Jessie Cooke-AJ

AJ is the latest of Jessie Cooke’s Phoenix Skulls books. I wouldn’t quite call it one of the Phoenix Skulls books, but more adjacent to the world. I mean, the guys are in the book, but the main character, AJ, isn’t a member of the MC. There is also another plot, which features Lion and Madison, who I figure are going to be coming up in a book sometime soon.

So, here’s our story. AJ, AKA Atsa Jacy, owns a big construction company in Tempe. One day he comes home to find out that his fiancee is fucking another man, in their bed. She has the best everything that he could buy for her, including tits. She figures that she is going to be able to use all that everything to get AJ back, but he’s soooo not interested in her skanky ass. Instead, he packs up, leaves their apartment in his super duper pricey luxury car, and drives to a bar. Where his car is promptly stripped. But, when he’s at the bar, he meets an older Najavo man. They have a discussion about their shared heritage. And the man (Rock FTW) tells AJ to search for his passion.

Then there’s Jolene. And yeah, I had Dolly Parton running through my head the whole time I was reading the book. Jolene is from Louisiana and is a photographer. She’s been offered a job documenting various First Nations people, and she will be traveling for the next several months to various reservations and spending time there with host families and taking lots of pictures. Her first stop just happens to be in Phoenix, where AJ is now working construction and working on the Phoenix Skulls clubhouse. They meet each other and sparks fly.

Meanwhile, Madison, who is the daughter of Hawk from the Southside Skulls, is being hidden by the guys in Phoenix, at least until Lion is sent out to get her to take her to the ranch that the Southside Skulls own. There is a lot of tension there.

I don’t mind having two plots going on in the story, along with dual POVs for each plot, but I think that the various plots would’ve been better served being broken down into 2 books. I know that would’ve made both books short, but I think that they would’ve worked better.

I liked AJ and Jolene. I would really like to see more of them in the future. I think that they are going to be a really fascinating couple.

I’m looking forward to seeing more about Lion and Madison.

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I really like the compromise that AJ and Jolene come up with. I think it’s perfect for them.

OK, that’s all for this one! Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Jessie Cooke-Tse

I think you could rightly say that I’m in love with Jessie Cooke’s Skulls series, whether they are Southside, Westside, or Phoenix. (tangentially, I have to go to the south side of Boston later this week. Maybe I’ll keep my eyes out for the Skulls.) As part of the Phoenix Skulls series, we have met Tse. He isn’t a current MC member anywhere, but he used to be a member of another club, and he knew leaders of both the Southside and Westside chapters. This is his story, his and Ajei’s, before the Skulls came to Phoenix, and they were young.

Our scene is set in the early ’70s. Ajei and Tse are both members of the Najavo Nation. She lives on the reservation with her aunt, uncle, and grandmother. Her family is traditional, and she has grown up soaked in the Dine culture. Tse is a little older than her, and didn’t live on the reservation, except he has an uncle that lives there. They meet one day because she went to his uncle’s store to borrow one of his horses. It’s a beautiful day, and she’s going to ride out to the swimming hole.

Tse and his uncle get to talking, and Jeremiah, his uncle, tells him that he should head out to the swimming hole after her and get to know her better. Tse almost didn’t but it’s a good thing that he did, because Ajei’s creepy-ass uncle was there, doing unspeakable things. Tse managed to save her, and that was that.

I think that Tse and Ajei, Rock and My Heart respectively, were just meant to be together. I think that their souls had followed each other through their various lifetimes and recognized each other. The type of connection and love that they share just doesn’t seem like it would exist in any other way, if you ask me. It is deep, it is intense, and it is just magical. For most of the time, it encompasses just them and invites the rest of the world to stay away, but it does expand, in time.

They have to make some difficult choices over their life, and the book does span about around 30 years or so, and we get to see the results of those choices on Tse and Ajei. We see how they aren’t just easy things that were decided spur of the moment, but how they hurt the person making the decision and the agony of their life from that decision. I really like that we have both Tse and Ajei’s POVs, because I think that some of what happened wouldn’t have had such an impact if we didn’t see it from a particular POV.

I have always liked this couple, and I’m so glad that I got to learn more about them. I really hope that they show up more in the Phoenix Skulls books.

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One of the things that really struck me as an important point in the book was when Ajei had to go to the clinic after her attack. There was just something so raw in that moment.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one.

