Winter Travers-Drop a Gear and Disappear

Winter Travers is starting a new MC series, Kings of Vengeance, and Drop a Gear and Disappear is the first book in the series. That term is mentioned a couple of times in the book, so I had to turn to the handy dandy Googletron to see what it had to say about it. The Almighty Google said this about it, when a rider needs speed all of a sudden, it’s easier to drop down to the next lower gear, because that forces the engine to rev higher immediately and gives the rider the necessary speed. It takes longer for the higher gear to rev up to get the speed needed than it would by dropping a gear. So, that’s what it means. I think that Winter named the book with more than one layer there too. You’ll see why I think that.

Quinn/Gear is recently out of prison and he’s joined an MC. He had a cellmate who told him all about the MC life, so Quinn moved to a new state and joined the Rolling Devils. He knows that they are going to put him through hell because he’s a prospect and the lowest of the low, but he’s willing to put up with it because it’s a brotherhood, and that’s what he wants.

Q/G also has a girlfriend that he lives with. Her name is Kimber. Kimber doesn’t like the guys in the club and doesn’t really approve of him being in the MC. He keeps trying to get her to go to parties, but she doesn’t want to. Finally, he gets her to agree to go to a party. And that’s when the trouble begins.

Of course there’s going to be trouble, because otherwise, it would be a super short book. And while it is a quick read, it isn’t super short. If you think that it seems familiar, you are right, because it originally showed up in an anthology, but Winter took it and expanded it a bit, et voila.

I like Quinn, overall, but I think that he is a little bit naive at the beginning. Or maybe blind. He needs to have that brotherhood so much that he’s willing to do anything he can to get it. So, is he willfully blind or just blinded by need? I don’t know, but it’s an interesting question, isn’t it?

Kimber is a strong woman and a strong character. She had to be, and she dealt with things that I wouldn’t have been able to, and they didn’t break her. I really hope that we see a lot more of her during the series, because I think that she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with, and I think that she’s going to have a lot to do and say when it comes to the Kings of Vengeance. I mean, not that a woman would rule the MC in this ‘verse, but ol’ ladies can be strong and powerful, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

I’m looking forward to seeing more characters develop as the series goes on, because we just got a small taste of most of them, and not a full dinner.

 

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OK, if you’ve made it down to my little spoiler section, I’ll tell you why I think Winter’s title is a multi-layered kind of thing. For one thing, Gear gets dropped off and the Rolling Devils think he has disappeared. And then later, Quinn drops the name Gear, so, that’s why.

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

Jessie Cooke-Rise of the Phoenix

Rise of the Phoenix is the first book of Jessie Cooke’s new series, the Phoenix Skulls, which is a spinoff of the Westside Skulls, which is a spinoff of the Southside Skulls. The Phoenix chapter starts with Jace, Beck, and Finn, and then more members start to file in. Jace and Beck, of course, were the focus of the last book, and the primary couple in this one, but there are more couples that show up as well.

So, the Skulls have bought some land that used to belong to the Navajo, many, many years before, but had gone through several hands before the Skulls got it. They are going to build a clubhouse for the entire club to hang out and a garage for Jace’s motorcycle design/building business. There is currently a house where Beck and Jace live and a small garage where Jace and the guys are trying to keep up with the demand for motorcycles. Down the road, we have Rock and Ajei, a Navajo couple who used to belong to an MC, and their adult son, Tommy.

There are problems happening. There’s been a dead and mutilated bunny that showed up on the property and left with a sign that said Go Away. But, that’s not the only thing. There’s also someone who painted headless bodies on the side of the house, again saying Go Away. There’s some worry that it’s Tommy doing this, because he’s been very vocal about the Skulls being on that property because that’s traditionally Navajo land and it belongs to them, even though it really hasn’t for decades and decades.

There are obviously a lot of other things that happen in the story, none of which I’m really going to talk about, because they are really interesting and the whole story was great. I love Beck and Jace, and yeah, there’s a reason I tend to put her first, because I really like Beck. She’s a total badass motherfucker, and pretty much everyone associated with her agrees with that, and agrees that fucking with Beck is not the smartest thing ever. There’s a line in the book that is from Jace’s POV where it says that he knows that she wouldn’t kill the guy, but that if she found him, he would wish he were dead. I love that line. And the BAMF factor is part of why Jace loves her the way that he does. I think between the two of them, the Phoenix Skulls are going to be in good hands. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the series goes next.

