3 *** Reviews

Dash (Blackwings MC Book 1)

by Teagan Brooks

Ember:

They were going to sell me.
I couldn’t let that happen.
I had to escape.
My only friend agreed to help me.
She helped me get away.
She changed my appearance.
She sent me to see the President of the Blackwings Motorcycle Club.
I needed a new identity, so I could start a new life.
I walked up to the gate.
I was taken inside.
And everything changed.

Dash:

She appeared out of nowhere.
Standing at our fence.
Asking to see the President.
Scared, but determined.
And beautiful.
I wanted her from the moment I saw her.
When she told us her story, I vowed to protect her.
And then, she was going to be mine.

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This COULD have been a brilliant MC read, but missed on a couple of levels, to make an MC believable in my book you need a bit more angst, a lot more bad ass bikers and a Lead male role you hate to love. Ember I loved, but what spoiled it for me was this very young very sheltered girl, was taught martial arts how to use a gun, while been kept in an Orphanage, err why the hell would she have needed anyone’s help escaping she had everything she needed money and ways to protect herself, obviously the story was engineered to go the way it did, but this is were the book failed for me. The bikers were not believable except Phoenix whom I loved. He was the best part of the book. I wasn’t keen on Dash at all, he took this so
called vulnerable young girl and without even asking her decided she was his, end of discussion,she had been kept under lock and key for years, not allowed to talk to anyone else. yet here she was giving it up to the first person who showed an interest. Dash was harsh with her when it came to the sex scenes, smacking her ass, she would have had no idea what all that mean’t and for such a young girl who had, had a bad upbringing to just fall straight into bed with the first man she encountered just didn’t ring true. It was in a word to SWEET for an MC, yes there were scenes in the book that were incredible, but it was like following a dot to dot you could almost follow the plot line.The ending seemed to come at you like a freight train. There was a lot of unanswered questions, Reese her friend for one, I didn’t like her brother Carbon, I do hope the next book is a continuation of this story. I want to know what happens to Octavia, and his son.I want to know more about Ember and Phoenix .A good effort and I will read the next one in the series. Good try though.

Verona Blood (California Blood #1)

San Francisco is going to burn if the coveted princess of California’s criminal underworld isn’t returned to her family in one piece …

Avery Capulet is missing.

Taken by a madman. Kept in the dark.

She might not survive.

He’ll use her body. Destroy her mind. All before he ever lays a hand on her.

Rome Montague is a drug dealer. A criminal. A thief.

And he needs the secrets Avery and her family are keeping – even if it means cutting them out of her pretty Capulet flesh.

Rome Montague is missing – but nobody will miss him.

Not that it matters; After the things he’s done to this girl, he doesn’t deserve to be found.

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I finished this book in the early hours of this morning, 1.45 to be exact my eyes were sore and I am still tired. I am also angry. I had highs and lows with this book. I didn’t like Avery for one, as the story progressed I opened up more to her, she just come of as selfish, or at least that’s what I thought, yes she lost her mom and sister in difficult circumstances, craving her fathers love regardless of what he does is her main aim, until she found out what her father and the man she was supposed to marry had done, How any father can do that do their own child is beyond me. Yet she stood by him and still did what she did. Yes family obligation an all. The book did start to improve with the introduction of Rome we got a small introduction to him, and what I saw I also didn’t like, then we get an introduction to two police officers, it was like they just popped into the story to fill the pages ready for book 2. laying the foundations if you like. Some of the scenes are harrowing and yes for some it will be a trigger, for one you have so many bad guys it was tough trying to find the thread to the book. I did get it eventually, more as the tale progressed. I have my own ideas of who Balaclava man is, but to finish on a cliff hanger like that has me shouting out words that would make a sailor blush. It’s labelled as a dark read, but for me no its more psychological, there are scenes in the book that others might be uncomfortable with, I just couldn’t gel with Avery.That is my sticking point, I normally love Lili’s books but this missed me. Do I want to know what happens next probably, but unless some one reminds me when the book is out and its also going to be a cliff hanger I highly doubt it or more likely to forget. This is why I dislike cliffhangers, so many books to read and so little time. I love a good dark book but this time it didn’t deliver. I am off to read Gun Shy so hopefully my faith will be restored.

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