Ex-Con by Scott Hildreth
Series: Selected Sinners MC #5
Also in this series: Making The Cut, Taking The Heat
Published by Eralde Publishing on August 15, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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Shocked by an act of bravery, and intrigued by a stranger's good looks and demanding demeanor, Emily Stewart agrees to let a man walk her to her car. She had no idea at the time that this was exactly what Jackson Shephard had hoped for.
Jackson "Big Jack" Shephard rides with the Hell's Fury MC. He's big, not afraid of any man, and goes to great lengths to provide protection to his club brothers and those he loves. He lives by a code most men couldn't begin to understand. He's faithful in life and love, and he never breaks a promise.
Emily "Em" Stewart knows Jack is inherently different in all regards. Em has never had a man provide her with enough excitement, praise, or variety to keep her attention for long.
As a result, she's never had a relationship. Until that night when a muscular tattooed biker steps in to her life and 'takes care of' the abuser.
Jack can only be with one type of woman; the type who lets him call the shots in the bedroom. Emily agrees to an exclusive relationship, because her heart and being know no other way and because Jack isn't one to cheat, lie, or do anything but love completely and love HARD.
There's one BIG problem. An undercover ATF agent.
Will this shatter what they've built, will the walls crumble, and will Jack go to prison?
If he does will their bond survive?
EX-CON is a stand-alone, no cheating, no sex outside the relationship, HEA story of love, loss, second chances, and living life outside of the boundaries most citizens live in. EX-CON depicts life of in Outlaw Motorcycle Club and life in prison with accuracy. It is Book V in the Selected Sinners series of MC Erotic Romance novels, and is able to be enjoyed fully as a stand-alone. This series of MC Romance novels has no club whores, no cheating, and no typical MC Romance drama. To experience the series in full, Making the Cut, Taking the Heat, Otis, HUNG, and EX-CON may, however, all be read (in that order).
The last book in the Selected Sinners series didn’t do a lot for me so I took longer than I should have to read Ex-Con. This was a mistake on my part since I enjoyed it. If you’ve kept up with the Selected Sinners series, you know some of Jack’s story, and now we get the rest of it. Surprisingly, although it had a little grit to it, Ex-Con was an unbelievably sweet story albeit a sad one.
I was intrigued by Jack ever since we heard about him from Sydney (Jack’s sister) and Toad’s book. Incarcerated for years after being railroaded by the DEA, his sister’s determination to clear his name plus Axton’s help finally resulted in him getting a new trial and eventually freedom. Ex-Con takes us back to the beginning where we meet his old MC, get a first-hand account of how he ended up in prison, and most importantly get the story of how he met and courted Emily.
Once he’s out of prison and slowly starts to get used to being free again, it’s time to get his life back as much as he can. He starts to search for his Emily but she has disappeared. With the help of the Selected Sinners, his new MC, he searches high and low for her. Along the way, he starts to find himself again but Emily proved a lot more elusive.
Like all the Scott Hildreth books I’ve read, the author gets philosophical quite often. Mostly I don’t mind this as I find what he says interesting, but sometimes it feels repetitive and makes the book feel longer than it is. For whatever reason, the latter was the case with Ex-Con. I’m not sure if this is because I wasn’t in the mood for it or that I wished there was less philosophy and more action, both the MC type action and the sexy times action between Jack and Em.
I enjoyed Ex-Con and loved to see the author’s sweet side, but I do think a lot of the wisdom being imparted to the readers could have been cut to save room for some more Jack and Em time after he got out of prison. The betrayals, uncertainty, and the search for Em kept my interest up enough to read this in less than 24 hours, but I wanted more.
Spice’s Rating: 3.5 Sweet Philosophical Stars.
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