BB Blaque-Corral Me

So, BB is back with her Masters MC, which is now the Malevolent MC. This is the first book in the series that doesn’t focus on Colt and Tuesday and Kash and Barely. Not to say that Kash and Barely don’t show up in this one, it’s just that they aren’t the main couple of Corral Me. While this book could be considered the fifth book of the series, you could also consider it the first book of a new series. If you aren’t familiar with this world, you should still be OK, since we are more focused on the start of a new couple and the start of a new chapter in the world, so this can be a good place for you to get started.

So, we have Mama Stitch. She’s been a friend of the club for many years, but not a club girl or an ol’ lady. That’s not to say that people haven’t tried to pin her down, including Saint, but no one has managed. And she is a total badass in her own right. She rides her own bike, and can ride some of the guys into the ground with no problem. She carries a shitload of weapons. And just to top it off, she makes clothes and all kinds of fun stuff, so she makes her clothes with pockets to hide all her weapons. She makes clothes for all the ladies of the club too. Right now she’s been working on taking cuts of a defeated club and is turning them into furniture and accessories for new bar that the Malevolent MC is building. She’s also trying to deal with Sundown.

Sundown was a member of another chapter, but he’s moved down to this one with Kash and Colt. He’s fitting right in. And he’s got his eye on Mama Stitch. Because, you know, why not? He’s also involved with Kash and Barely. Because, again, why not? He’s drawn to Mama Stitch because there’s just something so wild and free about her. He has never felt this way about anyone before, especially not Shovelhead, a club girl that he used to fuck frequently, but that’s done with now.

This book is a little slow to start, but that works well, I think. The last 2 books were all about the war between the Masters/Malevolent and another club. And they were very intense, and really fucking dark. The slower beginning lets us catch our breath from everything that came before and will ease people who aren’t familiar with the world to start to figure out who everyone is, so it works really well.

I’ve always liked Stitch. She really is a mama to everyone, and she really is very stubborn and independent. I like that a lot. She very much knows who she is and is happy with that. She’s not going to settle for anything or anyone. Saint really tries to tempt her into being with him, but she knows that it wouldn’t work between them and has no problems shutting that shit down. We do learn more about her past, and it does really explain her present. I liked getting that look into her past.

Sundown is an asshole. He has no problem with admitting he’s an asshole. He’s quite proud of the fact that he’s an asshole. He will even brag about being an asshole. I think at first that his thing with Stitch was just the fact that she turned him down. Pretty much no one ever turned Sundown down before. He’d smile at them and they would fall over with their legs wide open. And Stitch wasn’t having that. I think that it was the challenge at first, but then it was all about Stitch and that he wanted more, and she was definitely more.

I will admit I was torn about cheering for Sundown and Stitch to get together and cheering for them not to get together. I love the push and pull between them, and they throw off all kinds of sparks. But there’s also Sundown and Kash/Barely. That’s just fucking hot. I wanted both pairings to work, but alas and alack, it cannot be. And Stitch ain’t gonna share, I’m pretty sure.

Ugh. Shovelhead and Saint totally deserve so much more. Just soooooooo much more.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

KE Osborn-Luring Light

This is KE’s second entry into the Tampa chapter of the RBMC, and I gotta tell you, I love Luring Light. I like Ivy and Void more than I liked the first couple, not that I didn’t like them, it’s just that I like these 2 more.

Ivy and her sister Eva were kidnapped in the previous book, but were saved by the Tampa chapter of the RBMC. They were taken because they had Rh null blood. (sound familiar?) Anyway, Eva got into a relationship with the Prez, and Ivy started to get to get close to the VP, Void. Since the last book was Eva’s book, we didn’t get much of Ivy, but that changes here.

Ivy has taken over the growing room for the MC, and she’s still living in the Bricking Cell. You know, whatever floats your boat. She feels safe there. But she’s also trying to have a relationship with Void, who is the only one of the MC that she’s really romantically attached to. At the same time, she’s trying to figure out who she is and how she fits into the RBMC life in specific and life in general. She’s always put on a good face, as the sweet, virginal, good girl, but that was just her mask, and she doesn’t have to be that way anymore. She just doesn’t know how to not be that way yet. But she’s working on it. Meanwhile, she’s dealing with Void being all hot and cold, and Dash being her friend. (Dash wants to be more, but she doesn’t see it.)

