By L Wilder
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
To get what you really want, sometimes you have to walk away.
Survival. It was the driving force that kept me going when our world as we knew it was ripped away from us in one horrific night. I didn’t know who brutally killed my parents or why, but when the vicious killers turned their focus onto my brother and sister, I did the only thing I knew to do: I ran.
I packed them up and left everything we knew and loved behind and headed for Memphis.
The club was my life. I’d do anything for my brothers. Hell, I’ve taken more than a couple of bullets for them and I’d do it again. But I needed to step away to clear my head. I pushed the throttle forward and headed down south with one goal in mind: to fulfill Cotton’s orders and establish the route for the club’s new pipeline.
Doing my job was my only focus until I saw her working in that diner down on Front Street. She had fire in her eyes and bite to her tongue — and she was absolutely breathtaking. Full of class and spunk, the girl was out of my league. What was she doing working at a diner in Memphis, Tennessee? She was a mystery to me, and even though my gut told me she was hiding something, I felt a pull to her that I could not deny.
I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book, and author L Wilder didn’t disappoint: Clutch may be a bad*ss biker, but honey, he’s the type of guy a woman dreams of landing. We’ve watched him pine away after Cotton’s true love Cass through the previous three books, and now it’s Clutch’s turn for love and he deserves nothing but the very best.
As a couple, Clutch and Olivia had a fierce and undeniable chemistry, the evolution of their romantic relationship seemed natural, and their banter, dialogue and emotional exchanges were realistic. The sex scenes were sweet and not over the top, but they seemed to fit their relationship. Clutch does what he does best, besides being drop-dead gorgeous: he protects fiercely, loves devotedly and does the right things for the right reasons.
This book has it all: suspense, love, lust, romance, sweetness, sensuality, loyalty, tragedy, violence, hope. I didn’t find this story as angst-driven as some, nor did I find it to have a lot of deep, underlying layers rearing their ugly heads at the most inopportune times. The plot flowed seamlessly, and Wilder tied up all the loose ends in a straightforward way. Any drama was plot-driven, and the reader could simply read, feel and enjoy the story instead of having to assemble a bunch of puzzle pieces to make sense of things or suffer through emotional baggage or unnecessary glitches. The story moved along at a steady clip, but by no means was the book too fast-paced. The cast of characters were dynamic and well developed, offering no limit to future story ideas for Wilder to exploit.
The sub-plot with Sam, the homeless veteran, was expertly woven into the fabric of the bigger story, as well. We’re also introduced to Smokey and Blaze and the promise for their future stories.
The “huh?” part?
Some of Charlie’s statements seemed rather mature for his age.
Yes, even though this was a rather slow-paced MC book. In this case, though, it’s ok simply because it fits Clutch and so many readers truly want to see him have a HEA.
“All of it.” He placed his hand under my chin, gently lifting my face towards his. His green eyes were filled with determination as he said, “I’m not going anywhere, Hazel. Since the minute I first saw you, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that you haven’t been on my mind. This thing that you and I have…I don’t know where it’s going, but I plan to find out. I’m not letting go, so you might as well go on and tell me what the hell is going on with you and those kids.”
“I’m scared,” I whispered.
“You’re letting your fear keep you trapped in the past. Let me take on some of that fear so we can start moving towards the future.”
“Clutch, this is all just too much. What are your brothers going to think when I just show up at your clubhouse with two kids?”
“I meant it when I said you are mine. I claimed you, Liv, in every way that matters. My brothers know that. They’ll treat you like family and will do whatever needs to be done to make sure you are safe and comfortable. And I’ll be there as soon as I can.”
I turned to face her. Seeing the worried look in her eyes gutted me. With the back of my fingertips, I stroked her cheek. “There was a time I thought I loved her…but I was wrong. I had no idea what love really was until I met you. Nothing could compare to the way I feel about you. You’re it for me, Liv.”
“You’re it for me, too.”
Original review posted on Amazon and Goodreads on July 4, 2016.