Train’s Clash by Jamie Begley

Train’s Clash by Jamie BegleyTrain's Clash by Jamie Begley
Series: The Last Riders #9
on October 26, 2016
Pages: 407 pages
Source: Purchased
five-stars

Beware of what you wish for; it might just come true.

Train swore never to let a woman get under his skin unless it meant forever, and forever only meant belonging to The Last Riders. He had believed his one brief sexual encounter with Killyama was a hit it and quit it. Instead, her green eyes haunted his memories. Then when he tried to convince the woman he was serious as his “more the merrier” lifestyle became a painful reminder of the life he lived, Killyama used his own club against him to keep him from what he wanted.

Killyama was holding out for a man who could offer her forever, and Train wasn’t the forever kind of man. He was a Mr. Here and Now; the wicked warrior in her dreams. He might be a walking, talking sex machine, but she needed more than that. So, until he proved she was the only one sharing his bed, the only part of her body he was going to see was her ass walking away.

*WARNING*
This work of fiction is intended for mature audiences only. All sexually active characters portrayed in this ebook are eighteen years of age or older. Please do not buy if strong sexual situations, multiple partners, violence, drugs, domestic discipline, and explicit language offends you.

*NOTE TO READERS*
This book is a stand alone story. However, to receive the full experience these books are recommended before "Train's Clash" in the following order:

Razer's Ride (The Last Riders, #1)
Viper's Run (The Last Riders, #2)
Knox's Stand (The Last Riders, #3)
Sex Piston (Biker Bitches, #1)
Teased (The VIP Room, #1)
Tainted (The VIP Room, #2)
Shade's Fall (The Last Riders, #4)
King (The VIP Room, #3)
Cash (The Last Riders, #5)
Fat Louise (Biker Bitches, #2)
Shade (The Last Riders, #6)
Lucky's Choice (The Last Riders, #7)
Merry Blissmas (Biker Bitches, #3)
Winter's Touch (The Last Riders, #8)

Finally! The story I’ve been waiting for out of the Last Rider and Biker Bitches series has finally arrived and I couldn’t be more happy with the way things played out between Train and Killyama.

With Train’s Clash started off the way it did all the assumptions and preconceived notions that I had about Train and Killyama’s story were left without any merit. I will admit that I was disappointed about that, but when it was revealed that Killyama wasn’t African American as I always thought that she was my disappointment sort of took a whole new life.

Out of all the books since Killyama and the Biker Bitches stepped on the scene I always envisioned her as a black woman. From the way she talked and carried herself my imagination immediately went to her imitating many a black woman that I’ve met and who are reflected in my family. But I think my disappointment mainly stemmed from the fact that I had sold myself the dream and hope that Train’s Clash was going to be the first interracial story out of all 3 interconnected stories (The Last Riders, Biker Bitches, and VIP Rooms). My disappointment didn’t last long though because I easily became immersed in the story.

A lot was explained and shown about what all made Killyama the woman we read about in the previous and current book in the Last Rider and Biker Bitches series. I’m so glad that Killyama had layers to her that provided a well-rounded and unique character because after all the mystery and pussy footing her and Train did it would’ve sucked it we were given this one dimensional story and then told that was the end for them.

The depth of Train’s character was also a surprise. In almost every Last Rider story he has been the quiet and reserved one, more so than Shade, so I was surprised to find out that he’s a hot head. Another great thing, while I thought that my interracial story was going to come about because of Killyama’s ethnicity it actually came from Trains’.

As Jamie Begley was describing Train I found myself practically drooling. Killyama with her fiery red hair falling in love with the Native American in Train I was in love even more with the story.

***Diversity of any kind in any story is starting to become an insatiable hunger in me and when I find it I will definitely gush about it, but don’t ever think that I’m being disrespectful or racist because I point out these beautiful differences.

I couldn’t have asked for a better story for the two dominant characters that I have been shipping and rooting for since their attraction first fell on the pages of this series. That 2nd epilogue, though, about broke me, but I hope with all the heart rending that Begley is doing that these are hints that we’ll have stories in the future of the second generation Last Riders. If these aren’t hints though then I have to believe that Begley just loves to torture her readers with not only the passing of our favorite characters but the hope that comes with the children they have raised and loved.

