28 September 2015

Undaunted - Tour & Review

Undaunted - Knights in Black Leather #1
by Ronnie Douglas

What they say: Being fearless has never looked so good . . .

Aubrey Evans needs to get her life back on track after her father is indicted for embezzlement. All she has to do to hightail it out of small-town Tennessee is save up money for college tuition and steer clear of hard-muscled boys on motorcycles. Yet there's no ignoring someone like Zion. A knight in black leather, Zion looks like every bad idea she's been told to avoid, but she can't resist him. Whenever she's in trouble, he's there. Appealing as his rough exterior may be, it's the protective, principled man beneath who tempts her like crazy.

Zion knows Aubrey doesn't intend to stick around. She claims to want only friendship, but he senses there's a naughty girl hiding on the inside—one whose intense desires match his own. For now, he'll be patient and play by her rules. But he knows it's just a matter of time before he weakens her resolve.

As they join forces to figure out who's behind a local crime spree, it's clear that the danger goes deeper than Aubrey guessed. And when she needs someone tall, dark, and undaunted to keep her safe, Zion intends to be there—now and always.

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What I say: Aubrey misses her old life. She wants to go home and isn't particularly thrilled at having to move to Tennessee. Whilst staying with her Grandmother, she's introduced to MC world and quickly finds herself drawn to the brooding and controlling biker Zion aka Killer. But getting involved with any biker would disrupt her Uni plans and her dream of leaving Tennessee.

Zion is tough, sexy and kinda scary. Aubrey isn't sure what to make of him and tries to resist his charms and demands. I did like Zion but he didn't have the magnetic pull other bikers have had in the past. I also found myself getting a little annoyed by their constant back and forth - For a biker, Zion is prepared to make some pretty HUGE changes for a girl he hasn't known for long. But he definitely gets marks for dedication and intensity.

Undaunted is cleaner than a lot of other biker books which is good if you're not a fan of such hard core MC culture and extreme alphas. I think a lot of this was down to Aubrey - she moans a lot, but once she stopped trying to change everything, I definitely found her easier to like and started to warm to her.

Now I need more info on her Grandmother, Echo, Noah and even Zion. I'm hoping we'll get to know them better in the next book. I'm a big fan of biker books and have been on something of an MC binge over the last couple of years. Undaunted fits in somewhere between the Reaper's MC books and Katie McGarry's YA biker Thunder Road series. 

I had managed to miss that Ronnie Douglas is Melissa Marr until after I read Undaunted, but this it actually helped me to not expect another Wicked Lovely

4 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:

Ronnie Douglas is the writing name for a multiple New York Times bestselling author. Drawing on a lifetime love of romance novels and a few years running a biker bar, she decided to write what she knew—dangerous men with Harleys and tattoos. Her debut “Ronnie book” was indie-published as part of a series she created and wrote with friends in 2014.

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When Beau looked her way, she gestured toward a cluster of senior citizens. “Tell the girls to meet me in the kitchen. Might as well have tea if we’re already up.”

Then my grandmother walked toward the bikers, who were leaning on their motorcycles watching everything. They gave her the sort of look that made me think that they were watching approaching royalty. It was a mix between Southern gentlemanliness and the way a fighter acknowledges an equal.”
“If I were the sheriff I’d be sweating like a hussy in the Good Lord’s house right now,” Beau murmured from beside me.
When I looked his way, my confusion must’ve been obvious because Beau added, “Miz Maureen has influential friends. She doesn’t like to call on them, but she’s about fed up waiting on the sheriff. That man couldn’t find his ass with both hands and a map. Those boys there”—he nodded toward the street—“they get things done. Maybe not the way the law likes, but they get results.”
“So they’re not the ones doing this?”

Beau laughed. “Echo would dip a man in honey and stake him out for the bears to find if any one of them boys touched Miz Maureen.” Beau inclined his head toward the bikers who were talking to her. “Your grandmother has the ear of one of the most powerful men in the state. She doesn’t call on Echo for anything, so people forget that she could do so.”

“Not a bad thing.” Beau patted my hand. “Eddie Echo would steal the stars out from under the angels themselves if Miz Maureen so much as hinted that her yard wasn’t bright enough.”
I followed his gaze. I couldn’t make out many details about the two men standing with my grandmother. They were both, obviously, riding Harleys. I didn’t know enough about bikes to be more specific than that. One of the guys lifted his gaze and looked my way. Dark hair brushed the edge of a black leather jacket. Strong jaw, sharp cheekbones, and a mouth that looked made for sin, he was the sort of contrast in beauty and danger that made me think there had to be a trick of light. No man looked that good. Even as I argued with my own perception, I could tell that he was near my age, fit, and held himself with the kind of restrained energy that made sane girls look away and unhappy girls want to step a bit closer. I told myself that I was sane, that I was going to look away any moment now, that I didn’t want to find an excuse to go check on Grandma Maureen.

I was lying.

“Ask your gran about Echo before you go staring at the likes of those boys,” Beau paused and then added, “I’m going to head inside.”

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