Review~Mistrust by Kathryn Kelly

Title: Mistrust 
Series: Death Dwellers MC #6.5
Author: Kathryn Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 469
Heat Level: 4 out 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

                Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch

When Roxy Doucette meets the all too handsome, Knox Harrington, sparks fly. He’s the new assistant to the club’s attorney. However, Christopher “Outlaw” Caldwell, the club’s president, is suspicious of Knox’s true reasons for being there. Something about Knox just rubs Outlaw the wrong way, therefore, he asks Roxy to get Knox into bed for some “pillow talk”. At first, she’s outraged at Outlaw’s proposal, but accepts that he might be right and the club could be in jeopardy. She agrees to “date” Knox and the war of wills begin.
Born in wealth and privilege, Knox Harrington is a former police officer who has little regard for biker clubs. In particular, the Death Dwellers, and ESPECIALLY the president. Now a private investigator, Knox is working on behalf of his uncle to bring Outlaw and the Dwellers down. The club members’ nefarious deeds warrant their destruction. Knox intends to achieve that by any means possible.
When he meets the beautiful, formidable Roxy, there’s instant attraction between them. However, he sees an opportunity to use her to ferret information about the club. He’s over-the-top-arrogant, believing the ignorance and stupidity of Outlaw will ultimately be the club’s downfall. Knox hasn’t a clue that Roxy is on to him. She’s also attracted to him.
Aside from the safety of the club, Roxy’s in it for the benefits. She has a new lease on life after surviving cancer. Besides Knox’s low-down behavior, she’s a 44-year-old, mother of four children and Knox is ten years younger than she is. However, she can’t resist the challenge when Knox lets it be known that he’s the sharpest tool in the shed. He sure the hell is a tool. The foolish kind and Roxy is determined to teach him a lesson or two.
Let the games begin.

Review

I enjoyed this novel like I always enjoy a Kathryn Kelly penned novel. All the characters that I love or love to hate were present and accounted for. I’ve loved Roxy since she steamrolled into the series. She seemed to bring balance to the club and the clubhouse. The men respected her and the women needed her. None more so than Kendall, whose need for a mother/friend never fails to be heart wrenching to read about.

My only complaint is that I never liked Knox or felt any connection between he and Roxy. It never felt natural and it never rang true. I was glad Roxy got an HEA, I just didn’t care for who he was. Other than that, I loved it. It had suspense, humor and hot sex. I’m so sad that this series appears to be coming to an end. It was a great series to lose yourself in. Rumor has it, maybe she’ll write about the kids of the MC. If she does, I’m so there. Until then then, a piece of my heart lies in Hortensia.

Book given in exchange for an honest review by the author.
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Review~Breaking the Rules by Lexie Davis

Title: Breaking the Rules 
Series: Roaming Devils MC #1
Author: Lexie Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 212
Heat Level: 4 out 4 flames
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch

All Ryker Dennison wanted was to become President of the Roaming Devil’s Motorcycle Club. It would be his legacy. His grandfather and father had both held the title and he was the next in line.

Enter Ella Hawkins. He had known her since they were fifteen and had tried to push her memory away. Their troublesome past included her father arresting him, which was not something he could easily forget. But when she came to him, pleading for his help to save the one man he despised from a rival motorcycle gang, he found himself agreeing to help her, thus breaking the number one rule of the MC.

Ryker soon finds himself with a major dilemma. Women weren’t part of the club life and bringing Ella into his world would only mean putting her in danger. With his father trying to push Ella away from him for his own benefit, her father constantly trying to arrest him, and his own desire for her getting in the way of his club life, he finds himself going against everything to be with the woman he loved. Will breaking the rules land him in the ultimate position to have everything he ever wanted? Or will his risky move cost him everything, including the woman of his dreams?

Review

I always enjoy finding a new author to read. It’s a rare thing for me nowadays. Tried and true when I have to spend my money. I also enjoy finding a new MC romance series. Bonus is, new series and new author.

