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Between Heaven and Hell

By Erin Trejo

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Synopsis

Cordae “Demon” Vitale.
People feared me. They respected me.
I was the Boss of the Vitale family at twenty-two.
One of the youngest in history.
I ran my business exceptionally.
My emotions were never part of this life.
Ava made me realize that there was more to life than what I had.
She pushed me to limits I didn’t think I could go to.
At the end of the day, I was forced between heaven and hell.
Much like the rest of my life, I was teetering on that fine line in between.

Losing something that means a lot to you, can change a person.
It changed me.
I will travel to the ends of the earth to get back that one thing that meant the most to me.
I will destroy everyone in my path to make that happen.

Review

Heaven and Hell, Cord and Ava are light and dark. I really enjoyed the Mafia story however I did find part 1 of this jumped quickly and I did not overly feel their connection, physically yes but not emotionally. Sections of this story were not fully explained, Ava’s parents, Daniel being warned off, why did he do that and then not monitor her if he was interested and then to just happen upon her at the clinic. He then says he knows all about her?

I easily followed Ava and her emotional connection to Amelia but with Cord I did not and then with the ending of part 1, his actions did not make sense because I had not believed he even barely interacted with Amelia for him to feel his loss and heartbreak, I can understand the anger but that was because he was the boss and he was taken by surprise.

Now onto Park 2 – this is where the story just blew it out of the park, I thought the pacing action of the underlying Mafia story was perfect and then it was like a light was switched on and I could understand and feel Cord through the writing, I just wish this had happened in Park 1, although Amelia’s part was sad it did not overly upset me as she was really barely in the story line apart from a few odd paragraphs. It would have been better to see more regular interactions between those two characters to see a build-up of affection and acceptance with each other to then understand the devastation. I know I keep harping on about Amelia but I do believe she was a pivotal  character to Cord’s make up as a man and his emotional wellbeing and it was the start of him unravelling his cold demeanour and perhaps dreaming of having a family and being worthy of love.

I was surprised and excited with the new character in part 2 in Italy, however again would have loved to have seen a more detailed conversation between Cord and Ava on those lost years – I wanted to know more!

The sex scenes between Cord and Ava were very enjoyable. Ava was just a lovely character, I also would have liked to have known more about her family in part 1 as it was just fast forwarded over her and also perhaps a couple of chapters on her relationship with Gambino would have tied things together. I would have liked to have seen Daniel and Cord early on having that conversation where Cord told him to never see Ava again instead of just hearing it second hand from Cord in a conversation with one of his men. Was Daniel with Ava because her father was the Mayor? Was there a gentleman’s agreement to date his daughter? Her mother too, never saw her then she was another storyline?

I am wondering whether this would have flowed better with perhaps Ava having some POV chapters at critical moments in their relationship – particularly in Italy, with Amelia, her own family and also Daniel.

An enjoyable Mafia story, I really did love these two main characters and Cord definitely had moments of pure darkness then Ava would show him the light and give him hope.

Favourite Quote:  “It means my beautiful girl.” Ava smiles and the rest of the world ceases  to exist. In this moment, she is the girl that brought light into my soul.

Between Heaven and Hell

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A Harmless Little Plan (Harmless # 3)

By Meli Raine

Synopsis

Turns out there was a second video from that awful night four years ago. Mine wasn’t the only tape.

Too bad mine wasn’t the worst.

Drew can’t protect me no matter how hard he tries, but the roles are flipped now. I have to help him, but I’m not wired that way. Not anymore. That one night changed me more than anyone knows.

More than anyone could predict.

Three men think they’re above the law. They’re right.

But I’m willing to go beneath the law to make sure they never harm anyone else. Their threats don’t scare me. 

When you have nothing left to lose because someone took it all away, you create the most dangerous creature imaginable.

Me.

Game over.

Review

After loving and quickly devouring the first two books in the Harmless trilogy, I’m sad to say that I found A HARMLESS LITTLE PLAN to be a little disappointing.  Why?  Because despite the happy-for-now ending, I felt there was no real closure in this story.  There are a lot of loose threads and unanswered questions, and I am not a fan of either of those things.

