Welcome to Northern Nevada. The scenery is idyllic, the people are friendly and three Motorcycle Clubs rule the tri-city area between Reno, Carson City, and Lake Tahoe with an iron fist. Gisela wasn’t introduced to the thug life, she was born into it. The daughter of an American gangster, her life has been carefully orchestrated with private education, a law degree and now a respectable law firm she co-founded with Kyra Hughes, her best friend. Life is good until her high school sweetheart walks through the door of Jackson & Hughes and decides to turn her world upside down. Cillian is not an average criminal, he was brought up in the Lucifer’s Saints MC and is now V.P. of a powerful criminal enterprise. He’s no stranger to mayhem yet only one woman has ever made him feel worthy of redemption. He’s a survivor and luck has always been on his side until he is arrested and charged with the murder of an undercover ATF agent. His complicated life becomes more than he can handle when he is forced to face the only woman who has ever turned him inside out. An unconventional love story, unfinished business between these two passionate people—physical, emotional and professional—will spark a fuse that will leave a path of death and destruction in its wake.
Now, I found myself in the same position with Cillian, and I couldn’t do it again. Not only because of Brianna but because I was in love with the fucking guy.
“Leave Brianna and we’ll pick up this conversation at another time. Until that happens…I don’t think I can do this.” My voice was small but firm.
He crawled over my body so he could face me. “Now you’re not playing fair. I told you I would leave her and I will. You can’t deny me—I won’t be able to do this without knowing you’re by my side.”
“And I will be when that Irish bitch is out of your life.” I gritted my teeth together. “You left me in a foreign country for her, and drop kicked my ass outta your life. Now, I’m supposed to drop everything because you give me a few empty promises after mind blowing sex? I want to believe you but we’ve got too damn much history between us, babe. I need to see some actions before I commit to anything.”
Cillian smiled wryly. “Always the fucking attorney. Fine, I’ll show you actions but you better keep up your end of the bargain.”
I turned over onto my side away from him. “Don’t worry about me. Unlike you, I don’t make promises I can’t keep.”
My Rating = 3.25 stars
My Rating = 3.25 stars
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for my honest review
I loved the blurb for this book, the VP of a Nevada MC and a gangster’s daughter? Oh yeah this was so right on my radar.
Gisela is a high flying lawyer but her clientele is the local gangsters and MCs. As the daughter of a gangster who is infiltrated with the Nevada MCs, she knows what is expected of her. However on the day she is asked to act for Cillian it brings all their past to the present. Could she ever forgive him? Could they move past what happened in Ireland all those years ago?
Cillian is the VP of the Lucifer’s Saints MC in Nevada. With his Irish charm and his good looks, pulling the women has never been a problem for him but only one woman ever held his heart and that woman was Gisela. After all these years nothing had changed in his feelings for her but then when they are suddenly pushed together in the lead up to his last deed and subsequent trial, can old feelings be reignited and the past be recovered?
There is a lot for the reader to take in on this first book of the Rough Riders series. So many characters, so many MCs, leaders, history to take in that it did get a little confusing for me and I lost my way in parts. I kept having to read back to know where this person was from and if they were friend or foe.
I loved the concept of the great love that Gisela and Cillian had but some of Cillian’s actions were not the actions I would think the man getting a second chance would do. The part with his friend’s pregnant wife and he did to her what he only ever did with Gisela? It just took away the whole emphasis of this being a once in a lifetime love.
Now I love my MCs hard hitting and my Pres and the church mega alphas but for me Cillian was quite….well…weak. In some area he acted like a little boy and I kept thinking ‘just grow a pair will ya?!’
So overall, yes I loved the concept, the world but a little less detail of the whole MCs and Gangs with all the names etc. in the beginning. It needed to be gradually throughout the book. I liked Gisela and the idea of the great forever love but Cillian just didn’t do it for me. Obviously this is my opinion, others may love his weakness but I just needed him more kick-ass.
A well written book and I will look to reading the next in the series as I know first books in a series are always the hardest to encapsulate the set up. Overall I did enjoy reading it and loved the Irish connection – about time an MC book brought this in, so kudos to the author for this.
Selene Chardou is a world traveler and the alter-ego of Elle Chardou.
Ms. Chardou’s writing is all about hot romance and exciting times with the wild, damaged, out of control and/or rich and famous set in the New Adult realm.
She is currently working on The Will to Love, the second novel in the Scarlet Fever Series, which chronicles the relationship of Will Cullen and Laurel Munsen. She is also working on Deadly Seduction, the first novel in The Rough Riders series, which chronicles the issues between three Motorcycle Clubs, and various criminal elements in the tri-city area of Reno, Lake Tahoe and Carson City in Northern Nevada.
Ms. Chardou has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.