On the other hand, we have Void. He got his road name because he is an emotionless void. He can just turn that shit off. But Ivy makes him feel things, and he doesn’t know how to deal with that, so he’s a little… off-kilter. He’s making some not great choices. He’s very hot and cold with Ivy because he wants to be with her, but he has this whole perfect virginal idea of her in his head, even though she’s done stuff that would show that she isn’t that perfect sweet being of light that he sees her as. But, he has stuff in his past that colors the way that he sees Ivy, until she kinda shoves things in his face and he realizes that his idea of her isn’t what is real.

I am madly in love with Ivy. I think that she is this perfect dichotomy of light and dark. She can switch back and forth from one to the other in a snap of the finger, and each side fits her perfectly. I really like how she really grows into herself and how she is able to be all the parts of herself and has found a world where she can be all those sides. I love her freedom and how she is totally herself.

Void is actually the best partner for her, I think. Yeah, he had some problems from his past that made it hard for him to see Ivy clearly for a while, but once he did, he really was perfect for her. I think that he has some of the same dichotomy that Ivy does, but not as equally as Ivy does. I do think that they totally balance each other and complement each other so well.

I can’t wait for more of the Tampa RBMC chapter. I think that KE Osburn is doing really well with them.

I want Void to teach me how to ride a bike too.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Nikki Landis-Devil’s Ride

Nikki is back in the RBMC world. As a quick reminder, the there are several authors who have written in this shared world, each author is able to put their own spin on the world, as long as it has the Royal Bastards MC in it. So, Nikki puts a paranormal spin on her books in this series. So, let’s talk about Devil’s Ride.

The books starts 18 year in the past. Grim, not yet known as Grim, has been trapped by the bad guys along with his pres, Keys and another brother, Lockjaw. The guys aren’t treated well, at all, to the point that Lockjaw is dead when they go to escape, and Keys dies on their way to safety. Grim nearly dies, but at the last moment, he’s offered a deal with the Devil. And when I say deal with the Devil, I mean the literal devil. After he makes his deal, Grim, now using that road name, gets hit by a car. Out of that car comes a young girl, who gives Grim her teddy bear, Cuddles, because Cuddles always makes her feel better, and it’s obvious that Grim needs help. All Grim knows about her is that she has the most beautiful aura.

Fast forward 18 years. Trish is working as a bartender at a local bar, trying to take care of her drunk father, and dealing with her scummy step-brother, who is prospecting with a local MC (not the RBMC). He really wants in her pants, she really wants him not in her pants. So much not in her pants that she is more than willing to break him in pieces to keep that from happening. Trish tells her friend and roommate Suraya about the weird interaction she had with a severely injured biker back in the day. She’s never seen him again, at least until he walks into her bar one night. She recognizes him instantly, but she’s pretty sure that he doesn’t recognize her, until he meets her eyes and heads over to talk to her.

Grim recognizes her aura, and he is so drawn to her. There’s just something about her and her aura that gives him some peace and some light, which isn’t anything that he’s had before.

This was a huge fucking roller coaster of a ride. It knocked me right the fuck out. Sometimes I think that Grim and Trish are too toxic to each other to stay together, but other times I thought that their souls truly belonged together and that keeping them apart would hurt the two of them more than help. I think that the truth actually falls somewhere in between the two. They aren’t always good for each other, especially in Trish’s cases, but she has all these feelings for Grim.

I think that Trish is strong and independent. I think that sometimes she’s too independent, and that caused some of the problems. Now, I’m not victim blaming. I’m not saying that B happened to Trish because she did A, but it may have been a part of the reason that B happened. Or, maybe more like it gave B an opening to happen. Does that make sense? I think that Trish has every right to feel the way that she does about MCs throughout the book. It has to be a hard place for her to be.

Grim. Hmmmm. I don’t know what to say about Grim. I thinkk that I like him, most of the time. I understand his actions. His actions are really kind of just plain and straight forward. He doesn’t really have a lot of twists and turns going on, and WYSIWYG. At least mostly. He is keeping one big secret (other than MC business), but beyond that…

I found the Suraya/Sasha storyline to be really interesting and sad.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Jessica Gadizala-The Sacrifice

Jessica is a first time author for me, but after reading The Sacrifice, I don’t think that will continue. I’m going to be keeping my eye out on this series, because I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next with these guys. I’m going to have to go back and read her other books too. This is a PNR MC book, and it’s a really interesting combination, and one that I thought worked really well.

