Precarious by Bella Jewel
Published by Self-published on August 3, 2014
Genres: Biker / MC
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In darkness, we find danger. In danger, I find Beau.
Ash is a prison guard, she's tough, she's strong and she never backs away from a fight. She takes her job seriously, she takes her training seriously, and everything in her life goes as planned.
Until the day he is brought into the prison.
She'll never forget meeting Beau 'Krypt' Dawson for the first time. She'll never forget his haunted eyes and his numb expression. He's a member of the Jokers Wrath MC and it is said he killed an innocent family in the middle of a cafe, in cold blood.
Deranged. Crazy. Psychotic.
All those words describe the infamous Krypt, but Ash suspects there's far more to the quiet man than meets the eye. Secrets are being hidden by the club, information is being kept under wraps. Krypt is silent for a reason.
Ash is desperate to know that reason.
Continually fighting, Krypt is transferred to a high security prison. Ash is in charge. She's always prepared, always alert. Not even her skills will stop the club from ambushing them and taking back Krypt. Only Ash ends up right in the middle of it.
They take her, too.
Now she's stuck with a Motorcycle Club who are tougher than any prisoner she's ever laid eyes on. And they won't let her go. She's too much of a risk. Until the situation can be sorted, they send her and Krypt into the mountains together....alone.
An epic, dangerous love will be built on the foundations of darkness.
“Holy Shit, that was epic”
A quote from Precarious that sums up the first book in Bella Jewel’s, Jokers’ Wrath MC series. It’s a fast moving story with characters that were easy to connect with. Ash is driven by the need to do her job well, treat people with respect no matter what their current disposition is and this is paramount to her work ethics. Her trust in human nature leads her on a path that places her in a compromising professional dilemma, that is being associated with a Motorcycle Club. An association that isn’t of her doing. This puts her not in the best place for a prison warden but she shows she can definitely hold her own well.
While focusing on Krypt and Ash, Ms. Jewell whets our appetite with good solid secondary characters, providing foundations and a slow build for future books. Excited that there’s a little taste of Santana and Maddock’s story and will be circling September on my calendar for the release of the next book in this series.
Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars
Hot Alpha biker with extremely dirty mouth – check, a cool as hell, kickass girl – check; lots of action both in and out of bed – check, supporting characters I actually like and care about – check.
Ash is a female prison guard who knows how to take care of herself. She is loyal, caring, and tries to help the people she is guarding. She loves her job and she likes her co-workers. I love the fact that she doesn’t try to sugar-coat the evil in the world or the fact that the majority of men she is guarding have done bad things.
“Bad people choose to do the things they are doing, good people try hard to avoid being bad. They strive to be better, but like I said, sometimes good pople can do bad things – it’s just that they do it with a different heart.“
She has compassion for her charges and tries to give each prisoner “thought” which is her way of making them feel like they matter. She wants to leave them with something that will help change them for the good instead of just guarding them and punching her card every day.
Krypt is a member of the Jokers’ Wrath MC. He is arrested for a terrible crime, gunning down an entire family in public in broad daylight. He is brought to her prison and the first time she lays eyes on him, she is floored by how beautiful he is. As events start unfolding, she finds herself questioning the actions of some of her co-workers when it comes to how they are dealing with Krypt. Eventually Krypt is set to be transferred to another facility due to fighting. Ash is placed on the crew transporting him. The van is ambushed by the Jokers’ Wrath MC and although the other guards are killed, Ash is taken as a prisoner and as a witness. She quickly figures out all is not as it seems and finds herself hiking up a mountain alone with Krypt in order to keep both of them safe.
At first, Krypt is a huge puzzle to me. He is obviously not a choir boy but it’s pretty apparent early on, he’s not the devil he is accused of being. The back and forth between Ash and Krypt is fun and bad ass at the same time. I loved that she did not just fall down at his feet but made him work for it. I also loved that once she made up her mind she wanted him, she didn’t mess around. She was upfront and pretty blunt about it.
I endeavor to be different. I’ve always been the girl that stands her ground. I was never going to be anyone’s whore, but I was never going to be the girl that played coy, either. If I want to fuck, biker,” I lean in close, “I’ll fuck.”
Now everything about this book wasn’t a hit, unfortunately. There were a few things that left me saying WTF. Ash’s character was all rough and tough until all of a sudden she wasn’t. I’m supposed to believe she keeps her head while staring down killers, seeing co-workers get gunned down, kicking some serious biker ass more than once, but when faced with a potential rival for Krypt she has a panic attack. Umm, no. I also didn’t appreciate Krypt’s actions when it came to his ex. If he had done to me what he did to Ash when his ex came knocking on the door, he would have been singing soprano. I wouldn’t have had to worry about him screwing anyone else for a good long while because he would have been incapable of getting it up. The ending felt kind of rushed too. Overall this was a read I am pretty happy with and I am really looking forward to Santana’s story next.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Stars
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