After finding out in the first book that Lindsay’s three friends lied to the police and media about her rape, we never heard about them again or found out why they turned against her.  What did they get out of it?  We never found out why Drew’s friends turned against him either.  Yes, they got money and fame, but what they did to Lindsay and Drew was so hateful and violent that there had to be more to it than just getting paid.  We do find out that people within the NSA, CIA and FBI all have their fingers in this scandalous pie, but we never heard about them being arrested.  Then I have to wonder, if the man pulling the strings was so well connected, why did he feel so threatened and why did he need to have Lindsay raped in the first place?  But then I guess if there’s no rape, there’s no story.  It was also mentioned that this same man may have been involved in the killing of Drew’s parents, and that someone high up (we don’t know where) targeted Drew because they think he’s a threat.  Both of these claims were never investigated and we didn’t find out if these claims were true.  These are just a handful of questions I was left with at the end of this book.  Will they be answered in another book or series, or will we be left hanging?

The first 50% of the book is where all the excitement lies.  After that, the book slows down a lot as we watch Lindsay and Drew heal from their ordeal.  I liked both Drew and Lindsay and was very glad to see them get their revenge and happy ending.  I was hoping to find just one redeeming quality in Lindsay’s mother, but by the end of this book I hated her as much as I did in the beginning of the series.  Throughout the series, I’ve alternated between liking and hating her father, and in the end I found him gutless.  He does love his daughter, but I think he loves his career more and will put it before her.

A HARMLESS LITTLE PLAN is told in dual POVs and is the final book in the Harmless trilogy, which cannot be read as stand-alones.  There is no epilogue, but it comes with a HFN ending.  Honestly, if all the loose threads had been taken care of, if nothing was left unresolved, this would have been a 5❤️ read for sure.

Please Note:  This book contains scenes that may be triggers for some people.

A Harmless Little Plan (Harmless #3)

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Harmless Series

King’s Captive

By Amber Bardan

Synopsis

For three years, I’ve belonged to Julius King. 

Some people would think being stuck on a private island is heaven, but this is my hell.  

Because I’m not here as a guest. Not even close. I’m a prisoner. I’m his. 

Julius King. Powerful. Wealthy. Dangerous. 

There are parts of me he wants that I can’t give him. When he looks at me, there are times I swear he sees someone else. And the scary part is that sometimes, when he touches me, I think he may be someone else, too. 

Though my body might be tempted, and he might control everything else, I can’t let him have any piece of my heart. I won’t. But every day, the fight gets harder, and Julius manages to slip past my defenses in the most unexpected ways.  

I have to find out the truth about Julius King. Even if it destroys me. 

Review

This is going to be a fairly short review, because KING’S CAPTIVE is practically one giant plot twist in the making, and to talk about any of it could be considered a spoiler.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t get this one.  It is told mostly in the present, but also includes flashbacks to an event three years ago, aptly called Bloody Birthday.  That is the day Julius arrived at Sarah’s family home and took her for himself.  Each flashback is designed to give us a piece of the puzzle, but trying to keep track of those pieces was hard given that they were provided out of order.  By that I mean the first flashback takes place at 3.00pm, then 3.15 pm, then 1.20 pm, then 1.40 pm, then 3.30 pm, then 1.56 pm, etc.  Trying to keep track of what happened in the past, and how it related to what was happening in the present, became too much for me and ultimately affected my enjoyment of this story.

You know how you sometimes watch a movie, but when you watch it a second time and know how it ends, everything suddenly makes sense?  I think this is one of those books that would make more sense the second time around.  Maybe then I wouldn’t be left with so many questions.

KING’S CAPTIVE is told in dual POVs, but mostly in Sarah’s.  It is a stand-alone and it comes with a HEA.  While I didn’t enjoy it, I’m sure there are plenty of others who will love it.

King’s Captive

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Vanished (A Beautiful Mess Novel)

By T. K. Leigh

Synopsis

Rayne Kilpatrick has everything. A job she’s dreamed of since a little girl. The perfect house. And a man she loves and is about to marry… Until he never returns from a humanitarian mission.

Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.

When footage of his gruesome murder by a Muslim extremist group is shown across the country and around the globe, she wants the person responsible for the disappearance of the man she loves to pay. She wants him to lose the one person who means the world to him, too, and she won’t stop until he does.

Alexander Burnham has everything… Finally. A job he enjoys where he can actually make a difference in the world. The perfect woman who he’s loved his entire life. And the most beautiful daughter a father could ask for… Until he walks into her bedroom one morning to find it empty.

Gone. Disappeared. Vanished.

It’s a race against the clock for Alexander to put the pieces together and find out who has taken his daughter and what they want from him. As information comes to light, he is forced to bury the guilt he feels after losing his fellow team member and focus instead on finding and saving his daughter…

Before it’s too late.

Review

Vanished is an appropriate title for this novel.  It’s meaning can be taken on so many levels through this read.  On an emotional level, a love that’s vanished replaced with grief. Compassion that’s disappeared replaced with anger and fear.  On a more physical level, loved ones are taken for reasons beyond comprehension.

This novel is split into three different parts.  Part one was definitely the hardest part for me to get through.  I really saw Rayne’s pain.  She grieves for the life that she will never have back and she wants someone to pay for that.  Rayne is a broken woman who now sees a way to help alleviate some of her suffering.  We also got a sense of the man that Alexander has become through the years.

Part two was were the mystery really picked up.  Alexander is on the frantic hunt for his daughter who has been taken.  He is piecing together who and why this is happening.  I loved his relationships with all of family.  And he has a really special bond with his wife.  I also liked his relationship with Agent Moretti.  They have the relationship need to get the job done.

Part three also continues the mystery but also ramped up on the thriller part of the novel.  We get to the real issue of why Alexander’s daughter was taken.  There are actually two twists in this part.  One I saw coming but the second took me by surprise.

This novel deals with deep issues at it’s core.  The first part jumped around a little so I found it a little confusing to start with and I found it extremely dramatic.  Parts two and three I couldn’t put down.  T.K. Leigh has an unique way of writing.  She broke this book up not just by parts but by hours as well. She understands that in a kidnapping every minute counts.   She also conveys emotion in a powerful way.

Vanished

My Rating:  1/2

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Acer (No Prisoners MC #3)

By Lilly Atlas

Synopsis

After one unforgettable night with a dangerous outlaw, Fia knows she must limit contact with the kind of man who could never fit in her wealthy circle. Unfortunately, she can’t keep their brief but passionate encounter far from her thoughts. When she seeks him out for reasons unrelated to their chemistry, the worst happens, and Fia is attacked by a madman. With her life turned upside down, she seeks help from the one person she can’t get out of her mind.

Betrayed by someone he should have been able to trust above all, Acer spends the next two decades of his life avoiding entanglements that have any chance of ending with a knife in his back. The MC life provides a safe way to have personal connections and loyalty due to its simple rule: betray the club and punishment will be severe. Still, he keeps a large part of himself locked away inside, hidden even from his MC brothers. When the woman who’s been messing with his head for months reappears in his life needing sanctuary, Acer jumps to her aid. He’s committed to help her reclaim her life, but determined to keep her at arms-length in the process.

As Acer and Fia fight their growing feelings, his club is in danger from a new and different kind of enemy. Will his refusal to put his full trust in anyone, including the woman he’s falling for, end up destroying more than betrayal ever could?

Review

Acer and Fia’s journey is heart breaking but exciting, humorous, emotional, dominating and highly erotic.  The suspense story that surrounds their romance journey keeps you guessing and also Fia’s highly traumatic event at the start sets you up for an emotional and often times thought provoking moments. I devoured her scenes of recovery and battling her way back to happiness and love. I was highly distressed by her encounter after the visit to the Gym and honestly did not think she would recover.  What a strong woman she was and the way she was written in the story made me love her and want her to find peace again.

Acer was a hard character for me to get attached to until the end when he finally opened up but he was still the same man I wanted to know more about from Jester (No Prisoners #2).

