Horse by Candace Blevins
Series: Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club #6
Also in this series: Duke, Brain, Gonzo
Published by Excessica on February 26th 2016
Genres: Biker / MC
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Horse is one of the first non-wolf shifters to be patched into the RTMC after the rule change. He’s a Grizzly Bear, and his old pawnshop has become the MC’s new gun store in a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Gabby is a rabbit shifter with a complicated history. Rabbits live in Faerie, but her parents chose to escape to the human realm so they could be together. Tragedy struck twice though, and she was taken to The Summerlands at fifteen to be raised by extended family. She’s grown now and has chosen to come back, even though it means she’s alone in this world.
Bears are loners who are used to getting their way. Rabbits are sexual, social creatures who need a wide variety of partners in their lives if they go outside their own species.
And Gabby’s past is on a trajectory to keep her from the future she wants.
A bear and a rabbit walk into a gun store… and start banging like bunnies!
The Rolling Thunder MC is back in all their gritty, shifter glory. RTMC has changed its charter and is now allowing other species of shifters other than just wolves in. Although I was really hoping for a story about Gonzo or Dawg first, I’m glad I didn’t get what I wished for.
The addition of more shifter types into the MC sets the stage for what I think is going to be a wild ride since it seems a supernatural war of good vs. evil is on the horizon with Chattanooga possibly being the front line. I loved the peek into the politics of the other shifter species and the little glimpses into what happens in faerie. I’ve always meant to read more of Candace Blevins’ other series and books, especially The Chattanooga Supernaturals since there is a lot of overlapping of characters. After this book they are now at the top of my TBR pile– even the rest of her Safeword series which is a bit out of my BDSM comfort zone.
Speaking of comfort zones if sex with other partners is a no go for you, even if it’s with the whole-hearted approval of the significant other, this is not the book, nor the series for you. This is a paranormal book and certain shifters have certain needs that only one partner cannot meet. I’m not big on cheating, but in this context it’s not and I am so glad I did not miss out on this.
Okay, on to this book. Horse, a bear shifter is one of the newest members of the club. And yes, there’s a body part specific reason why he’s called that. He’s huge, mean looking, kind of gruff, but oh so very sweet. He might shift into a grizzly bear but really he was a great big teddy bear. I love a big, burly, hot alpha who puts his woman’s needs first in everything. The lengths he was willing to go to in order to help his little rabbit were truly endearing and made for a whole lot of “Oh my word, that is so freaking romantic” type comments coming from me. The fact that he had the entire RTMC going out of their way to make the cute little bunny not be scared of a group of big bad wolves was the absolute sweetest of all. I have to say, in Brain’s book I wanted to castrate a few of my favorite MC brothers but in this one, I wanted to hug them all.
Gabby is a rabbit shifter and anyone who has ever owned a rabbit knows they are timid little creatures who get spooked at the drop of a hat. Rabbit shifters pretty much act true to type, but Gabby has a nightmarish past that makes her more scared than most. Rabbit shifters are kind of like the succubi of the shifter world, they have to have sex to function, and Gabby hasn’t been taking care of that particular need of hers so when she runs into Horse she is one hot mess. Good thing he wants her from the start. I’m not a huge fan of timid, scared heroines but I also know that the courage to face your fears is the bravest thing of all and Gabby is one hell of a brave little bunny. She won me over with each panic attack as she beat all that back and soared and even kicked a little ass or two, even if she ran away as fast as she could after.
To keep Gabby safe from what’s coming back to haunt her, not only Horse and the MC, but the Dragon King, The Lion King, and even a vampire or two are needed. They’ve been around for some of the other books, but for this one, it felt like friendship ties were strengthened. Although less dark and gritty than Brain’s book, or even Bash’s, there was definitely violence and potential triggers. I cannot wait to see who’s story is up next!
Rating: 5 Bunny Banging Stars
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