Kick by Carmen Jenner
RELEASE DATE: January 26th, 2015
When I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family.
A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another. A club whose ties ran thicker than blood, murkier than the dirt and grime that tainted my soul. Stronger than the bonds that connected me to my own family.
A band of brothers, where loyalty was kept and paid in a currency of blood.
When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood.
I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt.
My name is Daniel Johnson. I have betrayed everyone I ever loved.
And I’ll betray her too.
This is my story—if you’re screwed up enough to want to read it.
Warning: KICK contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations of a taboo nature. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies.
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Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY Best Selling Author, doctor, pilot and CIA agent. She's also a compulsive, flagrant prevaricator who gets to make things up for a living.
While Sugartown may not technically exist, Carmen grew up in a small Australian town just like it, and just like her characters, she always longed for something more. They didn't have an Elijah Cade, though.
If they did, you can be sure she would have never left.
Other books by Carmen Jenner:
Welcome to Sugartown
Enjoy Your Stay
Greetings from Sugartown
Welcome to Sugartown Website
I take a deep shuddering breath, close my eyes and stretch my hand towards him. His touch is gentle this time, far more gentle than I’d ever thought someone with so much uncontained violence to him could be.
“Spread your fingers,” he commands. I do, and he lifts the roll of tape, presses the edge to my skin and begins winding it over my knuckles. I close my eyes. The strident sound of it stretching out from the roll makes me want to flee. It makes me want to run as far from his touch—from any man’s touch—as I can possibly get.
The feel of the tape against my flesh, binding, holding, is so much worse. I tug on my hand, but he won’t let go. My heartrate skyrockets, and sweat beads erupt over my brow and upper lip. I’m in that room again, struggling, screaming, trying to fight them off, and failing.
Biker knows it, too. His dark eyes challenge, they dare me to run, but they also implore me to stay. It’s ironic that the only thing keeping me here, keeping me grounded, is the man who abducted me.
He holds my gaze. I don’t know exactly what is hidden in his dark blue one, but it suffocates the panic within me, douses it like water flooding flames. He bends his head to my hand. Taking the paper tape in his mouth, he rips it with his teeth.I still. I soften. His gaze doesn’t leave mine, not even once. Not even when he starts in on my wrist, gently biting through each piece of tape before pressing it down with his rough hands. I’m mesmerised by his mouth, the piercing, and the soft, full lips. The light catches a silver chain around his neck, something I’ve never noticed before—but then I try not to make a habit of staring too closely at him. Not now, though. Now I watch every twitch, every blink, every intake of breath, and every inch that is swallowed up by his mouth moving closer to my flesh.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: I've read quite a few MC books recently and whilst some seem to border on romanticising biker lives, others focus on the more brutal aspects of living in the outlaw biker world - KICK definitely fits into the later category. The story is very dark in places, so much so that Carmen Jenner provides a strong warning at the start of the book. If violence (including sexual) is a trigger for you then KICK is probably not the book for you.
Daniel aka Kick has always lived the biker life and doesn't know anything else. He's witnessed time and again how brutal it can be and has committed some horrible acts himself. In his world, violence rules the way and the club comes first. Women are either whores or old ladies but either way they do what they're told.
Kick's backstory was interesting and very different from past MC books I've read. I wasn't quite expecting the level of violence (even with the warning) because Jenner takes her characters to a very dark place - but she also provide moments of light and hope. In with the violence and power struggles are stories of loss, love, betrayal and banter.
I couldn't decide how I felt about Indie and some of the other girls in the book, but the main thing I noticed was that they were all really damaged. What Indie goes through is horrible, but I appreciated how she kept fighting and how she stood up to Kick and the brothers. I'm not going to lie, certain scenes had me on edge and I kept thinking how many times can one poor woman suffer but I'm glad I stayed with the story.
4 traumatic Stars in my Sky!