Happy Release Day, B.B. Blaque! #RoyallyMalevolent is now live!
— BLURB —
They call me The Bishop. My slaves call me Your Excellency. The Royal Bastards and Malevolent MC call me when they need something taken care of that no one else can or will do. I’m the brother who is always there and asks nothing in return.
I’ve also been called a monster.
I’m a psychological sadist with a master’s degree who takes care of what I trained specifically for me—Calico and her beautiful submissive mind. Together with Sage, we are her Masters. I am always in control—the alpha. She married him, but I’m the one she’s addicted to. It’s been easy. I have no emotions, but she voiced hers, and I feel physically ill.
When she is threatened it causes a reaction I’ve never felt before. I call it a sickness. Kash says it’s love. I don’t buy into that, but I know for sure the threat will be neutralized. No one hurts my Pet and survives.
I wear Malevolent MC colors, but I’m basically a Royal Ba*tard too—Royally Malevolent. The only family I’ve ever considered since the Marines are the men in those two clubs. When someone is foolish enough to come after me and mine, they take it as personally as if I was blood.
I’ll deal with the sickness when I’m done.
Note from the author: Please be aware that this book contains emotional scenes that are intense and what some might call dark. The themes and H are also dark. He has a very intense and predatorial past that he’s grown from. Keep both ends of that spectrum in mind when deciding to read. There is a triad who live the BDSM life 24/7. There is unfiltered adult content, language, and situations. This character’s HEA has been begged for and my monster is finally getting it. The first feelings he’ll have since childhood are fear, r@ge, and love.
“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
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?
• 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! 😍
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.
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
I’m an outlaw. A man who takes what he wants without asking, and what I want is her. I’ve been bewitched by a vixen. The witch has me under her spell. She hexed me. Everyone thinks I’m crazy, but I’ll prove it. I’m not supposed to fear anything. I never have. Until her. They call me Sandman but Bianca is the one haunting my dreams.
Bewitching the Biker is book 7 of the Royal Bastards, Charleston WV, Chapter but can be read as a stand alone. Suggested reading order: The Biker’s Kiss Lady & The Biker Tempting The Biker Keeping The Biker The Biker’s Lucky Charm Taken By The Biker Bewitching The Biker
• MY REVIEW •
“Fuck me she’s a witchy dream come true. I’ve never wanted to fuck a wicked witch more in my life.”
Eeep! Complete and total fun halloween-y addition to Glenna’s already amazing RBMC series! What a novella! 😍🙌
In just a short amount of time this story had me both swooning and laughing my ass off at the banter between Binx (aka Bianca) and Sandman! It’s a great little romance read perfect for the season of pumpkins, sweater weather, and all things eerie! Glenna has managed to shine a spotlight on a character that, to be honest until now I hadn’t really paid much attention to in the series’ previous books. Sandman is gruff, sexy, and all-out alpha, yet seeing him constantly get knocked down by a five foot tall minx of a heroine was a hoot to see! *Ka-pow!* 👊😂
Both protagonists are such lovable characters but I have to admit I immediately gravitated towards Bianca because I found her so relatable. If like me, you’re a huge fan of the cult film (and novel) Practical Magic, I guarantee you will enjoy this story too! It might technically be an MC romance but there’s definitely magic and suspense in the air.
“You can fight fate, deary, but she always wins in the end.”
A novella that had great world-building especially from Bianca’s witchy world, and a nice little build-up to their romance. I was so immersed in the development of their relationship that I honestly was bummed to see this story abruptly conclude. I would’ve loved one more chapter… or at least another few pages. But I’m giddy with excitement that Glenna does have more plans for this couple because they’ve seriously become a hot ticket item! ❤
Here are the things I thoroughly loved about this book that you can look forward to:
Hate-to-Love (Banter! Banter! Banter!)
Tons of Brotherly Love
A sprinkle of Paranormal Activity
Laugh out loud one-liners! 😮🤭
Great in-between read that’ll lift up your spirits 👻 (no pun intended). It can be read as a standalone book but this series and all the characters from Glenna’s RBMC world are addictive as fudge, and it’ll be a shame if you don’t read them all.
