9 November 2014

Thrash Review

Thrash - Bayonet Scars #2
by J.C. Emery

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What they say: Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.

As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.

Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn’t have, and then almost lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.

The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.

Love is never more precious than when it’s new.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

What I say: Thrash is the second book in J.C. Emery's Bayonet Scars MC series and I would recommend reading the books in order, but you could read as a standalone (although you may find certain events confusing).

This time the main action focuses on 'lost girl' (gotta admit I prefer this term to sweet butt) Nic and and biker Duke. The big difference compared to Alex and Ryan's story (told in Ride) is that Duke is determined to keep her and not push her away, but Nic doesn't want to give in to him. As far as she's concerned they don't have a future.

A lot happens in the story and they face a large amount of problems and conflicts. It was interesting to discover more about their past and see how individually linked their lives are. I enjoyed looking at their very different involvement in the club.

Nic is very different from Alex because she has a lot more life experience and has been with her share of of bikers. On the surface Duke is the typical biker who makes use of the seemingly never ending supply of willing woman ready to be his for the night, but he can be sweet when it comes to Nic - he can also be a real arse. One particular thing he did had me wanting to smack him!! 

I liked how Nic stands up to Duke and isn't an easy catch. BUT I did think (even with all her sass and strong willed resistance), she gives in to his bullying and demanding tendencies too easily at times. On the other hand she does put him in his place and doesn't let him have it all his own way - Thrash is a book of extreme contradictions!

The club is in a stage of upheaval and I was pleased to see Emery didn't just brush what happened in the previous aside, she puts her characters through it and pays attention to the ongoing tension with the MC and it's members!

4 Stars in my Sky!


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