Green by Nicole James

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Can a face from my past change my future?

When an invitation shows up out of the blue, I’m reminded of a promise I made to a girl twenty years ago and suddenly my heart is pounding.

Do I dare keep it?

She’s the one girl that ever meant a damn to me, and the one girl that got away. She walked out of my life once and it devastated me. Now life is giving me another shot, but if she walks out on me a second time I don’t think I’ll survive it.

Second chances don’t come around very often. Not for a one-percent biker like me. There are no do-overs in the MC life. Not when you’re staring down the barrel of a gun. Not when you’re deciding whether to pull the trigger.

But love? Maybe for once the luck of the Irish will shine down on me and give me a second chance with the one girl I let slip through my fingers.

Living with regret is a hard pill to swallow.

Living with the same regret twice? Impossible.

Sometimes facing your past can be the scariest thing you’ll ever do.

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• MY REVIEW •

📎 Note: I originally read Green’s story in the Twisted Steel Anthology and this was my review. After the recent release of Green’s book (with the new content included), I reread it and have revised my review. 😊

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I’m a huge fan of James’ Evil Dead MC series and this story was a much anticipated one from a very much loved character: Green!

And lemme tell you… it doesn’t disappoint in regards to making me swoon more-so over Green! His story was short and sweet, and shows a completely different side to him that I hadn’t expected (in a good way)! For those who aren’t familiar with this Evil Dead MC brother, Green is considered the guy who doesn’t really take himself or anything too seriously. He’s warm fuzzies and funny to boot but was never into wanting to settle down. Until of course… his story! 😉

He’s older now, most of his fellow MC brothers have settled down and started families of their own, and it’s made him really think about his future. Opportunities to get his life in order come through in the way of moving back into his childhood home, and receiving an invitation to his high school reunion. The possibility of seeing Sara, his old high school girlfriend in this reunion has him reminiscing their time together and how their relationship ended all those years ago. It’s given him the mindset that seeing her in this reunion and catching-up could be their second chance to reconnect romantically.

When I initially read Green’s story in the anthology, I was instantly hooked but felt it was too short and hoped that when the time came for James to release his own book that she would extend his story further. Well… wish granted! 🙏 James included extra scenes with Green and his fellow club brothers, making this MC-lite romance story just a smidge more balanced out with MC elements and romance. The scenes that take place also sets up future stories that I am giddy and raring to read!

It’s addictive and I couldn’t read it fast enough, but I also think there were certain developments between Green and Sara that could’ve been more in-depth. But knowing James’ characters tend to make appearances and crossovers throughout her books, I’m not too phased as there’s a high probability we’ll get to see more of Green and Sara in the future.

I’m not always a fan of flashbacks to the past in storylines as it can get a bit tedious and slow the pacing down but in this case the flashbacks provided in Green’s story elevated the moments and gave his relationship with Sara some complexity. Despite the length of the story being on the shorter side, James managed to get me effortlessly invested in Green’s and Sara’s relationship. I was already a big fan of Green but Sara’s a completely new character. In a short span, I already found myself liking her personality and overall presence.

I do adore the fact that they had history. It makes their relationship believable, especially with how quickly things progressed in the story. Although it’s been twenty years, I love that they were so in-sync with one another like no time had passed.

– MC Romance
– High School Sweethearts
– Second Chance Romance

This was more MC-lite in comparison to the previous books from James’ Evil Dead MC series. I didn’t necessarily mind it because it certainly sets it apart from the other brothers’ stories where theirs had more darker plotlines. Green’s and Sara’s definitely centred more on the romantic side of this MC romance story. I love the reconnecting/ second-chance aspect and that it was Green who ended up having this trope — it provided him with more dimension from his usual light-hearted, jokey side that I constantly saw throughout in the series. He was always the comic relief amongst the brothers in the MC and whenever he made an appearance in any of the books his scenes were instant LOL moments, so his story was much anticipated. Overall, I’m happy to say it lived up to what I hoped it would be. It’s swoon-worthy. We get to learn more about Green outside of the club, and we get to meet the chick who snagged Green’s heart. It held my complete attention from beginning to end! #TeamGreen #TeamIrish 🍀

A sweet and relatively short MC-lite romance story you can easily read in one sitting, and will have you happy sighing by the end. The world James has created and expanded never ceases to amaze me, and this story is a fab addition to her series! It’s a must-read for her fans, and more specifically avid fans of her Evil Dead MC series. It can technically be read as a standalone but your experience with Green and his club would be so much more heighted if you read the series from the beginning.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Climbing The Ranks by Nicole James

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“No knight in shining armor is coming to rescue me. If I want to get out of this revolting place, I’ll have to save myself. He was supposed to be my escape, but now he has my heart under lock and key.” -Isabella

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I’ve climbed my way back from the bottom rungs of the hell I once lived. I’ve treated the symptoms, my drug addiction, but have yet to forgive myself for the cause. I’ve buried it six feet under, but I know it’s there haunting me. I killed my mom, even if it was an accident.

Now it’s time to prove myself to my father and my club, the Royal Bastards MC. He put me in charge of a deal with the Hell’s Bandits MC. Now I must prove I can handle the responsibility. I must convince them I can do it. But can I convince myself that I deserve it?

That won’t matter, if I can’t even manage the deal. A sexy little vixen whispers secrets of betrayal and suddenly the problems keep piling up. She’ll give me the information I need in exchange for her escape. She has me questioning everything and wondering if I’ll be willing to free her from my grasp when the time comes. Is she the thing I so desperately need to finally be rid of my demons?

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• MY REVIEW •

Nicole James just keeps on surprising me with how effortless she changes up not only her storylines but her bikers as well. Trez is the epitome of a badass biker who is a true-blue gentleman! Chivalry isn’t dead, folks! What sets him apart from all other bikers from other MC romance stories is how forthcoming and accepting he is of his feelings when the right woman comes along. There’s no game-playing… no ifs, buts, or maybes. He makes it so easy to fall head over heels for him! 😍

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Although a relatively quick read, the storytelling itself was well-paced and immediately had a sense of danger lurking right from the very start. It set the atmosphere for the entirety of the story. There may have been plenty of lighthearted moments throughout, but the feeling of uneasiness and waiting for the other shoe to drop was always lingering in the background. I loved it— it’s a meaty romance story with an angsty, suspenseful vibe.

