Saint by Nicole James

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• BLURB •

Kami—

I’m no longer the little girl he once knew, one who believed in fairy tales.
And he’s no longer the white knight I believed him to be.
How can he be when he shows up on a black Harley wearing leather and biker boots?
I didn’t want this, but the decision is out of my control.
Now I’m his.

I have to remember this is only temporary.
I can’t let the way his predatory gaze sets fire to my body fool me.
Because I’m just a debt he’s paying, and I can’t risk my heart by letting myself believe it can ever be more.

Not with a man like him.
He’s dangerous, and only focused on one thing—securing his place with the baddest MC in town.

He’s no longer the boy I remember when I was nine years old—the one who helped me when I got stuck in a tree. The one who climbed up, wrapped an arm around me and hauled me down to safety, calling me short cake.
He was my savior then—a childish crush—but we’re no longer children.

Now he’s a stranger.

Now he’s my husband.

Saint—

I took her with me because I had no choice.
If I owe a debt, I pay it.

I owed her mother a favor, but I never expected the repayment to include marrying her seventeen-year-old daughter. When she begs me to take Kami with me to protect her, do I have a choice?

Besides, it’s only temporary. Just until she turns eighteen.

Only 90 days to go.

I can resist her that long, right?

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• MY REVIEW •

👏👏👏 Nicole James has done it again! Saint is a phenomenal read — one that I will reread over and over again!

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The main thing that stood out the most was the world-building in this story and the further you delve in, the more you get invested in Saint’s and Kami’s story. Not just with the unique situation they both signed on for, but also with their own personal lives. They were heading in completely different directions and all of a sudden they’re thrust into a marriage of convenience. Saint has wanted nothing more than to be a full-fledged member of the Kings of Carnage MC. Having to balance out his duties and loyalties to the club and ensuring Kami is taken care of and protected was what kept me engaged throughout.

Once I started this book it was unputdownable! The storytelling is well-paced and told from dual points of view. I loved witnessing their developing relationship from the instant connection they had to each another. In spite of their situation and the fact that they hadn’t seen each other since they were kids, it didn’t deter from the sense of comfort and familiarity between them, even in the beginning when they first reunite.

I’ve always found James’ writing style to be effortless to follow with her charming (and at times entertaining) characters and hearty plotlines. I just know I’m gonna hunker down and enjoy what’s ahead of me. It’s hard not to get addicted to this book because James has created truly relatable and down to earth characters with a gripping storyline. There’s also a great balance of light and shade within adding comic relief in-between the gritty moments. The atmosphere flowed well from goodness to darkness and back again with ease.

Saint and Kami have a slow burn romance that kept me both in suspense and excitement to see develop. I absolutely adore Kami and relieved to see that although she’s still a teenager, she’s mature and has a sweet nature about her that meshes well with Saint’s personality. He’s got the protective gentlemanly vibes down pat with just the right amount of alpha. To be honest, this entire story gave me such Dirty Deeds vibes, but I think that has a lot to do with the fact that both stories have amazing world-building with a strong and constant structure to its storyline. They both have young, innocent heroines that you can’t hate, and who’ve managed to worm their way into the hearts of these hot-as-sin bikers!

I’m not going to lie when I first discovered how young Kami was, I was a smidge anxious to see how the romance element with Saint would come into play, what level of it I could expect, and how soon? But as I mentioned earlier it’s a slow burn, and whilst I was itching to see them finally reach the romantic stage of their relationship, I adored seeing them get reacquainted first. In my opinion, with Kami being young and Saint only a few years older, the steadiness of their relationship was fitting. It felt substantial and all the more authentic, especially when it came down to their emotions.

Both Kami and Saint grew up in close-knit relationships with their parents, and whilst somewhat of the storyline revolved around Kami’s, I was kind of expecting to see more of those familial moments with Saint’s also — especially considering what they’d ventured into is something his parents have strong values and beliefs over. But nevertheless, I found the conclusion to be a sweet HEA and in my mind, Saint’s family are just as happy as Kami’s with how things played out. 😉

Besides the romance element, there’s a generous amount of the MC side of the story where you get to see Saint’s role in the MC and how much of it consumes his life. As well as meet the rest of the members/ prospects of the club. In comparison to James’ other MC stories, I found this one leaned more towards the lighthearted side of MC romances. There’s some suspense and a few plot twists to keep you on your toes, but I absolutely went nuts for the unexpected but swoon-inducing crossover James has cleverly included into the plot.

This book is part of the Kings of Carnage MC: Prospects series and can be read as a standalone story. It has all the elements I always find winning in MC romances:

  • Lovable characters
  • Vivid world-building
  • Strong storyline
  • Suspense and unpredictability
  • Equal amounts of MC and romance elements
  • Banter and lighthearted humour

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I undoubtedly loved it! It’s now one of my fave MC romances of James’ and I highly recommend it to fellow MC romance readers. I found the story of an MC prospect a refreshing alternative from reading one who’s already a member. James provides a cool and detailed description of what is expected of a prospect, and how much trust, commitment, and loyalty it takes to make it as a member in the club. By the end you’ll not only swoon over the romance, but you’ll feel like you have some know-how of the world of motorcycle clubs. It’s a must read!

“Kings forever, forever Kings.”

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Nicole James for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

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Read more of my reviews for Nicole James’ books!

