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It’s kind of a teaser ToT…a little flash of tat, glimpse of chest hair, a chiseled jaw with a bit of scruff all perched on a sleek motorcycle.Vipers Run by Stephanie Tyler
Series: Skull's Creek #1
Published by Penguin on 2014-07-01
The Vipers Motorcycle Club has strict rules for their brotherhood and the women who enter it. Now one Viper is about to find out how much trouble one woman can be...
Former Army Ranger Christian Cage Owens joined the Vipers Motorcycle Club for its sense of brotherhood. In return, he pledged to live outside the law, protecting club members and their families, as well as keeping other MCs out of Skulls Creek. But when Cage discovers that a rival MC—one Cage has an all too familiar past with—plans to push meth into his town, he calls an old Army buddy turned private investigator who’s helped the Vipers in the past. By doing so, Cage endangers both his friend and Calla Benson, a woman who works in the PI’s office. Now he’s made it his mission to track Calla down and do whatever it takes to protect her.
Thanks to the phone call with Cage, Calla knows she’s formed a deep connection to a dangerous man. She quickly discovers that although he may live by a different set of rules, Cage is an honorable man who wants to be more than her protector—if only she can accept his dangerous lifestyle. But Calla comes to Skulls Creek with her own set of secrets...secrets that threaten to tear her and Cage—and the Vipers MC—apart. As they put their newfound love to the ultimate test, Cage will risk everything he cares about to save her...
I really, really wanted to love this story. Hot alpha men, motorcycles, tattoos…it’s a good recipe. It works beautifully onscreen with Sons of Anarchy. But not so much with Viper’s Run. The heroine, Calla, works for a PI and takes a 10-minute phone call from a dying man named Cade that changes her life completely — and his, too. It’s love, baybee. After ten minutes. When the dude on the other side is dying.
Because of that phone call and who she works for, Calla is suddenly thrust into a war between rival motorcycle gangs. Cade tracks her down and swears his protection, driving her down to the town run by the Vipers, the gang Cade defected to after leaving the Heathens. And you just don’t “leave” the Heathens.
You know, I don’t think I’d want to be part of an MC, especially not those portrayed in these books (or SoA, for that matter). Murder, degradation of women (though the Vipers kind of respect women. Well, only “their” women. And then only some of them.), drugs, and all sorts of bad things go on — I’m much too much of a goodie-goodie for all that. But I’ll read about it. I appreciate broken characters who don’t apologize for who and what they are. And these motorcycle bad-asses certainly don’t apologize.
In the end, I can suspend disbelief of the insta-love, especially if the rest of the story is good. And it’s not bad…it just didn’t send me over the moon.