Persuasion by Violetta Rand #Review

Posted December 7, 2015 by Shari in Reviews / 12 Comments

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Persuasion by Violetta Rand #Review
Persuasion

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Series: High Stakes #1
Genres: Motorcycle Club Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on December 8, 2015
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Sometimes you feel like a motorcycle romance and this was the time, but unfortunately it didn’t satisfy the cravings I was looking for in a story. On bit was the fact the author said Sons of Anarchy gave us all the wrong idea about MCs, when at the end of the story I felt this one was not that much different from what I saw on SoA. I agree that each MC is different and you can’t just judge them each as a cookie cutter type of club, but if you are going to say they are different, then write them differently. In fact, this story had a total SoA vibe to it without really being as good as the TV show.

The heroine Lily Gallo has just moved to Texas to get a new start on her life. Her parents are divorcing, a incident happened at he school she taught and she wasn’t connecting to any of the men she dated. She needed a change and a new start. Moving to Texas to be close to a college friend sounded great and counciling  kids at a high school her passion. Her first night out, she gets hit upon by a MC club and the Sons of Odin step in to rescue her.

Lang Anderson is the newly minted president of the Sons of Odin after the current one gets arrested with really no good chance of escaping justice. He’s got members betraying the club, numbers are down, and a lot of other shit he didn’t want in his life. His parents were in a motorcycle accident a year ago, dying, and now he is the guardian of his three younger sisters. Life isn’t easy and he is weighted by his decisions.

These two get to know each other, but both feel they are wrong for each other. One night in the bar and they think they will never see each other until Lang shows up at school to enroll his sister Maya and runs smack dab into Lily again. This time he isn’t going to resist and he’s going to show her what club life is all about.

Let’s be clear, in SoA, Jax has kids and a wife…he becomes president when he doesn’t want to be and then tries to get out. Oh and they run guns like Lang, don’t run drugs (well, they tried not to) like Lang and they have traitors in the mix like Lang. Lang runs a nightclub while Jax was running an escort service. Both wanted the best for their clubs, so how were they so different as the author said in the beginning of the book?

Next…Lily falls hard, and fast. She’s a feminist and I can’t blame her, but that really has no great place in a MC. Lang wants more for his sisters than to be old ladies. He is a hypocrite. While he has passarounds, he thinks he is protecting them with the club, but doesn’t think of how these women are someone’s daughter or sister. Yeah, life might be better now, but it still isn’t great. So when I see Lily kind of just accepting things, I want to pinch her to wake up…it’s only cock, dear.

Lang isn’t a bad guy. He loves his sisters and will do anything for them. He falls for Lily as well and just having an affair with her isn’t a enough, he wants to patch her as his. There is all the usual threats he has to face and one gets close to ending his dream world.

Overall, I was just disappointed in the story. If the hero says he is going to tie her up and make her come all night on his mouth, then damn it, I want that, not it ending after he gets off. Even if you fade to black, do what you say or you just sound like you are bragging. I find that annoying in stories. All the big talk, but once the scene starts, they back down.

The club business seems to involve a lot of beatings as well. When you patch in, when you patch out, when you are just standing around. It’s all murky and not as clean cut as I am used too. They own a business, but run guns, but we don’t see a lot about either business.

Lily’s parents play a small part in her story as they are going through a divorce. Lily’s mom isn’t taking it so well since the father cheated on her then proposed to the mistress. So this is probably the most traumatic thing Lily thinks about. Not the incident that happens at her last school. Lily has a best friend that is in an out of the story and even is dating another biker.

It was a confusing and dissatisfy story, but in the end the two truly love each other and are willing to make sacrifices. It just didn’t hit the right note with me.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Mary Kirkland
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Probably not the right book for me but I enjoyed the review.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I didn’t really enjoy it, so I won’t be continuing the series. I like some MC romances, but really they are hit and miss.

Lily B
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so…. she took SoA plot line, character and made it into her own book? eh.. most of the MC books have been a fail for me, very stereotypical.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I was ok with it being like SoA, but to say in the beginning MC life isn’t anything like that and then write a story that is pretty much like that, well….it set a wrong note with me since I just watched all of SoA recently.

Sophia Rose
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I think that introduction of what a book is not going to be and then it is would be disappointing to me, too.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Exactly! Don’t say that kind of stuff and then contradict yourself. Just sets up a bad precedence of what I am reading.

Christy LoveOfBooks
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“it’s only cock, dear.” lol. Word. Haha, yeah, why make the statement about SoA and then basically use the same formula.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Glad you liked that one! Seriously, I don’t believe women are overcome by a man’s cock that they forget who they are and want to be.

Lover Of Romance
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It is always disappointing with stories like this one. Where it has some moments that you like but you aren’t invested into the story.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I liked the characters at first, but everything just seemed off about the story. Like the author was writing about something she didn’t understand. Not saying she didn’t, just that it felt that way.

Lola
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Oh that’s a bit disapointing when the author starst the book saying this will be very different and then it turns out it isn’t. I am sorry this didn’t hit the right note for you. It does sound nice how these two really care for reach other and are willing to make sacrifices.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

They do care and he does something drastic for her, I just didn’t feel the angst that made him make that decision. It just felt off from beginning to end.