Monday, November 17, 2014

ARC Review: Thrash by J.C. Emery

Title: Thrash
Author: J.C. Emery
Series: Bayonet Scars #2
Genres: NA, Romance, Contemporary
Publication: January 9th 2014 by Left Break Press

Summary (Goodreads):
Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.

As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.

Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn’t have, and then almost lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.

The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.

Love is never more precious than when it’s new. 

My Thoughts:

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

I'm new to books about bikers. I've read a few, but not enough that I've immersed myself in the world of MCs or know much about it, and while I read Ride, the first book in this series just a few days before this one, Thrash still felt like a new world to me since we didn't get much MC in the previous book.

Thrash takes place in the same time frame as Ride, only the main characters are Nic and Duke. She is a Lost Girl, has been for some time, but she'd made it her mission to never get together with Duke or give herself to him. She'd always had a crush on him, and seeing him with someone else after she'd slept with him would totally break her, so she stays away, until one night she can't anymore. Nic is expecting Duke to forget her like he'd done with so many other girls, but for some reason he is sticking around and he isn't letting her go.

As I mentioned before, I'm kind of newbie when it comes to the biker world and how it's run, and I struggled very much with understanding how things worked with Old Ladies, Lost Girls and the bikers themselves. It frustrated me to no end the way women, Lost Girls and Old Ladies alike, were expected to just pretty much bow down to their men, especially if they where in the presence of another brother because it was considered disrespectful if an Old Lady argued with her man and he would have to punish her or something along those lines. I could understand it and maybe tolerate it when it came to the Lost Girls since they weren't considered part of the supposed family and their only use was a quick relief.

Now I usually like alpha-males, most times I love them, but the males in this book felt more like jerks and meanies who felt like their manliness was threatened if a woman argued back. Totally did not get it and it ruined some of my enjoyment of this book since it was a very big part of Thrash.

Nic is a a strong girl, and I really liked her for saying no and refusing to accept the way she was treated. Totally got her many brownie points. She had a lot going on in her life, taking care of her younger, rebellious brother and balancing her work life to get food on the table, yet she kept fighting and didn't whine or cry or give up. It did help that Duke was there for her. Even though it was a few years late, he still tried to help her and while he was a jerk in many ways, I liked that he at least knew what he wanted and was going for it full force.

My other issue was the time frame. Since Thrash it took place around the same time as Ride, I felt like I was reading the same book just from different POVs, and while that allowed to a new and different look at what was happening inside of the club and with the brothers, it still bored some when I knew what was going to happen and how things ended.

I think I would have liked the book much more if it had started after Ride and built from there instead of following pretty much the same events.


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