*This book can be read as a STANDALONE*
Wes ‘Stiff’ Collins lived life on the wild side. He worked from the moment he knew what the word meant, always making the best of every situation. There was nothing about his past he would change.
Without a real family except his brother Xander, Stiff joined the Vipers Creed Motorcycle Club, and they taught him what it was to have people he could depend on. When his past crashed into his present, he vowed to protect the club that had always been his steady, even if it meant turning his back on the woman who had given him life.
Chelsea Miller’s life was simple: work, take care of her family, and save for the future. Everything was about having a goal and a plan. However, when her sister ended up battered and bruised on a diner floor, everything she thought was in her past suddenly threatened her future. In a moment, she had a new goal, everything else be damned. She would protect her family … at all costs.
Stiff and Chelsea’s worlds collide in an explosion of determination, strength, and lust. Will they give in to temptation, or will conquering each other be too steep a price? Two people not afraid to put in the work will either overcome everything in their paths or finally crumble under life’s troubles they can’t escape, all in the name of family.
*Due to subject matter, mature audiences 18+ only*
I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.
Stiff and Chelsea were amazing not only their stories but them as individuals and even the side characters. I loved Chelsea’s grandma and I am so intrigued by Xander. Stiff and Chelsea are so much alike and perfect for one another. They both had to step up and take care of their families. They did what they had to never had anyone to depend on but themselves and learned at a young age not to trust many.
Stiff had to take care of his brother and Chelsea took care of her family both knew how to work hard and protect what was theirs. Stiff had to deal with his mom doing wrong by him and Chelsea dealt with her dad at a young age when he did wrong by her.
Chelsea was a waitress where Stiff and the MC would eat once in a while when one day her and Stiffs worlds collided and landed in the dinner causing Stiff to put Chelsea and her family under his protection. It took Chelsea a bit to accept this because she is use to being the provider and protector not relying on anyone for anything. However Stiff was not backing down and was determined to protect her.
The Chemistry between these two was off the charts. Chelsea was strong willed, hard headed and stubborn she didn’t want to give up the control to let other fight her battles. However Stiff was just as stubborn and determined to fight this and protect Chelsea and her family. I loved these two together. I could totally see Chelsea taking on the world with a baseball bat. Where does she get this from her Mom and Grams I’m sure. God I loved her Grams and no one better mess with her and her “stories”. I have a soft spot for military men and Xander grabbed my attention from the beginning so enjoyed the surprise bonus novella on him.
Ryan Michele found her passion in bringing fictional characters to life. She loves being in an imaginative world where anything is possible, and she has a knack for special twists readers don’t see coming.
She writes MC, Contemporary, Erotic, Paranormal, New Adult, Inspirational, and other romance-based genres. Whether it’s bikers, wolf-shifters, mafia, etc., Ryan spends her time making sure her heroes are strong and her heroines match them at every turn.
When she isn’t writing, Ryan is a mom and wife living in rural Illinois and reading by her pond in the warm sun.