Thursday, 13 November 2014

***Reviews - Ride, Thrash, Rev by J.C. Emery - The Bayonet Scars Series - 4Stars - 4.5Stars - 4Stars***


Ride, Thrash, Rev
By J.C. Emery
The Bayonet Scars Series 

Ride by J.C. Emery
Bayonet Scars #1
4 Completely Sucked In Stars

Blurb - Death comes in Armani. Salvation comes in leather.

Principessa to the Mancuso crime family, Alexandra knows a thing or two about living outside the bounds of the law. Suffocated by the future her father has laid out for her, she makes a choice she can't take back, changing the entire trajectory of her life.

Thrust into the dark and dangerous world of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club for her own protection, Alex finds herself faced with the last thing she needs right now: the man of her dreams. He’s sex in leather, the devil incarnate, and one hell of a kisser. But he’s also off-limits. Ryan Stone can be her friend, but he’s forbidden to be her lover.

Third-generation Forsaken, Ryan knows nothing other than life on two wheels, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He enjoys the many privileges that come with the patch, and the only laws he recognizes are the ones set-forth by his club. That is, until who he wants more than anything isn’t allowed on the back of his bike —or in his bed. Balancing his desire for her body, and need to keep her safe, Ryan tries to keep Alex at a distance. Finally having made a choice for herself, she’s done hearing the word “no” and will push boundaries even Ryan himself doesn’t dare cross.

Love is never more tempting than when it’s forbidden.

Ride is book #1 in the Bayonet Scars Series. This is the first book I have read by this author and I have been lucky enough to have been gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review so here goes...

Ride is basically a MC meets the Mafia story, it’s intense and at times a little mean but I totally got into it.

Alex is the mafia princess but more than anything I felt sorry for her she’s taken from one gilded cage and then basically placed in leather wearing one. I felt very empathetic towards her cause I just don’t think she was mature enough to deal with everything that happened to her.

Ryan, Ryan, Ryan I swing back and forth from thinking he is adorable and thinking that he is a complete knobhead!!!

In my opinion either put up and shut up or grow a pair and be a man, I’m not sure that he actually does either he goes back and forth with Alex and when he did to her to try to make her hate him he really should have got a bitchslap from someone!!!

This is a very complicated group of characters and I feel like a bit more backstory about Ruby, Jim and Ian and how they all interconnect with Alex really would have been useful.

I really liked Duke, perhaps even a bit more than Ryan and I could totally have seen him end up with Alex.

Is this the end of Alex and Ryan’s story because if so I really needed some more closure!!!

I don’t want to have any spoilers but surely her dad wouldn’t just leave it at that??

Nic is a real enigma and I’m hoping we see some more of her and Duke in the next couple of books in the series.

This book throws a lot of plot at you with a massive cast of characters and because of this in places I got very confused and I felt like important plot dialogue was missing.

That being said I still got totally sucked in by this book; I was up half the night reading it and 
I can’t wait to move onto the next book to see what happens next. 4 stars from Me.!!!

Thrash by J.C. Emery
Bayonet Scars #2
4.5 Smoking Hot Stars

Blurb - Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.

As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.

Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn’t have, and then almost lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.

The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.

Thrash is book #2 in the bayonet scars series my JC Emery, again I have been gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review so here goes...

I enjoyed Ride the first book in the series but I was genuinely unsure where the next book would pick up from.

This book overlaps the first book but it focuses on Nic and Duke and their story.

I really like Nic, something about her character is like a moth to a flame for me and I found that I really wanted to know more about her.

It surprised me that Duke was the less complicated person in the couple. In fact Duke is easily described.... ALPHA he is strong and intense and for want of a better word YUM!!!!!

Being honest he spends most of the book trying to grow a pair and prove that he can be a grown up and a good man.

I actually love the idea that this quintessential man is having to prove his worth to a girl that was a club whore who in this world are classed as the lowest of the low!!

I love Duke and Nic's connection they have an intense passion and sexual chemistry that is just incredibly intimate.

