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January 26, 2015

Loved It: Kick by Carmen Jenner

Series: Savage Saints MC 1
Format: ARC
Release Date: January 26, 2015 
Publisher: Self
Source: Author via TRSOR Promotions 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
When I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family.

A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another. A club whose ties ran thicker than blood, murkier than the dirt and grime that tainted my soul. Stronger than the bonds that connected me to my own family.

A band of brothers, where loyalty was kept and paid in a currency of blood.

When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood.

I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt.

My name is Daniel Johnson. I have betrayed everyone I ever loved.

And I’ll betray her too.

This is my story—if you’re screwed up enough to want to read it.

Warning: Kick contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations of a taboo nature. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies.


Bikers. I stay away from their lot because like the blurb says, which is also the general warning for most MC books, it's not for pussies. 

Well I'm no pussy but it doesn't mean that I'm not affected by stories like KICK. It's unpretty, crude, gritty, and challenging. It's designed to crack you open, run you through the wringer, and spin you around until you don't know right from wrong because you find yourself romanticizing and idolizing the badboy anti-hero. Then again that's what I signed up for, I need to step away from my usual reading specter once in a while and boy, did Carmen Jenner give me a swift kick in the butt for it. Thanks, btw.

So KICK. A spin-off of Sugartown and there's nothing sweet about this novel. Told in flash-forward style, KICK is what you expect your biker romance to have. It's violent, invasive, and provoking. I personally don't want to associate myself with someone like Kick in real life however I have to admire his drive and fight. This dude has been fighting many things in different ways all his life and hasn't known tenderness, love, shelter, etc. for almost all of his life. His concept of these gentle feelings stem from knowing the opposite, making him crave and vulnerable for "normal" things people like us take for granted and people like Kick are willing to pay a high price for. And even then, his version of love is jagged and will put anyone's definition of unconditional to the test.

Once again I'm in awe of CJenner's skill with spinning tales. IMO she mastered the male POV because KICK is very honest in that it's unapologetic, more instinctive less emotional, the thoughts that ran through Kick's head are the kind of things I imagine a man like him has. Full of rage, lust, desire, greed, and an unquenchable thirst for whatever it is he thinks he needs. The romance, for lack of a better word, will push your limits. It's bruising in its honesty because you can't write a story like this bubble gum anyway, ugly the only way to go. At the same time it's beautiful because its stripped of any pretense so what you see is what you get and sometimes it's better that way anyway.

KICK ain't your Rainbow Brite HEA, it has successfully juxtaposed brutality and surrender and Savage Saints 1 had me flinching, cringing, gritting my jaw til it hurt, had me reading (figuratively) with one eye closed Kick's story is staggering, nightmarish even. CJenner really went to the dark here angst doesn't even begin to describe it. You either love it or hate it, take it or leave it, there's no in-between. However if you want to take a walk in the wild side, read up and fulfill your MC fantasies, KICK will not disappoint.




I take a deep shuddering breath, close my eyes and stretch my hand towards him. His touch is gentle this time, far more gentle than I’d ever thought someone with so much uncontained violence to him could be.
“Spread your fingers,” he commands. I do, and he lifts the roll of tape, presses the edge to my skin and begins winding it over my knuckles. I close my eyes. The strident sound of it stretching out from the roll makes me want to flee. It makes me want to run as far from his touch—from any man’s touch—as I can possibly get.
The feel of the tape against my flesh, binding, holding, is so much worse. I tug on my hand, but he won’t let go. My heartrate skyrockets, and sweat beads erupt over my brow and upper lip. I’m in that room again, struggling, screaming, trying to fight them off, and failing.
Biker knows it, too. His dark eyes challenge, they dare me to run, but they also implore me to stay. It’s ironic that the only thing keeping me here, keeping me grounded, is the man who abducted me.
He holds my gaze. I don’t know exactly what is hidden in his dark blue one, but it suffocates the panic within me, douses it like water flooding flames. He bends his head to my hand. Taking the paper tape in his mouth, he rips it with his teeth.

