Shade’s Fall by Jamie Begley

Shade’s Fall by Jamie BegleyShade's Fall by Jamie Begley
Series: The Last Riders #4
Published by Young Ink Press on March 19, 2014
Pages: 415 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Shade is everything Lily doesn't want in a man. He's rude, obnoxious and he's definitely not a cowboy. The tattooed enforcer for The Last Riders is a mystery Lily doesn't want to solve. He's too much for her to handle, especially with the nightmares from her past constantly threatening her sanity.

Lily is everything Shade wants in a woman. She's sweet, kind and submissive. When she discovers the truth about The Last Riders, it threatens to tear apart every relationship within the club. Her rebellion causes the predatory instincts to rise in the ex Navy SEAL sniper.

When The Last Riders are threatened by another motorcycle club just as determined to claim Lily, Shade is her only hope of surviving the approaching confrontation. Could their passion be Shade's downfall?

There are a few books that I can 100% claim changed my life, and Shade’s Fall by Jamie Begley has definitely done that. When I was first going through Begley’s Last Rider’s series I knew that Shade’s Fall was going to be special but I didn’t expect to find pieces of myself within the story.

The flow of Shade’s Fall and the depth of the characters Shade and Lily, made it so easy for me to fall into the rabbit hole that was their romance and life. The way Begley penned Shade’s Fall was so intrusive to these two characters that I felt that she was delving into my life as well, so there were a lot of self reflective moments as I was reading, for the first, second, and this third time. Also, while the first three stories in this series gave hints that this series is and will continue to set itself apart from other MC romance stories, Shade’s Fall really manufactured the stamp that sets this series apart from every other.

From Razer’s Ride to Knox’s Stand we were given glimpses of Shade’s obsession with Lily, as well as Lily’s fragility but determination to be able to stand on her own two feet. With these few glimpses the intensity to have their story and to yet give them time to work out every single kink that they may encounter while getting to their happy ever after was ramped up. Begley provided this need in Shade’s Fall and then some.

Shade is a very hard man to love, know, and tolerate but with his being embodying what it means to be a Dominant you can’t help but to take him as he is and to either love him or hate him. For me it was extremely easy to love him, flaws and all, because of the lengths he went to on behalf of his brothers in The Last Riders, his sister, and Lily. By employing the tactics that makes him a necessary tool for the US government Shade starts to wear Lily down but even with all his research and experience he wasn’t prepared for what her background would uncover, nor the trouble that followed her from her past.

Lily is a mystery wrapped in a barbed wired fenced in mystery. Even with 3 books proceeding Shade’s Fall, and a good portion of her background told in Razer’s Ride, none of that will prepare you for the hell she endured before she was dropped off in Treepoint, Kentucky as a child. You almost don’t want to like her character though, because her naivete is sort of off putting until you reach that point of realizing that she’s a walking, talking bleeding heart and her monstrous past made her that way.

Since Shade’s Fall is the fourth story in Begley’s Last Rider’s series, and it also acts as the climax, I feel that by going into any more detail will give something away. I advise that if this story seems interesting to you to dive into it from the very beginning but to also go in with an open mind because this series is wholly unique to the rest of the MC romance genre that has become popular and sort of repetitive.

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.”

Reaper’s Fire by Joanna Wylde

Reaper’s Fire by Joanna WyldeReaper's Fire by Joanna Wylde
Series: Reapers MC #6
Published by Berkley on August 9, 2016
Pages: 381 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Library
Goodreads
four-stars

The club comes first.

I’ve lived by those words my whole life—assumed I’d die by them, too, and I never had a problem with that. My Reaper brothers took my back and I took theirs and it was enough. Then I met her. Tinker Garrett. She’s beautiful, she’s loyal, and she works so damned hard it scares me sometimes . . . She deserves a good man—one better than me. I can’t take her yet because the club still needs me. There’s another woman, another job, another fight just ahead.

Now she’ll learn I’ve been lying to her all along. None of it’s real. Not my name, not my job, not even the clothes I wear. She thinks I’m nice. She pretends we’re just friends, that I’ve still got a soul . . . Mine’s been dead for years. Now I’m on fire for this woman, and a man can only burn for so long before he destroys everything around him.

I’m coming for you, Tinker.

Soon.

