Friday, February 13, 2015

WILD HEART by Jennifer Culbreth

Author:  Jennifer Culbreth
Publish Date:   12.18.13
Publisher:  Jennifer Culbreth
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle Club

Recommended for:  18+ due to violence and sexual content

Received from:  Jennifer Culbreth (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 12.20.13

Description from the publisher:
Ani has spent most of her life trying to find the right path. She’s spent the last five years attempting to experience the world. But no matter how hard she tries, nothing ever feels right. With her father’s health failing, she finds herself back in the sleepy Tennessee town where she grew up.

However, fate has a choice for Ani to make, does she resume the life she once had or does she take the opportunity for something different? Cash Roberts, the man who once held her heart, is vowing to win Ani back. But the temptation of something new is too strong to resist when a handsome stranger shows up in town. Knox O’Connell has brought his M.C. to Coker Creek in an attempt to get away from the anarchy and chaos of Ireland. The last thing he needs is the enticement of a free spirited woman. That is until she turns his world upside down.

Will Knox be able to win Ani over? In the midst of rival M.C. retaliation, will she be able to put her worries aside and follow the path that fate has given her or will she stay on the road that has always been familiar? What would you do if your past and present collided together, leaving you standing at a crossroad unsure of which path to take.

Warning: Wild Heart addresses serious topics including, abuse, sexual abuse, and heavy alcohol use. This book is intended for readers 18 years of age or older. Enjoy...

Aiyana Forrest has returned to her small hometown after about ten years of college and working in the financial district in order to care for her ailing father.  When she left for college, it was with a broken heart for Cash, because he didn’t share her dream of school in New York City.  Now that she has returned, Cash plans to make amends and return Ani to his side.  Life has changed in Coker Creek, Tennessee.  During her trip into town to pick up supplies for some home repairs, Ani’s eye is drawn to a group of motorcycle riders.  In particular, a big, bearded, tattooed guy she later learns is named Knox and is the president of the motorcycle club (MC) known as the Kings of Karnage.  Knox is immediately taken with Ani, too, and knows she is her Lianhan Shee (Irish term for soul mate).  Ani catches the attention of the president of a rival MC when she is at work and her association with Knox and the Kings have put them all in danger.  Ani will need to make decisions for herself, for Knox, and for Cash.

This was my first MC romance.  Because it is my first, I had to do some definition searches that I’ll share with you, in case you are also an MC virgin.  A cut is the leather vest that the guys wear.  Rockers are the patches on their cut, especially the ones that declare their club name and position.  Since Ani was new to the MC, I thought the author lost an opportunity to educate us with Ani and her best friend, Kate.

I’m torn.  It was an excellently written story (though it needed more editing), but I am such a hearts and flowers romantic, that I’m having a hard time with the bad-boy really being a bad guy.  Then again, my husband had a motorcycle and I loved riding with him, but we were not in a club, not even a weekenders’ club.  I’ve decided to read a few more before I decide if I can get into this different sub-genre or not.  I will want to read the second book in this series once it is available.  I need to check on my girls and find out who Butcher was talking about when… (no spoiler!).  I will also say that I love Ani’s friend Kate.  That girl is naturally wild and takes to the MC like a duck to water.

If you are more familiar with the MC romance books, what do I need to know?   You can answer here or chat me up on Facebook.

Grammar/editing:  book received as an unedited ARC  / errors excused

 Wild Heart series:
  1. Wild Heart
  2. Tame Heart
Other Books from Jennifer Culbreth:

Protected Love Series:
    1. Protect Me
    2. Cherish Me

originally posted 12.20.13 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books

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