Fast-paced storytelling but it’s hearty, multi-dimensional, and full of genuine characters. You’ll get a kick out of both Bianca’s and Sandman’s inner dialogues and opinions of one another as it’s told from dual points of views. The secondary characters from the comic reliefs to the adorable sidekicks added the extra oomph!
Glenna’s writing style has always been effortless to follow and this one is no different. She has a way of sucking you in from the opening scene. There’s a sense of being watched, secrecy, and mystery throughout that gives the entire setting a buzzing thrill. Ironically, for a Halloween-themed story it’s actually one of Glenna’s less darker storylines but don’t worry, you can still expect enough MC elements within. Halloween, an unexpected romantic connection, and a motorcycle club… nuff said!
Thank you Glenna Maynard for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡
🔔 Interested in reading Bewitching the Biker? Grab your copy here: Universal Link
👑💀 More reviews for the RBMC Charleston, WV Chapter!
I let him break me. Shatter my heart into a million pieces. And I took the coward’s way out. Only the drugs didn’t help. Didn’t make me forget him. I still remember every thing about him. The way his piercing blue eyes looked right through me. The way his perfect lips danced over my skin.
The way he rejected me so cruelly.
And now I can’t escape him. Couldn’t pretend he doesn’t exist even if I tried. Because every single day I wake up to a beautiful reminder of the devastating pain he caused.
My club thinks I’m losing my mind. My sister prays the old me will return. And my best friend…well…I’ve cut ties with him.
I’m on a path of self-destruction and I have no intention of changing direction. Not until I find out the truth. Not until I find the missing girls.
I thought she was one of them. Thought she’d been taken. But she was simply hiding away from me.
I don’t blame her. I was cruel to her. Caused her undeniable pain.
But she’s hiding more than herself. She’s hiding a kid. A kid who has piercing blue eyes exactly like mine.
And after everything I’ve put her through, I need to prove that I’m worth the pain.
• MY REVIEW •
I know this is only the second book in Leslie’s RBMC series but it felt like I’d been waiting for Hunter’s story for—ever! He was the secondary character from Worth The Risk (book one) that I was most eager to read more about, and now that his story is here, I have to admit it’s not at all what I had expected. 🤔
It’s a relatively quick story for a full-length novel and I was able to finish it in one sitting. The storytelling is fast-paced with constant developments coming one after the other. It’s emotion-based, told from dual points of view with both Hunter and Allie being of second mind for the majority of the story. With all the craziness and the push-and-pull within their complicated relationship, you’ll question whether or not they’re truly suited for one another.
The premise is what initially intrigued me but the flow felt a little choppy for my liking, and the development in their relationship didn’t feel as in-depth or come off as authentic as I was hoping to see. They had a one-night stand and prior to their reconnection had spent time apart so I was expecting plenty of character growth and maturity from both protagonists but it seemed like time hadn’t altered their mindset and they’re stuck in this repetitiveness with their feelings, never quite moving forward. I am relieved to say it eventually improves and they do finally get their act together but I’m contemplating if it happened just a smidge too late in the story.
Hunter is not at all how I remembered him from the first book. From that time to the present his character has clearly shifted because he’s become a hard man to love. The only redeemable quality I could see in him within this book is that he eventually saw the light and wanted something more out of life, and knowing Allie had to be a part of it started to make amends. (I would’ve loved to have seen some more groveling from him though).
Allie is a likable character but she doesn’t necessarily make the best choices. She’s the type of heroine that I think readers would either love or loath. Although some readers may find her and what she’s been through relatable. She’s indecisive and uncertain about a lot of things but she also knows what she wants for her future, and I think it’s easy to identify with that.
Similar to the first book I was left with some unanswered questions that I’m guessing will either be left unsettled or will hopefully be addressed later down the track in future books. There are quite a few different plots happening at once and if you haven’t read the first book, you may find it a little difficult to understand the history amongst these characters. Although you can technically read this one as a standalone, I highly recommend you read Worth The Risk first.
