Wrapped Around Him by Debra Kayn
Series: Moroad MC #1
Published by Self-published on February 3, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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Empathy is an emotion that has always evaded Cam Farrell, president of the Moroad Motorcycle Club and prisoner #18794. He's gambled with his life to finish the gun chain running across the states, get the majority of his MC brothers working inside the prison system, and place the smoke screen in Federal, Idaho. He only needs one more thing—Christina. What he wants, he takes, and freedom doesn't mean a damn thing.
Christina Nickelson keeps to herself and uses her part-time job for Silver Valley's Department of Children's Services to help those who are also alone and hurting. The anger and fear she thought she'd overcome after her parents were murdered resurfaces when an ex-convict and leader of a motorcycle club claims a teenage boy in her care. She can't let her worries go. Putting herself at risk, she finds herself held hostage, witnessing a murder, and questioning fate. The only person she can rely on is the biker who will kill her if she tries to leave.
I have no idea how to rate Wrapped Around Him, so bear with me while I talk myself through this totally unexpected but kinda, sorta, really effed up book.
It’s dark, gritty and really not thought it would be. You won’t find any love advice being dished out, in fact, I don’t think the L word was mentioned. Don’t get me wrong, I like my balls to the walls biker books, the grittier the better, but I need my anti-heroes to have at least one redeeming characteristic. Other than wanting Christina and taking her, Cam has none. Of course, he never professed his love for her, or any feelings at all besides wanting her, so those aren’t really redeeming characteristics. He doesn’t trust his MC brothers, he only looks out for himself, he has no empathy, nothing. Truly, his dark and twisty totally messed up character should have been the best part of the book but he felt… flat. He never grew as a character at all which added to the flatness.
Christina wasn’t much better. She had a life interrupted at 18 when her parents were brutally murdered. She never got past it and turned into a scared introvert who refused to have any relationships with anyone. For companionship, she ended up corresponding with a prisoner known by only a number to her. Cam, AKA #18794, becomes a lifeline to her and her only “friend”. Unsurprisingly, he gets out and kidnaps her (let this be a lesson to all, correspond with criminals and they get out and find you – not a good thing). Christina was so stunted in her growth from when her parents were murdered, she almost came off as mentally disabled. She was also a doormat, then would show some fire at the absolutely worst times and do stupid crap. I hate doormat heroines who never come into their own. Hate them.
I didn’t even like most of the other characters that were introduced. I’m kind of shocked because I love Debra Kayn’s Bantorus MC. She wrote some really rich, worthy of my time characters that I wanted to know more about. Here, Jeremy was my favorite character, hands down and he was just a kid. I did not like the direction that Cam was pointing him toward, though, so in the future, there’s a decent chance I won’t like him. As for the rest, they just kind of stayed in the background and I felt nothing for them. When one of them got offed, I shrugged. That’s bad.
Another problem I had with the book was a lot of the situations that happened, I found myself saying “WTF? That didn’t make sense. Why did they do it that way?” I also questioned the writing because several things felt too convenient for me, seemingly to make the plot work better. The twist at the end, if it would have been explained on the front end would have alleviated some of this.
The book ended on a HFN (actually more okay for now, I can’t say they were happy, just existing). The series will have an ongoing storyline, so some would say it had a kind of cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers and the ending did not bother me.
So now to my rating. I’m still torn. It sounds like I didn’t enjoy the book at all, but I did get something out of it, I’m just not sure what. If I go by the rating system, this would be a 2.5 star book but I kind of think it deserves more than that. I read it through in one sitting and I keep thinking about it, so I think that deserves an added .5 star.
Spice’s Rating: 3 Stars
Wow…so I rarely put this down. Interestingly it wasn’t because I wanted Cam and Christina to be together. Well maybe initially but not after his wooing methods hit the page. Seriously, I kept telling her it was not a good idea but she would not listen to me. It was a seriously messed up situation right from the word go.
Christina is getting on with life after surviving the brutal death of her parents. Working as a social worker she feels that she is making a difference to the world and wants to build on the goodness she can generate through her work. One of her cases is a teenager called Jeremy and she follows his placement with concern. Of course that placement is with his father, Cam, the President of the Moroad MC.
Having two characters drawn from different walks of life is no barrier to romance but this was not just about where they were coming from it was about how they could ever overcome their situation. I just couldn’t fathom how any logically thinking man could kid himself that what he had planned would turn out roses. There are caveman moves and then there’s his approach. What was the matter with a drink at the bar first or even take the girl out for a meal as a method for winning her over? Seriously, he must have skipped the sandbox lesson on what’s yours and the term ‘mine’…
Now, this is where my thoughts on the book became confusing. I ended up being able to compartmentalise the initial situation neatly away and got on with the story to the point where it felt like everything was as it should be. Happy families MC style, well mostly.
Rating this book was a challenge. It hooked me in even though the bones of this story weren’t appealing. It won’t be for everyone and I can’t even say that it was the darkness of the story that attracted me. Maybe it was the fact that a confidante can come in varying forms and as in this case, the most unlikely of choices create a sense of harmony that is more of a surprise to them than anyone else. The final words from Cam had me reaching for the next book in the Moroad MC series and that’s exactly what I have done.
Lily’s Rating 3.5 nearly 4 stars
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