Series: Reaper's MC #2
Published by Penguin Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Motorcycles, Romance
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Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart-and her virginity-to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn't have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach's step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he's never forgotten.
She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious-her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach's a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah's only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands-with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club-to give them a better life.
Living with outlaw bikers wasn't Sophie's plan for her son, but Ruger isn't giving her a choice. He'll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she'll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way.
I adored this book, like seriously from beginning to end. There were so many “oh my god” moments and just such great pacing and characters that I not only couldn’t put it down but was seriously bummed out when the book ended. I have to admit I am fairly new to the whole motorcycle club thing, but after reading this book, it sealed my new found love for the whole theme.
So when the book starts Sophie is in a tough spot. She had a baby with, well lets face it, the worlds biggest loser/jerk. I mean seriously she goes into labor at a party he dragged her two and is literally too drunk to drive her to the hospital. What kind of guy does that? That being said her time with Zach (the baby daddy) is over before the book really has a chance to get going. So now she’s a single mom trying to make ends meet, no child support, no help with childcare, and living off a waitress salary. After a seriously scary incident with her son, her whole life turns upside down when she has to accept help from Ruger (Zach’s step-brother and the only constant male figure in her son Noah’s life). I think what I liked most about Sophie is that she knows she has to do whatever it takes for her to provide a good life to her son, and in my opinion she’s a good mother. But what I liked more than that was that she was more than willing to put her foot down, she knew herself, she knew what she was worth, and she knew what would be a deal breaker. So even when its hard for her to say no to something, especially when its something she wants, she has enough self-worth/esteem to stand up and say no.
Ruger is definitely a character. And he’s hot. What can I say I love a tattooed and pierced up man, I can’t help it. Add in the whole bad boy thing (times ten cause he’s in a motorcycle club) and I felt like I needed to be fanned to cool down. This guy just exudes control. And in the beginning I really though that it was going to turn me off to him, there is a scene in the very beginning on a sofa, where I kept thinking to myself, if this dude keeps it up I’m gonna hate him. Turns out, I never hated him, sure he’s a control freak, and definitely pushy, but it never comes across as too much. You can tell her loves Noah like he was his own son, and he definitely cares about Sophie. More than that though, there are a couple of spots where he lets Sophie go and have her space, even though it went against everything he wanted/believed, and I appreciated that.
This book goes a mile a minute in some places, and I never wanted to stop turning the page (I don’t think I took one break in the whole thing). I loved the chemistry between Sophie and Ruger, I loved the push and pull between them too. I liked the guys in the MC, and I really liked some of the old ladies. There is this one really powerful scene towards to the end that literally had me on the edge of my seat (I will never look at scrambled eggs the same way again). Without a doubt I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a bad boy, or if you wanted to try a MC book but didn’t know where to start. I am looking forward to reading more of this series in the future.