Release Date: January 26, 2015
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.
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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