Tuesday, February 3, 2015

review || ROUGH JUSTICE { blog tour }

Rough Justice by Sarah Castille

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperback (2/3/2015)
Series: Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club, book 1
Genre: MC Romance
Source: Barclay Publicity
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Raised in a motorcycle gang, tough, beautiful Arianne Wilder has always dreamed of a normal life. But no sooner does she escape her father’s domineering grasp than she wakes up to find herself in a rival gang’s clubhouse—at the mercy of the dangerously sexy Jagger Knight.

The alpha leader of the notorious Sinner’s Tribe, Jagger Knight is all muscle, all biker, and all man. But somewhere inside this hard, tattooed outlaw, Arianne senses a kindred spirit—and she can’t ignore their tempestuous attraction. Can she beat him at his own game in a revved-up blaze of glory? Or will their passion spark a war that’s the end of the road for them both?

about Sarah Castille || New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha males and the women who tame them. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and travelled abroad before trading in her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home in shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

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{ excerpt } .
She didn’t have to look up to know Jagger was watching her. She could feel his gaze burning into her skin, but instead of intimidating her, his frank interest made her bold. Lifting her head, she shook off her fear, and met his stare full-on, smiling before she dropped her gaze. Confident, not challenging. That was the key. 
And from the smile that spread across his lips when she reached the table, she could tell she’d played it just right. 
“Vexy.” The deep rumble of his voice vibrated through her body, sending a rush of heat straight to her core. And he’d remembered to use her road name. 
“Nice to see you again.” And she meant it. She’d been fantasizing about him all week, mentally stripping off his clothes, running her hands over the breadth of his shoulders, his massive chest, those taut abs, and then lower, tugging off his belt, her own heat rising as she ripped open his fly. Power, barely contained, beneath her, above her. Inside— 
Jagger gave a satisfied rumble, as if her words—or her face—had settled something in his mind. 
“What can I get you?” 
“I’ll start with some of this.” The Devil Dog seated beside Jagger pinched Arianne’s ass. 
Without hesitation, Arianne grabbed his wrist and twisted his arm behind his back. “I’m afraid my ass isn’t on the menu.” 
Wham. Jagger thudded a knife on the table between the outstretched fingers of the biker’s free hand. “You don’t fucking touch her. You don’t talk to her. You don’t look at her. And you sure as fuck don’t disrespect her.” 
The table stilled. If he had been any other man, she might have thanked him verbally, or she might have pointed out that his actions were dramatic and unnecessary, since she had the situation in hand. But he wasn’t just any man. He was an outlaw biker president, and his actions weren’t directed solely at saving her ass from a squeeze. In that brief exchange, he’d laid down the law for the bikers on both sides of the table. First, he was in charge. And second, Arianne belonged to him. 
So she gave him a simple nod of thanks. Her response seemed to please him. His face softened almost imperceptibly as he unclasped her hand from the Devil Dog’s wrist, then tugged until she released her captive. Her skin tingled at his touch, and when he rubbed this thumb lightly over her knuckles, she felt each stroke as a throb between her thighs.

{ review } .

While this is not the first MC Romance series I've read... it may just be one of my favorites (I know, I know... it's only book one but...).

For the record, though, I don't really consider Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights, Inc, MC. Yes, the books surround a motorcycle club, but when I think MC Romance, I think Sons of Anarchy, and I get that here.

It all starts when a fire is set at the Sinner's Tribe clubhouse -- not only is the house burnt to the ground, one of their men is killed and half their weapons are gone. The club is pretty sure they know what club did it -- the Black Jacks are their biggest rivals -- but have nothing to go on...

...until they come across a downed Ninja and an unconscious biker.

As president, Jagger is strong-minded and runs his club with a pretty hard-ironed fist. He's not afraid to beat information out of someone, nor is he afraid to raise his voice, use his muscle, to keep his club in line.

But when the helmet comes off the biker and they discover a woman, and a woman with bruises at that, he has a moment of hesitation.
Only then did he see her injuries--long, thick, finger-shaped bruises around her neck.
With a light tough, he traced along the fine line of her jaw. Mottled blue and black marks extended from her temple to her chin. His eyes slid to the helmet and then back to her pale face. Definitely not injuries from the accident. For some reason he couldn't name, he wanted to hunt down the man who had hurt her and pound him into the ground.
Ironic, really. If she was the arsonist, he would have to kill her. 
When she comes to, after a nightmare no less, Arianne panics... and then she appreciates the man in front of her... but then panic comes at her again.
"Jagger?" The name was familiar, but with her brain still hazy, she couldn't place him. She coulnd't place anything. Not even herself. She forced her mind backwards, trying to pinpoint her last memory.
"Maybe this will help."
He removed his cut and spun it around, holding it up to give her a good view of the patches on the back. She recognized the three-piece patch at once: a winged skull set above flames, with two stars on either side and curved rockers above and below, proclaiming the name of his club and the chapter, THE SINNER'S TRIBE.
She was going to die. 
...and no, that's not her being some dramatic female.

Arianne is the daughter of Black Jack's MC's president, and therefore she's a pretty powerful piece for the rival club to have in their possession.

The kicker, though, is Arianne wants away from the club she's lived at all her life. She wants a new life -- a life where females are equals, where she can work where she wants, do what she wants, marry who she wants, and have children that will never know what it's like to either be a dominant male or a woman who's sole purpose was to be a possession or plaything.

Arianne becomes a 'blood piece' for the Sinner's Tribe, meaning that she's the club's 'prize' in exchange for the fire and death of one of their own. And while Arianne wanted away from her old life, becoming the possession of another club is the farthest thing from what she wanted.

I really enjoyed watching these two. Arianne's lived a hard life and she shows it in her words and actions. 

Equally, Jagger, who wants nothing to do with ever having an 'old lady' due to his past significant relationship, admires Arianne's strengths and, for the most part, allows her to be who she is.
Dominant, yes. Possessive, definitely. And yet he wasn't trying to take away from what she'd accomplished. Far from it. Her power drew him in, intoxicated him; he wanted it as he wanted her. But more than that, he wanted her to give him control.
Throughout the entire book, you know Arianne wants to leave and that she will as soon as she gets the opportunity -- unlike some books where the lead's mind is changed and then he or she regrets said choice at the end. I loved these two -- I loved that they are both hardheaded people, but beyond that...

...they're truly equals.

Both give all they've got, both in life and in their 'relationship' -- the relationship neither of them wanted. I love that Jagger is hard and menacing at times, but Arianne sees the twinkle in his eye. Obviously after living a full life in a club, she knows when it is inappropriate to challenge the president, but Jagger allows her to mouth off when it's just the two of them. And the 'Shhh'-ing they do so often? That I loved. Loved-loved, above all else.

Lastly... I really enjoyed how every chapter begins with a Club Rule.

My favorite?
Property patches are optional for old ladies
Why is it my favorite? Because Arianne, understandably, wants nothing to do with being property. But the end? Oh... the end...

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