Series: Bayonet Scars #2
Author: JC Emery
Published: January 2014, Left Break Press
Format: Ebook received for review
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.
Love is never more precious than when it’s new.
Thrash by JC Emery totally took me by surprise, and in the end, I found an emotional and exciting story that was a real page turner. This was my first motorcycle club romance, and I was so worried that it would be like a certain TV show a lot of us may watch. And yes, at the beginning, I saw some similarities, like, the very beginning. But then I put it into some perspective. When you are writing to a certain audience, you have to have certain elements. A sexy hero, a sexy heroine, something dangerous... so yes, Thrash definitely has all of those elements in spades. But that is where the similarities end. Furthermore, I didn’t read book one, Ride. I did look online to get a sort of Cliff’s Notes about it, just in case I needed any info.
Nicole is forced to play the role of single mom to her teenage brother, Jeremy, after their father is sent to prison. She’s getting by, but that’s about the best you can say. Jeremy is eating them out of house and home, and giving her an attitude to match that of any teenager. Nicole has a low wage job, and puts Jeremy first. What I liked about Nicole is that she’s not your stereotypical gorgeous heroine. Yes, she is beautiful. But she’s also got stick straight over processed hair; she’s too skinny because she doesn’t get to eat as much as her brother. She lives in a rundown house, drives a rundown car, and surviving is the goal. She’s also a Lost Girl, which pretty much is a club whore. But she’s had a thing for Duke since they were children, and didn’t realize that he had a thing for her right back.
Forsaken Men? You guys decide what you want and you’re all like fucking bulls in a china shop until you get it. But that’s because you’re a passionate group.
Duke… well, Duke is the big bad motorcycle guy in a club called Forsaken. He’s club Secretary, and he’s tough. Like, he is kill people tough. But underneath that very gruff exterior is the heart of a warrior and a lover. And he thinks this is the time to make a play for Nicole, even though their lives have not been easy or ideal. I loved Duke’s determination and the effort he puts into everything he does. There were times I felt he could have cleared up a lot of confusion if he would just talk more, but I think the pig-headed stubbornness worked well for him.
In Thrash there is some left over drama from book one that needs to be dealt with. I have a feeling it’s one of the main undercurrents through the whole series, or at least a couple books. But then Nicole has some drama of her own when her past comes knocking at her door. I really loved the danger level in this book, along with some high impact action, and sexy as hell heat. And let’s not even forget about the drama, because Thrash had that in spades. In the end, I feel everything went the way I wanted it to. In fact, as far as epilogues go, Thrash has one of those awesome ones that just make you so glad you read the book. Being my first motorcycle romance type book, I’m definitely glad I gave it a shot. The bikes definitely added a level of “bad boy” and sexy that I was eating up.
So will I keep up with this series? Absolutely. I think all of the characters are so dynamic and interesting. JC Emery did a great job with keeping me interested while keeping the whole storyline unique and entertaining.
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.