I really enjoyed seeing Jester and Emily again, I loved them as a couple and enjoyed seeing their relationship continue to develop and move to the next level.

I do hope we get Lucky’s story as he was one character who provided light relief at times when Fia was struggling with her trauma.  The way Lucky provided another source of comfort and protection for Fia helped me find some happiness.

Acer (No Prisoners #3)

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Make It A Double (Last Call # 2)

By Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis

Brody Markham has endured a nightmare, spending the last five years in prison and losing everything that was dear to him. Now he’s back home, trying to survive in a world he doesn’t recognize anymore. While his family and friends desperately try to reach through to him, he shelters himself further and further away from their love.

Alyssa Myers has worked her entire life to distance herself from the luxurious and privileged lifestyle in which she was raised. Running her non-profit agency, The Haven, she is content to spend her days helping abused animals find sanctuary, which fulfills her in a way that money just can’t buy.

Maybe it’s that she recognizes in Brody some of the same characteristics she sees in her homeless wards, but Alyssa is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.

While Brody struggles to surface from the darkness, Alyssa tries to protect her heart in case he’s not willing to accept the light that she offers him.

Review

MAKE IT A DOUBLE is the second book in the Last Call series and is about Hunter’s twin brother Brody, who was recently released from prison after serving five years for vehicular manslaughter.  Things between Brody and Alyssa start out rocky, only because he thinks she must be a horrible person because she comes from money.  It doesn’t take him long to realise that she’s nothing like the rich people he’s had the unfortunate privilege of knowing.  With her big heart, Alyssa is able to gain Brody’s trust⎯in a way his family could not⎯and their relationship thrives.  Unfortunately, both Brody and Alyssa have exes that descend on the town to make their lives a living hell.

I liked Brody, who’s nickname should be Broody.  His struggle with trying to adapt to his new way of life while facing an uncertain future was heartbreaking.  I liked that his personality changed for the better when he finally let Alyssa in.  I also liked Alyssa, who has no problem standing up to her mother, her ex and even Brody’s ex, and I loved that about her.  She might be strong, but she also has a huge heart, which is obvious when you learn that she used her trust fund to open up a no-kill shelter in town, much to her parents dismay.

MAKE IT A DOUBLE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  It ends with an adorable HEA for Brody and Alyssa that was slightly cheesy but also sweet and cool.  Be prepared for a shocking twist that even I didn’t see coming, which hardly ever happens.

“All I really have is my name to offer you.  I hope you’ll take it, because I’d never offer it to anyone else.”

Make It A Double (Last Call # 2)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Last Call Series

Silent Daughter

By Stella Noir & Linnea May

Synopsis

“I am going to break you. 
I am going to free that little monster inside of you, peel off every barrier of protection – and reassemble a new you.

LIZ
Moving back home after graduating college was not the plan, but I have nowhere else to go. For now, I have to live in my family’s unpleasant company, secretly fleeing to the darkest corners of my mind when I am alone.
They are right to keep me at distance. There is obviously something wrong with me. Me, the bad seed.
I am invisible.
To everyone but him.
However, even my darkest fantasies never took me where I am now. Robbed of my freedom, my clothes and control over my decisions.
I am his captive. Confined in a gilded cage laced with pleasure.

LEONARD
I made it to the top. In a world divided into us and them, I have become one of them. This is who I am, where I belong, among the rich & powerful. I am used to getting what I want – and I know I want her from the moment I see her. Elizabeth Barrington. That quiet but strong fairy, waiting to be broken. She may not understand it herself, but her eyes are begging for me to take her.
So I will.
She didn’t think I would go this far, but here she is. Collared and chained to the bed, completely at my mercy.
Mine to keep, mine to train, mine to please.
But Liz is unlike any other sub I have trained before.
She is dangerous.

**This is a Dark Romance with themes of kidnapping, captivity & steamy BDSM scenes. Intended for audiences 18+ & not for the faint-hearted. Contains situations some readers might find objectionable.**nsert Synopsis Here

Review

Silent Daughter was one simply dark, dangerous, dirty and down right delicious read.  I could pick this up again as I was not ready to leave Leonard and Liz because I want to know their future.

