Young love is always perfect. Until it's not.
Cheyenne Grady is a total daddy's girl to her bad-ass father, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club. She's funny, and kind, and she just wants that deep, earth-shattering love like her dad has with her school secretary, Holly. But Cheyenne's been looking in the wrong direction, because the only good that can come from the way she looks at Jeremy Whelan is a lesson in heartbreak.
Jeremy always wanted to prospect for the Forsaken Motorcycle Club and wear the same patch as his father. When a life-long dream becomes reality, Jeremy realizes that the outlaw lifestyle is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it easy on relationships. He wants to be a good man, but temptation is everywhere.
Cheyenne is beautiful, and strong, and exactly what Jeremy could have forever. As long as he doesn't screw it up.
Love is never more powerful than the first time.
It seems that with each book the couples become more saner and I really like that. Don't get me wrong the men are still overall bastards, and the women aren't as stable as they pretend to be. Though the fights are a little less, and the women hold very much steady against the men.
On a little side note, J.C. Emery has added an overview for the timelines of the books, which does come in handy. The story always overlaps partly with the previous book, so in the big plotline things do get mentioned multiple times.
Now to the two love birds. Both Cheyenne and Jeremy are on the brink of adulthood, although they've considered themselves adults for a while now. Jeremy is all about being a prospect and hopefully one day becoming a full member of the MC. Meanwhile Cheyenne has no real clue what to do all day. It seems lately all her attention is going towards Jeremy.
Though they've known each other their entire life, it's only the last year that their interest in each other grew. With the constant danger surrounding the club and their family, Jeremy has been spending a lot of time with Cheyenne. Though sometimes he's been giving her too much time and attention, putting his position with the club in danger.
Cheyenne is the daughter of a member, and not an actual member. There are times though she doesn't really see the difference. With all that has been happening, she's been doing her own investigation, which inadvertently only leads her into hot water with everyone. Club business is exactly that, not to be shared with even family.
The focus this time though was mostly on the couple and their connection. They are both so young, and still have a lot of learning to do. Jeremy makes some grave mistakes, which I totally don't condone and I was disgusted by his actions. Let's face it, the kid is a punk. Though I very much liked the way Cheyenne handled the situation. She is pissed, and it will take some serious groveling from him for her forgiveness.
Jeremy and Cheyenne easily admit the feelings they have for each other, but it's not enough to make a relationship work. Both will need to put in a lot of effort and trust. Still being the youngest of the bunch, means they also haven't made as many mistakes as the rest yet. So some obstacles are easier to overcome. I do love how committed they both are to each other and their relationship.
With the attention so much on Cheyenne and Jeremy, the action gets pushed back a lot. It isn't until almost the end that the real drama starts. There is still that threat coming from the italians, but it almost feels like it isn't allowed to interfere with the love story line. The next book is about Ian and Mindy, they both have a personal vendetta with the Italians, so I'm curious how that is going to play out and I have a feeling it's going to be a lot darker than this one.
I like the progress we make throughout these books, though it's a bit slow at times for me. The characters are definitely interesting and colorful. It was nice to see the club from this side, through Cheyenne and Jeremy. While it was made clear at multiple times how young they were, and they certainly behaved that way, their love almost felt the strongest of them all. I admit maybe I am a bit a sucker for young love against odds.
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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, bad-ass bikers, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and her Netflix addiction. 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. Her dream is to own her own Harley and she feels compelled to tell you that she is Team Peeta all the way.
JC is the author of the Men with Badges series, The Birthright Series, and the Bayonet Scars series.