Preacher (Rapid City Stories, #1) by Dahlia West
Series: Rapid City Stories #1
on November 27, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC, Contemporary Romance
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Jack "Preacher" Prior is at a crossroads -- literally. Left for dead in the Badlands, he's managed to survive. He's stolen a truck, but where can he go? Body broken, mind reeling from betrayal from his own MC brothers, he knows he won't last a day back in Rapid City in his current condition.
Two roads stretch out in front of him. One leads to the city and one deep into the black hills where no one knows him as the former President of the Badlands Buzzards. Revenge is not a question; it's an absolute. Preacher will get his due soon enough or die trying.
Erin Walker is at a crossroads of her own. Dealt a bad hand by being the daughter of Buck Walker, ex-Rodeo Champ, she's made her own way in the world without his help. She owns Thunder Ridge Ranch outright, and she's carved out a piece of paradise for herself with her own two hands. She's not giving it up without a fight, but she's alone in the world with no one to trust.
In Erin, Preacher finds something that doesn't exist in his own world: a smart, fierce independent woman who sets his blood on fire. For Erin, the mysterious man who threatens her life might very well be the only one who can save it.
Can Preacher put aside his desire for revenge against his old MC and accept what's in front of him: a woman who needs him and a future worth having? Erin knows in her heart that Preacher is a bad, dangerous man, but can she trust him anyway?
Not every choice is theirs to make, though, and in Rapid City the past never stays buried.
Okay. When you first start Preacher you are going to think that this man is one irredeemable dickhead and you are going to want to DNF this book. Push on. Why, you ask? Because Jack “Preacher” Prior is the elusive unicorn of the man world. So rare you will probably never meet one in your lifetime. I’m talking about the kind who starts out as the worst type of man you can find, a waste of air really, who then changes completely because of the love of a good woman.
I cannot begin to tell you how much of an ass he was. A 1% biker, he was a drunk, liked his drugs, and liked to bang lots of women but did not care one bit if they got anything out of the deal. It was all about him. He was king of his world until a couple of his supposedly loyal subjects decided to overthrow his regime and he is left for dead in the badlands.
Fighting death he manages to stumble across Erin’s struggling ranch and seeks refuge. At first things don’t go well for Preacher, as he’s severely wounded and in his wisdom decides to use intimidation tactics to scare Erin into submission. Then he saves her from an extremely bad situation, showing that somewhere buried deep inside he had a heart, so she starts to soften towards him. Once he began healing and got his head cleared of all the alcohol and drugs, we start to see a side of him emerge that I would never have guessed he possessed. His earlier friendship with Shooter all of a sudden made more sense now that we could see Preacher in the light of his new found sobriety. He changed my opinion of him completely. Totally redeeming himself to the extent of making me laugh at his interactions with the animals, especially with the rooster, his new found arch enemy as the biker learned to be a ranch hand while he recovered. The conversations he had with the animals were almost as good as his conversations with actual people.
Erin was a great heroine. She was struggling to realize her dream even though there was a long line of people hoping she would fail, some going so far as to do some pretty underhanded things to bring that failure along faster. Not a badass in the kick ass and take names way, but unbelievably tough and determined even when she was faced with some pretty crappy situations. And she was far from stupid which to be honest I was a bit worried about when I read the synopsis to the book. Ignorant to whom she had allowed into her life, she was wary but decided to let the way he treated her guide her opinion of him.
No insta-love to be found, Jack and Erin had a slow build relationship that made my heart smile. Lots of time goes by before they hit the sheets. Jack’s character turnaround did not include him losing the alpha side of himself so when he finally makes his move, I had to read what he said twice. It was hot. Kind of alphahole hot, but hot nonetheless.
Alas, there is still some revenge to be had and reality intrudes. The book ends with a bang, and even a few booms, just as gritty as it began. I can honestly say I did not expect things to end up as they did. I didn’t like the first part of the book, but the rest of it wouldn’t have been near as sweet without it. Oh, and the epilogue is pretty nice too.
Spice’s rating: 4.5 Maybe Miracles Can Happen (well in books at least) Stars.