Thursday, November 20, 2014

ARC Review: Rev by J.C. Emery

Title: Rev
Author: J.C. Emery
Series: Bayonet Scars #3
Genres: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: May 19th 2014 by Left Break Press

Summary (Goodreads):
Everyone belongs somewhere. Even the misfits.

With the looming threat from the Mancuso Crime Family, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club is preparing for a war that could destroy them. Grady, the club’s Sergeant-at-Arms, knows that love makes you weak, and he has zero interest in adding to his liabilities– especially now. He’s already got his teenage daughter who keeps him on his toes and a beef within the club that could fracture his relationship with a fellow brother for good.

For Holly Mercer, her life is finally getting on track and the last thing she wants is trouble from her hometown’s resident outlaws. Keeping her nose clean is easier said than done, when suddenly she finds herself embroiled in club business. Holly might like the idea of being with a real-life bad boy, but even being in the same room with tough-as-nails Grady flusters her.
When Holly inadvertently finds herself on Mancuso’s radar, she has two choices: trust that Grady will protect her, or continue to refuse the club’s help. Both roads are dangerous, but only one has the chance to damage her beyond repair.

Love is never more dangerous than when it can destroy you.

My Thoughts:

**An eARC was provided in exchange of an honest review.**

When I went into this book, I wasn't very excited and I already was expecting not to like it since my experience with the previous books in the series wasn't all that. While I liked them, I didn't love them and wouldn't consider a reread, so the when I started Rev, I was surprised by it.

This book follows Grady, whom we've met in the previous books, and Holly, a new character who starts working at the local school. She doesn't want to get involved with the club in any way, she already has a history of bad decisions and getting involved with a member of an outlaw motorcycle club, who is a father of one of her students, is sure to qualify as one, but she's in danger now, and the only people to keep her safe are the ones she's trying to avoid.

First thing I noticed about this book, was the pace of POV change. It didn't take long for us to get inside the other characters head as it was in the previous books where we had to wait until half of the book for the POV to change. I really liked this, and it made me get into the story more.

The other thing I loved was Grady. While we met him briefly in the previous books, he came off as bitter and angry at the whole world and not someone whose story would be interesting. I figured he'd be as big of a jerk as the other male lead characters before him, and he was, for the first few chapters. He was mean and a jerk, but it was because he protecting his daughter and suffering from the loss of his best friend. It didn't get long for his protective side to come through and I loved the fact that he didn't try to push Holly away because he didn't want to put her in danger or something along these lines. Grady knew what he wanted and he went for it, which made him my favorite male lead in this series. I love it when a guy knows what he wants and isn't shy about getting it. Holly was the perfect female for Grady too. She didn't put up with him when he was behaving like an a-hole, in fact she gave back as much as she got, and it made the book all the more interesting and entertaining.

My main issue with Rev, or this who series really, is the big problem with the mafia. I mean, we're on the third book, and very little has happened regarding the whole thing. While this book didn't lack in the action department, the main problem or conflict is very widely stretched and is just losing the whole dangerous thing about it. The mafia was mentioned briefly here and there and made a few appearances but it wasn’t enough and didn't feel real. The mafia is supposed to be this big thing with dangerous killers who don't take prisoners, yet in the whole of three books, they did very little and just didn't live up to what they were painted to be.
Nonetheless, this book is one I enjoyed very much, and if you liked the previous books in this series, then you will love Rev.


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