I initially had a different perception of Trez in Club Princess (book one) but he has grown so much as person since, and this book is a definite redemption story filled with healing, acceptance, and new beginnings.

There’s a nice balance of romance, friendship, and MC elements that made this story so in-depth. It’s action-packed, never a dull moment, and just like the first book in the series, the story is told through multiple POVs, which is a refreshing change from the usual dual perspectives you see in a lot of romance books.

Both Trez and Isabella are such likable characters who haven’t had it easy in life. I was emotionally invested in their stories and my heart went out to both of them the second their backstories were shared. The slight slow-burn development of their relationship was one of the sweetest things about this book and made their connection all the more genuine.

This story is gritty at times and broaches on subject matters that maybe triggering for some readers. Please note it contains matters such as drug abuse/ addiction, attempted suicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, graphic violence and abuse— all causing physical, emotional, and mental scarring. Intended for readers 18+ only. 

Nicole James is so consistent with her writing— it’s always effortless to follow, she always manages to lure you in by the first chapter with her intriguing characters, and by the end of the book with the little teaser she provides you’re itching to get your hands on the next one. 😱 Climbing The Ranks is an exceptional second book in Nicole’s RBMC Durango, CO Chapter. I enjoyed reading it! The world-building has certainly become more complex as more characters are introduced and we get to see more and more of the club. It can be read as a standalone novel but I highly recommend reading Club Princess first as it show Trez’s history in detail and gives you a better insight of how far Trez’s relationship with his family has progressed since.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Nicole James and the entire RBMC crew for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙

🔔 Interested in reading Climbing The Ranks? Grab your copy here: Universal Link

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Soul Sisters: Charlotte by Nicole James

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• BLURB •

Rocker Charlotte Justice longs to escape her hectic life. Her estranged twin sister, Scarlett, owns Badlands, a biker bar outside Vegas, and has always wanted a chance at the limelight she feels was stolen from her.

On a whim, they decide to switch places like they did when they were kids.

What harm could it do?

Charlotte had no idea that the escape she planned would leave her on the receiving end of creepy texts, phone calls and “gifts” left at her door. Flying blind in her new role, pretending to be someone she’s not, Charlotte learns more about her secretive sister than she ever imagined.

On top of all of that, she’s doing everything she can to escape the sexy-as-sin MC President demanding she pay back the debt she owes him–that or sell him the bar.

Could the person stalking her also be the President of the Evil Dead MC’s Las Vegas Chapter? An alpha male who’s come-on to her in a won’t-take-no-for-an-answer kind of way that has her wondering just how badly she wants to say no.

Does he want Badlands badly enough to scare her into selling out?

Or is he the only one who can save her from a madman?

Charlotte will have to solve the mystery if she’s going to save the bar, and possibly her very life.

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• MY REVIEW •


“For a girl like you, I’m willin’ to put in the effort.”


I’m flailing my arms in excitement and in desperation of the next book! Eeeep! Nicole James has smashed it again! See, this is why she is an auto-buy author of mine. She never fails at keeping her readers engaged with her stories and invested in her characters— and this little reader right here was hooked from the second Charlotte and her twin sister Scarlett started swapping clothes and spontaneously decided to temporarily trade lives!

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Nicole has plenty of books under her belt and all the ones I’ve read so far have had some pretty amazing storylines. This one stood out with its intriguing premise. It’s a trading places storyline weaved into a light MC romance. It has a more contemporary romance feel in comparison to Nicole’s other MC romance books. With its small town setting, the world-building heavily revolves around the protagonists, Charlotte and Daytona. There was an immediate connection between the two that automatically had me sitting up in attention. Despite some serious tension and danger in the air, the story still had an overall light atmosphere to it.

Similarly to Nicole’s other books, this one had plenty of heated banter between its hero and heroine, alongside some lighthearted comic-relief ribbing courtesy of the secondary characters— who so happens to be the brothers from the bright and shiny new Evil Dead MC Las Vegas Chapter! 😍😍

If you’ve read her Evil Dead MC series, then the introduction of a brand, spankin’ new Chapter would make your eyes pop-out-of-its-socket giddy! It practically means new blood, and I for one, am all for it!

Daytona is the President of this chapter but right off the bat I discovered he’s different from the other Evil Dead MC Chapter Presidents. He may be a badass alpha biker, but he’s openly affectionate, straightforward, and doesn’t play games. He knows what he wants, and it’s evident when he first lays eyes on Charlotte.

Charlotte is rightfully skeptical of Daytona and his motives, especially considering she’s currently living life as her sister. I would’ve loved to have seen more character development from both (especially Charlotte) but with how the story played out and especially how this book concluded, I’m hoping there’s a lot more to reveal in the next book.

The story is told from first person, dual points of view, and progressed in a relatively fast-pacing. There’s a lot of things happening that’ll keep you on your toes. It’s insta-romance with a layer of crime thriller added. There’s lots of suspense and second-guessing that it was hard to predict where the story would lead.

Please note, there are certain sensitive subject matters within the story that may be triggering for some readers. Besides the mature sexual content, it also contains violence, stalking, and kidnapping. This book is for mature audiences 18+ only.

The romance elements are swoony and had just the perfect amount of sweetness. It might have been on the insta-love side as far as romantic relationships go but it wasn’t at all unconvincing. They may have gotten together relatively quickly but there’s genuine interest in getting to know each other in more depth. You get Daytona’s backstory and an understanding of his mentality and how he lives his life. And with the arrival of this new Evil Dead MC Chapter, I was instantly curious about all the new club members who were introduced right alongside Daytona in this book. They may have only had minor roles in this story but they definitely made quite an impression! 😊

It’s a relatively shorter full-length novel but it was jam-packed full of detail and dimension, and the story didn’t stray away from its initial narrative. Nicole created a vivid world that I was effortlessly transported to. These characters go through a whirlwind of emotions and a rollercoaster of drama that you can’t help but sympathize. Even though this is fictional and some of the plots are dramatized, the situations that Charlotte and Daytona find themselves in are real-life, relatable experiences. Their lives are complex and their feelings are understandable and seem realistic.

Overall, I found it to be a hearty story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. There was constant buzz and build-up throughout that it was hard not to be gripped by it all. I was truly bummed to see it end and knowing I’d have to wait a little while for the release of book two. It ends on a cliffhanger but I’m relieved to see it concluded in a way where this particular part of Charlotte’s and Daytona’s story was somewhat settled…? Their relationship may be up in the air for the time being but the cat’s outta the bag and now we’ll just have to see how it all plays out from there. *dun dun duuuuun* Eeep.

