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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle Club Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on January 28, 2014
Holy Hot Biker Men! This is only my third book with the backdrop being a motorcycle club and a biker hero. I was intrigued to explore this recently popular anti-hero romance genre so I took the opportunity to read one by an author who came highly recommended. This is the second book in the series and I haven’t read the first one, but I had no trouble jumping right into the world and the characters. The plot involves a different couple.
This is Ruger and Sophie’s story. Their story spans several years beginning when Sophie was a teenager and dating Zach, Ruger’s step-brother. Zach is a slime. He takes Sophie’s virginity and a broken condom gets her pregnant all while he is cheating on her and partying away his life. Ruger is the one who is there for her when Noah is born and he is there for her over the years at other times when she is finally on her own and away from Zach. It’s not until something bad happens and she is out of resources that Ruger steps in and tells her enough is enough. She’s coming home with him so he can help both her and Noah.
Sophie wants nothing to do with the Reapers nor Ruger because she wants to raise Noah in a safe environment and she wants a guy who will commit to her. Ruger wants her just as much as she wants him and he loves Noah, but he doesn’t want to be tied down which is the deal breaker for both of them. Trouble from a rival club convinces Sophie that she was right, but unfortunately that trouble puts her right in the crosshairs of things. For once, she might have to help rescue herself.
I really took to this story from the moment Sophie is introduced and Ruger comes along in the scene to help her deliver the baby. I was caught up in what was happening when things went bad with Sophie’s neighbor and Ruger came back into her life. Their initial spats, Sophie’s intro to the Reapers’ MC world and barely suppressed attraction was great. The dangers in this one were well written and gritty keeping me on edge as the characters went through the stuff. I got nervous after the opening scenes and things settled down when the pace slowed down and it was more a contest of wills between Ruger and Sophie. I was worried it would get angsty and she would start doing stupid stuff just to be defiant and petulant. It didn’t. Only issue was the end during Horse and Marie’s wedding- which was still enjoyable- when I just wanted things to come to a point between Ruger and Sophie and I was forced to wait.
Kudos to Sophie for having some brains and keeping the stupid in check even when Ruger drove her nuts. It was so refreshing that the relationship conflict was over something that made sense to me and that the danger came from exterior sources that weren’t a result of dumb choices or should I say dumb choices that didn’t make sense because hey, unrequited passion and a hero’s stubbornness will make any woman crazy. Sophie had a really good head on her shoulders. She had gone through so much and had to take care of herself. I love that she had self-respect and wouldn’t be a doormat. Even when she got mad, she still gave others their due. She might want to disagree on principle when it came to her take charge brother in law, but she went along with it when she knew he was right. Her friend Kimber was just a crack up and tended to lead Sophie astray, but least she did it with dash.
This is a quote that defines Sophie’s thinking:
“Things had changed between us in a profound way. Something I think we both knew. All our fighting and nitpicking seemed silly now. So did all my agonizing about whether or not I should be with him. Once a man disposes of a body for you, the moral high ground has been lost. Nothing says commitment like ‘accessory to murder’.” p. 331 Reaper’s Legacy
And just as I found Sophie a refreshing and enjoyable character, Ruger is a favorite too. Guy had me the moment he went gooey eyed over baby Noah and continued to be a strong support to Sophie and Noah. He’s as alpha as are most bikers and wanted to hold tightly to both this little family he cared for and his carefree lifestyle. He was honest about himself and honest with Sophie and didn’t play games. He was one of the horniest heroes I’ve read in a while, but it was fun to see Sophie get him all wrapped up in knots so he couldn’t even enjoy those pursuits anymore unless it was with her. Only niggle I had is that like Sophie, I wanted all the stories behind his tattoos. A few were told, but not all. Tatted and pierced with a lethal body…Ruger is yummo.
My take on this one is that I will definitely continue with this series. The backdrop is well-written, the characters were engaging as was the plot line. I can’t wait for Em’s story and to find out what happened between her and the rival MC leader, Hunter. This series is for those who want to check out a Motorcycle Club romance that doesn’t go too dark or get too angsty, but does deliver on the straight up honest passion and danger.
Thank you to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.