Of course, right after reading The Gamble and Sweet Dreams, I moved on to the Dream Man series and Tack Allen (Chaos MC President) was “da bomb”! I loved everything about him. He was rough, but not too rough. He was dominant, but “let the sun shine”. And most of all, like most men, he needed a shove to get his head out of his ass…but when he did, man was that a great ride! Hopper and Lanie were introduced separately in Motocycle Man, but when I read their book (Fire Inside), honestly, they were the best couple Kit ever wrote (IMHO). Both have had crap in their lives shift and make them who they are when they meet. I loved how neither changed nor felt the desire to shape the other into a perfect mate. Hop and Lanie took a long time to get to where they were in that moment and merely wanted a lover who accepted them, their foibles and their dreams. Hop gave that to Lanie and Lanie did that for Hop. LOVE!!!
In my mind, the total opposite MC from Chaos would be the boys from Madeline Sheehan’s series. UnDeniable was raw, gritty, brutal and beautiful. I quite simply devoured. The despair, the longing, the betrayal and the lies were so deep and touching and life altering. I couldn’t even read at parts, yet as I cried, I forced myself to read through my tears. UnBeautiful was even darker, deeper and so emotional for me. I loved it start to finish. UnAttainable is the continuation of the story, with some joy in the form of not-your-mothers-HEA for the couples in previous books, but an airing out of a ton of family crap. This is a must read MC series for die hard MC lovers!
One weekend, I read the whole Riding with Honor series. I totally loved the stories, got my HEA and while the stories are in a series, they were more standalone than Sheehan’s (which were somewhat cliffy in the HEA-department). Another great MC read with a slight cliffy was Saving Dallas. I quite enjoyed this book, as the leads live fully in different worlds and Dallas (heroine) slowly at first, then with both feet, jumps into the MC life to be with her man. I loved her voice. She was mature, successful and yet lonely and wanting the family life that the MC offered. I have a ton of GR friends that loved the Storm series (which I haven’t read yet, but have on my TBR). And one great book with the hero on a bike in an MC was Diamond Girl by Andrea Smith. I have recommended it to all my GR friends. I loved that Sammie and Slade are a bit older, but still looking for their soul mate. Sammie being the traded in first wife goes looking for herself and finds who she really is in the arms of a biker named Slade and a job as a pole dancer in a gentleman’s club.
My good reading buddy and cohort here at TBTM, Brandi, recommended Under Locke. We were doing a buddy read for The Will (Kristen Ashley) and I finished a couple days ahead of her…and of course went looking for a book. Under Locke was the perfect read for me at that moment.
The book liner:
He was my boss, my brother’s friend, a Widower, an ex-felon, and a man I’d seen casually with a handful of women. But he was everything that gripped me, both the good and the bad. Worst case scenario if things turned awkward between us, I could go somewhere else. I’d gotten over epic heartbreak before, one more wouldn’t kill me. After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly… even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she’s ever met. He’s rude, impatient and doesn’t know how to tell time. And the last thing they ever expected was each other. But it was either the strip club or the tattoo shop. … she should have chosen the strip club. “Babe, I’ve handpicked everythin’ and everyone in here. I know what I want and I get what I want,” he breathed. “And I keep what’s mine.” ― Mariana Zapata, Under Locke
I will be reviewing Under Locke and For Your Sake (my most anticipated read which was awesome BTW), so look for both on the blog in the weeks to come!
Some others to add to my TBR:
Misled (Death Dwellers MC) by Kathryn Kelly
Holding On (Lights of Peril) by A.C. Bextor
Severed Angel by K.T. Fisher and Ava Manello
Crash (Outlaw series) by Nicole James
Savage Heart and (releasing in July) Savage Pride (Savages) by Sarah Fawkes
Bad Ass (Hell Yeah) by Sable Hunter
The Skulls Series by Sam Cresent
Bantorus MC series by Debra Kayn