Winter Travers-Freak

Freak is the 7th book in Winter Travers’ Fallen Lords MC book. I’ve read all the books and reviewed at least a couple of them on here. I’ve fallen in love with the Girl Gang, and I think that Alice is my favorite one of the ladies. We have two new ladies to add to the Girl Gang in this book, Wendy and Carnie, although I could make the argument that they were already honorary members, after becoming Mayra’s friend in Boink. Anyway, this is Freak and Carnie’s story. I do have to say that the whole time I was reading this, I had Freak on a Leash by Korn going through my head. I have like 3 versions of it, so it was really mix and match in my head.

Carnie and her sister Wendy have hurried from their small town in UT to the Fallen Lords compound. They became friends with Mayra and Boink while they were in hiding. Bobby, Carnie’s scuzzball ex is stalking her, and she knows that Boink and his brothers will know what to do with him, because they did before.

Wrecker, the prez, puts Freak and Slayer on guard duty for the sisters. Freak gets Carnie, and Slayer gets Wendy. And they are a whole other story. In fact, I’m pretty sure that they are the whole next story.

Anyway, being a motorcycle club book, there is, of course, drunken antics, including an appearance from Capitan Karmen. And there is definite Alice craziness, which isn’t typical of a MC book, but is typical of a Fallen Lords book. And for all of Alice’s craziness, and let me assure you, she is quite delightfully crazy, she is a wonderful person who does what she can to make people feel better and more at ease. She adopts Carnie and Wendy and it’s like they are old, dear friends immediately. We can’t forget the appearance of strange and lovable parents as well.

I like Carnie. It took me a minute to get a true read on her. I’m not exactly sure why, but she just felt shielded for a little while. It could be that it’s because she feels guilty about what is going on because of Bobby. Ugh. Bobby. I think that she is very loving though. Her love language is definitely feeding people and it’s something that she loves to do.

Freak is pretty much an open book. He was very easy to get a read on. I think that he was very open to falling in love, and Carnie showing up the way that she did must’ve seemed like a sign. I think that he got into his head a little bit though. Kind of made him a little jerky there for a second.

I really like these books because while there is tension and drama, there is also a hefty helping of sheer humor and friendship. All the ladies are close friends, and they accept each other as they are. That’s kind of hard to beat, you know? As long as Winter keeps writing these books, I’ll keep reading them.

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I love the way that Carnie’s mom talks to the Big Bad. It was just hilarious.

Carnie smacking Wrecker’s hand was just sooo funny.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Jessie Cooke-Finn

Jessie Cooke’s latest book is the 24th in her Skulls MC series, and the 3rd in the Phoenix Skulls section of that series. However, I kind of think of Finn as the first one in the Phoenix Skulls books, even though we’ve had the two before. I’ll get to why I think that in a bit.

So, Finn is literally a walking dead man. His death was faked to keep him safe from people he owes back in Ireland, and his current ID is that of a dead man, so really, he’s a dead man twice over. Now he’s in Phoenix, working with Beck and Jace, to build up a new chapter of their club. He’s also boozing, wenching, and fighting, and occasionally getting arrested. His father, who is also a walking dead man, has asked him to go meet a guy, for some reason, and he’s not allowed to tell anyone about it. But instead of meeting who his father wants, he ends up meeting a lovely woman who sits down at the table with him and starts introducing herself.

Caitlyn is pretty new to Phoenix. She’s shy, quiet, reserved, and has spent her life living quietly. She doesn’t have a lot of experience with guys, and has no real dating life at the moment. Her cousin Joy, though, wants that to change. So she keeps setting Caitlyn up on dates. Her latest date is supposed to be with a guy who dresses like he’s into “grunge”, so when Finn drives up on his bike and walks into the coffee shop, Caitlyn is pretty sure that’s who Joy meant, so she goes into the coffee shop, sits down, starts talking, at least right up until the guy she’s supposed to be meeting shows up and is all like WTF?

So, here’s why I think that this is the first real story for the Phoenix Skulls. The first book was really about setting up the chapter and creating the new setting. We got to meet a few new characters, but we really didn’t focus too much on one particular character, though there was a lot of Beck and Jace, because, well, Beck and Jace. Jace’s book was pretty much all his backstory, which I really loved. We didn’t know much about Jace until that one, and then we learned all about him. Made me love him even more. This book, though, is the first one that focuses on one character and takes place all in Phoenix. So, see why I think it’s the first real book of this section.

