Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Thrash by JC Emery - Review

Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.
As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.
Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn't have, and then lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.
The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.
Love is never more precious than when it’s new.

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I highly recommend reading Ride before reading Thrash.  While it's not a requirement, since Thrash is told during the setting of the first book Ride it helps to understand what happened in Ride first.

It's not secret that I wasn't a huge fan of Ride.  I just really wasn't a Ryan fan AT ALL.  I knew even before the tour was announced for Thrash that I would be reading right?  Why?  Because the appearance of Duke in Ride left me wanting more of him and he did not disappoint.

Nic has been a Lost Girl at the Forsaken Motorcycle Club for a long time.  She's seen her way around the club more than once, but the entire time she's kept her distance from the one man with the ability to bring her to her knees, Duke.  She's always been attracted to Duke, even before he became a Prospect for The Forsaken.  There's so many unresolved feelings she has for Duke and she knows that even one night in his arms has the ability to break her.

Nic doesn't need complications in her life.  She's been left to raise her younger brother Jeremy when her dad was sent of to prison during a deal that went bad for the Forsaken.  Her brother is determined to fight her at every turn and does everything he can to rebel.  Nic has been struggling for a long time to support both her and her brother and the one constant she can look forward to her in life is the club.  Her dad being a member of the club makes her so much more than just a Lost Girl, she's family and family protects their own.  But Nic has done well to hide her struggles from those at the club and doesn't want or need a complication like Duke in her life.

One night will change everything.  One night in Duke's arms will never be enough.  Drunk and finally tired of fighting the feelings she's had for Duke for so many years, Nic gives in and sleeps with Duke.  Their passion will ignite and Duke will do the one thing he's never done before, claim a woman.  That woman, is Nic.  But things have an odd way of turning out.  This is a bad time for the club.  They must battle against the Mancuso family who has followed the princess of the family, Alex who is now under the protection of the Forsaken.  One of their own is willing to do anything to protect the girl he's fallen in love with and the club must stand together and fight to protect their family.  Nic does the one thing that she thinks is right when she was claimed, and that was to stay away from the club.  Problem?  Duke never comes looking for her.  Struggling to eat and keep her job as her brother acts out more and more, Nic must also struggle with her growing feelings for Duke as he barrels back into her life at full speed and is determined to show her how great they can be together.

But someone from her past has come back into the picture, someone that Nic is afraid of.  Can Duke finally prove to Nic that she has always been more than just a Lost Girl and that she deserves love in her life?  Or will circumstances and their own ability to destroy one another ruin any chance they have at happiness?

I loved the return of the Forsaken MC.  So often I get bored after the first book, it's a rare thing to have the opposite happen and have the second book hook me in a way that the first book never did.  I loved Duke and Nic.  They had so many unresolved feelings for one another and Duke's need to protect Nic was well, down right hott.  I absolutely loved every second of this book and the return of all the characters from Ride as their stories continue.  I really hope Diesel gets a story because that's one biker who needs to find himself a good woman, plus I could use a book about him.  I know already that THAT story will be a home run out of the park.  I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it for all my girls out there that love themselves a good biker novel.

***ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review***
About the Author
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.



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