Payback by Christina Phillips
Series: Viking Bastards MC #2
Also in this series: Hooked, Burned
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Biker / MC
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I don't fuck girls who work for me, but as soon as Amelia turns those big green eyes on me I know she's trouble. I can't keep my hands off her, and the almost-but-not-quite-sex we share in the kitchen is the hottest thing I've ever had. Except she calls it quits, before we've even started.
Instead of moving on, she’s all I can think about and that's bad news. I'm breaking all my rules for her, and don't even care.
Until I find out who she is and what she really wants. She's after payback, but there's no way she's going to get it. No way in hell...
Payback was on my Kindle before I had finished reading Hooked! I 1-clicked it because I was enjoying the first book so much! There was a distinctly different tone in the second book and I desperately missed the banter which worked so well in the first book. While I smiled all the way through Hooked, it took until Chapter 9 before I found a reason to smile in Payback.
The early December wind isn’t that cold, but still makes me shiver as I stare at the sign above the door of the bar. Odin’s. For a crazy second, I nearly run back to my car and get the hell out of here, but it’s like I’m frozen on the sidewalk.
The quote above caused me to think she was about to walk through a stage door and face her audience. This was in effect what she had planned. Then the actions of the other characters had her sidetracked, and she fast lost her hold on her reason for going through the fateful door. This was no stage, but her audience was not there for a show.
Amelia’s revenge driven plot was lost not long after she set eyes on Gage. Payback took a side-step soon after she began working at Odin’s Bar. It puzzled me how easily she went from an anger fueled revenge to being distracted and thrown off her game by the man she desperately wanted to hate.
Underneath your good-girl gloss
there’s a very bad girl trying to get out.”
From the moment her flirting began, the contradiction within her resolve emerged. Gage wasn’t the kind of guy she dated. He didn’t do dating period. She slowly found the idea of dating inconsequential, at the same time Gage was obsessed with winning her over. Their tug-of-war struggle with her hesitating got a bit tedious and repetitious.
“I’m not one of your nice boyfriends you can keep on a fucking leash.”
Now, while I wasn’t onboard with the plot direction, the characters themselves had undeniable chemistry and I enjoyed their interactions once Amelia got on-board with the idea. If it wasn’t for my hesitation in believing in Amelia’s initial plan and her ease at not pursuing it, I would have enjoyed this story a lot more than I did. Yes, the change of heart is explained, but not enough to convince me to believe her genuine sincerity to take on such a personal risk and then so quickly change her plans.
I imagine my reading experience would have been vastly different if I read this book first, because I went it to this story with high expectations. Regardless, I am keen to read on because I enjoyed Ms. Phillips’ writing style that resonated throughout both books.
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