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.”

Shade by Jamie Begley

Shade by Jamie BegleyShade by Jamie Begley
Series: The Last Riders #6
Published by Young Ink Press on March 15, 2015
Pages: 778 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
five-stars

Want, need, pain, and joy were emotions Shade had never known existed before Lily. He knew the first time he saw her face that she was going to change his life forever. The thing he hadn’t expected was how hard it would be to hide who and what he was from her. Each step he took out of the shadows revealed more of himself, until only one secret remained. Shade arrogantly believed he could help heal the wounds from her past, but now it was his own past that was trying to tear them apart. To keep Lily, Shade would have to use the very skills he had been trying to hide from her. The skills that made him a killer … a soulless monster.

I just want to clarify before I begin telling you my thoughts on Shade by stating that anything I say past this statement will never do this book justice, I truly believe there aren’t any words in any language to accurately state how magnificent this book was.

As soon as I got wind that Jamie Begley was coming out with another book featuring Shade and Lilly, with it being in Shade’s point of view, having those private moments we didn’t get to see in the previous books, and also the continuation of their story after Cash’s Fight, I knew that this book would freaking break me. I knew no matter how Jamie did the story I was going to be changed forever, and I was right. As I am writing this review a day after it was released and approximately five minutes after finishing Shade I want to crawl back into its pages and experience it all over again, and I wouldn’t even skip the ending that had tears rolling down my face.

I couldn’t have asked for a better book. I never imagined that all the questions I had  would have been answered, all the mysteries that had some light shed on them, and lastly, but most importantly, a love that would be imprinted onto my heart forever. Out of all the books that I have read Shade has been deemed by me as the 2nd greatest love story I’ve ever read. I will love and cherish this book.

A couple of things that haven’t (or have) changed for me in this series are:

1. I loath Bliss even more

2. Lucky doesn’t deserve Willa (this is a new discovery)

3. Killyama is still a much-loved mystery to me

**I promise you these aren’t spoilers.

I don’t tell people what books they should buy because everyone’s different and I don’t’ feel comfortable doing that. In the case of Shade whether you have read Shade’s Fall or the other books in Jamie Begley’s Last Riders series give it a serious chance. Don’t just put it on your TBR list to collect dust, when you finish the book (s) you are reading now please plan on purchasing this. Yes, its on the expensive side (not too expensive) but for 800+ pages it’s well worth the price I promise you that.

All the Shade and Lilly fans out there I’m pretty sure we’re all thinking the same thing… “This book has exceeded my expectations by 1,000!”

Whether it’s Train’s or Lucky’s story next I will definitely be reading, nothing could keep me away.

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.”

Lucky’s Choice by Jamie Begley

Lucky’s Choice by Jamie BegleyLucky's Choice by Jamie Begley
Series: The Last Riders #7
Published by Young Ink Press on July 27, 2015
Pages: 357 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
five-stars

Life dealt him a dead man’s hand.

Lucky had always led a life of service. Always put his life on the line for someone else, managing to survive by pure luck and skill. After bringing an end to a multi-state drug ring, he was finally able to live the life he had wanted as a Last Rider…

A good man would walk away and not touch the curvy woman who had been tugging on his heartstrings. Lucky wasn’t a good man. Therefore, the bad-ass biker in him had a choice: once again become the man he had pretended to be and stake his claim, or take the devil’s highway.

Some girls had all the luck.

Willa wasn’t one of them. All she wanted to do was give a home to the children she had made orphans. Instead, she found herself needing help from the man who had left the pulpit behind to embrace a life of sin.

Painfully shy and withdrawn she wanted a quiet life, a simple man, and well-behaved children. The last thing she had ever expected was for Lucky to want her size twenty body and show her a passion that would lead her straight to hell.

I knew that as soon as I read the prologue that I was going to need to write a review of Lucky’s Choice. Maybe I should’ve known sooner since I’ve been waiting for Lucky’s book since Razor’s Ride. To be honest the ‘when’ of knowing I would needs to speak about my thoughts on this book, is not so much important as the ‘why.’

What was it about Lucky’s Choice that impacted me so much that I had to put my thoughts on paper and computer screens?

Outside of Shade, Lucky was the most mysterious brother of the Last Riders that I have been chomping at the bit to know more about. Clues were dropped here and there but never so much that we got a look into the inner working of who he was.

Willa on the other hand was practically an open book with her transparency. She wore her heart on her sleeve and I loved her character for it. There was a freshness, purity, in her open honesty. She was better in her ability to commit selfless acts towards others or taking care of others needs before they manifested into a persons life than both Beth and Lily put together. She was so fiercely loyal that it was no shocker the way Shade’s and her relationship blossomed as it did, yes I did say Shade. Outside of the Biker Bitches, Willa was one of my favorite heroines in this world that Jamie Begley has created. The depth to her character shocked me and blew me away at the same time, it also left me on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what she could possibly say or do next.

Out of all the books in this series, The Predators, and the Biker Bitches, I have never, never, wanted to put a book down more than this one, and at only 26% into it! I wanted to jump through my device and ring the hellions that Willa took custody over, Lucky’s, Bliss’, and Jenna’s, neck until they were purple in the face! I wanted to sic Killyama on all of them.Whew! It felt good to get that out as well as calling Lucky a very bad name on Facebook.

After posting that bad word on Facebook I felt bad afterward because if I’d just waited a few chapters I would’ve been ready to declare my love to Lucky. Oh, if I’d just waited I wouldn’t have felt like I betrayed my love for him and the future babies we would have had if Willa wasn’t his soul mate.

Just a word to the wise, if you’re expecting Lucky’s Choice to be like the other Last Riders stories, or even like Shade’s because of the similarity in their lengths, you might end up having reactions such as, ‘what the heck just happened?!’ or ‘what the heck is happening?!’ Basically the same reaction. I will advise you to just go in with your love for Lucky and your understanding that he is human and that there will be mistakes made to guide you through these pages and you should be okay. Maybe by doing this it will save you from possibly throwing your device, yelling at your significant other if they have a penis, or yelling at your reading device.

Lucky’s Choice had all the feel. It was hands down one of the best books I’d read so far in 2015. If you haven’t read anything by this author featuring these men you are missing out on a reading world that will have you coming back for more and spending hours talking to fans of Jamie Begley, about certain scenes, characters, and predictions. These books and this author are a favorite and auto-buy of mine for a reason.

Lucky! I want to eat you up like the marshmallows out of a Lucky Charm’s box. Freaking yum!

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.”