A man named Horse!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌍
Character development: 😌😎🙃😮🥰
The heroine: Marie – recently moved in to her brother Jeff’s double wide trailer after finally leaving her abusive husband. Her brother was friends with the Reapers Motorcycle club and was mostly a pothead and a gamer, but he was there for Marie when she needed him. She got a job at a local daycare to make ends meet.
The Hero(es): Horse – a member of the Reapers, Horse is tall, muscular and hung like his name implies. He is also dangerous and knows what he wants and makes no bones about going after it. He wants Marie.
The Story: Marie first meets Horse and the Reapers when they come to visit her brother. She thinks they are friends. However, weeks later when they return, they beat her brother up and tell her that Jeff was doing some online accounting for the club and he stole $50,000 and the only way out is paying in blood. They give Jeff the option of paying them back and think with the right motivation he will do so. Marie has to agree to go with Horse and do whatever he wants.
I liked the way the story went in this one. It goes from Marie’s first meeting with Horse and the Reapers to the confrontation where they beat up her brother and then to flashbacks of the weeks before where her and Horse were sort of dating. The disjointed timeline made things interesting.
The book was told mostly in Marie’s point of view and narrated by Stella Bloom. She is a good narrator and has a soft intelligent sounding voice that matched Marie well. I am not too fond of women doing men’s voices in romance so I would have liked it better in duet narration.
There were a few things I didn’t like, such as when Marie was about to go out clubbing with a friend and she had been instant messaging Horse about her plans, even sent him a picture of her outfit. Then she ended up staying home when her brother got sick. We find out later that Horse most likely forced Jeff to pretend he was sick in order to keep Marie from going out. I like a possessive Hero in a romance but not a manipulative and controlling one.
Despite that, I liked both Horse and Marie. I also liked the concept of the story. I like it when bikers live up to their rep and are as bad as they sometimes pretend to be. Horse and Marie had a ton of chemistry and the book was super steamy. I liked the romance between them and the side storylines about her brother and the club.
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