If you enjoy reading about alpha heroes who have a gentlemanly side to them, and fiery heroines with backbone, then I recommend you give this one a try.

Definitely a must read for any Nicole James fan. I think this story is a great introduction for romance readers wanting to try MC romance books— whilst it certainly contains MC romance elements, it’s not completely MC heavy. It’s also technically an age-gap romance but it’s hardly noticeable, in my opinion.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

🔔 Interested in reading Charlotte? Grab your copy here: Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  Amazon AU

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💀 Read more reviews for Nicole James’ books!

The Evil Dead MC Series

Evil Dead MC Series by Nicole James
Wicked by Nicole James
The Biker’s Second Chance by Nicole James

The Devil Kings MC Series

Dirty Deeds by Nicole James
Dirty Deals by Nicole James
Dirty Desires by Nicole James

Brothers Ink Tattoo Series

Brothers Ink Tattoo by Nicole James

Royal Bastards MC Series

Club Princess by Nicole James

Kings Of Carnage MC Series

Saint by Nicole James

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Saint by Nicole James

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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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The Biker’s Second Chance by Nicole James

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The authors of the Twisted Steel anthology have decided to come back with a second edition. They heard how much you loved it and listened to the readers. But, that’s not all. A few new faces have been added as well.

These USA Today and International Bestsellers have collaborated once again to bring you brand new biker stories that’ve never been published before. A combination of full-length novels and novellas are within the pages of this edition.

A couple of these authors have written about characters in their clubs you already adore, while others are launching a brand new series.

Each story takes place in a separate club, but you can always count on copious amounts of danger, suspense, angst but most of all – chemistry.

We ask you again: will these men and women put everything on the line for their brotherhood, or will they risk it all for love?

This collection includes stories from Dani René, April Canavan, Elizabeth Knox, Addison Jane, Claire Marta & Nia Farrell, E.C. Land, Erin Osborne, Amy Davies, Kristine Allen, Chelle C. Craze & Eli Abbott, Claire Shaw, Rae. B Lake, & Scarlett Black.

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• MY REVIEW •

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Please note this review is NOT for the entire anthology. It’s ONLY for The Biker’s Second Chance!

I’m a huge fan of James’ Evil Dead MC series and this story is a much anticipated one from a much loved character: Green!

And lemme tell you… it doesn’t disappoint in regards to making me swoon more-so over Green! His story was short and sweet, and shows a completely different side to him that I hadn’t expected (in a good way)! For those who aren’t familiar with this Evil Dead MC brother, Green is considered the guy who doesn’t really take himself or anything too seriously. He’s warm fuzzies and funny to boot but was never into wanting to settle down. Until of course… his story! 😉

He’s older now, most of his fellow MC brothers have settled down and started families of their own, and it’s made him really think about his future. Opportunities to get his life in order come through in the way of moving back into his childhood home, and receiving an invitation to his high school reunion. The possibility of seeing Sara, his old high school girlfriend in this reunion has him reminiscing their time together and how their relationship ended all those years ago. It’s given him the mindset that seeing her in this reunion and catching up could be their second chance to reconnect romantically.        

I’m hoping when James releases his book later in the year that it’s extended a little more. I love Green but his story was way too short! It was addictive and I couldn’t read it fast enough, but I also think there were a lot of things that could’ve been more in-depth.

I’m not always a fan of flashbacks to the past in storylines as it can get a bit tedious and slow the pacing down but the flashbacks provided in Green’s story elevated the moments and gave their relationship layers. Despite the length of the story being on the shorter side, James managed to get me invested in Green’s and Sara’s relationship. I was already a big fan of Green but Sara was a completely new character. In a short span, I already found myself liking her personality and overall presence.      

I do adore the fact that Green had history with Sara. It makes their relationship believable especially with how quickly things progressed in the story. I love that they were so in sync with one another like no time has passed. 

– MC Romance
– High School Sweethearts
– Second Chance Romance

This was more MC-lite in comparison to the previous books from James’ series. I didn’t necessarily mind it because it certainly sets it apart from the other brothers’ stories where theirs had some dark elements. Green’s and Sara’s definitely centred more on the romance side of this MC romance story. I love the second chance aspect and that it was Green who ended having this trope — it provided Green with more dimension from his usual lighthearted, jokey side that we constantly saw in the series. He was always the comic relief amongst the brothers in the MC and whenever he made an appearance in any of the books his scenes were instant LOL moments, so his story was much anticipated. I’m happy to say it lived up to what I hoped it would be. It was swoon-worthy. We get to learn more about Green outside of the club. We get to meet the chick who snagged Green’s heart. And overall, it completely hooked my attention from start to finish. I’m looking forward to his official book release later in the year! #TeamGreen #TeamIrish 🍀

A nice, quick MC-lite romance story you can easily read in one sitting, and will have you happy sighing by the end. The world James has created and expanded never ceases to amaze me, and this story is a fab addition to her series! It’s a must read for her fans, and avid fans of her Evil Dead MC series. It can technically be read as a standalone but your experience with Green and his club would be so much more heighted if you read the series from the beginning. 

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

FYI: Nicole James will re-release this story as an Evil Dead MC series standalone with a bonus epilogue, and re-titled as GREEN. Release date is November 18!

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💀 The Evil Dead MC Series

Books One-Ten: Evil Dead MC Series by Nicole James

Book Eleven: Wicked by Nicole James

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👑 The Devil Kings MC Series

Book One: Dirty Deeds by Nicole James

Book Two: Dirty Deals by Nicole James

Book Three: Dirty Desires by Nicole James


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Wicked by Nicole James

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A woman lost in grief and pain. A bossy biker determined to bring her back to life.

A wickedly wild ride. Paige knows the meaning of pain and loss.

Two years ago she left town to nurse her grief over the death of her husband in a tragic bike wreck. Now she’s back— returning to the one family that understands the depth of her loss— her MC family.

WICKED—

My brother’s ol’ lady.

I’ve carried unspoken feelings for her since the night we met.

Ransack and I were as close as two MC brothers could be. I was with him the night he died. I held Paige in my arms in the trauma bay as she collapsed, her wailing sobs tearing my heart out. And the month after the funeral, I helped her load up Ransack’s old truck and head off for Macon— taking my heart with her.

I wish I could take that pain away from her.

