Lawless (King, Book 3) by T. M. Frazier

Lawless (King, Book 3) by T. M. FrazierSeries: King #3
on December 6th 2015)
Pages: 276 pages
AmazonB&NNarrator: Molly Glenmore, Rob Shapiro
Thia is prim and proper.
Bear is leather and lawless.
It will never work between them.
It's a lie they almost believe...

*It is necessary to first read King and Tyrant to fully enjoy Lawless.

Cynthia “Thia” Andrew was a 10 yr old watching her aunt’s convenient store when a biker gang came in to rob the place. When a biker threatened the young girl, Abel aka Bear protected her. He gave her his biker ring as well a promise to help her in the future.

7yrs later, Thia came to collect the boon after she had a terrible incident at her home. Except Bear isn’t with the MC anymore but soon Bear and Thia are reunited. Bear treats her with suspicion but there is a connection they both deny and soon they can’t fight the pull.

I didn’t love this book and I tried to really understand the characters. The characters weren’t fully developed and I didn’t fully grasp the why of the tragedies. This book was more sensationalism than substance and I wanted more depth. The writing was not as engaging as The Dark Light of Day|18278129. That story was more compelling and had more hope and redemption than I got in this book. There wasn’t enough background given for Bear and Chopper’s relationship. I did like Thia a lot because of her sheer grit and determination. I do like them as a couple better than King and Re even though I enjoyed seeing RE and King. They seem to have settled down now with their family so there was less drama.

I would like to know what happens with Chopper’s MC and Bear but this book ended in a cliffhanger. I am hoping that Book 4, Soulless will provide more insight.

*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

Tyrant (King #2) by T.M. Frazier

Tyrant (King #2) by T.M. FrazierSeries: King #2
on August 13th 2015
Pages: 277
AmazonNarrator: Molly Glenmore, Rob Shapiro
I. Remember. Everything.

Only now I wish I didn't.

When the fog is sucked away from my mind like smoke through a vacuum, the truth that has been beyond my reach for months finally reveals itself.

But the relief I thought I would feel never comes, and I'm more afraid now than I was the morning I woke up handcuffed in King's bed.

Because with the truth comes dark secrets I was never meant to know.

I will put the lives of those I love most at risk if I let on that my memory has returned, or if I seek help from the heavily tattooed felon who owns me body and soul.

I don't know if I'm strong enough to resist the magnetic pull toward King that grows stronger every day.

He's already saved me in more ways than one. Now it's my turn to do whatever it takes to save him.

Even if that means marrying someone else...

Honestly, I disliked this book for multiple reasons. Very little worked for me from the setup from book 1 to the revelation of who Doe was. I enjoy twists and turns as much as anyone but here the twists was just unbelievable.
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It was just a huge disappointment.

In this sequel, Doe has returned to her life as Ramie Price, even though she doesn’t remember herself that way. She tries to jog her memory by talking to those around her but nothing fits. In her old life, she had a son Samuel, a boyfriend Tanner and rich parents. In her new life, she had King and his tattoo pallor complete with his outlaws. Doe/Ramie begins piecing together the circumstances of her disappearance and how she ended up on the streets. This is where the chicken flew the coop for me.

First, I don’t even get the chemistry between Doe and King, but I will roll with it. Second, Doe-Ramie’s relationship with her baby daddy Tanner as well as her best friend could have only transpired the way it did, if Doe-Ramie was completely clueless and self-centered. How can one be so oblivious to her friends to miss all of that? Seriously? The explanation for the behaviors didn’t jive with me. Third, a senator’s house was so easily breached by all and sunder for continual nookie? What role did Tanner’s parent’s play in all of this? Did Doe-Ramie not have any other friends? The only part of this story that made sense was the part involving King’s comrade Bear. sad photo: sad deanwipingeyescrying.gif
That fit with what occurred in book 1. That was gruesome but it set up a compelling book.

The mystery of what happened to her and why was so far-fetched that I couldn’t believe this series went this route. I felt like being with Doe made King seem weak and I don’t see what she brought to the table at all. I felt really disappointed with this book but will read book 3.