About Jamie Begley

“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.

Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.

For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.

Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.

All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

Winter’s Touch by Jamie Begley

Winter’s Touch by Jamie BegleyWinter's Touch by Jamie Begley
Series: The Last Riders #8
on July 19, 2016
Pages: 232 pages
Source: Purchased
five-stars

As president of The Last Riders, Viper’s only fear was losing his wife. After all, he had almost lost her once before.

As wife to the president, Winter lived in fear every day: fear that a club enemy would take Viper from her, fear that one of the club women would tempt him to stray, fear that she wasn’t enough of a woman for him. One thing Winter didn’t fear was risking everything to carry her husband’s child, even her health, yet Viper refused to take the chance.

Losing hope, Winter made one last ditch effort, determined to make Viper realize that some things were worth fighting for besides the club.

Goodness gracious. When I picked up Winter’s Touch recently I didn’t know what I was going to get from its story. I knew that it was about Winter and Viper along with the problem of Winter wanting children and Viper against it, but I would’ve never been able to imagine the craziness and the self-induced heartache that both characters would go through.

With the way things ended in Merry Blissmas I wasn’t too sure about the strength of Winter and Viper’s marriage. You could tell within that story that there was something going on, so I was both apprehensive and excited to know what the heck was going on. When all was revealed, though,  my heart broke a little (a lot) for these two.

The one thing that I find myself having to tolerate with a Jamie Begley story are the women of the club. In almost every story of the Last Riders more than any other conflict the couple in that story has to face, the women (both as members and hanger ons) are almost always the straw that almost breaks the camels back. I hate that not only do the heroines of these stories have to go through winning their man from all that makes them them and having to compete with women who have been with their man longer than them and know how to please them in almost every way, but that I as the reader have to do the same. I just can’t wrap my head around the mandate that if you love the man you love the club and everything that comes with it.

Anyway, in Winter’s Touch, Winter is having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that her and Viper might never have a child of their own as well as a new complication that has been invited to the clubhouse who seems to have her eye on Viper. Now, I can understand Viper’s fear of Winter wanting a baby because of her almost fatal incident in Viper’s Run, but he didn’t really help matters with his evasiveness and all the lying he did, whether he had good intentions in doing so or not.

As piece by piece of Winter’s Touch was revealed I really started to see the character growth in both characters. It’s true that Winter is prone to jumping to conclusions and acting on them, and that Viper has the propensity to lie to Winter to spare her feelings or to wait until all of his ducks are in a row before he reveals things, but Begley didn’t just leave these characters in this same rut for Winter’s Touch. She naturally allowed these characters to go through each situation as they would any other and then switched things up on them so that they would finally realize that they would have to let go learned to lean on each other.

Despite the frustrations I felt with both characters and the certain parts of their lives that I find myself tolerating, I thought that Winter’s Touch carried on the tradition of its predecessors and was constructed very beautifully. This series has continually challenged me and blessed me. There’s not a series or a writing style that can match and that’s why I’ll always come back.

About Jamie Begley

“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.

Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.

For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.

Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.

All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

Controlled Burn by Lani Lynn Vale

Controlled Burn by Lani Lynn ValeControlled Burn by Lani Lynn Vale
Series: Kilgore Fire #4
on October 5, 2016
Pages: 382 pages
Source: Purchased
three-stars

July Dupree and Dean ‘PD’ Hargrove fell head over heels in love. When PD comes home to tell July the good news about joining the SWAT team as a tactical medic, everything changes.

July can’t fathom why PD would want to be a cop in this day and age. Wasn’t it enough that he already had a dangerous job with the fire department? Now he has to add another, even more dangerous, job to the equation? With so many cruel people in the world who make a sport out of hurting cops just because of the badge they wear, she has to make him understand. But when he refuses to listen to her reasoning, she feels she has no other choice but to issue an ultimatum: her or the SWAT team.