Ryker is slated to take the gavel and be the President of the Roaming Devils MC after his father steps down or dies. He’s ready. The club has been his way of life for as long as he can remember. His vision for the MC is different from his father’s. He knows there will be resistance but he’s up for the challenge.

Ella is a doctor and the daughter of a police officer that is set on taking down Ryker’s club. Ella went to high school with Ryker, knows what the MC is about and goes to Ryker for help. This starts a series of events that will have light suspense fans cheering.

Good start to a new series and I’m really looking forward to the next one. Will it be Superman or Vampire?

Book given in exchange via the publisher and Netgalley.
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Review~Misfit by Kathryn Kelly

Title: Misfit 
Series: Death Dweller MC #6
Author: Kathryn Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 792
Heat Level: 4 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch

Ophelia Donovan wants to move past the loves of her life, two badass bikers in her brother’s MC. When she gave Cash “Ghost” McCall and Louis “Stretch” King, an ultimatum of bringing their relationship out in the open or she’d walk, they chose separation. It crushed Ophelia’s dreams of having a happily-ever-after and family with Ghost and Stretch.

Stretch lives with guilt and pain from the death of his former lover and the injuries he received the same night. For a while, Cash and Stretch worked fine. They’d agreed to choose a woman together to bring into their relationship. Instead, Cash brought Outlaw’s sister in, intending to use her as a shield for Cash’s growing feelings for both Stretch and Fee. The dissolution of their relationship because of Fee’s goading leaves Stretch angry with both of his lovers.

Ghost doesn’t do relationships. He doesn’t have the confidence in himself that he’s equipped for something meaningful. He only knows he loves both Stretch and Ophelia. She wants kids, a house with him and Stretch, and, most of all, an open relationship with them. So open she expects Ghost to go to her brothers—his club’s president—and confess all. Even if he did do commitment, he wouldn’t be alive to see it through. Outlaw would kill Ghost, especially after already warning him away.

Christopher “Outlaw” Caldwell knows Ghost is about fun and fucking. He’s in charge of the Bobs, those women trotted out for pleasure at special club occasions. Outlaw’s little sister wants a family and he refuses to allow her to waste her years on a man who’ll walk away in the end. Outlaw’s life has been quiet recently, with every known club threat removed, giving him plenty of time to focus on family.

Thanks to Cash’s outrageous plan to throw Outlaw off, he raises the man’s suspicions instead. A biker from a rival club uses Ophelia to get on Outlaw’s good side, leaving her gravely injured, Outlaw in jail, Stretch admitting how important both she and Cash are to him, and Cash determined to never deny his love again.

Review

It has taken me a while to write my review because, I was and still am in denial. I can’t believe the series is over. I feel like I’ve lost a dear friend. I’m sullen, grouchy and a bit lonely. I love this series. It has captivated me since I opened my first book. Not only did I get to read a great series but I got to get to know Kat Kelly. She’s a wonderful friend and I am so blessed that she reached out to me. So, for my review, I’m going to say goodbye to these characters individually.

Cash McCall, Stretch King and Ophelia Donovan- what a wonderful triad you are. Stretch, you had my heart all the way through your journey. Ophelia, kudos to you for sticking to your guys with these two. Thank you for befriending Kendall, even when she didn’t deserve it. Cash, you were quite possibly the most selfish character of the whole series and almost didn’t deserve these two.

Digger- you had me hating you for a long time. You thoroughly convinced me of your betrayal. I’m glad you ended up being a good guy.

Bunny-I’m glad you got your HEA. You certainly deserved it.

Val- You poor screwed up man. I liked you so much better before you became so stupid.

Zoann- Bless your precious heart. You endured so much in your life. I’m thankful you and Val worked it out.

Mortician- Mort, how I love you! I love your humor, your darkness, your care and keeping of all the women in your life, including your friendship with Red.

Bailey- You are a saint. Mort was an ass to you while he fought his attraction to you. You got the best of both of your parents.

Megan- I adore you. Your love and trust of Christopher is exactly what a wife should have for her husband. The quiet yet firm way you ruled the women. Your patience, sweet lord, your patience.