More than once I’ve wished I’d died in my brother’s place.

Ransack’s death had been a huge loss for me, but watching Paige drive out of my life as well, ripped my heart out. Now she’s back.

When I see her standing across the clubhouse, instantly my lust for her flares back to life like it’s been days, not years.

She drove out of my life once, but I’ll be damned if I’ll waste this second shot with her.

All I have to do is win her heart from a dead man. I’ll do anything to keep my woman safe. Only problem is— Paige is stubborn and willful. And she never does anything she’s told.

PAIGE—

Wicked. He’s the one man I could always count on.

When I see him across the clubhouse for the first time in years, my heart begins beating again.

I need him, more than he can possibly know.

But in order to have a chance together, I have to let go of the past.

That’s easier said than done.

When information comes to light, I begin to question if my husband’s death was the tragic accident it appeared.

Determined to find out the truth… I won’t let anything stop me.

But the evidence I dig up could put everything I hold dear in jeopardy— Wicked, our future, and my very life.

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• MY REVIEW •

Ok. Before I delve into my review, in case you didn’t know, Wicked was originally published as a novella called My Ol’ Lady. It’s part of the Evil Dead MC series, James expanded the story, renamed it (obviously 🙄😜), and it’s here in all its glory! Wooo! 🙌

I’m gonna cut to the chase— Wicked is another amazing addition to the series! This was a second chance romance with a twist as Paige was originally an ol’ lady of another MC brother who died in an accident. His best friend Wicked has always had an attraction to Paige but never acted on it. She moved away shortly after to try and get a fresh start but a couple years later she moves back home and reunites with the club. All romantic feelings come flooding back for Wicked once he sees her again and it’s like no time has passed. The kicker is… Paige has the same feelings for Wicked too!

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This was a relatively quick read (still on the shorter side of a full-length novel) with fast-paced storytelling. It’s told from both points of view and the majority of the story focuses on Paige being able to move on from her deceased hubby.

There’s a nice amount of MC elements still going on on the sidelines whilst Paige and Wicked figure out their budding relationship. I would’ve loved if it was a little longer to really give their story and their relationship a deeper development. I thought it could’ve been more in-depth. Paige and Wicked have known each other quite a long time but their past wasn’t something that was delved into in detail other than a couple of flashback memories. It gives you some insight into Wicked, Paige, and her husband Ransack’s friendship/relationship but I couldn’t fully connect with it because there wasn’t enough past interactions to make me see the close brotherhood they supposedly had.

I don’t know if that was purposely done so readers wouldn’t get attached to Ransack (because he’s dead and this is Paige’s and Wicked’s story) but in my opinion it lacked some form of bond, resulting in my lack of connection and emotion in really loving this couple as much as previous couples in this series.

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Putting those minor issues aside, I did overall enjoy reading this book. It still has great world-building in place with the brotherhood dynamics present. I was excited to see some of the past MC brothers make appearances in this book to give the story some dimension. There’s more than meets the eye with Paige’s story and the accident the killed Ransack, so I was kept on my toes as the truth slowly revealed itself.

Paige’s and Wicked’s rollercoaster of emotions and uncertainty within their relationship felt fairly relatable. I sympathized with Paige’s struggle to fully commit to a new relationship, and with Wicked’s frustration with having to somewhat compete with a ghost for Paige’s love.

James has added her usual trademark swoon-worthy heroes who are just the right amount of sweetness and protective alpha. The usual brotherly banter is there which is one of the reasons I first fell in love with this series, and even though this is an MC romance, there’s no doubt that “love conquers all” and a “happily ever after” is present.

I always love the balance of light and dark within the storylines of each book in this series. There may be some suspense and serious subject matters on occasion, but there’s also amazing friendships, swoon-worthy coupling, and tons of entertaining banter as well! Wicked is no different!

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A must read for fans of Nicole James and her Evil Dead MC series and perfect for any romance reader looking for MC romance books. 👌😉 The world-building is oh-so vivid and ever-expanding with each new book. Although this book can be read as a standalone, to get the full experience of their MC brotherhood and all the relationships, I highly recommend you start from the beginning with Outlaw and work your way from there (reading order below).

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Club Princess by Nicole James

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Lola—
I hate keeping secrets from my father, but I know he’ll be furious if he finds out where I’m going. That’s a risk I’m willing to take because I know what I’m doing is right.
I expected my father to send someone to find me. He always does.
But this guy?
I’ve never lain eyes on him before; trust me, I’d remember this man.
He’s damn fine; unfortunately he won’t let me seduce him into keeping my secret.

Memphis—
Trouble in a tank top, that’s what this beauty is.
She thinks she can sweet-talk me into getting involved in her deception.
I may want to get wrapped up in her arms, but getting wrapped up in her scheme is a whole other ball game.
Guess again, sweet cheeks.
I don’t care how fine your strut is; it won’t work on me.
I’m immune where the hot-as-hell Club Princess is involved.
My loyalty belongs to my club first, but I’m a nomad for a reason, and letting Lola get her hooks in me is not in my plan.

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— MY REVIEW —

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I have been (im)patiently waiting for this book since I first heard the news that the RBMC were doing a second run and that Nicole James was a participating author! 🙌

I’ve been reading James’ work for a couple years now and she has perfected the formula for amazing romance books — detailed world building, engaging storyline and characters you can’t help but get invested in. Club Princess is no different! I already knew before I even finished the first chapter that I would love where the story was heading… and after having finished it all? It did not disappoint!

The story starts off with a curiosity to both our hero and heroine. It gives you just enough of an introduction to who they are and what their lives are like to keep you gripping to see what happens onwards. With Memphis being a nomad, never settling in one place for too long, or making any commitments. Then there’s Lola, the MC president’s daughter, who has a strained relationship with her family, and an equally complicated life all around. Both Memphis and Lola are missing something in their lives but not realizing it until fate puts them in each other’s lives that changes it all.

Aw Memphis. He is an effortlessly likable character (and MC member). He has an air of alpha-ism in him but it’s never too in your face or full of dominance. What I get more from him is pure protectiveness. He has clear morals and isn’t afraid to stand up for what he knows is right. He’s a pretty open person — there might be some issues that he’s not completely comfortable discussing with anyone but he doesn’t avoid them either. I couldn’t really find a fault in him that’s a deal breaker. He may have his roll-your-eyes moments, but he knows when he needs to make amends. I mean, if you’re looking for a swoon-worthy guy, he’s it! 😉

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Lola may be young but she’s had to handle a lot of shit in her life. She’s not at all bratty or immature (which I’m kinda relieved about), and despite the problems in her life, she still tries to give herself some positivity.