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I’m really interested in seeing if Tommy joins the club. I think it would be really fascinating if he did. I don’t think Rock and Ajei ever will, but I do think that they are going to be like the grandparents of the club maybe. They’ll be there to help the guys out when necessary, but not get in the way. That’s my opinion, at least. We’ll see, I guess.

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

Kara Kelley-Biker Daddy

So, Kara Kelley has combined a story that is a MC book and a Daddy book in Biker Daddy. You might not think that those things combine together to make a great story, but Kara made it work. I really love how it works together. Although, I’m going to say that the MC isn’t the main thrust of the story, the Daddy stuff is the main trope in the series, but the MC stuff does overshadow everything and help to force some of the decisions that are made during the book.

Here’s the story. When he was 12, Drew was out with his dad, who was the Prez of the Skull Grinders, acting as lookout. Daddy dearest and his minions are there to make an example of a guy who has screwed them over. But Drew saw someone coming and hollers, which means that bystander got killed. Drew tried to save his life, and manages to hide the guy’s kid, but leaves his bloody handprint on the kid’s arm. Even though he didn’t do anything, he’s the one who took the fall, so he ends up spending 4 years in juvenile detention and then has to go do some probation, which he does as a leader at a camp for troubled boys. When he was there, Ray, the owner, asked him to watch over his neice, Addianna.

Addianna fell in love with Drew and her first kiss was with her, but then he broke her heart and left things in a flaming heap. So she has spent the years since then hating Drew. But when she finds out that her Uncle Ray, who is now a world-famous and prominent artist, has died, she knows that she has to go take care of everything. That’s just what she does. And when she finds out that there was someone living with her uncle, she never thought that Drew would be that person.

I felt sorry for Addi, but not because of Drew. All through the book, she’s getting calls and texts from her dad, looking for things because he can’t life on his own. She’s there, dealing with her beloved uncle’s death, in fact, her father’s brother, grieving and planning for the funeral, and for all her dad knows, she’s dealing with this all on her own, and he’s fucking calling her because he can’t find his TV remote, which you know is just sitting there next to him, or he can’t find his glasses, which are on his face. You can tell that she’s been parenting her dad since she was little and she’s been adulting for way too long. It’s no wonder that Drew’s Daddy works so well for her. She’s able to let go and let someone else take control. OK, it’s hard for her to let go, but having someone else have that control and cherish her makes her feel so good. That’s part of the whole DD/lg age play thing. The sub can be that little person inside of them and their Daddy can handle the adult stuff, but when she needs to be an adult, Daddy is right there standing beside her because that’s what Daddies do. They take control when necessary, but they know when to let their little girls be women and handle their shit.

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OMG, seriously, who leaves their 16-year-old daughter to make the decision on whether or not they should pull the life support for their other parent? I could get it if her dad were dead or otherwise incapacitated, but nope. He’s alive and right there even. Ugh. What a turdblossom.

And Layla is just gross from the get go. It’s obvious that she’s trying to make Trevor jealous and she’s just using Drew to do that. I’m sorry for Brent, getting trapped in that mess.

I love who comes to the rescue at the end. It just shows that what goes around comes around and that you never know what one choice you have made in your life will grow and change your life.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say on this one. I really did love it. Go check it out on the Zon and tell me what you think. 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!

D. D. Galvani-Sonny’s Surrender

Sonny’s Surrender is another MC book, but I would probably classify it as MC-lite. There isn’t a whole lot of what you might expect from a motorcycle club book. I thought the motorcycle was more a side part of the story and less a main feature of the story. It didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the story, but if you really like books focusing on MCs, you will want to know that. It’s also the 3rd book of a series, but if you haven’t read the first two, you should be fine. I had no problem with it.

Sonny is a member of the Devil’s Wind MC. He has it bad for Gia, who knows that she can call him whenever she’s in trouble or needs help, like one night at her job at the local stop and rob convenience shop. A bunch of teenage boys come in and try to harass her, but since she called Sonny as soon as they came him, he was able to get there and rescue her. Since he wants her and is pretty sure that she wants him and he cares a whole lot for her, he doesn’t want her to work at the stop and rob anymore, so he offers her a job as the club secretary. She’s all for it, but she doesn’t sleep with her bosses, to which Sonny replies that he’s not technically her boss.

