***Okay there are a lot of goodies in this post so make sure to read until the end!!!!***
Kings rule men. Queens rule kings.
Wyatt Strand is a hard man. He has hard features, speaks with harsh words, and has a hardened heart. Having served the Forsaken Motorcycle Club as Vice President, Wyatt is used to taking responsibility for his brothers, but when he’s handed the gavel everything changes. His brothers are now his men and the threat from the Italian mafia still looms in the distance. A president needs focus, but that’s nearly impossible when his old lady blows back into town and drops two very large bombshells on him.
Amber Wallace is a tough woman, but an even fiercer mother. She once told a lie to protect her unborn child that tore her away from the man she loves. And now, years later, she’s coming home to make amends. Wyatt’s changed, but the club hasn’t. Women are to be obedient. Unfortunately for Forsaken, Amber’s not about to let a few rules stop her from living the life she always imagined.
The Forsaken Motorcycle Club started a war with the Italian mafia and they’ve paid dearly for that choice. With a new president at the helm, the wheels are finally in motion to take down Mancuso once and for all. Even if it means taking the fight back to where it began.
Love is never more beautiful than when it consumes you.
“You told our son that we’re sleeping in the same bed,” I say accusingly. “We are.” His voice is low, his breath heating my skin. I breathe him in only to wish I hadn’t. He smells like burgers and root beer—because that’s what he had with dinner, a freaking root beer—but underneath all of that is his spicy scent that can’t be from a soap or shampoo. It’s just Wyatt. I’ve missed it so much that at times it felt like I was suffocating without it. Like, if I couldn’t remember how he smells I’d just waste away to nothing right then and there. It never happened. God was never that generous, but it felt real enough that it could be a serious possibility at the time. Wyatt slides his hand down from my jaw to my chest, laying his palm flat against my heart. His eyes fall closed and I swear, I think I’m watching him listen to my heartbeat. It’s crazy fast now with the way he’s touching me. His calloused fingers press so gently but determinedly against my bare skin. The scoop neck I’m wearing used to have a higher neckline before my kid make it her personal mission to work out by yanking on my clothes all the time. Now though, I’m grateful for Piper’s annoying yanking on clothes because I can’t imagine having his hand over a thin layer of cotton. “I love you, you stupid woman,” Wyatt says softly. His eyes are still closed, prompting mine to shutter closed as well. I breathe him in and keep quiet. I shouldn’t give in to this, but I’m a selfish creature. I want my man back if even for a night. Wyatt presses his lips softly against mine. I move into him, but still he doesn’t remove his hand from my heart. Our kiss is soft and full of promise and hope and it absolutely slays me. Hope is the death of all things. “If you were done with me, with us, I’d know. Your heart wouldn’t be beating this hard. But it is. I’m a part of you, even if you don’t want me to be. So yeah, we sleep in the same bed.”
About the Author:
As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can't imagine a climate more beautiful. JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.
Okay so before I get into my review I have some awesomeness from the author to share with you guys. I was able to get a dream cast from the wonderful JC Emery as well as a top ten list interview with one of our main characters Wyatt and a little something extra with a behind the scenes with our fabulous author. I'm so excited about this tour and this book and for you guys because JC is just pure awesomesauce!!!!
Up first is our dream cast.
Clive Standen (Rollo, Vikings) as Wyatt Strand (but he’d need to bulk up a little!)
Caterina Scorsone (Amelia Shephard, Grey’s Anatomy) as Amber Wallace
Dylan Sprayberry (Liam Dunbar, Teen Wolf) as Zander Strand
Wyatt’s Top Ten Interview
Wyatt: I ain’t doing this shit.
JC: Yeah, you are.
Wyatt: You need to listen, woman.
JC: *glares* I wrote you and I can easily shrink your dick size…
Wyatt: Only reason I’m doing this is so bitches will love me more than they did before.
JC: I don’t care why you do it. Just do it. Best thing to ever happen to you?
Wyatt: Fine. Number one best thing that ever happened to me? That’s tough, but my woman wins every time. Amber.
JC: That answer should’ve been me since you didn’t exist before I came along… but what would be your second choice?
Wyatt: *shrugs* I’m torn between my kids and my mom. Those kids are my fucking world, but I wouldn’t be here if my mom hadn’t taken me home with her, right? So I don’t know. Feel like I always forget my mom. She should be in there somewhere, I guess. Next question.
JC: Peanut butter or chocolate?
Wyatt: *smirks* Both. Swirled.
JC: Favorite movie?