Dean doesn’t like ultimatums. He’s furious with July for putting him in the awful position of having to choose between a dream and her.
July never believes for a second that he’d choose the SWAT team over her, but she is wrong.

A year later, they’re both still in love with each other, but neither one is willing to budge regardless of their feelings.

July’s feelings for Dean haven’t changed, in fact her love for him has only grown. But seeing him living his life seemingly unaffected by the loss of what they had breaks her heart over and over each time she sees him.

Dean has a good poker face, though. He’s just going through the motions of his life until finally, the smoldering embers of his feelings erupt into a full-on blaze of emotion, burning through everything but his love for July. When the smoke clears, Dean wants to know if they can reignite the fire of their love or is he destined to live his life in a constant state of controlled burn?

Controlled Burn didn’t so much go wrong for me as it left me almost puzzled and unsatisfied; I wasn’t wowed by its story basically. The transitions from the different situations that July and Dean faced was very choppy, therefore it left me feeling as if pieces were missing from its story.

I found myself really liking July, the character development done for her was perfect. There was never a moment when I didn’t feel as if I was left wondering about what she was thinking or how she would respond to a certain situation. The predictability of her character really fit for Controlled Burn, more so than the hero’s character.

Dean, aka PD, was someone that I wished I had paid more attention to in the previous books of this series, because I was left wanting when it came to his character. Every scene involving him was as choppy as the scene transitions were in Controlled Burn. There were things that I wished were told about him because by me reading his actions and not so much his thoughts I felt that he was a giant poop head for the way he treated and then tried to win back the heroine. And Controlled Burn lost points when it went from him avoiding July and her avoiding him to him pursuing her with thoughts of getting her back, it happened very abruptly and I was left wondering what the heck changed to make him give up the pretense that he didn’t want her anymore.

The saving grace for Controlled Burn was really the heroine’s character. Pretty much every man in this book that was connected to her pretty much let her down, and it sucked that her brother Wolf was one of those men because I really enjoyed his character from the Uncertain Saints MC series.

Despite how much I either love or somewhat like each story this author writes, I still have anticipation in my heart for the next story, the only reason I have for why is because of the types of characters Lani Lynn Vale writes. When an author provides the type of characters you love to read about you’ll suffer through all types of things just to satisfy that itch.

About Lani Lynn Vale

Lani Lynn Vale is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Romantic Suspense and has a love for all things romance. Lani is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world…that is until her husband and kids demand sustenance in the form of food and drink.

Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston

Wolf With Benefits by Shelly LaurenstonWolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston
on March 26, 2013
Pages: 400 pages
Source: Purchased
five-stars

There’s nothing like a good-ol’-boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, protects and seduces with all the right moves...

Sure, Toni Jean-Louis Parker has to be the responsible oldest sister to a crazy-brilliant clan of jackal siblings. But now she’s cutting loose for some hot, sweaty, no-commitments fun—and the sexy, slow-talking, swift-moving predator assigned to keep her family safe is just the right thing to shapeshift her love life into overdrive. Trouble is, he’s starting to get all obsessive wolf on her every time he looks in her direction...

Getting serious about anyone isn’t in Ricky Lee Reed’s plans. Hell, even now he doesn’t really have a plan—outside of catching whomever is threatening this dangerously brilliant family. But the more he sees of Toni, the more he’s howling for her. And whatever it takes to convince her that what they have is everything, well, this wily wolf is down for the sizzling chase...

Wolf with Benefits is unlike any other story in the Pride series for a number of reason, but the main one being the refresher it gave this series. Since this series has a multitude of characters there has to be stories put in place to reignite the reader’s attention, and Shelly Laurenston has consistently done this with her Pride series; first was Beast Behaving Badly and now it’s with Wolf With Benefits.