Their love is one that was unexpected and developed organically from just getting to know one another. There might not have been initial explosions and fireworks but there was always a constant flicker of heat and sparks between them that although their feelings developed rather quickly, it didn’t come off as unconvincing.

Nicole James has put a lot of substance into this MC romance, adding complexity to her lead characters and their lives. These characters are more than meets the eye and it gradually gets revealed the further the plot thickens.

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The secondary characters play such important roles (as in all of James’ books). It gives this romance story an MC atmosphere by having the brotherhood there. Also, there’s a stark contrast between the bikers and and Lola’s girlfriends that provides a great dynamic to this book. The ambience change is evident depending on which group of people are in the scene giving it a cool balance of light and shade.

There’s a lot of sorrow and heartbreak in this story that explains a lot of the characters’ personality traits and their actions to certain things, that you find yourself sympathizing with the entire situation. Put aside the romance, there’s a lot of growth needed within these characters’ lives and within themselves. The added backstories really gives each of them depth and an understanding to where they’re at presently.

A journey full of family, chaos, acceptance, love, and overall growth as a person. It’s a truly sweet story — and one I must admit is one of the more sweeter stories I’ve read in an MC backdrop. 😊

A relatively well paced storytelling told from multiple POVs (both mostly from Memphis and Lola’s perspectives). Although this is part of the Royal Bastards MC world, it can be read as a standalone and I guarantee it’ll leave you sighing with happy contentment.

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Another great release from Nicole James. If you’re a fan of her writing style, and/or wanting to read more MC romances, then this is another book to add to your TBR. The chapters are short but action-packed with a smidge of suspense, and the entire book can easily be read in one sitting.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

Thank you to Nicole James and the Royal Bastards MC team for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💛


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Hello December! Hope your month started off well! Thanks for stopping by. Happy reading and as always, catch you in my next one!

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Brothers Ink Tattoo by Nicole James

I recently read the last book in this series, but I realized after considering to write a review that I never wrote any for the previous books (and I had read them a while a go now), so… I figured a good ol’ review for the entire series it is! 😁 Hope you enjoy! 

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— Jameson (Book One) —

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Jameson_CoverJameson O’Rourke owns the primo tattoo shop in town, one he’s worked hard to build. And in his industry, he’s the current ‘it’ boy, the reigning King of Ink. His career is on fire, so hot television has even come calling. And as a result, the town bad-boy has now become the town’s favored son.

Ava Hightower needs his face on her flyers, if she is to have any hope of her charity gala and bachelor auction being a success. Unfortunately, they get along like oil and water. He’s a hardheaded, controlling jerk, and she’s already had one run-in with the man. Asking him, of all people, for help is the last thing she wants to do.

Not exactly a match made in heaven.

Jameson doesn’t think too highly of Miss Hightower, either.

To him, she’s just an uptight, stuck-up know-it-all; a little Miss Goody-two-shoes. Not in a million years was she the type that he’d have anything to do with. Unfortunately she is also on the city council, and therefore has the ability to screw with his business.

He needed her help once before, and she shot him down.

Now the tables are turned, and she needs his help. Well, my, my, sweetheart, karma can be a cold-hearted bitch.

But, hey, maybe he could work this to his advantage.

You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours, and all that crap.

So they cut a deal. One he has no intention of ever having to fulfill, because he plans to make it impossible for her to keep her end of it.

She thought she could outlast him. Guess again, sweet thing. She may be a stubborn woman, but she’s met her match. And he has no intention of letting her win this game.

Be warned, sweetheart, because the King of Ink has plans to push your limits in ways you’ve never imagined.

This new series from Nicole James, author of the Evil Dead MC series biker romance is a new addition to the bad boy romance genre with her hot, alpha, dominant men.

MY REVIEW

I LOVEEEED IT!! I read the entire thing in one sitting. I wish it was longer, with a longer epilogue (half a page was nothing!)

I love the banter amongst the brothers, it made it all the more enjoyable to read. You can really see the dynamics between them all but also the wag the band together when they stand for something.

Ava is a such a wonderful female protagonist. She has a feisty front but deep down she’s quite vulnerable. She’s relatable, likable, and most importantly not at all annoying (as I find some female leads can be with their personality and attitude).

Jameson was such a jerk (but in a funny way). Doesn’t he know you can’t scare a chick off once you challenge them in something they think they won’t win in!? 😁 I love that he was denial for the most part about his feelings towards Ava which gave way to his brothers giving him shit — FYI was the funniest parts to read!

The O’Rourke brothers are quite the crew. I don’t know who I loved more — Jameson, Max, Liam or Rory? They all had me in a fit of giggles which is probably the main reason why I couldn’t put this book down.

This was an excellent start to the spin off series to Evil Dead MC and it stands on it own so well. It has the same atmosphere of sexy, alpha males with protectiveness and smartassy remarks but without the amount (or mention) of violence you’d see in the Evil Dead MC series.

If I had some criticism, I would’ve loved a bit more suspense in the scenes where Ava was worried for her life. I thought it was resolved a little too quickly but it’s no biggie. It doesn’t take away from the entire book. And like I said earlier an extended, more detailed epilogue would’ve been nice. Ooh.. and throughout the whole book I was wondering how old Ava was. Just tiny little details like that would’ve been nice to know. (I’m just been nit picky. Let’s just move along.. move along) 😅

If you enjoy a hate-to-love romance trope, this needs to be added to your TBR!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥

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— Maxwell (Book Two) —

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Maxwell_CoverMalee was sheltered all her life,
Until the day she walked into Brothers Ink
Lucky for her… he’s waiting.

She’s naïve and wary.
But that’s okay…
Maxwell O’Rourke is a patient man.
Some things are worth waiting for.

He’s nothing Malee ever thought she’d want, but everything she needs.
He makes her feel beautiful and worthy, even as he makes her burn with desire.

When an overprotective father with deep-rooted family traditions tries to come between them, she’ll have to make some hard choices. And she’ll have to be ready to face the consequences.

And just how far is Maxwell willing to go for the girl who owns his heart?

MY REVIEW

I would’ve loved to have given this one 4 stars but it didn’t quite reach for me.