One of my favourite parts of this book was the fact we get dual POV which enables you to connect to both characters as this is a highly emotional read.  The sexual BDSM scenes are highly erotic and some of the most intense I have read in a long time – truly satisfying and give you all those tingles and stomach turns you read dark romance novels for.

Silent Daughter Liz is ignored and ridiculed by her family for being different, wanting an education over an arranged marriage. The way this is written you immediately connect to her on an emotional level and could see how she could be intrigued by Leonard when she first meets him.  Leonard and Liz are outsiders in a world of money and privilege who have deep dark secret needs.

Leonard peels away the layers of Liz, at the start this is a mind and physical game for him but it is riveting to see how the dynamic in their relationship changes over the course of the book.  Leonard frees the Silent Daughter, he enable Liz to escape from the guilded cage that is her life and encourages her to be herself and acknowledge her different needs.

Whilst I devoured the darkness, emotional and physical erotic scenes of this story, the ending provided me with romance and new beginnings and gave me the lightness of love.

Quote: He isn’t normal, and neither am I. We are perfect for each other.

Silent Daughter

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Wolf Unleashed (SWAT #5)

By Paige Tyler

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Synopsis

SHE BRINGS OUT THE WOLF IN HIM
Lacey Barton can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex Trevino, but that doesn’t mean she has time for the gorgeous SWAT officer. She’s hell-bent on discovering who’s behind the brutal dogfights sending countless mauled animals to her veterinarian office. The trail leads Lacey to a ring of vicious drug dealers and suddenly she’s in way over her head―right smack in the middle of a SWAT stakeout.

With Lacey in danger, Alex’s wolf side is unleashed. But when she witnesses Alex shift, she’s even more terrified… Now it’s up to Alex to crack the case―and earn back Lacey’s trust and, ultimately, her heart.

Review

Wolf Unleashed is another exciting novel that has great heart by Paige Tyler.  It starts with a bang and just keeps going.  I love that she stays true to the idea of “The One”.

Alex is a completely lovable character.  He does have flaws but that makes you love him even more.  He has found a home with SWAT after a traumatic event that turned him into a werewolf.

Lacey, Alex’s chosen one, is not ready to jump feet first into a relationship.  She doesn’t understand why people risk their hearts.  She also loves animals and is working hard to take down a dogfighting ring.  Lacey has a really close relationship with her sister but her sister is growing into a young woman who is going to test her boundaries.

Wolf Unleashed is another great addition to this series.  The characters work so well together. The humour was easily found with the banter between the other SWAT members and Alex. Especially with Remy.  Lacey’s sister also providers some humorous and emotional moments.  I also found that Alex was a really sincere character.  He would not force Lacey into anything she was not ready for even if it meant that his “one” would turn him down.

This story has some twists and turns in it.  Lacey’s passion for animals led her into some difficult situations that had Alex jumping to save her.  I really love the way Paige Tyler added her passion for animals into this book and look forward to the next addition to this series.

Wolf Unleashed

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Motorcycle Man (Dream Man #4)

By Kristen Ashley

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Synopsis

Get ready to ride . . .

Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she’s back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn’t the tequila and hot sex talking. He’s the kind of man she’s always wanted. Unfortunately, he’s also her new boss . . .

Kane “Tack” Allen has a rule. He doesn’t employ someone he’s slept with. So when he learns he spent last night in bed with his new office manager, he quickly fires Tyra. Yet when Tyra stands up to him and fights for her job, Tack is intrigued. He tells her she can keep her job on one condition: no more sex. Ever. But as things heat up between them, Tack finds that he’ll be the one breaking all the rules…

Review

Motorcycle Man was my most favourite of this entire series which just seemed to get better with each book.  The characters Hawk, Brock and Mitch make a stunning and incredible force to be reckoned with when Tack needs their help.  Tyra of all the women in this series to me has the greatest sacrifice and personal trauma for the love of Tack.  You knew going in it was going to take a special woman for Tack and she out of all the women was my absolute favourite.