Christopher- I still hate you! I hate you less now than early on in the series but I still hate you. The only thing positive I can say about you is that you LOVE your wife. When your death comes, I hope Kendall is the one causing it.

Johnnie-I loved you so much in the beginning. Then I lost respect for you when you failed Kendall again and again. I never questioned your love for her, just your defense of her.

Kendall- You were an amazing character. I wanted to hug and comfort you, then you showed your ass again. I wanted to shake you then. Back and forth, back and forth. You had your demons that you constantly battled and you lost more than you won with them. Stay away from Christopher. He’s your Kryptonite. Your attraction to him makes me want to throw up.

Thank you Kat for writing this series and your friendship. Maybe, check in with the Death Dwellers MC sometime? Maybe write about the kids next? What ever you decide, I’ll be there breathless with anticipation.

Book given in exchange for an honest review via the author.
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Review~Know Me by Cora Brent

Title: Know Me 
Series: Defiant MC #1
Author: Cora Brent
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 100
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch

As the daughter of the Coast Devils MC President, Kira Tolleson was raised around dangerous men. But her father, Crest Tolleson, always took pains to keep Kira out of the violent chaos surrounding the club.

When a rival gang massacres the Coast Devils, including Kira’s father, she knows their brutality will not spare her if she is found.

In desperation Kira flees to the Arizona desert to find the one man who might help her.

His name is Orion. As leader of the Defiant MC, he is tough, explosive, unbearably sexy.

And once, he was her father’s best friend.

Confronted by the innocent young woman he’d known long ago, Orion agrees to take her in.

That is, if Kira is willing to meet his terms…

Review

The premise of this book is a bit creepy. More than a little offensive and not due to the age difference between the hero and heroine. A young woman is on the run for her life. She goes to her father’s former best friend for protection. The man her father told her to go to if she ever needed protection. When she gets there, the father’s former best friend is cold. He agrees to protect her but demands her body as payment. Say what?

What didn’t work for me:

His payment method.

He helped raise this girl and know he wants to have sex with her. Shudder.

Her thinking back to her childhood memories and him being there as a parental figure and then her thinking about how much she wants to sleep with him. Gross!

What I did like:

The secondary characters. I want to know their stories.

If you can get past the creep factor, this wasn’t too bad.
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Review~Lock & Key by Cat Porter

Title: Lock & Key 
Series: Lock & Key #1
Author: Cat Porter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 394
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch

I suppose some of us have to get really dirty before we can become truly clean.

I was allegedly South Dakota’s most famous old lady.
Sixteen years ago I survived my old man’s murder

Never again.
Never again will I surrender my heart.
Never again will I sacrifice to the Club.

But that all changed in one night.

I came home and crashed into him,
and my past and present blew up in my face.
Both of us lonely, running on empty, and unwilling to admit it.

Until now.
Now I feel things I’d forgotten about, want things I’d cut out of my insides.

Love not only stings when you lose it, when it’s ripped away from you.
When it first sinks its teeth in you, it can cut just as raw and sting just as deep.

I’d forgotten that.

Who holds the keys to betrayal? To suspicion? To trust?
To brotherhood? To family?
To redemption and a bleeding heart?
Right now, I just might.

Review

This book was suggested to me by a Goodreads friend who also loves MC romance. I’d heard of the author but hadn’t got a chance to read her yet. After the suggestion, I decided to move her up on my TBR and give her a go. I’m very glad that I did.

This story was a very emotional story that tugged at my heart from page one and kept me engrossed. I would’ve finished it sooner but the family was on vacation and we had family stuff to do. It’s a story of having a second chance at love despite losing your first one. Sometimes when you read a book with two different love stories in them, one gets over shadowed by the other one. Not here. I felt her love for both men and understood it. I saw what she was willing to sacrifice not only for her late husband or the MC but for herself.

Great characters, family loyalty, good suspense and hot sex. A winner in my book.
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Review~Hellraiser by Amo Jones

Title: Hellraiser 
Series: The Devil’s Own #2
Author: Amo Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 286
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch

Melissa
They say there are defining points in your life – moments where you f**ked it all up, moments that make you its bitch, moments that shape you into the person you are.
The day I met Braxton Ward was one of my moments.
My name’s Melissa Hart, and I don’t think you’re ready for this story.