I absolutely loved the first book; Jameson from this series (and I mean I ate it up in one sitting.. couldn’t read it fast enough) so I was a little disappointed this Max’s story didn’t leave me with the same impression. I actually struggled to read more than a few chapters at a time. I felt the story had a slower pace than Jameson’s which dragged on IMO.

Max was actually the brother I was looking forward to reading about after they were all introduced in Jamison’s book, and I did love him in this one (he’s just as sweet and caring as ever!), but I just couldn’t connect with the storyline. I don’t know how else to explain it… buuuut it just didn’t grab my attention and it fell a bit short in comparison to the first book.

An age gap between the hero/ heroine is nowhere near one of my favourite romance tropes in my reads but I don’t mind them IF the age difference is not so obvious in the way they interact or the way they are described. I felt this one particular, the gap was evident — especially if you picture Max as the model on the cover, and picturing Malee as a girl who’s just barely of age… hm… it can be a tough element to swallow. Just something to keep in mind if you’re similar in regards to this trope or new to it.

But in no way did I hate reading it. I just didn’t love it either. It was a nice read. Max is still such a sweet character, and a strong presence in the O’Rourke family. I’m still looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

RATING: ♥♥♥½

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— Liam (Book Three) —

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Liam_CoverWhen tattoo artist, Liam O’Rourke, meets a hot new ink model promoting a sexy calendar at an LA tattoo convention, sparks fly.

Liam admires Velvet like every red-blooded man in the convention center. The way she moves, her sexy pinup look and a body to die for; what man wouldn’t want that? She seems so strong and confident. But it’s the look in her eyes when she meets his that has him lightheaded. They hold a vulnerability that defy the sexy pose and call out to him. That look awakens a fierceness in him that has him wanting to protect her. She’s the beauty to his beast, and he can’t forget her.
After an incredible night together, she vanishes, leaving him with nothing but questions, only to reappear in the last place he expects to find her. She’s gorgeous and irresistible, but she’s also hiding something from him. Liam must decide if she’s worth the risk if he’s going to save her from her past or lose her forever.

Velvet comes from a family of con artists. She grew up learning all their scams. When she was fourteen, her mother forced her into traveling from town to town, with Velvet playing the leading lady in the longest running con her mother ever pulled.
She’s fought to put all that behind her, until she crosses paths with the one man who left an indelible mark on more than her skin. Velvet remembers Liam, but fortunately he doesn’t recognize her, because there’s something he doesn’t know and she can’t risk him ever finding out.

MY REVIEW

Ooh, okay. 🤔 I have a love/ hate relationship with this book. Just like Maxwell, I love Liam as a character and brother, and couldn’t wait to see his story and who he’d end up.

And whilst I liked the idea of Liam meeting Velvet (a tattoo model) at a Tattoo Convention and having that initial spark, when her story starts unraveling and you realize she’s in a difficult family situation and has actually met Liam before in the past, it starts losing a bit of the edge and excitement I initially had for them at the beginning. I can’t pinpoint it but it went in a direction I didn’t see coming. It’s not a bad storyline but it’s not one that kept me constantly engaged.

The moments where it’s just them two or when Liam is hanging with his brothers were the highlights for me. But when it was solely Velvet’s parts I wasn’t as invested. Her story — whilst I’m sure can and does happen in real life, just didn’t seem as plausible to me in this setting… 🤷‍♀️ Sigh. I just think there was a lot of things happening and it was a lot to take in. 

But their chemistry is hot! I liked the idea of Velvet being an unconventional beauty covered head to toe with tattoos.  

Velvet’s story also put awareness to child abuse. There’s all kinds of abuse out there, and in Velvet’s case, she was exploited as a child. Any kind of light against any kind of abuse in my opinion will always be a positive element in stories being told whether it’s fictional or not.   

RATING: ♥♥♥¾

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— Rory (Book Four) —

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Now he’s rock’s hottest new artist— And she’s just found out she’s having his baby.

Rory is a pierced and inked tattoo artist by day at Brothers Ink, but by night he’s lead guitarist for the heavy metal rock band, Convicted Chrome. He’s headed East on his Harley to catch up with the tour. Beautiful Rayne is headed West on her motorcycle with her girl squad…the Moto Babes. When rain forces them all to take refuge in the same motel, sparks fly. A night of drinking and karaoke leads to a connection deeper than either of them expects.

Rayne — What do you do when someone writes a song about your most private feelings and experiences and you hear it on the radio for the first time? What do you do when that song is climbing the charts, and the man who stole your life story is suddenly rock’s hottest new artist? What do you do when you find out you’re having his baby?

Rory — After a long songwriting drought, he’s met a woman who sparked something in him and got his creative juices flowing. He’s written one of his best songs ever. When a friend in the business gives him the break of a lifetime he’s suddenly topping the charts. But Rory’s not ready for the instant stratosphere of success he’s catapulted into. Caught up in a whirlwind career that offers temptations and sin at every turn, is Rory losing the biggest part of himself?

To fix his career and more importantly himself, he’ll have to go back and fix the damage he’s done and apologize to the people he’s wronged in the past.

And one person in particular tops that list.

MY REVIEW

Great book, and a nice wrap-up to the Brothers Ink Tattoo series! 😊 I admit I wasn’t as invested in reading Rory’s story in comparison to his older brothers — but that’s only because I’m not really a fan of heroes who are musicians or romance reads that centers around a rock star (nothing against them… just not my thing). 

But it was only right to read his story and get this series complete! 

And my verdict? His story was pretty enjoyable. His was a rollercoaster ride and one of growth and needing independence. 

Both Rory and Rayne are likeable characters. Rory is a musician wanting to make it big but has to navigate through the life of fame, tours, and media attention. Whilst Rayne is coping with the loss of her older brother, trying to keep his business afloat, and now an unexpected whirlwind romance with a guy she connected with deeply one night, but who is ultimately a stranger. The minute they meet, it’s an immediate attention grabber. I didn’t want put the book down!

Despite their struggles in both their personal lives and their relationship, their concerns were relatable and reasonable. Seeing them navigate through their blossoming relationship was heartwarming and engaging to read. Whilst they hooked up relatively quickly and had strong feelings for one another instantly, the development of their relationship was relatively slow and often hit road bumps. It was nice to see the growth and development at a steadier pace. It didn’t read as insta-love at all. 