So, we have Lenore. She’s part of a hidden coven of witches. She’s a little rebellious, doesn’t like to do what she’s told, has a hard time with meditating and doing parts of being a witch. Her coven has an arrangement with a group in the outer world. Each generation, one witch must act as a sacrifice and go to this group. No one knows what happens to the sacrifices, all they know is that they are never seen again. Lenore has just become this generation’s sacrifice. She was told the night before so that there’s no chance of her running away. She undergoes the rituals, and then climbs into the coffin-like box in a van to be taken away.

Lycus and his brothers are a motorcycle club. But that’s not all they are. They are also demons who have been stuck on Earth for eons. Several generations ago, they managed to make a pact with a coven of witches. Each generation they get one of the witches to use her as they need. This time, they have Lenore, and she’s getting Lycus’ brother Ace’s nerves, because she makes it rain all the time, so he told Lycus to fix the issue.

I really enjoyed this one. It’s not a mindfuck, not precisely, but it is very twisty, and it did leave me guessing, which we all know that I really like. I think that Jessica did a really good job with making people guess what was happening and then changing everything up all over the place.

Lenore is really interesting. She has a real otherworldliness, which, well, makes sense because she’s lived in a hidden enclave all her life. She isn’t familiar with all the little things that make life up these days. But she has a very etheral look on life as well, mostly because she sees it from a magical point of view. I think that it really colors everything. I have to wonder if the other sacrifices had that same kind of POV. She also has an insatiable curiosity, which makes her want to learn everything possible.

Lycus may be a biker demon, but he’s not what you might think of when you imagine a biker demon who has been stuck on Earth for millenia. I think that probably comes from the fact that he’s been stuck around humanity for so many years. Even a demon is going to lose their evil edge eventually. Now, he’s still a demon and he’s still evil, but I think that there is a real human edge to him as well.

OK, that’s all for this one today. Nothing below the picture today. Go check it out!

K. Webster-Copper

This is the second of K’s books in the RBMC world, Tulsa chapter. Copper is Koyn’s brother. Warning, this one starts where the Koyn left off, but doesn’t have a whole lot of spoilers.

So, we have Stormy, who is actually FBI Agent Gale, who is on administrative leave, but has been acting undercover with the Tulsa branch of the RBMC. That’s because she knows that there is something wrong with them, and she wants to find out what is going on with them. She’s pretty sure that they are involved with her best friend being missing, mostly because she tracked down some people who were involved with trafficking and who had a folder with Koyn’s name on it. So, she decided to see what she could find, so she went undercover, well, without permission. And she got to be friends with everyone in the MC, and with Hadley, Koyn’s ol’ lady. In fact, she blew her cover because she was positive that Hadley was in danger from Koyn.

Then we have Copper. He’s also an FBI agent, but much less clean than Stormy is. He’s dirty, but only in that he helps his brother and covers up his brother’s crimes as much as possible. He’s practically a member of the club, without even patching in. He decides that he will take Stormy and be responsible for finding out what she knows, what she did, and what her story is. So, he takes her off to his house in the woods, where he is going to keep her as a prisoner. After a couple of days of a lot of sexual tension, things come to head, and he basically ignores her for the next several months, while still trying to figure out what is going on.

I like Stormy and her determination and grit. She has a plan, she was going to work her plan, and she was going to find her friend and get to the bottom of what’s going on. It may seem like she isn’t loyal, but I think that if you look at her actions, you will see the reason that she did what she did is because of the loyalty she has for her friends. She is also really protective, which you can see through the way that she takes care of her sibs and anyone who gets under her care. There are also things about her that I really don’t like, mostly that she keeps making assumptions about people that she should know better about. Her assumptions show that she is willing to ignore the evidence she sees and just go with her own ideas.

And you know, Copper may be a bent FBI agent, but I don’t know that I would call him strictly dirty. I think that if you look at what he does, you see that he gets justice more often than the law would. Of course, that justice may be not be all that nice, but it works. Of course, he is doing illegal things and helping to cover up his brother’s crimes, so, you know, there’s that. I do think that he is the only one who could’ve handled Stormy. She would’ve really run over anyone else, or ended up dead without anyone trying to find out what she knows.

I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

Oh Dragon. Oh man. That story killed me.

OK, that’s all for this one, go check it out! Happy reading!

Chiah Wilder-Smokey’s Distraction

This is the 15th book in the Insurgent’s MC series. While the books are connected, and have a loose ongoing story, you can read the books as standalones. You don’t really miss much if you haven’t read the other 14 books before you read Smokey’s Distraction. Of course, I’m not going to discourage anyone from reading any book, and this is a series that I do enjoy.