Hella
I go by a few names: Hella, Brax, 112, or, depending on whether I’ve been balls deep in you or not, C*nt. I don’t push the boundaries because in order to do so, one must have them. I’ve never had them. Being homeless at the not-so-tender age of fifteen morphed me into an emotionless shell, and when The Army recruited me, that shell turned into steel.
They say if fire is hot enough, it can melt steel; the hate that burns between Melissa Hart and me just might be hot enough.
Shit doesn’t come easy for us. Enemies are expanded, secrets are revealed, and lives will be taken. Yeah, I’m Braxton “Hella” Ward, and you bet your f*cking ass that you ain’t ready for this story

Review

Hella. What a messed up man! He was dark. Maybe the darkest guy that I’ve ever read about. You knew he was dark in the first book of the series but WOW! You truly get to see the level of darkness that lives in his soul in this book. It was cringe worthy.

This story is about the intense attraction between Hella and Melissa. It’s not an easy road to witness. Hella is a stubborn asshole. His treatment of Melissa is less than chivalrous. At times, it’s just plain cruel and selfish.

Melissa has her own demons to fight. A shattering tragedy in her teenage years has shaped her in to the woman she now is. She’s smart, caring and a hot ass mess. Her humor made me laugh a lot. She handles Hella very well.

I liked this book better than the first in the series. Be warned though, there is graphic violence and possibly triggers for some readers.
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Review~Destroyed by Kira Johns

Title: Destroyed 
Series: Satan’s Rebels MC
Author: Kira Johns
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 121
Heat Level: 1 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch

Jade Moore was no stranger to the MC lifestyle. Growing up the daughter of the President of the Satan’s Rebels, she knew all about family and loyalty. Her world slowly crumbles when she loses not only her parents, but her brother and best friend. Her uncle steps in and becomes the family she so desperately needs.

But what happens when the only family you have left betrays everything you have ever known?

Jade is drug into the Condemned Warrior world where she is imprisoned for four agonizing years. Beaten and brutalized, she wishes for death, but it never comes.

Reaper inherited the MC from his brother, Halo, and will do whatever it takes to keep the club safe. Anything, including handing over his niece to the club’s enemy. All he has to do is convince her brother, Tank, and best friend, Shadow, that she has run away. Easy. But what Reaper never expects is for Tank and Shadow to come home looking for answers years later and discovering the truth.

Tank and Shadow return to their hometown to investigate missing funds. It’s when they begin digging for the evidence, they discover a much darker secret that Reaper has been hiding. Enlisting the help of the club’s Sergeant at Arms, Viper, they set out to rescue Jade and bring her home where she belongs.

Viper’s reputation is well known both inside and out of the MC. He is a cold-blooded killer, incapable of any feeling but hatred. His allegiance lies with Tank and the club. He will do whatever it takes to bring Jade home, even if it means crossing enemy lines to save her. What he doesn’t expect is to fall for her.

Review

This novella starts the series. The couple from this book will get their own full length book with book two of the series. Fair warning to the readers out there, this is not MC lite. There’s dark content, graphic violence and possible triggers for some.

A kidnapped young girl, tortured for four years. She’s rescued but the past comes back to rear it’s ugly head and take away her only chance at happiness. Good start to a series and I will be reading more by this author.
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Review~One Hundred & Thirty-Six Scars by Amo Jones

Title: One Hundred & Thirty-Six Scars 
Series: The Devil’s Own
Author: Amo Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 311
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch

Meadow
I was four years old when I learnt what evilness the world could bring. I fought through life with my scarred soul, wrangled through the dark empty nights where I’d pray I didn’t wake up the next morning. I would shut my eyes and mentally take myself to my happy place.
Red roses
The sound of waves crashing on the sand under my feet.
The final time the cold blade pushed up against my thigh, and I waited for my blood to trickle over the other One hundred and thirty-six scars that covered my skin— never came. Who was this man who just saved me? He had no idea how close I came to ending myself that day. I was ready to blow my brains all over the bedroom walls and I had a nine sitting under my pillow to prove it.