And finally, seeing the brothers (and their partners) come together in the end and really wrap this entire series up is exactly what I hoping to see. I love that the ending left so many great possibilities for the brothers and their expanding family. I love that the story of the O’Rourke brothers has come full circle from struggles to success. That they all got their happily ever after!         

RATING: ♥♥♥♥

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I first discovered Nicole James through her fabu MC series; Evil Dead. When she first announced a spin-off series focusing on the four O’Rourke brothers who made an appearance in Wolf (Evil Dead MC Book 4) — I was giddy! 😊 It’s a great contemporary romance series with some edge, some grit, and a whole lot of of brotherly love!  

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If you haven’t noticed, Jameson is without a doubt my favourite book from this series. If I could only recommend one, then it’s gotta be that one!  


OVERALL RATING: ♥♥♥♥


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Dirty Desires by Nicole James

First read of October? Check! 😁

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A twist of fate threw us together…

Gypsy—

I’m a Devil King; loyal to no one but my club, until she comes along and tests everything I thought I believed in.
When I do a favor for my imprisoned ex-president’s ol’ lady, I come face to face with the one-night-stand that’s haunted me for three years. She pulled a disappearing Cinderella act on me, vanishing with the dawn. I searched high and low for her, and now that I’ve found her—she’s the definition of off-limits. She’s an MC princess—my MC’s princess. And even if her father no longer runs things, she’s still forbidden with a capital F.
Tell that to my traitorous body that reacts every damn time she gets within sight of me.
They say no good deed goes unpunished, and I’m learning this golden haired beauty could be the death of me.

Though our chemistry blazes, every second I spend with her risks the brotherhood we’ve just repaired.

Tess—

I’ve never wanted anything to do with my father’s filthy MC, The Devil Kings. With daddy dearest in prison, my mother is falling apart. Her struggle with anxiety, drugs and money problems drag me back from the independence I crave. She needs my help and my father holds the key—literally.

But when he insists I get him information on the Devil Kings in exchange, I’m thrust into a world I want no part of. My father may be their EX-president, but I’m still considered an MC princess.

When my mother pulls in a favor and arranges an escort for me down to the prison, he walks in—a patched member of the Devil Kings MC—and a memory from a one-night stand we had three years ago.

But there’s a reason I ditched him the next morning; I want nothing to do with men like my father. Gypsy is everything I need to steer clear of—he’s an outlaw, a Devil King, dangerously sexy and loyal to his club.

As my mother’s world falls apart, my choice becomes clear.
But how do I choose between saving her and betraying the man I love?

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— MY REVIEW —

Ahhhhh! I loved reading this book! 😍😍😍

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I’m just gonna say it straight out —

✔ Amazing storyline.
✔ Amazing characters (and mind you, oh so hot!) *phoaarr!*
✔ Amazing world building.
✔ Amazing secondary characters (Hayley is a hoot and half. I love her!)
✔ Amazing development.

Just fucking AMAZING! I wish this series didn’t have to end but I’m glad it ended with an absolute banger! I only wish this book was a little longer. I really didn’t want it to end.

Tess and Gypsy are quite a pair. A perfect fit. I thought no other Devil King could top Reno but I think Gypsy is a definite contender. I will for sure grab a paperback of this (and the other books in this series).


“All my life I’ve sworn I wanted nothing to do with my father’s MC. And then you come along.” — Tess


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A must read for fellow MC romance lovers. Nicole James has done it again. She’s effortlessly gotten my attention well within the first chapter and followed all the way through with a strong plot, chemistry between her hero/ heroine, and some good ol’ suspense added in.

Nothing faltered. The pacing was steady and there wasn’t a damn moment that I didn’t soak up!

Some absolute highlights to look forward to:

Tess’ best friend Hayley! 😄 She is without a doubt THE BEST friend any girl could have. Not only is she upbeat, hilarious and 100% supportive, she is for sure a ride or die type of chick! 👊 She adds an uplifting element to the story and a nice contrast to the usual gritty world of an MC.


“I’m pretty sure it’s in the BFF rulebook. Accompany your friend when she’s about to do stupid, dangerous shit. It’s right after Don’t let her date a biker.” — Hayley


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Appearances from the club is a given — but most importantly characters from the previous books like Rusty and Reno are present, and brotherly banter strong as ever! 

But what screamed at me was the visualization of the entire world. The way James has described her characters, from their physical appearances to their personality traits was so vivid, I could almost picture them as real-life people. By giving us past glimpses to how the club has grown and evolved since the past James has expanded her already existing world of the Devil Kings MC.

Tess and Gypsy’s forbidden (hmm.. “forbidden” might be too strong a word. I should say it’s more of a don’t-even-go-there) romance was the shit! Excuse my potty-mouth for this review but it was needed to express my feels! Lol. 🔥 They’ll have you invested and rooting for things to pan out for them.


“Can’t promise you there won’t be bumps in the road, but I can promise you a hell of a ride.” — Gypsy


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Gypsy is the right balance of alpha male and gentleman. He’s strong, dependable, but not overly domineering like a lot of stereotypical alpha males. He stands out from the crowd just with his presence alone. He was caring and sweet (even before anything serious happened between him and Tess). I liked that he wasn’t pushy either with what he wanted.

Neither he or Tess are perfect people yet together they’re stronger, better and all round happier. 

Tess is spunky, feminine and confident in herself, but when she’s vulnerable, Gypsy is there to pick her up, keep her thinking positively and just makes you wanna swoon. You’ll wish it was you he was giving those soothing hugs and kisses to… trust me! (And FYI, anyone willing to go to WB Wizarding World, gets bonus points from me!)

Totally likable characters. There wasn’t a single moment where either one of them annoyed me with their antics — because there weren’t any! (But that’s not to say there isn’t any drama. There is!) 🙌

Ugh. Just go read it! It doesn’t disappoint! The entire series doesn’t disappoint! *flails arms*

This book is another phenomenal example as to why I consider Nicole James a queen of MC romances. She always gets you suckered in by the blurb and hot ass cover, then when you actually read the book, it exceeds any expectation you may have. I love the way she writes and if you haven’t read any of her books, then I highly recommend you rectify that, pronto!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

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Read my reviews for the Devils Kings MC trilogy!

📕 Book One: Reno and Kara’s story
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📕 Book Two: Rusty and Ashlynn’s story
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Dirty Deals by Nicole James

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Rusty—
I’m the president of the Devil Kings Atlanta MC. With a fractious club to rebuild and a revolving door on my bedroom, the last thing I need is 5’4” of sex-on-a-stick trouble.
When a mysterious beauty shows up with her playmate’s body, dark soulful eyes and a bagful of cash, I’m willing to make an exception.
I don’t fully trust her, but she needs my help.