Seeing as I couldn’t remember which story I left off with Joanna Wylde’s MC series I sort of had to dive into Reaper’s Fire without any guides and helpers. Also, at the time I began Reaper’s Fire I was attempting to do a series re-read but stopped when it came to Liam’s story (I wasn’t a huge fan of the heroine) so the taste I had for this series sort of died down.

Reaper’s Fire was unexpectedly good. I couldn’t remember who Gage was but it felt good to get his story along with the other well-known brothers of the Reapers. It was the heroine and her story that really sold this installment in Wylde’s Reapers MC series for me because I didn’t really know Gage and I wasn’t liking what was being revealed of his character from the beginning of Reaper’s Fire.

Tinker Garrett’s character was very attractive and added substance to Reaper’s Fire, but when it came to her relationship with Gage I really felt that her character suffered. Since she was supposed to end up with Gage her reactions and responses didn’t seem genuine. For example, when it was known that no matter how Gage might’ve expressed his attraction to Tinker he continually went back to his girlfriend, whether he was just biding his time to finish his assignment or not, Tinker should’ve left him the heck alone but because she was supposed to end up with Gage there was a lot of forgiving and tolerant behavior being shown. I would’ve enjoyed Gage and Tinker’s dance if maybe there more time for both Tinker to grow and Gage to get clear of his less than stellar entanglements with the club that was stealing from the Reapers.

I loved the imagery of Reaper’s Fire, which shocked me because any type of imagery usually isn’t my cup of tea. I loved the descriptions and visual settings Wylde described because the scenery looked beautiful in my minds eye. I’ve never been to Idaho, and I hate to admit that I constantly forget that there are states between Washington and Colorado; all of the stories I’ve read that focused on either Washington state or Colorado helps with my forgetfulness. Because of Reaper’s Fire though, I want to visit Idaho, it sounds absolutely beautiful.

About Joanna Wylde

Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.

Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family.

The Golden Bell by Autumn Dawn

The Golden Bell by Autumn DawnThe Golden Bell by Autumn Dawn
Series: Darklands #4
Published by Self Published on September 6, 2006
Pages: 200 pages
Format: iBooks
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

You can bring them in from the wild, but you can’t always tame them….

Fallon is a man with a bloody past, and a rough and ready way with justice. Rain is a woman on the run, and now she’s under his command. She’s outsmarted men before, but is she woman enough to handle him?

Out of all the stories in Autumn Dawn’s Darkland series I most remember The Golden Bell.  It wasn’t really the romance but the mystery that captivated my attention with this story.

We had been reading about Fallon since book one, The Charmer, so it felt really good to be able to have his story laid out for us the way Dawn penned it. He wasn’t like Keilor, or Mathin in dominance and strength, but he was definitely an alpha. Fallon was more of a modern style warrior than one in the traditional sense, which is what we got with both Keilor and Mathin. Plus, it seemed from the little that we learned that he had another aspect of his duties to the Darklands that was always so hush hush, so it was great to read about the investigations happening on Earth to protect the Haunt that lived in the Darklands and on Earth.

Rain embodied everything that I love in a heroine of an action, mystery, and romance story. She might not have known her heritage but she knew what her mission was, what made her even better was she wasn’t so fixated on it that she couldn’t function and experience life because of it. She was so strong and competent that I gobbled up the banter between Fallon and her as if I was sitting at the dinner table eating my favorite foods.

The Golden Bell really took care of the prejudice that was left over within the Haunt from the first story of Dawn’s Darkland series, The Charmer. Because the heroines in The Charmer and Scent of Danger were humans and there was such hostilities between the humans that live in the swamps and the Haunt, many politicians and wealthy citizens of the Haunt would rather see them dead than allow them to reproduce and muddy up their bloodlines. What fanned the flames of this prejudice that made The Golden Bell somewhat of a conclusion to Dawn’s Darkland series was the fact that Rain was half Haunt and half Human who had mated with a Haunt of prestige and wealth, Fallon. It didn’t help that Rain invented a device that allowed for teleportation between places and possibly worlds.

I loved everything about The Golden Bell, but I’m also glad that I stopped here with the Darkland series.

Jagged by Kristen Ashley

Jagged by Kristen AshleyJagged by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #5
Published by Forever on November 5, 2013
Pages: 389 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn't interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara's lost her business, her marriage, and she's barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara's plight, he's on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham's faced his own demons, and he's learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he's meant to live. So when he hears that Zara's having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he's a changed man.

