By Chiah Wilder
Rating: 5 out of 5
Banger, President of the Insurgents MC, isn’t looking for a woman to replace his beloved wife. Ever since she died, he’s closed his heart to loving again. He satisfies his carnal pleasure with the club girls and hoodrats. It’s safer that way.
The President of the national club may have sparkling blue eyes and an infectious smile, but make no mistake, if someone crosses him or his club, he’d slit their throat in a heartbeat.
Set in his ways, tough, tattooed, and a no BS-type of man, Banger is doing just fine until he meets the sassy, curly-haired, single mom who can cook the best fried chicken he’s ever tasted.
He can’t get enough of her cooking…or her.
For the first time since he’s been widowed, he wants a woman in his life warming his bed.
And the no-nonsense woman, who has a body made for sinning, has turned his world upside down.
Belle Dermot is a widow with two kids whose husband left her penniless. Wanting a fresh start, she moves to Pinewood Springs and takes a job at the local diner cooking tasty, home-cooked meals.
After finding out her husband was a cheating louse, the last thing she wants is another man in her life. She has her hands full with a rebellious teenage daughter, paying the bills, and fending off nasty accusations that she poisoned her husband.
Then she meets Banger, the muscular, handsome, and rugged biker who comes crashing into her life.
If only he wasn’t so nice to her and didn’t get her all hot and bothered. And why did he have to be so damn good in bed?
As hard as she tries to push him away, he keeps slipping back into her life, helping her with her problems. And Banger’s not the type to let go once he decides on something. And he’s decided to make Belle his. Now, he just needs her to agree to be his woman…
Suspense. Romance. MC thrills. For those who have read any of the other Insurgents MC books (pre-Belle in Banger’s life), this story showcases an entirely different side of Banger. It opens a window to his soul, one that he had reserved only for his late wife Grace. Wilder does a thorough job of developing the true essence of each of the characters, both the primary and secondary ones, as she weaves a series of plots and sub-plots together to simultaneously make them believable. Though this was a long read, it was well written and seemed to add some sort of dimension to the series as a whole, at least for me – perhaps because Banger is the MC President and what he does or doesn’t do touches the entire Club. Wilder explores often untouched dimensions of one’s life, such as Banger’s internal battle with removing his late wife’s photos from around the house and his subsequent conversations with his daughter Kylie about Belle coming into his life, and Belle needing to brace herself for the tough decision about how best to manage her daughter’s truancy and the effect it has had on her younger son’s life. This book covers a lot of ground, and it’s also refreshing to see a couple not in their early 20’s who have life experiences to guide their way. (Spoiler) The reader’s reward has to be the beautifully written scene when Banger proposes to Belle – this bests nearly any proposal ever!
The “huh?” part?
How could Banger really even think that Belle would frolic around with that lowlife Scorpion? Seriously? Geesh.
The scene when Banger proposed to Belle – doesn’t get more romantic than that! – as well as the scene when Belle confides in Banger that she’s pregnant.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on May 6, 2016.