Train's Clash by Jamie Begley
Series: The Last Riders #9
Also in this series: Lucky's Choice, Winter's Touch
Published by Young Ink Press on November 1, 2016
Genres: Biker / MC
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Beware of what you wish for; it might just come true.
Train swore never to let a woman get under his skin unless it meant forever, and forever only meant belonging to The Last Riders. He had believed his one brief sexual encounter with Killyama was a hit it and quit it. Instead, her green eyes haunted his memories. Then when he tried to convince the woman he was serious as his “more the merrier” lifestyle became a painful reminder of the life he lived, Killyama used his own club against him to keep him from what he wanted.
Killyama was holding out for a man who could offer her forever, and Train wasn’t the forever kind of man. He was a Mr. Here and Now; the wicked warrior in her dreams. He might be a walking, talking sex machine, but she needed more than that. So, until he proved she was the only one sharing his bed, the only part of her body he was going to see was her ass walking away.
I’ve been looking forward to Train’s Clash for a long time, but after Winter’s Touch, I was a bit trepidatious. It’s been awhile since I’ve been that pissed about a book. I decided to reread some rainbow and unicorn books to kind of clear my head so I went into this with a much better attitude.
The Last Riders isn’t a series that you should read out of order, so if you haven’t read the preceding books, you need to stop right here and go read them–unless you are a safety gang member, in that case don’t even bother, you are going to despise this series. This isn’t your normal club, and sex with others is the rule rather than the exception until a member finds his wife, and even then he may share a bit. Also, I’m pretty open minded with things and even I have wanted to rip the dangly bits off of every single hero in this series.
In some ways Killyama was everything I expected her to be but she also fell short of my very high expectations. The last thing I expected her to have were Daddy issues, but goodness she was eaten up with them. The way her douchebag dad treated her led her to be scared shitless of any kind of relationship or feelings. Instead, she became the absolute meanest, scariest biker bitch of them all, but underneath she had a heart of gold.
I pretty much felt the same way about Train. I loved how hard he pursued Killyama and didn’t quit despite her efforts at sabotaging any kind of relationship. Conversely, he ended up being not near as alpha as I expected which threw me for a loop.
What disappointed me the most was Killyama’s unwillingness to communicate with Train. Sure there were some lame excuses as to why, but they just didn’t hold water. Every time she did something twisted and crazy, even if she had her reasons and was ultimately trying to help, she showed her lack of trust in the man she was supposedly pining over.
Each problem that came up got crazier and crazier. The thing with Sasha was just plain stupid with how easily it could have been solved. The last surprise that the whole team was activated for was just over the top crazy and made no sense. Many of the revelations felt extremely contrived and I found myself saying “WTF” more than once. More and more I’m finding this happening with this series and I’m not a fan.
I liked this book more than Winter’s Touch, and parts of it I really enjoyed. I’m thinking this series is now being switched from my “Must Read List” to my “Maybe If I Get Around To It List”. This makes me sad.
Spice’s Rating: 3 Sad Little Stars
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