By J C Valentine
USA Today and International bestselling author J.C. Valentine is back with the latest in her electrifying, dangerous, and provocative world of the Spartan Riders MC…
After escaping an abusive marriage, Spartan Riders bartender Ginger “Red” Mercury is determined to live life on her own terms. When the club’s VP declares her untouchable and stakes his own claim on her, she finds herself ready to wage war.
A year after inoculating the threat from notorious cartel leader Ricky Cruiz, Garrick “Repo” Stone, the last-standing original member of the Spartan Riders MC, has his focus on something else: monogamy. Having decided to settle down and take an ol’ lady, he has his sights set on Red…and he has his work cut out for him if he hopes to win her.
When a new threat makes itself known, threatening everything the brothers stand for and care about, they’re left scrambling to find out who’s behind it before it’s too late. With the high-stakes game of war looming over them, will Red be able to open her heart to love before outside forces pull her and Repo apart?
Vigor is my first book by this author. I could easily follow the characters and basic storyline. I happily read this in a day as it was easy to follow. However, in saying that I did feel the overall story could have had a bit more emotional depth for the main two characters as at times they left me frustrated. Their relationship took a back seat during the story as we followed the drama around the MC. I did sit back at one point and ask where are Repo and Ginger? When they returned it took awhile for me to believe they would have a future.
Their stubbornness matched as a couple with Repo and Ginger. At the beginning, their connection was hard to emotionally connect to. They were both holding so much back and it felt very hot and cold.
One section in the hospital if expanded would have been brilliant and solidified their underlying emotional attachment and opening up to each other. It would have helped to have had a few scenes between these two main characters in those first few days in the hospital. I really wanted Ginger to open up to Repo and to acknowledge her past trauma that is still affecting her. I then wanted Repo to be that older man that she ultimately needed and provide her stability and security. The age difference for me worked well between these two and provided some great moments.
I do admit I was unhappy with the ending as it was so abrupt after such an emotional and dangerous time for both Gabby and Ginger. I wanted to see the recognition between Ginger and Repo in a more emotional and in-depth manner than just getting on the back of the bike so to speak.
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