Ashlynn—
Things are finally good. I’m one of the best high-roller hostesses on the strip. But I’ve lived in Las Vegas two years and have yet to unpack my bags. Why? Because shit always goes sideways.
I should have known this time would be no different.
When I’m asked to hostess a private poker game at a mega exclusive hotel penthouse, I end up in the proverbial wrong place at the wrong time.
I’m the sole witness to a double murder and I’m suddenly on the run again, but this time I’m running for my life.
I get as far as Atlanta before my Porsche blows a tire.
That’s when he shows up. Dangerous. Drop-dead gorgeous. Scary badass biker. One I can’t take my eyes off. Maybe this town is as good as any to lay low.
When trouble tracks me down, I want to run again. But he has other plans.
He’ll protect me—for a price.
My willing body in his big bed—all night, every night.
That’s the dirty deal he offers.
Dare I accept?

Where the President of the Devil Kings is involved, there are no rules.
But I’ll stand toe-to-toe with him and make it out of this bargain with my heart intact. Because in the end, running is what I do best.

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— MY REVIEW —

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I can’t get enough of Nicole James’ MC romances! And this one was just as enjoyable, just as swoon-worthy, and just as thrilling to see unfold! 😍😍

My only downside to this book? It was too friggin’ short! Nowhere near as long or as organically developed as it’s predecessor, Dirty Deeds. Ugh. I have loved and been intrigued by Rusty since the good ol’ Evil Dead MC days where he was introduced in Shades’ book as Skylar’s ex-boyfriend.

After having read Dirty Deeds, not only did it cement a new love for these Devil Kings members (and spin-off series), but it reiterated how much I wanted Rusty’s story.

I want to say that Rusty has been consistent in his personality and traits since he was first introduced in Evil Dead, all the way up to this book — HIS book. He always stood out to me as a character, whom despite being in a big bad MC, had morals, gentlemanly manners, and just good all around decency. I am so glad, he hasn’t strayed away from that. Dirty Deals, just made me love him even more and knowing that he’ll finally have his own HEA!

Okay! — Let’s talk storylines before we move onto my thoughts on our heroine, Ashlynn (aka Hot Rod), shall we?

The blurb pretty much sums up the plot to a T. Ashlynn blew a tire out and the lucky girl that she is, happen to have had Rusty riding past, pulled over to help her out, and the rest is history! 😉 You might say, their attraction to one another was instant. So, you can imagine me already scooting over, hand under my chin, grin on my face, and my full undivided attention in place!

With Reno’s book; Dirty Deals, the majority of the story revolved around their MC. In this instance, Rusty’s story revolved around Ashlynn and ensuring her safety. It still has a nice MC backdrop with members dropping by now and then, and having some of the scenes play out in their clubhouse, but make no mistake, Ashlynn and Rusty’s growing relationship, and her troubles are very much in the forefront.

It’s a little different from Nicole James’ previous MC romances in the sense that it’s MC-lite and more romance. Rusty, isn’t as gritty or troubled as some of the other MC characters Nicole has written in the past. Yes, he’s alpha. But he’s also patient and willing to take things slowly when it comes to someone he truly cares about.

I would’ve loved it even more if the story was little longer, so that it didn’t feel like things were progressing too fast. Their relationship, although sweet and steaming hot… it also felt like they skipped a few milestones between getting to know each other to not being able to live without one another. It still works, but in my opinion it only does because it’s an MC romance. If you’ve read from this genre before then you know, the guys usually move a little faster in claiming who they want. If this was more of a contemporary romance, then I consider their relationship leaned more towards insta-love.

Don’t get me wrong, this was an enjoyable read that had me hooked from start to finish. I would definitely reread it again, and I’m not gonna lie the cover is now one of faves out all of James’ book covers! I just wanted MORE! ✊ More Rusty! ✊ More Rusty! ✊ More Rusty!


“I get we just met, and maybe you don’t trust me. I get that, babe. But if you need help, all you gotta do is ask. Understand?”


Ashlynn is an independent, well established career woman. It’s always refreshing to see a heroine in an MC romance to be so self-reliant. Yes, she’s a damsel in distress when it comes to the trouble she falls into, and yes, Rusty is more than willing to help her out. But I love that she’s financially set, and that she actually likes to work.

She’s got some personal issues and quirks, but she’s not naive, immature, or a pushover (which I always favor in my heroines!)

She knows she’s in a fucked up situation, but I respect her for wanting to make sure the people she cares about doesn’t get sucked into it with her. She thinks about consequences and actually uses her brain to piece things together.

  • Likable, smart heroine? ✔
  • Stunner of a anti-hero? ✔

This can be read as a standalone as each book centers around a different MC member. I still highly recommend you read Dirty Deeds so you get the entire backstory of the club, how Rusty became the President, and to get to know the relationships between the secondary characters (aka the rest of the MC members). If you really want to see what the Devils Kings MC were like in the past, how much they’ve evolved, and get an even bigger impression of Rusty — then read Shades from the Evil Dead MC series.

You don’t get a lot of world-building in this book. It’s more of a continuous from the first one, with very little expansion since — but as I said earlier, this one is less MC, more romance.

And whilst Rusty and Ashlynn’s relationship came together relatively quickly, there are some very memorable moments where they do try to get to know each other more. Their feelings for one another is actually one of the more solid things in this book.


“I just want you safe. I can be a dick, I know. Get used to it.”


A highlight is always the brotherhood and friendship that James’ always manages to include in her books. This was no different. There’s banter, but there’s also some deep camaraderie between the men. (Another reason why I think Nicole James’ is at the top of the game when it comes to MC romances).

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Somewhat short, but a worthwhile read. I’ve come to really love this spin-off series and look forward to the next installment. Effortless storytelling that’s full of life and love. Make sure to leave room in your book boyfriend list for Rusty’s name, because I guarantee after you read Dirty Deals, he’ll be all over it!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

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Read my review for Dirty Deeds — first book in the Devil Kings MC!

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📕 Dirty Deeds by Nicole James



Read my review for the Evil Dead MC — the series that started it all!

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📚 Evil Dead MC Series by Nicole James


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Hope you guys are doing well! Happy reading, catch you in my next one. Xo

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