K Webster-Koyn

Koyn is the 3rd book in the Royal Bastards MC shared world. There are going to be a whole bunch of them, and I have signed up for several. Don’t ask me how many, because I don’t remember, lol. Anyway, this is K Webster’s addition to the series, and dayum. It is intense and it is dark and by the end, I felt some kind of way about Koyn.

So, here’s our story. Ten years ago, the man now called Koyn, came home to see some bikers standing over his wife and teenage daughter. They did horrible things to the 2 most important women in his life, then killed them. As a parting gift, the guy in charge cut an X in Koyn’s face. The last thing he remembers is calling his brother, and screaming.

Now, 10 years later, the man that he was then is dead. He is now Koyn, the prez of a chapter of the Royal Bastard’s MC. And let me tell you, Royal Bastard really fits him. In fact, it might actually be a little too nice for him. For the last 10 years, he has been recruiting for his chapter, and he has amassed men who are incredibly loyal to him, and who are more than just a little fucking psycho. Koyn has been looking for revenge for all these years, and he finally got a lead, and a name, Randall Putnam.

Hadley is an 18 year old beauty queen. She ran away from her father, and is now living with her boyfriend Milk, at the clubhouse for his dad’s, Magna, MC, Roaring River. She has been in love with Milk for years. His dad and her dad did business together, and the two of them met when she was 13, and Milk has been it for her ever since. Magna, on the other hand, is gross. He’s spend the whole time she’s been at the clubhouse watching her in a not nice way. When he gets a chance, he ends up doing things to her. Of course, Milk finds out and blames her for it, because of course he does. Did I mention that Milk’s right name was Randall Putnam Jr, and Koyn has plans for him? Plans which he doesn’t go through with because when the Royal Bastards raid the clubhouse, Milk is trying to rape Hadley and has beaten her. So, Koyn just straight offs him. You see, Hadley looks a lot like Koyn’s long dead daughter. And that kinda fucks with Koyn. He feels really protective over her, but she’s upset that he killed her boyfriend, even if her boyfriend was trying to do her dirty, so he also has some anger towards her because she was fucking his enemy.

There is a lot of intense in this book. And I have to tell you that there were times I outright fucking hated Koyn. I mean, if I could’ve, I would’ve walked into the book and hit him right in his left testicle more than once. He really deserved it. I mean, I totally get why he’s mad, and I would too, but he’s so laser focused on his revenge that he doesn’t take other things into account, and he doesn’t bother to ask anything. He’s just positive that he knows what’s best and acts accordingly. And he’s brutal at times. And I mean, holy fuck, I gasped at one point because of something that happened. It was… OK, the guy deserved it, but…

Hadley. Oh, Poor Hadley. I could tell that she had some serious problems from the very beginning, but I didn’t guess what they were until much later. There were so many people who let that poor girl down. And most of them need to be dead. And dead in a very ugly way. I think, though, that Hadley is a lot stronger than she thinks she is. She might even be a lot stronger than everyone thinks that she is. She goes through a lot, and has managed to survive it all so far.

Having read most of K’s books, I can tell you that this is a very her book. Even if I didn’t know that she had written it, I would know that she had written it. There are just very particular flavors and points that are very much her style. And before you say to me, but oh, dark and intense, let me point you towards the Pretty Little Dolls books. I just haven’t had some of her darker stuff on here lately.

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OMG, her dad. Ugh.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out, and all the books. Happy reading!

2019 Round Up-Top Ugly Cry Books

I don’t know if there are going to be 10 or not, so this is probably just going to be a 1 part post. For me, an ugly cry book is different from a book that makes me cry. There are some books that will give me tears because there is something sad going on, a break up, a death, so on and so forth. Generally, they last for a couple of minutes, and they are just tears running down my face. An ugly cry is just that, really ugly. Full on tears, snot running out of my nose, sobs, the whole 9 yards. These are the reads that make my husband ask me if I’m OK. He’s learned to accept the answer that it’s just an ugly cry book. So, here are some of the books that made me ugly cry this year. There are some that I’ve already mentioned on other lists that gave me ugly cries, Nicky James’ Long Way Home and Eva Dresden’s Broken, so they are just getting Honorable Mentions here. So, let’s get on with the ones that made it, shall we?

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Nicolina Martin-Redemption

Redemption is part of Nicolina’s Russo Saga, and is its own Duet with Absolution. (Expect to see that one show up tomorrow or Wednesday.) Anyway, no matter what the title says, there isn’t a lot of redemption going on in this book. This is the story of Christian and Kerry. Kerry is just a nice, sweet woman who happened to be working at a childcare center where a mobster’s son went. When she asked him a question, he sent Christian after her. When we first met Christian, in an earlier book, I really liked him. I didn’t by the end of this book. In fact, I downright fucking hated him. When Nicolina read my GR review on in, she asked me what my ugly cry moments were, and there were moments, not just a moment. Because it is a duet, it is a cliffhanger, but the second one is already out, so there’s that.

Addison Cain-Ravaged Captive

Ravaged Captive is the 4th book in Addison’s Wren’s Song books. They are Omegaverse and RH. All of the books have made me cry, but this one really made me cry because everything started to really fall apart. Caspian, Toby, and Kieran are at each other’s throat, Wren has been tossed out and thought dead, and the doll is in the way. I think that it was the addition of the doll that really got to me. I expect that the next one will also give me an ugly cry. Sooooooon.

Anna Wineheart-The Pretense

Anna is one of my favorite MM Omegaverse authors, and I’m lucky enough to be able to ARC her books. All of her books have some strong emotions in them, but The Pretense was just loaded with it. It’s a second chance, pretend boyfriend kind of story. It can be read as a standalone, but if you read all the Men of Meadowfall books in order, you’ll enjoy it more. They are all interconnected. There is one very particular moment that gave me a seriously ugly cry. There are some other spaces where I got teary, but this one particular scene was so hard, so heartbreaking that it really stuck with me, and made me ugly cry hard.

India R. Adams-Blue Waters

Blue Waters wasn’t published this year, but this was the year that I read it, so it counts to me, and since it’s my blog, that’s all that matters. This is the first of the Tainted Waters series that feature Whitney, Link, and Crash. All of the books in the series have made me full on ugly cry, but I’m just going to go with the first one here. It’s not a very long book, but it is very intense. Everything builds on the things before, but you do get a second to catch your breath in between. The entire series is worth reading. I don’t know that I would recommend reading them back-to-back, because of the intensity, but I would definitely recommend reading them.

B.B. Blaque-FTW

FTW doesn’t mean for the win here. It’s outlaw MC slang that means Fuck the World, and that is pretty much what happens here. This is the 3rd book in BB’s Masters MC series, and it is dark. I fell in love with Colt, Tuesday, Kash, and Barely when I read their books the first time, and I was really looking forward to this one. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a happy book. There were terrible, terrible things that happened, and I was devastated. BB will have GFY, Go Fuck Yourself, out soon, and I can’t wait.

OK, there they are, the Top 5 ugly cry books from this year.

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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!