Friday, January 23, 2015

Kick (Savage Saints MC #1) by Carmen Jenner

Kick (Savage Saints MC, #1)Kick by Carmen Jenner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Daniel “Kick” Johnson is part of a brotherhood who would give their lives for one another. The MC’s ties to each other run thicker than blood. Kick has a dirty past made up of lies, betrayal and violence that have made him into a soulless monster. The only thing he ever had was his loyalty to his club and not once, but twice a woman made him turn against the men he thought were his brothers. In this story, he is not the hero, he is the villain and he will screw up and lose her too.

Kayla a victim of abduction by three cruel, inhuman men, who used, abused and raped her over the course of three weeks. Then one day she is taken from her cruel tormentors only to be abducted yet again by a biker who claims to want to help her. However, can she trust him, will he protect her as he says even from his own biker brothers. Why does he want to help her? Why is she drawn to his darkness? Will she ever be free?

My review:
I find myself drawn lately to books that have warnings like Kick does “Not intended for pussies” perfect statement right there. This is a gritty story that pulls you into its darkness from the first few pages. I love a book that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until you’re gasping for your last breath. Kick is an anti-hero of the highest order; he takes what he wants and damns the consequences. For the second time in his life he finds a woman, he cannot resist but he is poison to her just as he was poison to the one before her. Kayla or Indie as Kick takes to calling her I love that nickname, is kidnapped, horribly tormented, and brutalized by three sadist men. Kick is trying to save her and help her exact her revenge on the men who hurt her. He also happens to want her bad; the sexual tension between these two is hot. It is not your flowers and chocolate kind of romance. It’s dirty and grimy but you want to keep reading because it is that good. It is a non-stop thrill ride that takes you to flashbacks of Kicks past indiscretions and then back again to the present where he seems to be making the same mistakes. This time he’s older, wiser, smarter maybe. I love how he wears his heart on his sleeve, but doesn’t even realize he does it. He is so vulnerable, but he hides it behind a tough exterior and a leather MC patch. I wanted to hate him because he is not a good guy, but yet he is a good guy he just loves differently than your average fellow and I loved it. Indie starts as a victim, but with Kick’s help, she becomes a fighter who stops at nothing to get her vengeance. You just have to root for this couple to end up together even though they are both so royally screwed up.

This was the first book of Carmen Jenner’s I have read, after the first few chapters I added the rest of her books to my to be read list. I am hoping that Tank and Ivy are the subjects of book two because I think their story will really knock us on our asses.

Highly recommend if you are into the MC genre, you should be warned it is a dark book; there are rapes, violence, murder and mayhem. If you can’t stomach the occasional brain splatter this is not the book for you.

Received and ARC from TRSOR Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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Nobody's Lost (Rescue Me Saga, #5) by Kallypso Masters

Nobody's Lost (Rescue Me Saga, #5)Nobody's Lost by Kallypso Masters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ryder Wilson has been deployed multiple times serving his country, but he can’t seem to get his days in combat out of his head. He is ashamed of some of his actions while deployed, he wishes he could fix his mistakes but know that he can’t. As far as he is concerned lives were lost and it was his fault. Frustrated at his inability to function in the civilian world and live a nice life like some of his veteran brothers, he becomes a recluse choosing to hide rather than face the worlds judgements. One night he gets a call from retired Master Sergeant Adam Montague “Top”. He has a mission for Ryder, protect his sister from an unknown danger. Knowing he can’t say no to a direct order from his commanding office Ryder heads out to fulfill his mission. With the fear of failure at the forefront of his mind, can he complete his mission without getting anyone killed this time, or will he fail again?
Megan Gallagher is blessed with two big-brother Marines who are crazy over protective and pretty much drive her nuts. But she loves them more than anything, even though they have yet to realize she’s tougher than they give her credit for. When there is a break-in late at night her older brother sends Ryder a former Marine to check things out. It doesn’t take Megan long to realize Ryder is the one who needs rescuing. They quickly form a friendship, but a surprising attraction burns bright between them, making it hard to stick to her no relationships mantra. To bad her body seems to want to ignore her brain every time he’s within her vicinity. Can two wounded people save each other and allow themselves the love a of a lifetime?

My review:
I am a huge fan of the Rescue Me Saga books, so when I heard there would be a novella while we wait for Nobody’s Dream I squealed with delight. At the time this book was published I was going through a really tough experience myself. My older sister lost her battle with breast and ovarian cancer, so I was feeling lost myself. When I was able to sit down and delve into this wonderful addition to the Rescue Me Saga I was relieved to get lost in a world of passion, emotion and deep human connection. Kallypso Masters is a fantastic writer and I adore her work. Every couple in her stories have their own individual issues that the author takes time to address. Though this book moved a bit quickly from first meeting to falling in love the characters acknowledge that fact stating more than once how they barely know each other. But I can honestly say I felt an immediate connection with my husband on our first date so if its love its love and you know it. Ryder and Megan were a great team once Ryder let her in. The sexual tension was hot and once they got to it the sex scenes were amazing. I really enjoyed the BDSM element to the story as well. The scenes were well written and well thought out as I can only expect from the Ms. Masters. One of my favorite things about this book was that the author lets us know that Megan and Ryder’s story is not over they have a lot to learn about each other and we can expect to read more about them in later installments. What makes for a lasting relationship is the willingness to want to know everything there is to know about one another. Ryder and Megan are perfect for each other, though each reveal their own issues and insecurities they will work together to make their relationship work.

Even if you have not read the other books in the saga you can read this one and not be lost but I highly recommend the entire series. If you are looking for reading material that is real and has great emotion with characters that have substance pick up the entire Rescue Me Saga and spend some time getting to know a great group of guys and their gals.

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