So, we have Ashley. She’s a marketing expert and is very good at her job. She’s basically married to her job and she really wants to make partner at the firm she’s working with. She gets a call to let her know that her former boss is out of jail. Which wouldn’t normally be a problem, but she helped put his theiving ass in jail, and he swore that he would get her. When her current boss asks her to go to a different town to work on a marketing plan for a friend of his, she initially wasn’t going to go, until she looked out the window and saw someone staring at her office. She’s all for leaving then, and off she goes.

Smokey walks into a bar to hear a localish band and he sees a beautiful woman who tells him her name is Marie. He’s a huge player, and tries coming on to her, but she keeps turning him down, no matter what he does. He even walks her out to her car, and she turns him down. Again. So, imagine his surprise when he turns up at his construction company to meet with the all business, no nonsense expert his friend sent him and it’s “Marie”, who turns out to be Ashley. He is excited to meet her again, and he really wants to get to know her better, but she is trying to keep it all business.

I think that Ashley is smart, but I think that she has a bit of a small naive streak. Or maybe it’s just that I have a huge cyincal streak. I just think that she seemed surprised by some things that I wouldn’t have been. I also think that she’s really jumpy, which I think is an appropriate behavior under all circumstances. I do wonder how much she thought that Smokey’s attraction to her was just because she said no. It would’ve been a through that went through my head.

Smokey is an OK guy. He is a horn dog, but I never hold that against anyone, I don’t slut shame anyone. As long as it’s consensual, go forth and fuck. But, I can see why Ashley doesn’t want to immediately get involved with him, because, well, player. Her first glimpse of him he’s with other women, so that really colors her initial view of him. I do think that he coddles his brother overly much. I get feeling guilty and responsible for a younger sib, but at some point, you have to let them fall on their face on their own. Maybe it’s that I am older than Smokey’s character and I’ve been around the block a few more times and I’ve got a different perspective.

I do think that the brother storyline wasn’t really necessary, and I wouldn’t have really missed it if it were gone.

No spoilers today. Go check it out!

Crimson Syn-Scarred by Pain

This is another entry into the Royal Bastards MC shared world series. This one takes place in New Orleans, in the national Chapter. Scarred by Pain is the story of Knuckles/Toren and Dyanara.

So, here’s our story. Knuckles is the Sargent at Arms for the NO chapter of the RBMC, which basically means he’s in charge off all beatdowns and making sure that the chapter is safe. One night, as he is out doing his thing, he takes a spooky back road and comes across a truck that has run off the road, with a woman in it. He calls a friend to help him get her out of the truck, and takes her back to his place so that he can fix her up. When she wakes up, she begs him to let her go home, because she really needs to, there’s going to be huge trouble if she isn’t home by a certain time. Finally, she calls someone and who says that they’ll pick her up from an abandoned gas station, so Taron agrees. He really doesn’t want to, because there’s just something about this woman that he’s really attracted to.

Dyanara has been kept trapped by her older brother for years. As she’s gotten older, it’s just gotten worse. She basically lives in her bedroom, 24/7. She has a guard who helps her (because she blows him) so she gets some freedom, sometimes. On one of those nights, she gets into a car accident, and wakes up with Taron. She knows that she needs to leave, because her brother is the president of an enemy of the RBMC, and she knowss that he’ll start a war. No matter how many times Knuckles says that they can protect her, she knows better, so she makes the decision to go back.

OK, so, I don’t understand why Dyanara keeps going back. She leaves a couple of more times, but she always goes back to her brother’s house. She knows that there isn’t anything good coming from being in that house, she knows that her brother hates her, she knows that there are men there who would gladly hurt her, and yet, she goes back? I don’t get it. It just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I don’t think that she’s TSTL, but I think that it gets close sometimes.

I actually like Taron, even though he has some issues, and there were times when I was really mad at him, but I think that he was really trying hard to live up to what he felt he had to, even if it wasn’t what he should’ve been doing. Once he figured out things, he did stand up and deal with what he should’ve been doing.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Ker Dukey-Rage

Ker Dukey has written several books that I really enjoy. She has given us Rage, which is actually her second entry into the RBMC world. The first one is Animal. You don’t have to have read Animal to understand this one, but I highly recommend it. This is the story of Gabe, AKA Rage, and Willa.

