Review: Running Blind by S.E. Jakes

Posted October 12, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Running Blind by S.E. Jakes
Running Blind

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Series: Havoc #2
Genres: M/M Romance, Motorcycle Club Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide
Released on September 24, 2018
Pages: 254
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

He’s a dead man.  One MC thinks he’s a traitor and he’s hiding what he really is to yet another.  All while trying to help his brother.  Talk about an adrenaline rush.  I craved this one so much and it didn’t stint on the gut-clenching thrills and hot and dirty-style romance in the biker world.


Running Blind is book two in the Havoc series.  In a pinch, it could be read out of order, but I thought it had a natural build on the book before it which has ties to the author’s other series set in the MC world..

Running Blind picks up time-wise after the events of Running Wild, but shifts to two new characters and all new conflicts involving the Havoc MC.  Linc, the best friend of the hero in book one goes missing and his brother Bram, in spite of his own troubles comes running.  He’s an ATF agent who was embedded in a hellish world for two years.  He saw and did things in the Heathen MC that ate at his very soul.  Now, they’ve branded him a traitor and are coming to get him after someone sold him out.  He suspects it was his own boss and he doesn’t even know why.  Things get worse when he discovers its the Havoc MC his brother owed money and then skipped town.  Bram doesn’t do things by half and the first guy he grabs to forget his troubles just happens to be the Havoc MC President.
Sweet knows that Bram is their way to Linc and that Bram is all kinds of trouble.  He can’t help himself.  From the very beginning this wild guy with death in his eyes and a nothing left to lose attitude is the first one to move him in years.  He has given everything for Havoc and it has his full loyalty and duty, but for once he wants this for himself though he knows he should keep his distance from Bram.

This author is the queen of tough, gritty, hard spot situation romantic suspense.  Her heroes are rough and wild and unapologetic.  They are broken men who live on the edge, but they have a sense of honor.  I’ve enjoyed several of her books in this world and her other romantic suspense worlds.  There’s pulse-pumping sizzling hot loving and edge of your seat action.  I like the pinch of suspense, but also that these are not easy and light.  The characters are flawed and they challenge each other and never make it easy.

The clash between biker clubs and the setting of the Havoc world was well done as was the way the characters interacted with each other.  The camaraderie of the Havoc brothers but also with a few other peripheral characters was great.

All in all, this fast-paced rush of a story dragged me along with it and flipping pages madly to see what came next.  I can’t wait for the next book in the series.  Those who like firecracker hot and gritty m/m biker romantic suspense should give this book/series a try.

I rec’d this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.


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About S.E. Jakes

SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want.

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SE Jakes is the pen-name of New York Times Bestselling Author Stephanie Tyler (and half of Sydney Croft!)

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Laurie | Bark's Books
3 years ago

I read Bound by Honor by this author and keep meaning to read another. Why must I have to work for a living when there are so many books that need to be read?!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I need to go back and read that series. It was the beginning one. I’ve read a few series that spun off it. I’ve done pretty good keeping up with her MC series and spin-offs, but not that one.

LOL, I have told people that it would take two lifetimes for me to read all the books on my TBR pile and wish list. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Being undercover in a rough MC would be frightening! Gritty suspense is sometimes a little tough for me. I don’t like torture or beatings in my reading, but if I want to read the story enough I’ll usually skim those parts. Glad to hear this was a hit for you, Sophia Rose! Wonderful review! 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yeah, I’m the same. No worries about having to read torture or beatings. It’s mentioned and described a little, but not in the actual scenes- just referenced. Thanks, Rachel!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I am not a fan of MC stories and cannot imagine being undercover. The suspense angle sounds good!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yeah, his undercover assignment sounded pretty hellish. But then his brother gets in trouble with another MC and I felt so bad that he had to go from one to the other until I realized this guy thrived in danger. LOL

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

I do like bikers. This sounds like a pretty good book.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yeah, it was one intense ride, Mary.

3 years ago

Sounds good and I love the cover. Not all MC Romances have plot beyond porn and violence. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Northwoman

I’ve enjoyed four of her biker books and mostly because the balance is suspense and action that is edgy, but not just violence for shocker purposes. I’d say these are moderate compared to the hardcore biker romances that are more porn and violence.

3 years ago

That’s quite an interesting setting there!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

It really was. What a scary place to be undercover.