When Ronnie Lee Reed from The Mane Event came onto the scene, she introduced us to her crazy brothers, Rory, Reece, and Ricky Lee who have been dubbed by the all the Smith Packs in the USA as The Reed Boys. Even after Reece (baby brother) was mentioned in more than one book prior to Wolf With Benefits it was his brother Ricky who ended up getting his story first, and in a way I’m grateful for that because by Reece’s actions he hasn’t been constructed to have any layers to him; he’s very transparent, there’s not much more to learn about him. Additionally, with the Jessie Ann Ward and her wild dog pack indirectly came the Jean-Louis Parkers (jackal clan), and most importantly Toni Jean-Louis Parker the eldest and most normal out of all the her clan.

In reading about Toni and Ricky Lee coming together I fell more in love with this series. The way that Shelly Laurenston engineers these characters are in a way of which I’ve never seen. You can never find any two characters out of this series exhibiting the same character attributes or actions; they are so unique and relatable that you feel as if you’re sitting on the couch watching home videos with family.

Ugh, there’s not really much more I want to say about Wolf With Benefits that I haven’t already said about the previous books. I feel like I’m repeating myself and sounding like a broken record, but I seriously urge you that if you love paranormal romance pick this series (matter of fact, all of Laurenston’s books) and you won’t regret it; you might not love or like all the books but I can almost guarantee that you’ll end up loving quite a few.

About Shelly Laurenston

Originally from Long Island, New York, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Shelly Laurenston is also The New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info on G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, check out her website at www.gaaiken.com.

Untainted by Shanora Williams

Untainted by Shanora WilliamsUntainted by Shanora Williams
Series: Tainted Black #2
on November 13, 2016
Source: Purchased
five-stars

Dear Chloe Knight,

I know you still think of me. You must because I am constantly thinking about you.
I can't deny what I feel any longer-that you are, without a doubt, the love of my life.
It doesn't matter that I'm married, or that I've heard you've gotten engaged.
I don't care if it costs me everything just to get you back.
I would walk to the ends of the earth for you.
I would kill for you. I would die for you.
I'm coming home, Little Knight and I will make you mine again.
I can't wait to tell you the truth - that I love you. That I need you.
That I can hardly fucking breathe without you.
I will risk it all because I know that you belong to me . . . just as I belong to you.
And this time, nothing is going to stand in my way . . . unless that something is you.

When the author posted news about working on the sequel of Tainted Black I about burst at the seams in excitement. Untainted was everything I could’ve hope for in a HEA for Chloe Knight and Theo Black. While I didn’t give into any tears, whether of happiness or anguish from the rocky road that these characters were going to have to walk to achieve that HEA, my heart sang and sang and sang in gladness and joy for all that happened in this story.

At first the author wasn’t even thinking about providing a sequel for Tainted Black, and it took me a moment to fully accept this because the love that Chloe Knight and Theo Black shared was something that I felt seriously needed a happy ending. What helped me accept the author’s choice (if I didn’t, there really wasn’t much I could do about it) was in knowing that things in life don’t always happen in the way we would want them to, the way that Chloe and Theo left things was bittersweet so in a way they gained their closure. But, as you can imagine when the author was inspired to continue their story I threw all thoughts of acceptance and understanding out of the window and prepared myself for another story of possible heartache and immense happiness in knowing that these characters would be back together.

There’s so much that I feel towards Untainted that I’m having a hard time putting it all in written form, but I urge you all to at least try Tainted Black and then tell me if your heart wasn’t torn from your chest on behalf of Theo and Chloe. Then I encourage you to read Untainted and tell me that your heart wasn’t put back with a few bells and whistles attached.

This duo-logy is one of my absolute favorites, Tainted Black stayed with me months after I finished and I still couldn’t get over the ending, Untainted might not stay with me the same way because of the absence of the emotional scars but it has seriously left a lasting impression on me.

About Shanora Williams

Shanora Williams is a twenty-something that creates authentic romantic stories that, may or may not, make you question what a “Happily Ever After” truly is. After hitting the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers list at the mere age of nineteen, Shanora ventured further into the creative writing world, working even harder to create unique and memorable romances for all to enjoy.
She currently resides in Waxhaw, North Carolina and is the mother of one amazing boy, in love with her devoted man, and a sister to eleven.
When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down anything sweet and salty.