Whew the sex!!! It's smoking hot!

I'm still a bit gutted that we never saw any real resolution for Alex and Ryan even though she defended the club she's still not accepted.
My main issue with this book is that big important plot segments are just missed out and glossed over to get to the next point in the story. Personally I would have just preferred the book to be longer and to have gotten the full story.

I really enjoyed this book it felt like Rides more grown up brother and I loved it 4.5 stars!!

Rev by J.C. Emery
Bayonet Scars #3
4 F'd Up  Stars
Blurb - Everyone belongs somewhere. Even the misfits.

With the looming threat from the Mancuso Crime Family, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club is preparing for a war that could destroy them. Grady, the club’s Sergeant-at-Arms, knows that love makes you weak, and he has zero interest in adding to his liabilities– especially now. He’s already got his teenage daughter who keeps him on his toes and a beef within the club that could fracture his relationship with a fellow brother for good.

For Holly Mercer, her life is finally getting on track and the last thing she wants is trouble from her hometown’s resident outlaws. Keeping her nose clean is easier said than done, when suddenly she finds herself embroiled in club business. Holly might like the idea of being with a real-life bad boy, but even being in the same room with tough-as-nails Grady flusters her.

When Holly inadvertently finds herself on Mancuso’s radar, she has two choices: trust that Grady will protect her, or continue to refuse the club’s help. Both roads are dangerous, but only one has the chance to damage her beyond repair.

Love is never more dangerous than when it can destroy you.

Rev is book #3 in the Bayonet Scars Series and again I have been gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was lucky to be gifted all three books that are available in this series so far all at once and as such I read them in one go.

In my opinion this is the best way to read this series, all of the books overlap and interconnect which is great.... but also annoying as hell!!!

Questions that are asked but never answered in one book are then dealt with in the next book in the series, so to really be able to keep track of what happens to who and when you need to read in order and close together!!!

Rev is about Grady the mean Sergeant in Arms who has a real bug up his bum about Alex and her situation.

I didn’t really give Grady to much consideration in the first two books, he’s present but he just comes across as a bit of an argumentative ass who hates pretty much everyone!!!

Holly is only introduced in this book and I’m not entirely sure who she is?? She seems to be a bit of a goody two shoes but I don’t think she actually is, I get the impression it’s all an act!!

I would have loved to have her character explained a bit more and some more back story about her and Mindy would have been great.

Grady is a bit of a funny one to, he’s super alpha when he’s in biker mode but then he’s a sweetheart when he wants to be.

I really enjoyed the chemistry between Grady and Holly I could literally feel the sparks and I was counting down till the arguing ended with them ripping each other’s clothes off!!!

I don’t want to add spoilers but I feel like I should tell readers that there is an incredibly intense and explicitly violent rape scene in this book!!! To be honest I think it’s one of the most disturbing and horrifying rape scenes I’ve ever read!!! I know that for some people that is an absolute hard limit and it came right out of left field for me I was not expecting it at all!!! There might have been a warning at the start of the book but I didn’t see it!

This book has a much darker vein of violence and depravity than the others in the series and although it has its brighter spots this book generally feels darker and more intense.

Being completely honest I have a real issue with how this book ends, we get absolutely no resolution for either Mindy or Holly and this book then jumps two years into the future!!

I was expecting that the next book Crush would maybe deal with Mindy’s story but it’s not its Cheyenne and Jeremy!!!!

I feel a bit unsettled the epilogue shows that yes it’s all gonna end happily but you can’t just gloss over something like that storyline and just have it stop!!!

I would have loved to understand what happened next and how they all dealt with it!!!

This would have been a 5 star but I’m just a bit gutted at the ending and a bit disturbed by the graphic scene that was very unexpected. I still loved this book but I’m only gonna give it 4 stars.

I am a lucky bunny though and I’m getting a copy of Crush to review too so I might end up eating my words and my resolution may be lurking in those pages so watch this space!!!