Thursday, August 16, 2018

To Have and to Harley by Regina Cole

You may now kiss the biker

Bethany Jernigan owes her bestie. Big time. So when wedding planning overburdens the bride-to-be, Bethany steps in to handle the nitty-gritty. But the guy in charge isn't anything like she imagined. He's gruff, tattooed, and 100% male. His staff is even rougher around the edges, and it's not long before she feels as if she's stepped into some kind of crazy alternate reality.

Are those... bikers? Arguing about wedding favors?

Trey Harding never wanted this to get so out of hand. One little lie somehow snowballed into a world of dresses and flowers and food and holy-hell-he's-in-over-his-head. But it's not like he can confess he's not the wedding planner he's pretending to be—especially now that he's falling for the maid of honor! His charade is becoming a farce, and as engines rev and ribbons fly, Trey's running out of time to figure out how to tell the truth without losing his new family, his crew... or the woman of his dreams.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars

Not a traditional motorcycle club book in that the MC life is not written about as in typical MC books. There is no clubhouse, discussion of "cuts" or titles of President, Vice-President, etc.

What we have is a group of men, the Iron Shadows, who do vigilante work as well as private security. What we know about Trey Harding is that he is the leader of the Iron Shadows and the other men follow his lead. Having been tossed around in foster care for most of his life, he's stunned to find out that his birth mother has been looking for him.

Bethany Jernigan is his new sister Sarah's closest friend and she lived with his family after her father died. Beth is determined to make sure that Trey doesn't take advantage of his new family and is going to do her best to protect them. Until she begins to fall for Trey.

The story is a good, the wedding planning a little unbelievable at times, but overall a good book. I want to read book two see what else is going on with the Iron Shadows.

This is not your typical motorcycle club (MC) story, with Trey being the leader and the rest of the guys – they take down drug dealers and try to keep their town clean. Trey has always thought he was left by his mother and he was raised in the foster care system. So, he didn't have much growing up. When he met the guys in his group, they became his family. When a man shows up telling him that his real mother wants to see him, Trey can't believe it. He doesn't know what to do or how to act. All of a sudden, he has a mother and a sister but learns his father died a few years ago.

Bethany is like a sister to Sarah and has just lost her job. She goes to the only family she can trust. And the funny thing is, they aren't even her real family. The Yelverton's had taken Bethany in after she became BFFs with Sarah. So when things go wrong in her life, Bethany goes to see Mama Yelverton, who seems to make things better.

Bethany thinks that Trey is using Mama Yelverton to get money, he can't be her son. Just look at him, he is all muscle and tattoos. And when Bethany really looks at him, she likes what she sees. As Bethany and Trey get closer, their feelings grow stronger. But Trey can't let her find out what he really does or that he is in an MC. But the feelings are coming too fast and both are falling fast for the other.

Can Trey slow things down before it's too late? Will Mama Yelverton run him off when she learns the truth? What will Bethany do after she learns what he really does? Can Sarah forgive his lies?

I really liked this story but at times it seemed kind of out there at times. Although Bethany was strong, she was a pushover with her own family, I would have loved for her to stand up and fight for her dad's things. I was torn between three and four stars but went with four stars because of the way it ended, you have to love an ending that can make you laugh. I can't wait to read more from this series and see who it will be about next.

Regina Cole, writer, wife, mom of twins, potter, cook, and professional procrastinator, loves sharing make-believe with readers. She’s an unapologetic romantic and Korean drama addict, and is proud to bait her own hooks and take her own fish off the line, thank you very much. Her greatest ambition is to make a vase that her kids could hide in. Powered by mini-marshmallows, she and her wonderful family live in eastern North Carolina.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of To Have and to Harley (Bikers & Brides #1) by Regina Cole to read and review.

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