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.
As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can't imagine a climate more beautiful.
JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.
I am not always a fan of series where each one follows a different person or couple. However, this one is an exception to that! I absolutely adored this story! It not only gave us some insight to characters we met in the first book, but we got more of what was going on in different areas during all of the drama from before.
This book doesn't shadow the first book. It more enhances the first book. We get to see some different reactions to situations that we saw before. They, in no way, mirror the situations from the first book. They give us even more insight to what was occurring during that same time.
I loved the characters and their relationships. Nicole is a badass woman. She has worked very hard to keep a home for her younger brother. She is strong and determined to keep her head straight and keep her brother on the straight and narrow.
Jeremy is a foul-mouthed, hormonal teenager. He lives for causing some trouble. He is your typical rebellious boy. Giving his sister and those around here is pretty much his full-time gig.
Then there is Duke. The "forever single" member of the Forsaken. He and Nicole have known each other for most of their lives. They have always been drawn to one another. His single-status has always been something he prided himself on.
The relationship that Nic and Duke have is not one of flowers and dinners. It is more primal and untrusting. Their lives have taught them not to trust. So when one wants one thing and the other cannot trust that things will work out positively, you have the drama you were looking for.
My 4-star Review of Ride (Bayonet Scars #1)
I was drawn to this book because of it's mob and biker gang story-line. The two combined were intriguing. I was curious on how this story would go. A mob boss's daughter... defecting to a motorcycle gang to stay safe from her own family.
First, I was enthralled with the plot... The Alex's family was interesting. Her relationship with them was perfect for this story-line. She loved her family, but being the girl of the family, she was always more in the shadows than the forefront. Her father is an old-fashioned Italian mob man. Alex wants to be a modern day girl. She wants to get out and live. She wants to fall in love. However, that is not the life she is afforded. Her dad has other plans for her. Marrying into the mob, officially, is what he plans for her life. His belief is a woman is to know her place. Alex, well, knows her place, but doesn't know it one bit.
Things go awry. Trust is broken between Alex and her family... well her dad, brother and cousin. Alex is now forced into hiding from her own family. She is scared and confused. She thought she made the right decision. That decision, instead of helping her family, has put her life on the line... she now fears her own family may want her life.
Alex felt like an outcast in her own home. Now she is thrust into a new world, where she feels just as out of place. She slowly starts to learn that embracing a life you didn't know could exist can free your inner soul.
Enter Ryan. These two are drawn together, but know the rules. They are off-limits to one another. This makes them want each other even more. They both struggle, for the same and different reason, to stay away. As they slowly form a bond, things start to get intense. Their newly found friendship could cost them both important things. It could also cost them both their lives.
This story is an emotional roller coaster. I was so glad to be on this ride. J.C. did a fantastic job in going from one scenario to the next. Her ability to portray the characters' feelings and actions is remarkable. Their interactions are very convincing and realistic. The twists and turns in the plot can someone been foreseen, if paying enough attention, but shocking nonetheless. As things start to really come to a head, many life changing secrets have been revealed, and Alex's family has come for her.... And, that folks, is where the book ends...
I am highly recommending this book to anyone who likes to read... no matter what you like to read. This is a wonderful book. I cannot wait to read the next book. I need to know what happens next.... I have a feeling I may need a tissue or two!!