16 February 2014

Renegade Lady Review

Renegade Lady (Renegade Sons MC #1) 
by Dawn Martens & Emily Minton

What they say: Jenna “Ice” Chandler grew up as part of a motorcycle club. She considered it her home, until one wrong move made it her prison. After months of abuse, she is rescued by Chipper, who takes her to Big Clifty, Missouri, home of the Renegade Sons MC.

Kiddrick “Kidd” Jones is the president of the Renegades. He knows there is something special about Ice the moment his older brother, Chipper, brings her into the club, but stays away, because she is too young.

When time comes for Ice to take her place in the club, she has two choices, become an old lady or a club whore. Not believing in love and knowing a man can never be faithful, she decides to earn her spot on her back.

With each passing year, Kidd's feelings for Ice grows and the urge to make her his becomes stronger. Frustrated and jealous, he finally decides it’s time to make her his.

Will Ice finally thaw out and give love a chance, or is Kidd fighting a losing battle?

WARNING: Renegade Lady contains adult situations some readers may find offensive. This is a raw and gritty story involving explicit sex, graphic language, violence and drug use. Not intended for readers under 18.

What I say: I decided to continue my MC book/biker valentine kick with Renegade Lady. As I discovered when reading Reaper's Property, MC's and outlaw clubs come with their own rules and terms. The MC world is definitely a man's world, although (in MC romance books at least) the Old Ladies rule behind closed doors. I wonder what MC's are like for women outside of romance books?!

In Renegade Lady the outlaw life is not shown as romantic, it is described as a brutal and violent. Men can do as they like and women are either 'whores' or 'property' (for bikers and their women being 'property' or an 'Old Lady' is a good thing).  This being said the violence and sensitive topics including rape are particularly shocking in Renegade Lady.

The book is set across several time periods and we first meet Jenna as a 16-year-old being brutalised by the evil biker Timmons. She is rescued by Renegade Sons main charter member Chipper. He takes her home to live with him and his Old Lady, where she is looked after and treated like a daughter. Chipper's younger brother Kidd (who is still much older than Jenna) is the man of her dreams. Because of her age, Kidd hides his attraction for her and treats her like a sister.

As time passed I really wanted them to get their act together and find the biker equivalent of a HEA. But misunderstandings, manipulations and tragedy stands in their way. Their biggest problem is themselves, they make it difficult for the reader. I'd find myself getting frustrated with Jenna when she wouldn't forgive Kidd, but then he'd do something else and I'd want her to forget him.

A good MC book although I didn't love it as much as Joanna Wylde's Reaper MC series.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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