Blood In The Water by Catherine Johnson
Series: The Kairos Series #1
Published by Self-published on July 2, 2014
Genres: Biker / MC
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Ashleigh Carter is no stranger to crime, but she’s no criminal; or at least, not technically. By association she’s as guilty as sin. Her father is President of the Priests MC, a motorcycle club that rides on the wrong side of the law.
Paul ‘Shark’ Reardon is caught in the middle. What starts out as a simple, yet dangerous, mission for his club, the Rabid Dogs MC is soon complicated by acceptance, friendship and a blue-eyed blonde who is very definitely off-limits.
Everyone’s hiding something and trust is in short supply. Hazardous lives, already fraught with tension, are twisted into cross and double-cross. Somewhere in the middle of the plots and lies is a chance for love, if everyone can just make it out the other side alive.
I found the Freak Circle Press about a year or so ago and have overall been pretty happy with almost everything I have read by those guys. I was searching for something to read in the wee hours of the night and didn’t want to put a lot of thought into it and found a reference to FCP. I hightailed it over to their page thinking I had read most of what their author’s had put out, but I was thrilled to see I missed some. My problems of what to read have hopefully been solved for at least a week. Yippee!
I picked Catherine Johnson’s Kairos Series first, mainly because I liked the title (Blood in the Water is a pretty kickass title). I read some reviews and was forewarned that it starts out slow. They were right, but it got much better.
You can read the synopsis to get the gist of the story so I won’t retell it. Paul was a great H. He was absolutely ruthless and not afraid of mess which was hard to take at times. He was hot, sweet, and an absolute teddy bear when it came to his woman. He was also stuck between a rock and a hard spot which is not where you want to be in a Motorcycle Club, much less when you are caught between two different clubs. There were times when I felt like what he needed to do was obvious, but then I had to remember that this was an MC and his actions were understandable.
Ashleigh wasn’t my favorite h of all time. She wasn’t bad, she just seemed kind of mousy at times. She was a club princess, being the daughter of the Priests President, but she wasn’t spoiled and didn’t put on airs. She could take care of business if she needed to, but seemed to take the high road first and only resorted to being tough if she needed to.
These two had a rough road and some seemingly insurmountable problems. They had chemistry and there were several sexy times, although it took forever to get there.
Once the story got going, I was glad I chose it. There were a few things that I felt were left hanging, like what the hell were Tag’s issues? Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it ended. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.
Warning, this is about a 1% MC club who are into illegal activities with no apologies, in other words this is a gritty read. There are some pretty graphic torture scenes and if that makes you uncomfortable you either need to skim over them or skip the book altogether.
Spice’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
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