Blurb: Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart—and her virginity—to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn’t have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach’s step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he’s never forgotten.
She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious—her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach’s a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah’s only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands—with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club—to give them a better life.
Living with outlaw bikers wasn’t Sophie’s plan for her son, but Ruger isn’t giving her a choice. He’ll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she’ll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way…
Review: I’m not sure if I’ve just read one too many books where the male character isn’t so much an alpha male but rather a domineering ass, but I just didn’t like this. If I were to rate soley on writing ability or style, this would have a much higher rating because it is well written. I just really didn’t like the characters in this at all.
Yes, I have read other Joanna Wylde books and liked them okay, but I think I’ve just had enough. I’m kind of tired of reading books where the only redeeming factor for the guy is that he is hot and good in bed or where the female loses every last brain cell when sex is involved and cannot manage to think for herself. I just do not find that attractive or sexy in any way.
I’ve read my share of MC romance novels. I’ve really enjoyed some of them, but a chunk of them are like this one. I get that this is probably pretty realistic for the culture, maybe even sugar coated for entertainment. That doesn’t change the fact that I don’t like to see what I consider hugely unhealthy relationships where the guy is essentially a bully and the girl is a doormat. Sadly, this book falls right into that slot and I just didn’t enjoy it because of that.
In this book in particular, just because Ruger finally agrees to not be a dick and to no longer sleep around (after demanding that Sophie not even look at anything with a dick) that doesn’t change the fact that he believes that it is totally okay to have that kind of a relationship. He is still a dick, just one willing to keep it in his pants with anyone but Sophie, and she is still a doormat because even though his lifestyle put her life at risk, she is willing to accept that even if that lifestyle also puts her son at risk because he is good in bed and willing to bury the bodies.
If that is the kind of thing you enjoy, then by all means, this is a great book. It just wasn’t for me.
I will also note that a large part of this book happens at the same time as Devil’s Game (which is marked as #3 in this series), which I have already read. You don’t need to read either in any particular order, but it will kind of feel like you’ve already read a lot of bits even if they come from different perspectives. That may have contributed to the not so awesome feelings I had for the book because it did feel like there was a lot of repeat going on.