Tuesday, May 24, 2016

review || HAUNT { blog tour } by JC Emery

Haunt (Bayonet Scars, No. 6)
Left Break Press | May 21, 2016 | MC Romance
Bayonet Scars, book 6


Kings rule men. Queens rule kings.

Wyatt Strand is a hard man. He has hard features, speaks with harsh words, and has a hardened heart. Having served the Forsaken Motorcycle Club as Vice President, Wyatt is used to taking responsibility for his brothers, but when he’s handed the gavel everything changes. His brothers are now his men and the threat from the Italian mafia still looms in the distance. A president needs focus, but that’s nearly impossible when his old lady blows back into town and drops two very large bombshells on him.

Amber Wallace is a tough woman, but an even fiercer mother. She once told a lie to protect her unborn child that tore her away from the man she loves. And now, years later, she’s coming home to make amends. Wyatt’s changed, but the club hasn’t. Women are to be obedient. Unfortunately for Forsaken, Amber’s not about to let a few rules stop her from living the life she always imagined.

The Forsaken Motorcycle Club started a war with the Italian mafia and they’ve paid dearly for that choice. With a new president at the helm, the wheels are finally in motion to take down Mancuso once and for all. Even if it means taking the fight back to where it began.

Love is never more beautiful than when it consumes you.

{ about jc emery } .

As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can't imagine a climate more beautiful.

JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.

{ excerpt } .

“You told our son that we’re sleeping in the same bed,” I say accusingly.

“We are.” His voice is low, his breath heating my skin. I breathe him in only to wish I hadn’t. He smells like burgers and root beer—because that’s what he had with dinner, a freaking root beer—but underneath all of that is his spicy scent that can’t be from a soap or shampoo. It’s just Wyatt. I’ve missed it so much that at times it felt like I was suffocating without it. Like, if I couldn’t remember how he smells I’d just waste away to nothing right then and there. It never happened. God was never that generous, but it felt real enough that it could be a serious possibility at the time.

Wyatt slides his hand down from my jaw to my chest, laying his palm flat against my heart. His eyes fall closed and I swear, I think I’m watching him listen to my heartbeat. It’s crazy fast now with the way he’s touching me. His calloused fingers press so gently but determinedly against my bare skin. The scoop neck I’m wearing used to have a higher neckline before my kid make it her personal mission to work out by yanking on my clothes all the time. Now though, I’m grateful for Piper’s annoying yanking on clothes because I can’t imagine having his hand over a thin layer of cotton.

“I love you, you stupid woman,” Wyatt says softly. His eyes are still closed, prompting mine to shutter closed as well. I breathe him in and keep quiet. I shouldn’t give in to this, but I’m a selfish creature. I want my man back if even for a night. Wyatt presses his lips softly against mine. I move into him, but still he doesn’t remove his hand from my heart. Our kiss is soft and full of promise and hope and it absolutely slays me.

Hope is the death of all things.“If you were done with me, with us, I’d know. Your heart wouldn’t be beating this hard. But it is. I’m a part of you, even if you don’t want me to be. So yeah, we sleep in the same bed.”

{ review } .

Ah, this crew, this crew...

It's been a little bit since we've gotten a taste of this group of bikers and their ladies; I was so excited to dive back in! The war and fall of the Mancuso Crime Family is here...

*Side note: I just had to go back and read Ian and Mindy. I absolutely adored their story and growth. But then there's Duke and Nik... maybe I'll read them next.

In what is the true peak of this war, we have Wyatt and Amber, a couple who have a past and if they don't do something... a past is all their going to have. When Amber comes back to town with her secrets on display, the fireworks between these two start up all over again.

Both of our leads are a bit different from everyone else. Amber has her soft moments like Alex, but her angsty moments like Nik. Wyatt has the gruff and grit of all out bikers, and the regrets that some of the others do as well... it's simply how these two handle themselves. The growth of our characters, especially Wyatt, was one of the strongest in this book than in others. Wyatt's choices, and then even things as simple as his words for Amber at the very end, are what make him an outstanding man in this Bayonet world.

Add to the emotional, romantic factor, the suspense factor and you have what is the peak of these Bayonet books. The war, Alex's past and her present, the group, the fighting, the deaths, the new lives... Everything was handled very well in this book. There are definitely some sad moments, of course, sad moments that will eventually be wrapped up in the next, and last, book, Cease. I am curious to see how Ms. Emery is going to write the story of the matriarch and patriarch of this family, and how it all will be wrapped and finished...

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