Evil Dead MC Series by Nicole James
Dirty Deeds by Nicole James
Dirty Deals by Nicole James
Dirty Desires by Nicole James
Brothers Ink Tattoo by Nicole James
Club Princess by Nicole James
Wicked by Nicole James
The Biker’s Second Chance by Nicole James

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

Chaos by Hilary Storm

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— BLURB —

I’ve given up my entire life for my father’s club. He and I agreed on a compromise years ago and I haven’t looked back since. When things get messy… I’m the one they call to come in and clean it up. They call me Chaos for a reason.

We have a motto we stand by as the Kings of Carnage… Brothers before all others. No exceptions.

Until her.

She crashes into my dark world like an explosion to the heart and as I watch her naked body hang in an empty room, I have to decide whether to save her from the darkness or become her worst nightmare.

The club expects one thing… but I want another. The only question is, how bad do I want it?

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— MY REVIEW —

Please Note: Review includes some spoilers. Read at own risk!

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Sigh. Could easily have been 4 stars if the second half of the book didn’t feel so rushed.

I have a like/dislike relationship with this book. Ugh.

The first half was gripping and set the scene brilliantly — there was a buildup forming and early development between the hero/heroine. But when a tragic situation forces their relationship to go from 0-100 within a couple of chapters, it opened a floodgate. From that moment onward things progressed too fast for my liking with little to no real realistic growth to their relationship since they were first introduced.

With a lot of MC romances, there’s a high probability that storylines would contain sensitive subject matters that may trigger some readers. Fair warning — Chaos contains some very serious content. Sexual abuse, kidnapping, violence and human trafficking.

Cambri went through a horrific ordeal. Whilst these types of content can be difficult to read about, I liked the idea that the author is putting some light to certain dark situations that’s usually not openly discussed, despite the fact that these traumatic and disturbing events do happen anytime, anywhere.

But what I found a little disbelieving about’s Cambri situation is she didn’t show any real side effects to the trauma she underwent. She didn’t go to a hospital to be checked out, and there was no mention of possible therapy (even though I’m guessing she probably went but was just not included..?)

She literally went from being kidnapped, manhandled, drugged, placed in a situation where sex was her only option at staying alive (not to mention she was a virgin prior to all this). Yet, right after she was saved by Chaos, she ends up hooking up with him and couldn’t get enough of him. Hmm. I don’t know — it’s one thing to have an attraction and a strong pull, but to be effing the guy (and vice a versa) when some serious shit just went down I kid you not, just before it?! Umm. Yeah, no. Wasn’t feeling it.

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I was initially hooked on the concept. I’ve read countless of MC romances and this started out as a unique storyline. I wish it was longer and more thought-out. It would’ve given it a chance to really develop, build the club and the members up more. I think it would also have given our hero/heroine a chance to have further character growth and give their relationship a chance to grow organically rather than one minute they’re being introduced to one another, then the next their already naked and intimate.

The epilogue, as sweet as it was professing their love for another and calling each other the one, in my opinion would’ve been more believable IF their relationship was given more time to evolve. As a result I wasn’t connecting or finding it as convincing as it should’ve been especially from Chaos’ POV (being a biker who wasn’t initially looking for an ol’ lady) that they are each other’s end game.

I know this is part of an MC series where each book is written by a different MC romance author (and this is a new-to-me author) however it would’ve been nice to see full length novels for each one. This was a little longer than a novella but nowhere near long enough to be full-length. It’s a nice enough start to the King of Carnage MC but I think a big downside is it was too short to show any real progression, character growth, or world-building.

Pros:

  • Chemistry between the protagonists. 🔥🔥
  • The bond and friendship between the MC members.
  • Quick, easy romance read (if you’re looking for a read you can finish in one sitting).
  • Nice balance of romance and MC elements within the book.

Cons:

  • Lacked steady progression of the storyline and between the characters’ development.
  • The ending wrapped up a little too abruptly.
  • Quick, easy romance read (would’ve liked a few more chapters to really get their relationship further growth and for the introduction of the MC to have more of an impression).
  • Key details left out that could’ve made the story a little more in depth and doesn’t the leave the reader asking questions).

Despite my negatives, would I still recommend it?

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As much as there were things I wasn’t a fan of in this book, in the end it’s fiction. It’s also a genre of romance I enjoy reading, and Chaos wasn’t still an overall enjoyable read in my books! It hooked me enough to want to read the rest of the series despite the fact the other books are written by other MC romance authors. As far as introductions to an MC series goes — it’s not bad. It held my interest, and there’s some great introductions to the rest of the MC brothers.

If you’re looking for a quick MC romance read, then this book could appeal to you. 😊 Chaos, although an MC member, has a good moral compass, cares about family, is quite loyal, protective, and all things considered — a gentleman. Cambri is young, a little naive, yet not at all immature in her mindset. She’s sweet, and even with the differences between her and Chaos, there’s obvious spark and they balance each other out.

RATING: ♥♥♥¾

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Chaos is the first book in the Kings of Carnage MC. Five books written by five different MC romance authors. See below the participating authors and their book in the series:

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Chaos (Kings of Carnage MC #1) by Hilary Storm

Bash (Kings of Carnage MC #2) by Sapphire Knight

Jinx (Kings of Carnage MC #3) by Chelsea Camaron

North (Kings of Carnage MC #4) by M.N. Forgy

Sly (Kings of Carnage MC #5) by Nicole James

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If you’re still in lockdown (like me), hope you’re keeping your spirits up. Stay safe, guys. Catch you in my next one! Xo

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