Gia has a bad background, but she’s managed to rise above it through a lot of hard work. She doesn’t like asking for help, and while she’s more than willing to take the job, she doesn’t want to have the job because Sonny wants into her pants. When it turns out that no, they really need her there, she’s all good with it.

On her first day, she finds a file that was under Sonny’s desk and discovers a secret that Sonny has been from everyone. He has a son. He’s spent the last 5 years trying to track him down because his son’s mother took her away from him. He’s hidden it from his club because he doesn’t want them to think that he’s a loser or anything.

Then everything changes.

I think that Sonny sometimes reacts before he has a chance to think about what he’s going to do, which we see some of when he and Gia have a “discussion”. I can understand Gia’s reaction, and I kind of have the same reaction in similar circumstances. Sonny doesn’t get Gia’s reaction as much because he’s never had to be in the same kind of situation or go through what Gia has. Overall I enjoyed the book. I think I might have liked to see a little more MC action, but that’s a preference and not a necessity.

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I’m glad that the 3 kids got to stay together. They were so strongly bonded that separating them would hurt them all and cause unnecessary trauma. They all needed each other, especially the two girls. I’m glad that they figured out a way to contact Gia so that she and Sonny could come and rescue them and help them.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Hit up Amazon and check it out! Happy reading!

Chiah Wilder-Wheelie’s Challenge

Chiah Wilder is a new author to me. One of the things I’ve loved about being a being a blogger is the fact that I get the chance to see a lot of new authors come across my Kindle. It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be able to read their books and for me to share them with you. So today I’m sharing Wheelie’s Challenge from Chiah with you. And can I just say how awesome the name Chiah is?

So, this is a MC book. I think bikers are pretty much the ultimate bad boys. They live by no one’s rules but their own and they have no problems with showing that and telling everyone that. It’s not easy for a biker to hide who he is, like it can be for the mafia guys or other alpha types. I think they are just more in your face that other bad boys are, which can make MC books much more interesting to read. One of the big rules that MCs have is you don’t betray a brother. Period. If you do, then you can end up in trouble. But…

So, today’s book. We start out with a woman being killed by her abusice husband. This may not seem like it’s a big deal, but it really is. There are a lot of things that are about to happen becaue of it. Ten years later, we get to see Sophia and Wheelie. Wheelis is a member of the Insurgents MC. Sophia is not his ol’ lady, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting her or her from wanting him. That would normally wouldn’t be a huge problem, but the fact that her husband Tigger is one of his brothers makes it a problem. You just don’t fuck a brother’s lady.

Sophia is stuck in a terrible marriage. Tigger is an abusive fuck. Sophia walks on eggshells around him so that he doesn’t get angry and doesn’t hurt her any more than he already has. Because the Prez and the VP know what’s going on, they have made it mandatory that she shows up at certain events. They think that Tigger is getting it under control, and you just don’t interfer in a brother’s relationship unless there’s a really good reason.

Meanwhile, in another part of the country, Russ Elmore is getting out of prison. He was put there nearly 10 years ago for killing his wife, Kendra who just happens to be Wheelie’s sister. Wheelie has pledged to kill him, but Russ is going to do what he can to make sure that he gets there first.

There’s a whole lot that happens in this book. There’s revenge, love, hate, violence, and justice. Overall, I liked the book and the characters. I think that I disliked each of them at some point in time or another, but that’s the way it goes. It makes books more enjoyable when you have some kind of emotion because of the characters. I do wish certain people had done things sooner than they did, but they finally did. But, I do think that there were also some other motivations behind what they did, but since things finally happened, I won’t complain.

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OMG, Russ is a nasty piece of work. Tigger didn’t die soon enough or hard enough.

I got mad at Wheelie when things were discovered, but I can understand why he needed a minute to figure out stuff, because dayum, that was a heavy load to handle. I wish that Sofia hadn’t trusted Russ though because it made it easy for her to doubt herself.

OK, go check this one out. Happy reading!

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