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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Elizabeth Knox-Bet on Me

Bet on Me is Elizabeth Knox’s entry into the Royal Bastards MC shared world series. And Elizabeth’s take is really interesting, and not one that I expected when I started reading it.

So, here’s the way that this one goes. We have Rancid, who is the national Prez of the Royal Bastards. And let me tell you, Rancid really fits him. He’s a wretched piece of shit. Actually, he would have to level up about 17,000 times to become a wretched piece of shit. And that would only be if he were really, really lucky or really, really good. Anyway, 10 years ago, Rancid went to Baltimore and killed Gamble’s entire family. All except Gamble. Her, he took. She was 15, and he turned her into his pet, and not a pretty kind, if you know what I mean.

Now, it’s 10 years later, and Gamble has actually been able to get away from Rancid. She’s been back to living in Baltimore, with that chapter of the Bastards, and while she was there, she fell in love with the Prez, Dog. Rancid calls her down to see him, and when she gets there, all the other Prezs are there, and Dog is tied up and has been tortured. It’s bad. Really bad. It turns out that Dog has been trying to get rid of Rancid, and he heard about it, so he’s going to get rid of Dog and takes Gamble.

Finally, Gamble is back in Baltimore, and is in a position that no one expects and that no one really believes. On top of that, she’s got a new member in the chapter that she has to deal with, Hart.

Hart is currently in hiding. He got in trouble with Petros, who is the Prez of another chapter of the Royal Bastards. But Rancid has decided that Hart is going to go to Baltimore, so off to Baltimore he will go.

There is a lot that goes on in this book, for as short as it is. I did, at times, feel like it was a little rushed, but not overly so. I do feel like it ended too soon though. I feel like there is a lot more to come with Gamble and Hart, so I’m really hoping that Elizabeth is going to continue on with these guys, because it really does feel like the first half of a book instead of a whole book. I hope that makes sense.

I do like Gamble. I think that she’s remarkably strong for everything that she’s gone through over the years. She has a real streak of iron right down her spine, and I have mad respect for her.

Hart seems a little harder to get a hold of. Mostly we see Gamble’s POV, so we just don’t get as much of Hart. I’ll have to read Petros, which is currently sitting on my Kindle to read, which means it will probably be on here at some point, to see if we get to know Hart any more in that book than we do.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I’m going to keep reading more of Elizabeth’s books, because I do like her worlds.

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A female Prez? I think that Rancid might actually hurt himself here.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Elizabeth Knox-Scarred

Elizabeth Knox gives us today’s MC book, Scarred. It’s the first book in a new series. I don’t always give trigger warnings, mostly because I tend to let y’all know if something is dark, but there are times when I think they are necessary. This is one of those times. There are graphic descriptions of domestic violence and sexual assault. If those things will trigger you, even if you like MC books, I would highly suggest that you not read this one.

Roxy has been with Rage since they were teenagers. She got together with him after her dad died. But now, after years of being his wife and punching bag, she regrets it. His name describes him all too well and the bad boy that she thought she married has turned into a monster who just gets worse every day. There hasn’t been in a day in years that she hasn’t undergone some kind of abuse, and no one in the club really stops it, and in fact, many of them have joined in. But now she’s pregnant and hiding it from Rage. She knows she should get away but she’s also terrified that if she does get away, Rage will hunt her down, especially if she has his child. But when he beats the ever-living shit out of her by beating her with a baseball bat and leaving her nearly dead outside the clubhouse, everything changes.

Tex is Rage’s best friend. He was involved with Roxy first, but then Rage decided he wanted her, so Tex stepped aside. He’s spent the years in the club trying to avoid Roxy as much as possible. He’s gone to do as many errands as he could just so he doesn’t stay around. When he’s around, Rage isn’t as bad, but Tex doesn’t know that. In fact, he doesn’t know the majority of what Rage has done to Roxy. But when he comes home to find her bleeding to death outside the clubhouse, he knows that he has to do something. He takes her to the hospital and then manages to get her away before anyone Rage can send can take her back to the club.

I felt like this was two books that got shoved into one. I think that the story would’ve been much better if it had been spread out into two stories, that way each part of what was going on would have gotten the attention that I thought that they deserved. The two parts of this book both have a very different feel, and they just don’t quite mesh as well as they could’ve. I did like the story, even with those issues. I thought Roxy was a pretty kick-ass character. She’s survived through all kinds of terrible stuff, and she’s still standing. I do think that everyone should’ve listened to her a little more than they did, but men. What are you going to do?

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I have to say, if I were in Roxy’s place, I would’ve been really pissed off at Tex and I wouldn’t have forgiven him quite as easily as she did. I mean, he knew what she was going through. He knew that Rage was going off the rails, so why he didn’t step in before, I don’t know. I would’ve been angry with him for a good while, even if I loved him.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Happy reading!