We first meet Willa as a 15 year old girl. Her brother, Milo, is trying to be a big deal, a drug dealer, underworld crime lord kind of thing. But he kinda isn’t smart, he’s definitely obsessive when it comes to Willa, and he’s definitely fucked up. He’s willing to do things or to make Willa do things that aren’t OK in any way, shape, or form. Including selling his little sister’s virginity for the money for a bar.

We skip ahead a few years, and Willa is now an adult, and her brother has gotten into serious money trouble and owes the Little Rock chapter of the RBMC a lot of money. When they come to collect, Willa offers to be collaterol for her brother. The guys who came didn’t agree with it, but one of them, Gabe, took her anyway.

Gabe and his best friend Jameson have left the Army and they are just waiting for their reserve time to run down. Once it does, they are going to prospect for the RBMC. For right now, they are running errands and providing muscle. When they walk into the bar and Gabe sees Willa, there’s just something about her that draws him to her. He wants to save her, but it goes beyond that.

You know, I know that life isn’t fair in any way, but damn, these two really get the shit end of the stick. I mean, damn. Their story really hurt my heart and I really wanted things to be so much better for them.

There are a lot of time jumps in between the chapters. Sometimes it’s a couple of weeks, sometimes it’s years. I think it works really well in this case. I wouldn’t like it in all books, but it needs it here. It lets you see the growth and evolution of the characters without having to slog through months and months and years.

It is a pretty quick read, and once I got into it, I didn’t get out of it. I would really like to see more of Willa and Gabe/Rage.

No spoilers today. Go check it out!

Misty Walker-Birdie’s Biker

Misty has given us another RBMC book with Birdie’s Biker. This one takes place in Reno. And it’s almost all the Reno chapter, except for one brief appearance from the Tonopah chapter, who we have seen before.

So, we have Bridgette. She has just turned 18. Her daddy is rich, and she is definitely her daddy’s girl. She has friends, or more realistically, frenemies. They hang out with each other, but they constantly try to score off each other, and not in a fun way. She’s been raised to be pretty, and not much else. She doesn’t like it though. Bridgette just isn’t happy-ish. But she really doesn’t know what to do to change things. One night, she’s woken from her sleep by a noise. She isn’t sure what the noise is, so she goes to find out what’s going on. It turns out that there are some bad guys in her house. One of them has killed her bodyguard, and now they are in talking to her dad. She eavesdrops until she finds out that they might want to hurt her, then she runs into the backyard. She hides there until she hears a shot, then she runs and hides in a pool house with her dog. Eventually, she comes back into the house and discovers that her father has been shot, but he’s still bearly alive.

Then we have the Prez of the Reno chapter, Loki. His chapter takes on a lot of killings for hire. And Bridgette’s dad has a job for him. He doesn’t want Loki and the boys to kill someone, what he does want is for them to get something back that was stolen from him. And, oh yeah, watch his nubile 18 year old daughter too. Daddy will pay them more if they do that as well as get back the vial that was stolen from him, and they can kill whoever. Loki decides that he’ll take the whole job, but when he sees Bridgette, a switch is flipped in his head. All he sees is a spoiled rotten, entitled, little rich girl, and he wants to take her down a notch, so he does.

Now, here’s the think. Bridgette, AKA Birdie, is kind of a spoiled little rich girl. She’s never really had the opportunity or reason to become anything other than that. She is young. She has time to get past that. She’s also a lot stronger than people give her credit for, including, I suspect, herself. But she learns a lot about herself while Loki keeps her captive. And she does some real growing up in just a couple of days. Birdie had been kept very insulated, so even normal life would’ve been a huge shock to her system, let alone moving into an MC. I am impressed by Bridgette and her resilience and strength, and just the inner well of guts that she has.

Then we have Loki. He’s an asshole. He’s an asshole when he’s nice. He’s a bigger asshole when he’s not nice. He’s also very happy to be an asshole. There is some growth and change in him, but not a whole lot, really. I don’t particularly care for him most of the time. I don’t dislike him, I just don’t care for him. I don’t mind a character who is an asshole most of the time, but he goes out of his way to be an asshole, for really no reason sometimes.

I do like a lot of the brothers in the chapter, especially Roch. I wouldn’t mind seeing their stories.

No spoilers today. I will say this, it is very intense at times, and there are some pretty dark points to it. OK, go check it out. Happy reading!

Elizabeth Knox-Rely on Me

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!

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