I still. I soften. His gaze doesn’t leave mine, not even once. Not even when he starts in on my wrist, gently biting through each piece of tape before pressing it down with his rough hands. I’m mesmerised by his mouth, the piercing, and the soft, full lips. The light catches a silver chain around his neck, something I’ve never noticed before—but then I try not to make a habit of staring too closely at him. Not now, though. Now I watch every twitch, every blink, every intake of breath, and every inch that is swallowed up by his mouth moving closer to my flesh.


Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY Best Selling Author, doctor, pilot and CIA agent. She's also a compulsive, flagrant prevaricator who gets to make things up for a living.

While Sugartown may not technically exist, Carmen grew up in a small Australian town just like it, and just like her characters, she always longed for something more. They didn't have an Elijah Cade, though. If they did, you can be sure she would have never left.


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37 comments:

  1. Fantastic review between you and Liz I am going to have to try this.

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    1. Thank you, it's hard so I wish you luck! LOL

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  2. Biker books are hard for me to read. I usually stay away from them. My mom was in that scene when she was super young and it was not pretty.

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    1. Oh wow, that would be an awesome interview. You should totally have her over your blog on Mother's Day and have her dish out like do a fact or fiction thing. Darn I'd like to interview her!

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  3. That great that is was a good spin-off! I haven't read a lot of bikers books (have I at all?) but I'm quite curious because it always sounds so interesting. thanks for the review!

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    1. MC isn't exactly my cup of tea but it's Carmen Jenner so...

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  4. And I still haven't read a biker book

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  5. I haven't read a MC book, but I'm very familiar with the life. Which is why I haven't had the urge to. Maybe one day I'll try one.

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    1. Gasp! Were you a biker babe before??? Do tell!!

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  6. You might not be a pussy, but I can't make the same claim. LMAO! I like dark, however it really depends on the variety. It's wonderful that Jenner rocked the male POV though, so many female authors struggle with that aspect.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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    1. Bwahahaha! I think I barely crossed the threshold. I can deal with blood and gore on UF/PNR but I usually get squeamish when it comes to contemporary. I don't have non-humans to justify the crime spree

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  7. There is something to be said about the bad boy anti hero though isn't there? This sound intense in a really good way!

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    1. Always! They push a lot of buttons that's for sure.

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    1. Oh gosh I can only take it in small doses!

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  9. Nope, I am a pussy, and I admit it. I will have to pass on this one.

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  10. I haven't read a biker book but I grew up in Sturgis, SD so I was around a lot of bikers. Sounds good!

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    1. I am so innocent and naive about MC's until I saw this documentary about Hell's Angels. That was such an educating/awakening show for me. Surely stopped any romantic notions I created towards SoA

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  11. I haven't read Jenner yet but this is one I'm very anxious to read. And now that i know it's just as gritty and provocative as I'd been hoping and that you loved it, I'm even more eager. Do i need to read Sugartown first? I do own them. :)

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    1. No, this is very independent from that series although Sugartown is real good too! The first one is FREE so you should totally grab it!

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  12. I do enjoy MC stories from time to time, but yeah. I agree about how gritty and dysfunctional they are sometimes.

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  13. Whew! I don't know whether to run fast away or to grab it up with both hands. It definitely wouldn't leave me 'meh'. Great review, Braine!

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    1. It's definitely that. You know you're going to get a swift kick in the butt!

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  14. I do enjoy a good MC book. This sounds like a good one. Great review!

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    1. Have at it! Let me know if my rec is good or not :D

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  15. I'm not sure it's for me (I didn't even like Jax on SoA lol) but I'm glad the author made you take a second look at the genre and that you enjoyed it.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. I feel ya, I dislike glorified criminals but I can't say no to Jenner

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  16. I didn't read the review, because I plan on reading it... but I am looking forward to it now... 4 Stars! Awesome!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  17. Braine, I'm so glad you enjoyed KICK! Thanks for an amazing review Darlin'! You know it never gets old seeing my books reviewed by bloggers that I've admired from the time I first started blogging!!

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    1. Damn comments cut me off! 😜 The blog looks anazing! Thank you so much for being a part of the tour, and for your fabulous reviews, sweet! 💋💋💋

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  18. Reading your review reminds me of the Hell's Angels series which was a paranormal one, as well as Hothouse Flower by Becca and Krista Ritchie. Sounds interesting Braine, especially with the well done male pov.

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  19. This is a genre I keep wanting to try, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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