Beck is the 7th book in Jessie’s Westside Skulls series, which is a spinoff of her Southside Skulls books, and which is spawning its own spinoff. It’s called the Phoenix Skulls, I think, I should go look, but if I get on my Kindle, I’ll end up involved in the book I’m reading, and I’ll never get back to blogging about this book. Damn books, always waiting to suck me in.
So, Beck is kind of unique to the MC books. While it does focus on the MC and on Jace, he isn’t the primary focus or even the primary voice. Beck is. Or more properly, Rebeckah. Yup, you read that right, she’s a woman. And she’s the one that the book is named after. And frankly, calling her a badass motherfucker is kind of insulting to Beck, because she can and will out badass the toughest badass. I mean, Chuck Norris calls her to help him when he can’t handle everything on his own, and he totally hero worships her. Beck is my kind of chick. She cusses, she loves sex and will go out and have sex whenever and with whoever she wants, and she’s just totally free and totally comfortable being who she is. I think that she is on my list of top heroines, because yeah. She’s fucking awesome. So, here’s how the story goes.
Beck was delivered on the side of the road by Coyote, of all people. Coyote, at the time, was the Prez of the Westside Skulls, the position which is now held by his son, Wolf. But there was a bond formed between Beck and Coyote. Each year, he sent her a letter and a gift for her birthday. She got to know him in a way that no one else really did. They talked about a lot of things, including the possibility of her patching into the MC after she proved herself. She really wanted to do that, because she thought of Coyote as kind of a surrogate father because hers died before she was ever born. She wanted to be like both of her fathers, a sailor in the Navy, and a member of the Westside Skulls. Not only did she want to be in the Navy, she wanted to be a SEAL, but the military, in its infinite wisdom, decided that women couldn’t be SEALs, so even though she could pass all the tests, and do it better than the men, because she was XX instead of XY, she couldn’t join. So now, after 17 years in the Navy, she’s totally done, and ready to move to the next part of her goal.
Jace has been a nomad going back and forth in between the Southside and the Westside Skulls. He’s also a famous bike guy. He makes custom bikes that are in high demand, and right now he’s out with the Westside guys so that he can customize a bike for a kid named Nate, who is 13, and who wants a bike just like his dad’s. One day, when he’s working on the bike, the bad guys come into the garage while he’s talking to Bruf, and they want to talk to Wolf. When it ends up as a gun battle, the guy who is trying to shoot Wolf ends up shot, but none of the guys did the deed. It was a woman who had just ridden in on her Harley, saw what was happening, and made a difficult shot to save Wolf. Jace is impressed and more than just a little turned on, but he figures that she will never be attracted to him. Right up until she is.
There are a lot of things that I really liked about this book. One of them is the chemistry and connection between Beck and Jace. From the very first time they have sex, Beck thinks that Jace is sexy, even though Jace doesn’t think so because he’s covered in nasty scars. Beck likes them because they make it look like he’s lived. Jace likes more than just her beauty. He likes the fact that she’s a total BAMF. And I mean, she is. She can outshoot, outfight, and outride any guy there. Like I said, fucking awesome. I really like that about Beck and about this book. While there are a lot of strong heroines out there, there aren’t a lot who are like Beck and who are as comfortable with themselves as she is. I am going to need so much more of her, K, Jessie?
The list that the boys make up for Beck to go through is just ridiculous. I really do hope that Wolf put them all through the shooting test she had to go through, at the very least. I would, however, have loved to see the riding test between her and Bruf. That would have been pretty fucking awesome, I think. I mean, yeah, it sounds like some kind of dance.
I’m really looking forward to the next book in the Phoenix story. It sounds really interesting.
OK, that’s all for this one. If you like MCs and tough heroines, go check this one out. Happy reading!