Wednesday, October 28, 2015

review || GHOST { release day } by Nicole James

+Bonus review of WOLF, 
book 4 in Evil Dead MC series!

Self-Published | October 24, 2015 | Romantic Suspense
Evil Dead MC, book 5


Ghost has been living his life under one rule…never fall in love, never get too close, never get tied down to just one woman. Focusing solely on his club, he is able to remain unattached and free…. until a girl from his past is dropped in his lap. She was a line he swore he’d never cross. And now, in order to obtain an alliance his club needs, he’s forced to use her in ways he’d never imagined.

She needs his protection, and she’s the one woman he can’t refuse.

When Ghost finds himself unable to keep his distance from her, will he be able to push his feelings aside and use her as a pawn for the attainment of his club’s goals? Or will he put the club and their lives at risk to follow his heart?

When lies and secrets come between them, can they overcome everything to find their own piece of heaven?

{ about nicole james } .

Nicole JamesNicole James grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. As a child, she wrote her first book, Charlie the Firefly, at the age of eight. Her mother knew long before she did that she would someday become an author. Growing up, she spent many happy weekends and summers in Michigan at a cabin on a lake. Winters, she loved to ski. As an adult, Nicole has traveled all over the West and South. She has lived in Illinois, Arizona, Georgia and Alabama. She has a love of motorcycles, writing, reading and the beach. Her favorite city is New Orleans. She loves music of all kinds, but especially the blues. She has two wonderful sisters, two fabulous kids, one awesome son-in-law, and an adorable granddaughter

{ review } .

I wasn't expecting a step-brother romance when I opened this.

And while, sure, earlier in the week I mentioned that I feel Alex Abbott does them the best, in my opinion...

I think I found a step-sibling romance I like almost more. What made this one work for the taboo scene was that Ghost (then, Billy) and Jess had been step-siblings for many years, and during those hormonal years at that. Their parents have since split, Jess's full brother has died, and Jess and Ghost haven't seen one another in years --

...but she was the one he couldn't forget; as was he for her.

What made this step-brother further work for me (and it was likely the driving force) was that there wasn't an emphasis on the fact that their parents had been married once upon a time. There wasn't any annoying 'little sister' remarks or 'my stepbrother pounded into me' ones, either -- and I appreciated it. We simply had two broken people who were 'related' for one moment in time, that were attracted to one another, and had been, and were now thrown into life together, once again.

I loved how protective Ghost was of Jess -- even though he wanted to strangle her for the trouble she got into.

While in the next review, I state that I loved WOLF the most, this one was equally as good, yet in a different manner. Nicole James has made a fan out of me!

Self-Published | April 26, 2015 | Romantic Suspense
Evil Dead MC, book 4


The Evil Dead Motorcycle Club gave Wolf his nickname. They said it was because women stood about as much chance with him as Little Red Riding Hood stood against The Big Bad Wolf. And maybe that was true.

For Wolf, when it comes to his club, he’s all about loyalty. He loves his brothers, he loves the freedom of the road, and he loves his independence. When it comes to women, Wolf is all about the chase. He likes the hunt, he likes the challenge, and he loves women. And for the hot-as-hell badass biker, they’ve always come too easily. But they never fully satisfy him.

That is, until he met Crystal.

Buried under that hard-edged sexy-as-sin tomboy with the smartass mouth that can put any brother in the MC in his place, is a feminine side she only reveals when pushed. And Wolf is just the man to push. Problem is she’s the only woman to ever push back. Which only makes him more determined to have her.

Life in the Evil Dead MC isn’t easy, and neither is loving one of them. It’s a life that can leave a man scarred and bloody. And sometimes the fallout is far reaching and takes more than a man is willing to give.

It can be just as risky for any woman brave enough to love one of them.

The scars of life run deep, for both of them.

Sometimes life doesn’t give you a fairytale, sometimes you have to make your own.

And sometimes it takes a spitfire to tame a hell-raiser.

{ review } .

What I loved most about this second chance story was that we get the after AND the before. We get the second chance, but also the first chance. I loved watching the beginning of Wolf and Crystal's relationship, how the two of them were terrible for one another at the beginning yet their hearts were drawn to the other. I loved how the club recognized that they were one another kryptonite and while hot and heavy one moment, had the ability to completely tear the other person down --

And then when it did all fall apart, they were both very much torn down.

Crystal's finally in a good place again when she runs into the club she used to hang with, and with them, she sees Wolf again. Wolf has loved Crystal since he met her; he just never told her while she was awake. One of the biggest problems the two of these people face was their inability to talk some things. Wolf would leave Crystal, assuming she understood why -- left at night for the club; didn't wake her. He does this more than once, before and after, and it leaves Crystal feeling like nothing to him, when in all honesty, she is, and has always been, everything to him.

Hands down, my favorite in this Evil Dead series...

You know... of the two I've read. But I have a feeling I'll like the other books, as I loved everyone's interactions here!

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