The way Tyra loves Tack’s kids especially Tabitha and when she goes all Momma Bear angry on her boyfriend was one of my favourite parts.  This section also cemented Tack and his extreme love for this woman when fallout happens.

Tack colours Tyra’s world.  Throughout this book Tack shows this woman how to live by the words of Chaos.  Motorcycle Man takes you on a fast ride, plenty of characters return from the Dream Man books and we are given light moments inbetween the heavy MC club darkness.

I had tears in my eyes for Tyra – she is a fighter and that is why she is with Tack – they are perfect together.

There is a spin off series to the Motorcycle Man –  Tabitha, Rush and Hop have a story to tell and I for one are going on that ride.

Motorcycle Man (Dream Man #4)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Pursuit: Blood Bandits MC

By Cora Black

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Synopsis

“Go to hell.”
“I’m already there, babe.”

Two years after his fiancée was shot and killed by crossfire during a skirmish involving his MC, Dominick Fiarelli has sworn off love. Women are just a means to an end – nothing more, nothing less. He planned on keeping it that way forever.

But then Kara showed up.

“He’s trying to take everything from me.”
“Over my dead body.”

Kara Vance just wants to raise her daughter in peace. But then her abusive ex-husband shows up at the diner where she works, spewing threats and laying his hands on her. It’s a flashback to the life she’s been trying desperately to flee. Just when she thinks the scumbag is going to beat her senseless, a man she’s never seen before swoops in to the rescue.

That’s when everything changed.

It started with a bang.

Dom hears a violent commotion from the back of the diner and goes to investigate. When he sees a slimy bastard in an expensive suit about to hit a defenseless waitress, he stops him in his tracks. The man utters a threat before leaving, but Dom couldn’t care less. He’s locked in on the girl. The fire between them builds and he knows they’re venturing into dangerous territory.

Kara feels it, too, but her life is fraught with danger. The last thing she needs is this dark, mysterious man adding more drama to the mess. She tries to push him away, but he sees right through her. Before she knows it, they’re kissing, holding, biting… and that’s just the beginning.

But her ex isn’t done with just yet. If Kara isn’t careful, the life she’s built may be gone in a flash.

“Screw the pursuit of happiness,” Dom told her. “The only thing I want is YOU.”

PURSUIT is a full-length, standalone romance novel with steamy hot sex, strong language, a happily every after ending, and NO CLIFFHANGERS. Contains dark and disturbing themes, and over-the-top sexiness that may be uncomfortable for some readers.

Perfect for fans of Sam Crescent, Jenika Snow, L Wilder, Sabrina Paige, Lauren Landish, Vanessa Waltz, Jordan Marie, and Nicole Snow.

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Review

Firstly, love the cover of this book.

What immediately drew me into this story was Kara and her fierce love for her daughter Emma who whilst young in age was an extremely old soul, interesting how children pick up on things. Their relationship I loved reading about and how Dom integrates himself into that family dynamic. Their sex scenes were intense and off the charts hot – I was not disappointed.

This flowed well most of the time and did have odd moments. I found the ending scenes with Kara, her husband and Dom strange in that I mean you knew something major was going to happen but I grappled with Dom finding himself alone in that situation and thus being in danger. This story basically happens over a few weeks and is very intense but in no way really I would call it a total MC story as it takes place more in Kara’s world than Dom’s. Dom’s MC world really felt added in at parts and the two worlds did not mesh together well into the story. I would have connected more if Kara had perhaps had a bit of interaction with the MC club before they all race in to rescue her.

The MC basically comes into the story right at the suspenseful conclusion and then in the epilogue where it all gets tied up nicely. I must say I was pleasantly surprised that Kara gets to finish her dream of study and I thought that was really significant considering what her husband made her do when she was so young.

I would have loved the MC to have played more of a part with perhaps a few more escalated events to the thrilling conclusion to help the connection between the two worlds.

This is definitely a standalone with steamy sex scenes and a HEA.

Pursuit: Blood Bandits MC

My Rating: 3 Hearts

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