For the most part a grey atmosphere but with this being the second book in the series, the world-building is gradually evolving. I do like that there’s a nice amount of both romance and MC elements. It has plenty of suspense and unpredictability. The violence is detailed but not overly graphic, and I thought there was enough lightheartedness brought on by the MC and the friendships to keep things from getting too gritty.
The storyline touches on drug abuse/addiction that some readers may find triggering. Including adult themes such as violence and strong sexual content, be advised this story is intended for readers 18+ only.
Overall, it was a bit of a mixed bag. Whilst I was already hooked from the opening scene and invested in seeing their story unfold, it did take a while to grow into liking Hunter’s and Allie’s relationship. But I can’t deny that it was the little moments they had throughout that ultimately kept me engaged. With the addition of the brothers from the MC and their comradery, I thought this was a pretty decent read.
Thank you J.L. Leslie and the RBMC team for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙
🔔 Interested in reading Worth The Pain? Grab your copy here: Universal Link
Holy is his road name, but there is nothing saintly about him.
What started as a simple assignment became an obsession.
Hazel’s my Prez’s niece. He tasked me with tracking her down. Falling for her was never part of the plan. I’m not taking no for an answer. She will be mine. If I have to kidnap her to prove my point I will. She belongs to me.
I’ve always been on my own. Nowhere to call home. No family to call my own. I don’t answer to anyone. Especially not a bossy biker who claims my family ordered him to find me.
Refusing him was mistake number one. Number two was attempting to seduce my way out of the situation.
I’ve been taken by the biker, but I don’t know if I want him to let me go.
Taken By The Biker is book 6 of the Charleston, WV chapter of Royal Bastards MC. This book can be read as a standalone though for best enjoyment, the series should be read in order.
The Biker’s Kiss
Lady & The Biker
Tempting The Biker
Keeping The Biker
The Biker’s Lucky Charm
Taken By The Biker
• MY REVIEW •
After reading Glenna’s dedication at the very beginning of this book, I knew I’d gotten a teasing heads-up on what Holy’s and Hazel’s story would entail. 😳🤭 I had read the previous books in this series and already had an idea but finally reading their story from their points of view was an eye-opening and gripping experience!
I’m not a huge fan of BDSM in my romance reads, but their story caught my attention right from the get-go that I realized fairly early on that the BDSM elements not only heightened Holy’s unique character but his bond with Hazel as well. And I admit, it does give an edgier dynamic and contrast to the MC having a couple who’s a little more on the wild side. 😜
To cut to the chase, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It’s another amazing addition to Glenna’s RBMC Charleston Chapter series. Both Hazel and Holy are such likable characters and their history made their relationship all the more genuine to see redevelop. They had quite a tragic past that clearly left lasting effects on both their lives and their mentality. But their strong bond was endearing to see that it wasn’t hard to get completely invested in seeing their journey play out.
It’s suspenseful with such grittiness, but it’s such a hearty storyline. Well-placed lightheartedness and banter throughout kept the overall atmosphere from going too dark but make no mistake this story is heartbreaking, soul-crushing, and at times just downright unfair.
Please note there are sensitive subject matters that may be triggering for some readers, such as violence, sexual harassment, child abuse, domestic abuse, drug abuse, and sexual assault. This book is intended for readers 18+ only.
I’ve always found Glenna’s writing to be consistent and effortless to follow. Whilst the books in this series can technically be read as standalone, I would still recommend you read it in publishing order because the world-building gradually expands with each book, and by this one, you can see how well the brotherhood (and sisterhood) have come since the first book.
There’s a great balance of MC elements and romance. As the story develops, you can see how much both Holy and Hazel open up and take a chance on each other. It’s fast-paced storytelling and things were constantly happening. There were a couple situations where I didn’t completely agree with either Holy’s or Hazel’s decisions, and although this is their second chance, putting aside the romantic aspect of their relationship, in my opinion their reconnection wasn’t as in-depth as I was hoping/ expecting (considering their history). With the pacing, I also felt like the ending was rushed through. Normally I would be more bothered if a story had ended abruptly, but after having read the previous books in this series, I can look past it knowing this won’t be the last we’ll hear of Holy’s and Hazel’s relationship, and that they’re bound to make appearances in future books.