OK, back to Finn and Caitlyn. I like Finn. He has gone through so much shit in his life, just so much, and yet, he’s managed to pull himself through it and is able to thrive on the other side. I mean, he kicked heroin, and though the temptation is always going to be there, he hasn’t backslid, which can be really hard. I have to give him major props for that. I think that he’s a dick at times, which, well, pretty much anyone can be, but once he realizes that he’s being a dick, he’s able to adjust and do better.

Caitlyn is a lot stronger than her family wants to believe. I think that she’s probably stronger than even she knows, and she doesn’t learn that until she had to figure it out. I think that she is good for Finn, and she’s not going to let him get away with anything, which is exactly what Finn needs, as well as someone who supports him so well. I look forward to seeing more of them as a couple in future books.

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OMG, Finn’s dad. That son of a bitch needs to die in incredibly slow and painful ways. I’m pretty sure that there are presidents of at least 3 different MCs/chapters who want to hurt him, a lot.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

 

 

Chiah Wilder-Animal’s Reformation

Animal’s Reformation is the latest in Chiah’s Insurgent MC series. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read in this series so far. Overall, I enjoyed this one too.

So, Animal is a member of the Insurgents. He spends his time wenching, drinking, and riding. He has a daughter, but her mother moved away and has really kept them apart. Until the day she shows up, tells Animal that she’s done her part and her new man wants no part of her accident, and drops Lucy off with him. Of course, Animal hasn’t seen his daughter since she was a baby, and that was several years ago. He has no clue what to do, except he knows that he needs to have a house for her.

Olivia has sworn off men after walking into her boyfriend’s apartment to find some stranger bouncing on his dick and him planning a surprise 3 way with this lady. She’s especially sworn off sexy bikers. She knows way too much about bikers, since her father and brother were in a 1% MC. So when her new house is right next door to a sexy biker’s house, she does everything she can to keep their relationship on a superficial level. She wants someone nice and boring.

I overall liked Olivia. She’s pretty fierce when it comes to making sure her students get what they need, and she’s not afraid to go to bat for them. I think that she also pretty much knows what she wants, even if she doesn’t always want to listen to herself about it. I think her trying to swear off men for a little while is a good idea. I think that break in between her latest dick and Animal was good for her. She got to do stuff for herself, like buying her own home.

I think that Animal was a good dad, even before Lucy came to live with him. I mean, he sent presents, money, tried to talk to her, and tried to build a relationship with Lucy. He wasn’t all that successful, but that’s not because he didn’t try, it’s because her mother blocked all his efforts. I didn’t like her at all. He really tried really hard to build up a relationship with Lucy after she moved in with him, and that couldn’t have been easy at all. I think that Lucy was just running on anger, and I have to wonder exactly what her mother told her.

Like I said, I did overall enjoy the book. With that said, I thought that there were some places where it was a little slow. I also thought that there were a couple of little subplots that could have been lost without losing anything from the book. But, there’s still a lot of suspense, action, and passion in the story that it made up for it. Of course, as always, this is just my opinion, and your mileage may vary, but you’re here for my opinion, right?

 

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I thought that Chiah did really well at keeping everyone guessing as to who the bad guy was. I had no clue, and there were enough false leads put in there that it was tricksy.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Jessie Cooke-Jace

Jessie Cooke started out with one MC series, and now she’s on to the 3rd series that relates to the first one. First one started in Boston, then it spunoff into Cali, and now we’re in Phoenix. Jace is technically the 2nd book of the Phoenix Skulls series, but I’m not entirely sure I would put it in that space. I would almost think of it as a prologue. Maybe that’s just me, but it works that way, if you ask me.

Jace as the male main male character in Beck, the last book in the Westside Skulls book, and he and Beck were featured in the first book of the Phoenix books. However, Jessie focused more on Beck in her book than she did on Jace, so we don’t have so much info on Jace. I personally loved the way that she handled Beck’s book, and I really loved the book. I thought that Jace and Beck were pretty much perfect together. The first book in the Phoenix Skulls series is talking about getting settled there, and it more sets the stage to move the story along than it talks about Jace himself. So, now we have his book.