Wyatt: Point Break. But you made me say that in the book because it’s your favorite. Mine is Heat.
JC: No, yours is Point Break.
Wyatt: You gonna bitch or ask the questions? You got six more.
JC: Favorite smell?
Wyatt: Amber’s pussy.
JC: *cringes* Not the time, homeboy. Not the time. Anyway. Favorite food?
Wyatt: My woman.
JC: Food, dude. I said food.
Wyatt: Fine. Steak.
JC: Favorite memory?
Wyatt: I got two. First time my kids called me dad.
JC: Favorite brother?
Wyatt: I ain’t answering that shit. Each one of those bastards holds a special place for me.
JC: Favorite scene in your book?
Wyatt: The dirtiest one. *wiggles brows*
JC: What do you most look forward to in Cease?
Wyatt: My brothers, our families, our fucking town getting some peace. You’re going to give us easy after the last two years and nine volumes, right? You’ll end it on a positive note, yeah?
JC: I’m not telling your chatty ass that. What else do you look forward to?
Wyatt: Jim and Ruby have always been Pops and Ma to me. I patched in after they hooked up, so I want to see how they got together.
JC: You mean how they fell in love…?
Wyatt: Don’t make it into something it’s not, smart ass.
JC: Anything else you want to share with your readers?
Wyatt: I’m not an asshole, this bitch just writes me that way. *glares at JC*
Behind the Scenes with JC
You might remember this at the tail end of an early chapter of Haunt (Bayonet Scars, No. 6):
“My eyes fall on some weird carving pattern on the back of the door. It looks like a tally and there must be a couple hundred little marks, if not more. Women. I bet he’s tallied the number of women he’s fucked in my goddamn bed. All the sorrow and guilt and frustration hardens into an icy cold rage.
I don’t see anything else anymore.
I don’t feel anything else anymore.
I just hate.”
The scene takes place in Wyatt’s bedroom in the clubhouse. Amber is handcuffed to the bed (and the reason might surprise you!). She is angry and tired and bored and then she sees those marks. She incorrectly assumes they’re scratched into the door to represent the number of women Wyatt’s slept with over the years—the hundreds of little scratches that mar the door fuel Amber’s anger for the upcoming scene.
But she’s wrong.
I tried to work it into the scene after this, and every scene after that, but it never felt natural. So, eventually I let it go. The natural flow of the story is more important to me than revealing every tiny tidbit. So I’ll tell you now—those marks are not women but days. Wyatt is a recovering addict. Staying clean (if not totally sober) is a challenge with the lifestyle he leads, but he’s managed to stay away from the hard drugs for a couple of years now. And those marks? They represent every time Wyatt thought about Amber and everything he lost and he wanted to get high to numb the pain, but instead, he stayed clean. If you have any experience with addiction, you know that certain memories or people can be triggers for addicts. Amber (or rather, losing her) used to be his trigger. His memories of before he got clean and stayed clean are fuzzy, but those marks are a very clear visual reminder of what he’s staying clean for—first himself so he can have the good things in life, and secondly, so maybe one day he can earn Amber back.
In my mind, he tells her this at some point in the future when they’re in his room and she mentions the marks. It’d be a great scene, but it just didn’t fit in the book.
First let me say that this book could have sucked and I'd still promote it and give it a great reating because JC is an amazing author. Her sense of humor and opening up for my particular post lets me in about the kind of woman and author she is and on that alone I give her mad props. Now with that aside this book was good. I loved getting to know Wyatt on better terms as well as Amber. Overall, this book wasn't what I expected especially reading about the history of these two. I think this is one of the harder reviews I've had to do because I don't want to give ANYTHING away. What I can say is that Amber isn't given a choice and she has to tell Wyatt that he has a son, Zander. However, we also learn t hat Wyatt also has a daughter with Amber too. At first I was kind of like....really? Okay maybe he may not know about Zander, but a second child years later.....come on no guy is that stupid. But anyways Amber is back to tell Wyatt about his children, because they need him in their lives. This interaction goes a lot better than I thought it would be and I was very surprised by what comes out of this going forward, But the other thing I really like about this book is that it is still carrying forward the other couples from previous books in this series and we are still doing a countdown for the final show down with the mob. A lot of memories are brought out and truth's are told. This book brings a lot of things up and brings some stuff down as well. I know my review isn't very helpful and I'm so sorry for that I just don't want to give anything away because it is worth reading first hand. This book is great and a real eye opener and so worth the time. So make sure to go grab your copy of it if you haven't already.