*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review

King (King #1) by T.M. Frazier@TantorAudio

King  (King #1) by T.M. Frazier@TantorAudioSeries: King #1
on 2015-06-17
Pages: 302
AmazonNarrator: Molly Glenmore, Rob Shapiro
Homeless. Hungry. Desperate. Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from. A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don't want to cross unless you're prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, sex or a combination of all three. King's future hangs in the balance. Doe's is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go. King is the first book in a two part series. Tyrant is the name of the second book due out August 2015.

Interesting! I thought the writing and character building were really good. I thought the story was well done. It wasn’t a lovey-dovey relationship like I tend to prefer but it was real.

We start off learning how young Brantley “King” met his smart mouth partner Samuel “Preppy” and the forging of friendship. Now King and Preppy are adults, running a criminal enterprise as well as a tattoo parlor. In comes a young girl who has no memory of her past, and goes by the name “Doe” and wants protection from the streets while she figures out who she is. The story unfolds and we learn both Doe and King are much more than meets the eye.

This story wasn’t really a love story though it had a romantic love story as part of the plot. I thought it was more about survival, sacrifice and loyalty. Sure it was steamy but it also had non consensual sex, drugs and murder. It was dark, but really well written because the characters are complex. King and Preppy weren’t just evil thugs, so it was hard to just write them off as bad people. Doe couldn’t remember much about herself, but there was a conscientious effort to respect the “Her” she couldn’t remember.

I liked that Doe wasn’t a pushover and that King wasn’t a complete neanderthal as some alpha males take the caveman act to extremes. They had great chemistry and it didn’t feel forced. I liked the makeshift family thing they created. Then the mystery of who Doe is began to unfurl, and I knew that it was game time.

This one ended in a big cliff hanger so I am going to begin book 2 soon.

*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.

Desire Untamed (Feral Warriors, Book 1) by Pamela Palmer

Desire Untamed (Feral Warriors, Book 1) by Pamela PalmerSeries: Feral Warrior #1
on 2009-06-30
Pages: 384
AmazonNarrator: Rob Shapiro
They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release . . . Kara MacAllister's quiet small-town life is transformed forever the night a powerful stranger rips her from her home, claiming she is the chosen one—the key to his survival. Spiriting her away into the rain-soaked night, Lyon reveals a truth Kara can barely credit. She's immortal, and the only one who can save his race. And deep within her, he arouses a fierce, primal hunger beyond anything she's ever imagined. But only when their lives are threatened by an ancient evil will Kara and Lyon realize they have found a love they would risk their immortal souls to claim . . . and a powerful desire that could never, ever be tamed.

I really disliked this book. It had a lot of potential but the execution was terrible. The narrator was okay but the audiobook was a chore to get through.

Kara lived her life as human until a man shows up at her house claiming she is a “radiant” and savior of his race. This man, Lyon, explained that Kara wasn’t really a human but a Therian, a race that protects humans but they are being hunted by demons. The Therians had a group of soldiers called Feral Warriors that protected the race. The feral warriors were shifters but they had to be in close proximity with the radiant in order to shift and have full use of their individual strengths.

There was only one radiant and she was to be mated to one of the warriors. Only through mating the warrior, can the radiant “Ascend” to her full magical powers. The radiant had to kiss and be subjected to ALL 9 of the warriors’ touches before her mate was revealed. It’s a fated mate thing revealed once they are intimately touching. Honestly, the whole act to “Ascend” was so ridiculous. Everything was just steeped in sexual contact that overshadowed the story. It just seemed like Kara was the house chew toy. The warriors treated her poorly, the demons were trying to kill her, and she was just trying to figure out her place in this new world.

I didn’t like that the author never explained why Kara was he chosen to save the race. So much wasn’t explained in this book. Why is there only one radiant and there are 9 warriors who need mates. How these warriors lived with a traitor and the whole thing with the doubles. Frankly, the writing was poor, the story wasn’t entertaining, and the nothing made sense. I saw a review comparing this series to BDB, that’s just straight up blasphemy. However, the idea of the story has potential, so I will read book 2 to see if there are some explanations. I won’t continue after book 2 unless the story is much tighter!

*Special thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook, which was given in exchange for an honest review.