Jace’s book starts way back when he’s a child and covers his life right up to when he becomes the Prez of the Phoenix Skulls. Because it covers so much time, we don’t see what happens to him day by day, year by year, but we get to see the highlights and lowlights of what happened to him and what formed baby Jace into the Jace we know and love.

From Beck, we know that Jae has a sister and that he dearly loves Rosie, and we get to learn so much more about her and about the relationship between Rosie and Jace. And I have to say that I love that relationship so very, very much.

I liked Jace back when I first met him in Beck. I thought that he wasn’t the “typical” biker, or at least what you might think that bikers are like. He is fairly shy, hides away from people, and doesn’t have a lot of confidence. There are so many reasons for this, and he has internalized all of those things, which makes me so sad, because I think that Jace is just a wonderful person, and one who deserves all the good things ever.

I’m looking forward to the next books in this series, as well as the spinoff coming soon.

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I love Jace’s run in with his teacher once he’s grown up, I thought that it was just like a perfect circle.

I really, really hate his dad from the very second we meet him.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check out all these books. Happy reading!

Lilly Atlas-Rocket

When I pick up an MC book, I expect to get something that is intense and keeps me riveted. Well, Lilly Atlas didn’t fail to deliver in Rocket. It was intense and kept me sucked in from start to finish.

I will give this one bit of warning. There is some violence in the prologue that may trigger people. It isn’t graphic, but it is obvious what happened.

Chloe was victimized by some really bad guys. The last thing that they told her was that she had the Hell’s Handlers to blame for his. They are an MC in her area. When she’s rescued, she vows to herself that she will stay far away from them and from the town where they are based. Meanwhile, she’s managed to make herself leave her house, at least on Friday and Saturday nights, when she goes out to practice her own form of therapy.

Rocket, the Sargent at Arms of the Hell’s Handlers, was the one who went in to rescue Chloe. She was supposed to be left in a hotel room, unharmed, but we all know that’s not what happened, right? Because how easy a story would that be? He was so impressed with the fortitude that Chloe showed, that he has now become very protective of her, right down to watching over her and following her on the weekend, to try to figure out what she’s doing.

I, just like Rocket, was totally impressed with Chloe. Here she is, on the very worst day of her entire life ever, and she was able to pull herself up, get dressed, get on the back of a motorcycle, and then go to the hospital. Not only that, she was also able to come up with some kind of story to tell everyone that wouldn’t get the police involved with the Hell’s Handlers or the scumbuckets who took her. I was less than impressed with the fact that she was left trying to deal with the mess herself, but that was in no way her fault. She did the best that she could with what she was given, and it sucked rocks. I’m not sure that I would’ve handled the aftermath in the same way that she did, but to each their own. I’m also not sure that I am nearly as strong as she is, and don’t get me wrong, there is a rod of vibranium that runs down her spine, girl is strong as fuck.

I like Rocket too. He has a really strong protective streak, and when I say streak, I mean a stripe that is wider than his whole body is. He will do every and any thing to make sure that he takes care of the people who he considers his, his club, their ol’ ladies, and most especially Chloe. He’ll do those things at the risk of his own soul, if necessary. He is truly a very good man, even if he’s done some shitty, shitty things. He has his own moral code that he will stick to. All that being said, I did get really mad at him a couple of times. I understand why he acted the way that he did, but that doesn’t mean that I think that he was wrong or that I am automatically going to forgive him for the bullshit he pulled. He deserved to have people angry at him. I was really impressed with how patient he was with Chloe. He never really pushed her, except for one time, and that’s forgivable because he didn’t have the full knowledge of the situation at that time.

I really liked this club and all the members in it, and I think, especially, the ol’ ladies. They could’ve made Chloe’s life miserable, but instead, they all rallied around her and made her feel accepted. I’m going to have to go read the rest of the books so that I can get to know these ladies more.

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I love how Izzy and Jig take Chloe and teach her how to fight. I really love how she uses it against Rocket when she gets mad at him. I cheered right out loud for her when she used it against Lefty. I was all like, take that, you fucking motherfucker.

I have a feeling that we might see Chloe’s brother again. I may be wrong, it does happen, on occasion, I’ll just have to keep my eyes open to see.

That’s all I have to say on this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!