Rely on Me is the second of Elizabeth Knox’s books in the RBMC shared world series. Bet on Me was the first one, and it is the story of Gamble and Hart. This one is the story of Mammoth and Riva.
Mammoth is the enforcer of the Baltimore chapter of the RBMC, and is someone that Gamble really depends on. Right now, he’s on his way to Puerto Rico to hook up with an allied club to get ahold of some of their girls to star in their new porn movies. Porn is a lucrative and legal business, but they always need new blood. So, off Mammoth goes, and he proves that the name Mammoth is fitting for him. On the flight home, he runs into a flight attendant that he’s seen before, Riva. He asks her if it’s OK for him to ask her on a date and gets her number. As soon as he gets home, he finds out that there has been a family emergency.
Riva is packing up to move. She’s spent the last year of her life in fear, and it’s finally reached the point where she just can’t handle it anymore. You see, a year ago, when she was 38 weeks pregnant as a surrogate for her friend and his husband, the baby died, in utero. Her friend and his husband walked out at that point, and haven’t looked at her since. She had to go through everything on her own. Since then, people have sneaked into her apartment while she’s gone, and people have pounded on her door. She wants to get out before it gets worse, only she didn’t quite make it. Her apartment gets broken into by two guys who are going to kill her. So she does the only thing that she can think of, she calls Mammoth for help.
I like Mammoth. He’s really just kind of easy going, which is surprising for an enforcer in an MC, but he feels really laid back until he has to be not. He also feels really friendly, at least to me. He is very efficient and he is willing to do what he needs to do in order to protect the people that he cares for.
I like Riva, but I think that she is a little reactive than proactive when it comes to certain things. I don’t think that she is weak, but I don’t necessarily think that she’s all that strong either. I think that it’s very good that she has Mammoth there for her.
I’m interested in seeing what impact the events in this book are going to have on the rest of the books written for this club.
No spoilers today, the book is relatively short. Go check it out!