Monday, July 17, 2017

Biker B*tch by Andie J. Christopher

Skyler Clark knows she'll have to face her past when returns to the Russian River Valley to make pinot noir. People in the small town where she grew up haven't forgotten her father – a country doctor turned outlaw motorcycle club president – and his fall from grace. But as long as she keeps her own business squeaky clean and stays away from bikers, she'll be fine.

Abner Travis sold his family's vineyard and winery to build up his business. And he's the president of a clean motorcycle club that does things the overburdened sheriff's department can't. He's too busy making sculptures for Hollywood directors and quietly sabotaging meth labs to chase a woman. But now that Skyler's all grown up, he wants her for his own. He just has to convince her that their dark, shared history shouldn't get in the way.

Travis is the one thing Skyler can't resist, but she doesn’t believe they can last. When her father's old club puts Skyler's business and safety at risk, she has to decide whether to place her trust in Travis or to walk away. And Travis has to decide how much he'll give up to keep the woman he loves.

Warning: Contains a dead sexy biker who will pull on your pigtails, but only if you beg.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
At 18, Skyler left the Russian River Valley broken in every way. Her father was sent to prison on a murder charge and the boy she loved with all of her 18-year-old heart rebuffed her.

The boy who rebuffed her? Well, he's now the president of an MC and all Skyler can see is that he's become just like her father. She expected more of Travis. After all, it was her father who played a huge part in getting his brother killed.

Both Skyler and Travis have issues that stem from the events of ten years ago and each are trying to work through those issues as best they know how. Travis is taking a proactive approach while Skyler is growing adept at hiding her head in the sand.

A good book and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

I'm not sure I would consider this one an MC read. It was more Travis was part of an MC but the story didn't revolve around that setting. Skyler is moving back to the town she grew up in. Her father was the town doctor and the President of a 1% club. She was dragged into club business that got them both arrested and her best friend's brother killed. She's been in love with Abner Travis for as long as she can remember when she throws herself at him and he denies her by breaking her heart, she leaves town. Now she's back and Travis is the one person she hopes to avoid, but buying his parent's land makes that all but impossible. One thing she despises is an MC club and to find out Travis is part of one and her father's past has come to destroy her future, Travis is the only one that can help her.

This had a great plot but I felt like I was missing something. I don't know what, but I needed just a bit more.

OMG! The drama! Rival biker gangs, exploding meth labs, a manipulative wealthy ex-boyfriend, and a childhood friend who is both a successful artist and the leader of a justice seeking biker gang make for an interesting life when Skyler returns to her hometown as an adult. Part small town romance and part crime story, this isn’t quite the biker story I expected from the title.

The main romance in this story is between Skyler and her childhood friend, Travis. After the gang crime that destroyed both of their families, Travis now runs a clean biker gang that carries out vigilante justice for the police. Skyler thinks Travis is still working with the gang that killed his brother and put her father in prison. The chemistry between these two is hot but the miscommunication between them becomes frustrating after a time.

I felt that there were too many other things happening in this novel and the huge cast of characters quickly became confusing for me. I didn’t quite follow the biker gang conflict or the Meth storyline and I struggled to follow the relationship between Skyler and her father. Add in the slightly dysfunctional relationship Skyler has with her best friend, a wealthy tech entrepreneur, and her relationship with an increasingly sinister college boyfriend and I was thoroughly confused at times. There are too many filler details in this story and too many subplots that start but never go anywhere.

There aren’t many nice or good people in Skyler and Travis’ lives. I’m not even sure how much I liked Skyler by the end of the story. She feels very young for her age and some of her actions are quite selfish and thoughtless. I did like Travis and his alternative gang and I’d really like it if the next book focuses more on the men and their gang rather than the events and people in their small town.

With a title like this, how could I say no? I had an idea of how this story would go but the name fooled me. I don’t think Skyler Clark is much of a biker bitch at all. In fact, she's a winemaker. Leaving her home in wine country, and her 1% outlaw biker dad, Skyler moves to France after college to become a vintner. Coming back home to run the vineyard at her old neighbor's place, she finds herself back in the town where it all went wrong and where her dad went to jail. Also, back to Travis, Abner Travis to be exact. He's her childhood crush who subsequently crushed her teenaged heart after his rejection graduation night.

So, the story has a lot of stuff going on, there's the 1% MC that got her dad sent up to Chino for murder, then there's Travis' club that is trying to keep the drugs out of the small town. We have meth cookers and wine makers side by side in this small Californian town. There's also high class, rich, best friends who are funding Skyler's dreams and ex-boyfriends in the fray. Skyler has a bit of an identity crisis. Is she a biker b*tch or is she an up and coming vintner? I had a hard time finding her identity myself. Travis is well written though, he's alpha and rough. He knows what he wants and who he is, he has no qualms getting it done. Some pretty steamy scenes and good chemistry between Skyler and Travis! Then there's the town sheriff and there is also the 1%'s Sergeant of Arms for the Santos Diablos, Deacon. Deacon lets Skyler go when he should have killed her! So, who exactly is Deacon?? I’m unsure if these side characters are as they seem at first. So, the next book seems to be set up well with a good amount of curiosity built in. I enjoyed the story with its many twists and turns, even if at times I thought it was a tad long-winded. The ending seemed a bit rushed and the epilogue gives a nice ending, but a ton of loose ends. Entertaining for sure!

This is the first in a new series, and introduces the set up in a very natural and interesting way. It also gives us plenty of characters who should be in line for a happily ever after of their own in future instalments.

We immediately get to understand the problems facing the current couple, as we are given a snippet of their past – but we also get to see that they are definitely meant to be together, even if life tears them apart.

Skip forward to now, and their careers have crossed, he has traded in wine making for bikes, and she is now a talented and well qualified wine creator, about to revitalise the Travis winery. The attraction, however, is as strong and inconvenient as ever. Skyler faces many difficulties returning to her home town, thanks to her incarcerated father, and an unfounded reputation. And as we watch these play out, Travis does his best to deal with the feelings of possessiveness that he can no longer deny. It makes for a drama filled romance, that is for sure – although, when the two of them get together, it is passion fuelled for sure!

There are some lovely side characters, such as Sara and Debbie, and some super bad ones like Deacon, who all combine to add a real feeling of community to the book – even if a damaged one on the underside. I'm keen to read on and find out more, so hopefully the next instalment will be available soon.

USA Today Bestselling author Andie J. Christopher writes edgy, funny, sexy contemporary romance. She grew up in a family of voracious readers, and picked up her first Harlequin Romance novel at age twelve when she’d finished reading everything else in her grandmother’s house. It was love at first read. It wasn’t too long before she started writing her own stories — her first heroine drank Campari and wore a lot of Esprit.

Although, she set aside writing fiction for a while, her love of romance novels stayed with her through college, law school, and multiple cross-country moves. During one long East Coast winter, she decided writing a book would be a good excuse to avoid braving the elements. It was love at first write. Her heroes are dirty-talking alphas, and her heroines traded Esprit for Free People. (None of them would turn down a Campari, though.)

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Biker B*tch (Heaven's Sinners #1) by Andie J. Christopher to read and review.

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