— BLURB —
I knew Jenna was in over her head when she came to me looking for work.
Then she made the deadly mistake of stealing ten large from my chapter of the Royal Bastards and running.
I covered it. It was going to me and me alone, that she was going to pay back.
— MY REVIEW —
Ooh yep, such a satisfyingly smashing read! 😍 So good that I ended up reading it in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down.
M. Merin is a new-to-me author and this is my first book of hers… but it sure as hell won’t be the last. The blurb sums up a huge chunk of the plotline but it’s vague. So I was pretty much going into this story relatively blind.
I hadn’t expected to get sucked into their story instantly from their first encounter. Declan and Jenna sizzle! 🔥🔥 There’s a pretty big age gap between them but it’s hardly noticeable. Declan may be getting on in years but he’s still hunky and exudes that manly alpha-ness — plus he’s President of a badass MC!
Jenna is anything but selfish. Despite the horrible position she’s found herself in, it hasn’t killed her spirit and fiery will. She has a lot of guts to have done half the things she has (including her “job interview” with Declan).
But let’s be real… Jenna walking into Declan’s office in need of work was the best thing that could’ve happened to her! Same goes for Declan. 😄
They had instant chemistry and it definitely leaped off the pages. It’s a big reason as to why I was immediately hooked on their story from the get go. There was so much intrigue surrounding Jenna and the reason behind why she was in desperate need of a job.
But when she suddenly takes off, (just when things were heating up, mind you) — I was right there with Declan wanting to catch up to her so they could get back to business. 🤭😅
When Jenna’s personal story is revealed, and Declan realizes that there’s a lot more to her than her lasting first impression on him, it really catapults deep feelings and a vision of a possible future Declan never thought he could have or even wanted. Now, with Jenna it seems like he could have it all.
Ugh. An effortless read. Awesome storyline with some suspense added to really get this story pumping with adrenaline. There are some sensitive subject matter included that may trigger some readers, so keep that in mind before starting it. But to readers who’ve read MC romances before, the content included won’t come as shock.
Big thumbs up for the secondary characters (which are mostly other MC brothers). This book can technically be read as standalone but these club members clearly have history and there’s backstories there. I, for one loved reading this book, so I’m keen to read any previous ones to expand my experience of the world-building Merin has created with this Royal Bastards MC: Flagstaff Chapter.
The storytelling is fairly fast-moving, but not at all rushed in regards to the story itself. There’s a good balance of MC and romance, character history to get you up to scratch with how the characters came to be where they are in the present, and there’s good gradual development in our hero/heroine’s relationship. A little bit of banter and lighthearted humor added into the mix and this was one hell of an MC romance!
Declan caught me off guard with a couple things which if you don’t take these MC romances too seriously (which you really shouldn’t), you’ll find yourself rolling your eyes and laughing it off. Hehe.
My only issue is the ending was left open. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. From what I gather from the ending (and not at all uncommon with MC romance series’), is that they’ll probably make appearances in future books and therefore we get to see updates from them then, but if Declan and Jenna’s relationship had been summed up a little more I would’ve been so much more content… especially considering some new developments were introduced towards the end.
Nevertheless, I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a new MC romance read. It’s quick and effortless, but it packs a punch! A great addition to the Royal Bastards MC! With an absorbing story line, likable characters, and giddy-inducing moments, you won’t regret adding this to your TBR! 😉
Thank you to M. Merin and the Royal Bastards MC team for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💛
(Available on #KindleUnlimited on release day!)
Happy reading! Catch you guys in my next one! Xo