Putting aside their kinky sexual preferences, they’re both relatable characters with realistic insecurities, struggles, and dreams for the future. Holy may have eccentric tastes in the bedroom, but he’s also a caring and loyal person, and a great brother to the rest of the MC. Hazel’s life hasn’t improved much since they were kids and despite it all, she’s never given up hoping for a better life for herself. Glenna created characters who are survivors and fighters, and I was totally convinced.
Overall, it was a satisfying MC romance read. It had all the elements I hoped to see from this romance genre. There’s chemistry between the protagonists, a steady storyline with some plot twists, and after the rollercoaster these two have gone through, a well-deserved HEA. The addition of secondary characters and storylines really amped up the tense atmosphere and added more dimension to the story. I was initially a little hesitant going into this because of the BDSM but I hadn’t expected coming away from it with a new favourite couple from the series! 😊
I highly recommend not only this book but this series as a whole. You get easily absorbed in their world and each story is as unique as the characters in them. Top-notch storytelling!
Thank you Glenna Maynard and the RBMC team for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙
What if the woman I fell for was in love with someone else? The man who claimed her heart is my VP, the same man I need to respect and follow his orders. But now that I’m no longer a prospect, it’s difficult to find my place. What if I don’t want to play by the club rules anymore?
But then again, what if while I’m seeking shadows, I find something I wasn’t prepared for? And the darkness leaves me fighting for everything I thought I’d never have…
Seeking Shadows is a part of The Royal Bastards MC Author Collaboration and is book three in the Tampa, FL Series.
• MY REVIEW •
Well. This was one a hell of an introduction to Osborn’s RMBC, Tampa FL Chapter! 🔥😍 I’ve read a few books from another one of her MC romance series but Seeking Shadows was my introduction to this RBMC one. It’s the third book in the series but it was honest to goodness written with such detail that I didn’t feel like I was missing any vital information by not having read books 1 and 2 beforehand. You’re given the gist of the characters and/ or couples from the previous books so you’re relatively up to scratch with their relationships and overall group dynamic.
So, if any readers out there interested in reading this book but concerned that it’s already the third one… don’t be. I can without a doubt tell you, you can read Seeking Shadows without having read the first two.
Now. Let’s get onto the man of the hour — Dash! *phew* Ok… when I first started this story and quickly realized Dash was pining for another MC brother’s ol’ lady… I was immediately questioning how this story would play out. I’ve read countless MC romances to know that club members don’t mess around with their brothers girlfriends, wives, or ol’ ladies. I seriously thought, “Geez! Please don’t tell me Dash ends up having an affair with this chick!” 😱🙈🙈
Needless to say… the story quickly turned a corner and not only was I breathing easier, but I couldn’t sit still from the unexpected turn of events. *waggles eyebrows*
This was steady-paced storytelling that I was all in for. I was loving the gradual build-up and story development. With dual points of view from both protagonists, it wasn’t difficult to get invested in both their personal stories. One thing that stood out to me about Dash in particular was that his story began with him as a prospect for the RBMC. Seeing him still at the stage of doing the club’s grunt work, steadily working his way up to be a full-fledged member— it showed plenty of character growth, that, along with a level of maturity. Right from the beginning he was already such a likable character (and with the awkward love triangle situation, you easily feel for him), but as the story progresses and he slowly realizes what he wants, you see the gradual change in him as he starts considering things in his life differently.
Besides the likable hero/heroine in this story, I was sucked into their slow-burn romance. I couldn’t get enough of their quirky, lighthearted friendship before anything romantic came about. The constant banter and comical ribbing added the necessary lightness to what was an overall dark, suspenseful romance. Their relationship organically developed and seemed so genuine to witness. They went through some relatable and realistic emotional hurdles that not only made their relationship stronger in the long run, but made me back them more as a couple!
Not going to lie, whilst most of the secondary characters in this book were likable enough, there were a couple of them that I just wasn’t a fan of at all, and never grew to like in the end either. They certainly played roles in providing another layer to this already action-packed story, but in my opinion, they were just as irritating (if not more) than the actual antagonists! Ugh. And to be honest, I was expecting better from them. I’m just glad Dash wasn’t having any of it! ✊😅
Halfway through the storyline took a surprising twist that I admit was a little out there. Whilst all the plot points interconnected in the end, I wasn’t completely sold on this particular part of the storyline, and in all honesty the book lost some of its appeal on me.
