Biker Chicks 3
The Fallen by Susan Child
Past Ride by K. Renee
Horse is one of the first non-wolf shifters to be patched into the RTMC after the rule change. He’s a Grizzly Bear, and his old pawnshop has become the MC’s new gun store in a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Gabby is a rabbit shifter with a complicated history. Rabbits live in Faerie, but her parents chose to escape to the human realm so they could be together. Tragedy struck twice though, and she was taken to The Summerlands at fourteen to be raised by extended family. She’s grown now and has chosen to come back, even though it means she’s alone in this world.
Bears are loners who are used to getting their way. Rabbits are sexual, social creatures who need a wide variety of partners in their lives if they go outside their own species.
And Gabby’s past is on a trajectory to keep her from the future she wants.
I really didn't need to discover a new author to read but I did. Bear shift catnip. Also, rabbit shifter. I love me an odd pairing.
In some ways, I want to resist this book because it seems to formulaic and taking advantage of trends rather than be written out of imagination or love of the genre.
We have a motorcycle club. Its erotic. The hero is a bear shifter. He fights.
However, even though I think its fair to say there is too much going on in this book and more time could have been spent with the leads, its a great story of crazy sauce that works and is good.
The writing is very good and distinct. The characters are will developed with interesting backstories (the heroine more than the hero). The hero is kind and awesome. The heroine comes into her own and we have a wonderful opposites attract trope.
The world and culture building is excellent with a great cast. The plot walks the perfect line of conflict and twists without overstepping.
I love the ownership of the rabbit and bear sexuality and the complete comfort with a non monogamous (rooted in DNA and culture) soul mate kind of love.
They are wonderful couple and the love story was a super hot and tender delight.
He was my boss, my brother’s friend, a Widower, an ex-felon, and a man I’d seen casually with a handful of women. But he was everything that gripped me, both the good and the bad. Worst case scenario if things turned awkward between us, I could go somewhere else. I’d gotten over epic heartbreak before, one more wouldn’t kill me.
After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly... even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she’s ever met. He’s rude, impatient and doesn’t know how to tell time.
And the last thing they ever expected was each other.
But it was either the strip club or the tattoo shop.
… she should have chosen the strip club.
If you are looking for a low angst motorcycle club romance, this is a good choice. I actually like that aspect of the book with a club that has gone clean so it is mainly the drama between the leads that drives the story but there is outside drama caused by the heroines father as well.
The hero is a jerk at times in that he needs and anger management class but the heroine while much more passive in general puts him in his place.
This is a nice read for the most part (with a few cringes here and there). But there really is a the kitchen sink in here in terms of clichés and much less friends to lovers in this slow burn that this writer usually delivers.
Not bad. Not great.
Part of me regrets not getting more when these were free - and part of me knows that I wouldn't be interested. I mean, I only got this for the sexy, sexy motorcycle. I suspected the main mystery, the main horror, would be rather straightforward and it was once the twist was revealed. (Although that was a surprise to me: I kept guessing wrong, so Hoh had a really good red herring set up there.)
I didn't expect much from these, but there are some pretty complex things going on, like the blackmail of the main character, Echo. More than that, it delves into how vulnerable a young woman can be at college and how men can prey on her. It explores some dark, serious, and important issues, and this gets acknowledged at the end.
It was deeper than I thought it would be and well written enough that I found myself compulsively reading. One star down for not really doing it for me as far as horror, because the scariest part is I can believe the police wouldn't believe her, and dismiss her the way she did, especially in certain parts of the country.