I believe that Jagged by Kristen Ashley is the most underrated story in her Colorado Mountain series! Seriously, Jagged might not have had the mystery and suspense that seemed to be embedded in the make up of the previous stories in Ashley’s Colorado Mountain series, but the authentic angst and once in a lifetime love between Ham and Zara is classic Kristen Ashley.

What Ashley did for Jagged‘s story was tie it into the first story in her ‘Burg series, which I thought was pretty cool because unbeknownst to me at the time I was hoping that Ham would get his own HEA when I finished For You because I thought that he got the worse end of the deal out of all of February’s suitors. But I’m glad that his story ended up with way it did, I don’t think that I could’ve survived reading about him starting fresh with someone else when he had someone like Zara waiting for him back home.

I find myself trying to find a starting place on how to speak on the story of Jagged that doesn’t give anything vital away but still gives you all a sense of how beautiful its story is…I don’t want to just tell y’all to read it because you might not, you’ll probably read this review and think I’m blowing smoke up your butt.

I will say that Jagged is a definite second-chance love story, and I never thought that I would be a fan of that type of story because in the past they just haven’t been my cup of tea. And while the stories I’ve read in the past that have been second-chance love stories were about adults, there was still an immature tone to the entirety of their story that was absent in Jagged. The struggles that Ham and Zara went through and battled together resonated with the adult in me, they spoke of real life situations and real life solutions. I didn’t feel as if I was reading a purely fictional story with fantastical aspects, but about two characters who really had a rough go at things and remained mature about their mess ups and decisions.

Jagged was a very competent story with competent characters. I wouldn’t trade a thing about this story because everything that happened felt real and timely.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

Scent of Danger by Autumn Dawn

Scent of Danger by Autumn DawnScent of Danger by Autumn Dawn
Series: Darklands #3
Published by Self Published on September 8, 2010
Pages: 228 pages
Format: iBooks
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Ever fall in love with the wrong man?

With a body to make a young girl sigh and a voice like black velvet, Mathin is definitely the wrong man. He’s not safe, he’s not stable…he’s not even human.

Andrea doesn’t know what she’s getting into when she agrees to visit her granny. Swept away to another world by a man almost too hot to handle, she can’t decide if it’s a dream come true or someone’s idea of a sick joke.

Romanced by the light of the triple moons, entranced by Mathin’s fiery kisses, will Andrea give up her home on Earth in exchange for something wild?

Scent of Danger by Autumn Dawn wasn’t my favorite out of Dawn’s Darklands series, and it wasn’t entirely Mathin’s fault. With a combination of only having a brief introduction of Mathin’s character in The Charmer, and not really caring for Andrea’s attitude when it came to anything new and different in her life, I wasn’t really invested in Scent of Danger until about halfway through it.

Being tricked into coming to Fallon’s residence where Mathin just happens to be residing because he’s on vacation, is where and when we first get to meet Andrea and her friend – who surprisingly we hear and learn nothing more about even though it appeared as if they were as close as sisters. Anyway, with another brief introduction of Andrea and her grandmother’s characters, we were thrust into the potential conflict that would shape the story of Scent of Danger. While I was intrigued I sort of wished that another heroine was chosen for Mathin, as well as for this story, but thank goodness it got better.

Mathin on the other hand held so much promise from what we learned and read about his character in The Charmer, but I don’t know if in the beginning of Scent of Danger Dawn chose to tweak his character so that his attraction and later devotion to Andrea would be believable. I felt that it was because of the earlier revelations of Andrea’s character that we saw in the beginning portion of Scent of Danger that made it difficult to see Mathin and her ever as a couple without feeling as if Mathin was a lamb lead to the slaughter. It took about halfway through Scent of Danger before Andrea finally got the stick residing in her butt out and started to see past her nose to the fact that Mathin wasn’t just his looks and that he was actual a person with actual feelings.

Also, within Scent of Danger we were able to learn more about the organisms that allowed humans to reside within the Darklands, as well as the humans that live in the swamps where these organisms thrive. With the inclusion of the humans that live in the swamp and a change in the dynamics between Andrea and Mathin I was finally able to refrain from rolling my eyes at the ‘relationship’ between these two.