But in saying that, I thought both protagonists were brilliant characters, and I was completely gripped by their angsty relationship. I’m fist pumping air that the heroine is no pushover and that she’s a firecracker of a character! I liked that Dash is a flawed character with insecurities, but he’s also one full of heart and understanding. I respect his willingness to not only make adjustments, but once he sets his mind to something, he’s committed.
There were a lot of things happening in this story but it wasn’t overwhelming in the slightest. I liked the fact that there were a variety of settings within the story which only made the world-building all the more appealing.
Seeing the different group dynamics within, especially where Dash, his heroine, and their families were concerned was some of my favourite scenes to read (besides all the banter between the protagonists). 😜😄
As I mentioned earlier, this is a dark, suspenseful MC romance. It contains certain subject matters that may be triggering for some readers. Not only does it contain mature sexual content, it has strong, graphic violence, domestic abuse, kidnapping, and it also broaches the topic of suicide. Audiences 18+ only.
From my experiences with Osborn’s other books, I’ve always found her writing style to be consistently effortless to follow, with stories and characters I can easily get into— Seeking Shadows is no different. This book was unputdownable and an addictive MC romance that I would recommend to fellow dark romance readers. There’s a nice balance of romance and MC elements throughout. The character growth, the romance, and seeing the family dynamics were the absolute highlights in my opinion. You’ll find unpredictability and some gripping, hold-your-breath type scenes in this book that I always hoped to see in my MC romance books.
Although this is part of a series, the ending concluded in way where you’re not left with unanswered questions (at least not where Dash and his heroine are concerned). I know I was left feeling quite content with the way things ended in this book. It’s a swoony, taking-chances romance story weaved through a twisted, gritty underworld.
Thank you K.E. Osborn and the RBMC team for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙
You’re invited to attend the wedding of Alexa and Murder, Royal Bastards MC style.
They said we’d never last. He was a married man. Off limits.
Now after all these years Murder is mine till death do us part. I’ll do anything to keep my motorcycle man. For him I risked it all and now comes the reward. His ink branded on my skin and his ring on my finger. Today is the first day of our forever.
Please note for best enjoyment the Charleston, WV Royal Bastards MC books should be read in order of release.
The Biker’s Kiss
Lady & The Biker
Tempting The Biker
Keeping The Biker
The Biker’s Lucky Charm
Taken By The Biker
• MY REVIEW •
“May have taken us twenty years to get here but we’re here.”
Ugh. Anyone else who has had their heart crushed from reading Alexa and Murder’s story up to this point will be in agreement that this book was one big, happy sigh! What started out as a long, tedious, hell of a journey of a secret love and roads not taken finally receives a well-deserved HEA!
This is a novella, and whilst I would’ve loved a longer story, it still gave me so much feels! An adorable and lighthearted (for the most part, anyways) conclusion to what was initially a rollercoaster ride of a relationship between Murder and Lex! After reading it, I can honestly say that I am relieved that the angsty drama in their lives is officially done and dusted, and now they have the rest of their lives to look forward to. Nothing but good times ahead!
Trust me when I say once you reach Keeping The Biker, you will be giddy with happiness at seeing Alexa and Murder truly be together. It’ll be like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders at seeing all the road bumps and deterrents gradually cease to exist. I tell ya, it’s bloody satisfying to read! 🙌
What I also enjoyed seeing was the other characters in this series and seeing snippets of their lives. It has me eager to read what’s installed for them in future books… (looking at you Link and Pam)!
Short but sweet, and packs a punch! Dual points of view and well-paced storytelling. You’ll see just how much their relationship has developed and how much they’ve both grown and matured over the years. All her life Alexa has been put through the ringer, yet seeing her still standing strong as ever is one of the reasons why I find her such a fierce heroine. Murder, despite some of his actions throughout their journey has my unwavering support for the guy. These characters are so authentic in their emotions through their hardships that it’s hard not to like them. If anything, it makes you root for them even more.
