Riot by Jamie Begley
Series: Predators MC #1
Also in this series: Hostage
Published by Young Ink Press on October 21st 2014
Genres: Biker / MC
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Available on KU at posting: Yes
Ice As president of the Predators’ MC, my men and I are used to preying on the weak and those stupid enough to cross our paths. So why does a straitlaced teacher make me sit up and take notice when I see her for the first time? The brothers all think she makes me weak, and believe me, weak in their eyes isn’t where I want to be. She wants me to prove she means more to me than the club, and when I fail, she thinks she can just walk away. She’s wrong. I’m a Predator, and nothing escapes me. Grace As a teacher, I’m supposed to want to educate those who want to learn, right? That’s what I believed until I was told I’d have to teach a class at the prison. I didn’t move to a town labeled as one of the safest places in America only to be faced with a bunch of Predators. He expects me to trust him despite being the reason I’m trapped in the middle of a prison riot. His club means more to him than I ever will, and if I give him a chance, he will break the fragile peace I have managed to find. It’s not the first time I’ve had to escape a predator. Warning: This work of fiction is intended for mature audiences only. All sexually active characters portrayed in this ebook are eighteen years of age or older. Please do not buy if strong sexual situations, multiple partners, extreme violence, drugs, and explicit language offends you.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
A huge Jamie Begley fan, I read Riot when it first came out and really liked it but I felt like I was missing out on something. I had not read the VIP Room series yet and this is really an offshoot of that series. I don’t know what kept me from reading the VIP books, it just didn’t appeal to me. I went back and read those and ended up loving them. I waited a bit and decided to re-read Riot and got a lot more out of it the second time around since I knew the ins and out of who was who and how everything fit together. Is Riot a standalone, yes, but I can now attest to the fact it’s a better experience if you have read the Last Riders and VIP Room series first.
Riot starts out differently than most since the first part of the book is set in a prison. Ice and some of his Predator MC brothers are inmates and Grace is a teacher. The Riot in the title comes from the fact that a prison riot happens and Grace is held hostage. It’s not really a storybook way to meet someone but during the time they spent together, not only in the classroom, but during the riot, Ice saw something in Grace he wanted. He planned on getting it once he was released and he wasn’t going to let anything stop him, whether it be Grace’s overprotective family, or Grace herself.
When a man found a priceless diamond, he didn’t throw it back. No, he held onto it and never let it go. That was what Ice had every intention of doing, too. Of course he would break it and grind it down until it was exactly what he wanted.
Ice was rough, violent and alpha to his core. He also screwed up in a huge way that I usually don’t forgive, but because of the unique situation he found himself in, I got over myself. I didn’t end up loving Ice but I did end up liking him a lot. He expected Grace to do all the changing and adapting and any changes he made were done kicking and screaming, usually when he found himself backed into a corner.
“You’re my woman, and this is going to be the way it is. My woman does not get upset. My woman does not get hurt. And my woman does not almost get hit by a car.”
Grace was a contradiction to me. I have never been a fan of women who date inmates, but there were explanations for everything and I’m glad I gave the book and Grace a chance to win me over. In the beginning of the book, I had her almost in the TSTL category seeing as how she started dating a man who she met in prison and that’s before you take into account the whole prison riot/hostage thing. On the surface, Grace can seem like a doormat, but when I got to thinking about it, she really wasn’t. She just knew when to pick and choose her battles and she definitely nailed Ice’s balls to the walls a few times.
As for the rest of the cast of this book, the jury is still out on the Predators. Definitely not a biker lite type MC. There’s lots of grit and violence and it’s not apologized for. They are what they are and if you don’t like them, they don’t care. No warm and fuzzies coming from any of them. We got to see some old friends in this book like Vida and Colton, Penni, and the band Mouth2Mouth. Grace’s family was interesting. I hope we get to see more of her brother Dax, but I’m thinking probably not.
I’m excited about this series, and the next book on my TBR list is Stand Off.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Stars
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