Beast
Some people have families, I had engineered human killing machines surrounding me my whole life. I’d been a part of this unit since I was a baby, raised in a community that was shut off from the real world. A community where we were nothing but empty vessels, until Hella (my best friend) and I escaped. Hella took us to a girl who was in foster care with him before he was summoned into The Army. After finding out yet another complication in my life, I needed space. I booked in to a run down apartment, ready to clear my head. Only my head didn’t clear, because I was haunted every night from the screams that would vibrate through my walls.

This is not a story of a perfect man coming in to save the day. This is a story of what happens when fate interferes and two completely broken souls collide.

Review

The book began so dark that I didn’t know if I could read it. If it wasn’t such great storytelling, I would’ve quit. The premise was somewhat different for an MC romance. A genetically enhanced killing machine? For those of you whose lips just curled in disgust, stay with me. I was unsure but it didn’t really end up being a big part of the story at all. I looked at it like the hero was dark ops instead. That’s how it read to me anyway.

I liked all of the MC characters. To be honest though, there were a few things that left me shaking my head, making it difficult to buy into. They are as follows:

The genetic enhancement.

Easy acceptance into an MC (no prospecting)

Easy promotion within an MC

Other than those couple of things, I enjoyed it and would read more by this author.
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Review~Deep Redemption by Tillie Cole

Title: Deep Redemption 
Series: Hades Hangmen #4
Author: Tillie Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 329
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch

ONLY THROUGH BLOOD CAN THE DEEPEST REDEMPTION BE FOUND…

He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.

Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…

But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…

… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

Review

I love Tillie Cole! I really, really do! Her creative genius is truly a pleasure to read. Her emotional pull is second to none. She can take you from a depraved cult, whose practices leave you sick to your stomach to an ending that leaves you smiling with happiness. Her pacing is a non-stop roller coaster ride. Never loses speed and keeps you on the edge of your seat. She also took a character in this story without a chance of redemption and made you understand what would drive a person to do the things he did. I’m not condoning his actions. At all. Ever. But I now have a better understanding. I can’t imagine the life of someone who was groomed for leadership with in a religious cult, being told he was to lead a group of people so brainwashed they thought the acts committed were acceptable behavior. Being isolated during his youth with only his identical twin brother and religious heretics, that life was all he new. Even with my hatred of him, and I did hate him, there was pity at his confusion when he realized all his beliefs were built on lies and absolute, unredemptive filth. I can’t wait to see where Tillie Cole is taking me next.
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Review~Wild Ride by Chantal Fernando

Title: Wild Ride 
Series: Wind Dragons MC
Author: Chantal Fernando
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 96
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch

Talon has a complicated relationship with the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club. He’s the president of their rival club, the Wild Men, but he’s also related to one of their members—who hates him. He could handle that, but he’s also got problems in his own club; someone is leaking information and disrupting their business, but Talon can’t find the mole. So the last thing he needs is even more complication in the form of a beautiful single mother who’s bolder than half the bikers on his squad. But he can’t take his eyes—or his hands—off her…

Tia’s always been a little reckless, up for a good time wherever she found it, but she’s also a great mom to her young son. So even though she thinks Talon is basically sex on a stick, when she realizes she wants to be more to him than just a club groupie, she has to take things a bit slow. Plus, a momentary attraction, no matter how smoking hot, isn’t worth risking her son’s happiness in any way. Is there any chance that Talon might be up for a more permanent arrangement? Or has Tia leapt before looking once again?

Review

I loved this novella. I have always wondered about Talon and I’m so glad we got to start his story. Tia was the perfect woman for him. They had great chemistry together. The sex scenes were pretty hot too. It did end with a cliffhanger but not one that left you pissed off or feeling cheated. I can’t wait to see what next for this MC series.

Book given in exchange for an honest review via the publisher and NetGalley
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