You find with MC romances, you usually get the “Old Lady” and “Old Man” titles amongst the couples, but it’s refreshing to see a story where an MC member (and in this case a President, for that matter) to be the one pushing for a marriage with their partner. The amount of love Murder has for Alexa is evident within this story that it will legitimately make you swoon.
A good balance of romance and MC elements. Little bit of suspense with some moments I did not see coming. Always entertaining to see the dynamics between the brothers, but it’s also cool to see the family ties and friendships formed — especially amongst the women.
I am lusting over this RBMC series of Maynard’s! The more books she adds into the series, the more you get sucked into their ever-expanding world. It’s amazing. I would abso-fucking-lutely recommend this to fellow dark/ MC romance readers. Just make sure you read from the beginning and not skip any to ensure you get the entire story!
Read more of my reviews of Glenna Maynard’s books!
Cheryl was given to my club by another.
I was supposed to break her.
Breaking girls for their Master’s was what I did best.
But I saw more in that girl’s eyes. More in her soul.
Little did I know she would be the one to unbreak me.
— MY REVIEW —
The first thing that comes to mind after reading this book is the potential to be so much more. I hadn’t realized when I first read the blurb that this was a novella. In my opinion if it was a full length novel, the world-building could’ve been a lot more extensive along with developed character growth from the lead characters.
There’s a lot of questions left unanswered for me. Going back to my earlier opinion about it being better off as a full-length novel, I really think it would’ve covered most (if not all) of the questions I had. It was lacking details that could’ve made the entire story more in depth. For example: Cheryl’s backstory could have been gradually built throughout, that by the time her full story is revealed it would be little more believable.
Same goes for Demon and his backstory. We only skim the surface of his dark past and why he’s particular in his ways that I couldn’t connect with either one of them as much as I would’ve wanted to.
I was initially intrigued by the blurb surrounding these lead characters. I found Cheryl an interesting and likable enough character. Despite having been uprooted from her home and straight into a completely new territory and MC, she kept her cool for the most part and tried to fit in as best she could. I would’ve loved a clearer reason as to why she was given to Demon and his club in the first place. I found there was a discord right from the beginning almost as if I was already in the middle of the storyline and trying to catch up. I don’t know if this is a continuous story from the first book (as I hadn’t read that one), but I’m not going to lie, I was a smidge confused at first.
But in saying all that, there is one particular scene between Demon and Cheryl that surprisingly had me holding my breath in anticipation to see what would happen next. It’s my favourite scene in the entire book and one I admit to having read multiple times since. 😅 It’s moments like that one that make me hope that despite the lack of character development and expansive world-building, that this is not the last we’ll see of Demon and Cheryl. Even if they just make small appearances in future books.
You get bits and pieces revealed about Demon and Cheryl and their need to escape their pasts. At first it all seems relatively casual between them but they soon discover that they have common ground. There’s no denying that they both feel a pull towards one another but unsure of what it could mean or how to proceed.
Demon was meant to “break” Cheryl. But the more they spend time together, the more plans get thrown out the window. This story may be short and they may have gotten together relatively quickly, but their moments together kept me engaged. I found I liked their conversations more so than their little sex romps. Lol. 🙈
Speaking of which — If you don’t mind BDSM/ Dom-Sub in your romance books, there’s a little bit of it included in this story.
This is the second book from this RBMC chapter by Erin Trejo — I haven’t read the first book but after having read Unbreak Me, I think I may just go back and read the first one and see how this MC started. There’s backstory between a couple of the brothers from the club that I couldn’t help thinking I was missing because I hadn’t read the previous book. I could be wrong but it seems like whilst the Demon and Cheryl’s story itself can be read as a standalone, the books in the series are somewhat interconnected from the MC standpoint.
Overall, an enjoyable MC novella that can easily be read in one sitting. It has a good chunk of romance and MC elements combined. There is some sensitive subject matter included that may trigger some readers, so keep that in mind. For mature 18+ audience only.
Thank you to Erin Trejo and the entire RBMC team for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💛