Friday, November 7, 2014

ARC REVIEW: Rev (Bayonet Scars #3) by J.C. Emery

Title/Series: Rev | Bayonet Scars #3
Author: J.C. Emery
Publisher: Left Break Press
Published: May 19th 2014
Format: eARC | Pages: 360
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: InkSlinger PR
★★★★★ (5/5) Stars!!!

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Everyone belongs somewhere. Even the misfits.

With the looming threat from the Mancuso Crime Family, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club is preparing for a war that could destroy them. Grady, the club’s Sergeant-at-Arms, knows that love makes you weak, and he has zero interest in adding to his liabilities– especially now. He’s already got his teenage daughter who keeps him on his toes and a beef within the club that could fracture his relationship with a fellow brother for good.

For Holly Mercer, her life is finally getting on track and the last thing she wants is trouble from her hometown’s resident outlaws. Keeping her nose clean is easier said than done, when suddenly she finds herself embroiled in club business. Holly might like the idea of being with a real-life bad boy, but even being in the same room with tough-as-nails Grady flusters her.

When Holly inadvertently finds herself on Mancuso’s radar, she has two choices: trust that Grady will protect her, or continue to refuse the club’s help. Both roads are dangerous, but only one has the chance to damage her beyond repair.

Love is never more dangerous than when it can destroy you.

I received a copy of this book from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

Before I start things off with this review there's something I need to get out there for those of you considering this series. As I've stated in the previous reviews for the first two books this is a dark romance series. There's usually something big that happens before the end of each book and the "holy shit!" factor is being upped with each book so far. There is a scene nearing the end of Rev that is frankly...quite disturbing and very, very graphic. For those who are slightly squeamish, oh hell even for those who are tough to crack, this will be very hard to read. I myself ended up having to skim through it at a certain point. Just know this ahead of going in, but honestly that still might not even prepare you for it.

Moving on...

The scene takes me back to being in high school and wondering what it’d be like to date a bad boy. That was when I thought only bad boys could be no good for you.

From the moment I started this series I've been pretty much consumed by it. I've read these first three books in just a few short days. From the opening of Ride I was sucked in and hopelessly intrigued by them and the characters. I've lost track of time and lost sleep, I'd start off telling myself "I'll just read for a couple hours and then I'll go to bed." which would later turn into "it's 3am?! When did that happen?!" Which sucks when your alarm goes off 3 hours later...

I bet she’s so tightly wound that she’s never even jaywalked before.

Having not really known much about Grady ahead of time, except for like his position in the club, and Holly being an entirely new character Rev was a surprise for me all the way around. Right off the bat I liked Holly. She's different from the girls in the first two books. Alex having grown up a mafia princess and Nicole having grown up in the lifestyle and raised by one of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club. So they're both used to strong, dominant, take no bullshit assholes. Holly is, while not entirely innocent by any means, she has a past of her own, but it's nothing compared what she comes up against getting mixed in with the club. I absolutely loved her. She is tough as all hell, she doesn't back down from Grady or let him intimidate her, she has a heart of gold. It was a lot of fun seeing her get mixed into their crazy world and watching her try to adapt.

The man emits intimidation and sex appeal like they’re disposable, yet charm is something he lacks.

For a bit I didn't think I was going to like Grady like I have both Duke and Ryan. Due to some heavy events from the first book Grady has a major beef with Ryan. We're talking punches being thrown level of beef. And being a big fan of Ryan I wasn't having Grady's attitude. Though the more you get to know the guy the easier it is to understand and see his point of view with the situation. He has eventually come to be my favorite guy from the series so far (though Jeremy may give him a run for his money in the next book!) I think maybe it's the whole single dad thing and seeing him interact with his daughter, Cheyenne. He's seriously probably one of the meanest and toughest guys in the club so far but seeing him be daddy to a teenage girl...well it melts your freaking heart pretty quickly!

I won’t let this man be number eight.

I'm sure you're probably thinking to yourself, "Well, Sheri, you gave us that huge warning at the beginning and yet you still gave it 5 stars...that just doesn't make sense!" I will try to explain without spoilers because honestly I think, aside from that one scene, this was my absolute favorite book so far in the series. Hands down. I feel like though, if you look at this book as if it were a true story, or hell even a movie or something, the events from the end of book two lead up to the situation in this one happening. If you look at the types of people that you're dealing with it's plausible and very real. Did I like it? Oh fuck no! Two innocent people got fucked up both mentally and one physically. Just because the realness of the situation was hard to process, doesn't mean it lessened how much I've enjoyed this book or even the series this far. All I know is, by this point, I can definitely handle whatever J.C. Emery throws at us next! Um...I think...

I'm beyond excited for Crush and Burn to release and I'm hoping so much that they won't be the end. There's still a couple guys at least who I'd like to have a story (Diesel). I'm still just as hooked as I was when I finished Ride but sadly now is the waiting game. And I don't even know how long!! 

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