on May 18, 2014
Genres: Motorcycle Club Romance
Mature Content Warning: The Bayonet Scars novels are a dark romance series which features graphic sexual content, violence, and foul language that is intended for a mature audience. Each novel features a different couple, though it's not recommended that they be read out of order due to the series story arc.
REV (Bayonet Scars, No. 3)
Everyone belongs somewhere. Even the misfits.
With the looming threat from the Mancuso Crime Family, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club is preparing for a war that could destroy them. Grady, the club’s Sergeant-at-Arms, knows that love makes you weak, and he has zero interest in adding to his liabilities– especially now. He’s already got his teenage daughter who keeps him on his toes and a beef within the club that could fracture his relationship with a fellow brother for good.
For Holly Mercer, her life is finally getting on track and the last thing she wants is trouble from her hometown’s resident outlaws. Keeping her nose clean is easier said than done, when suddenly she finds herself embroiled in club business. Holly might like the idea of being with a real-life bad boy, but even being in the same room with tough-as-nails Grady flusters her.
When Holly inadvertently finds herself on Mancuso’s radar, she has two choices: trust that Grady will protect her, or continue to refuse the club’s help. Both roads are dangerous, but only one has the chance to damage her beyond repair.
Love is never more dangerous than when it can destroy you.
Rev by J.C. Emery is the third book in the Bayonet Scars MC (motorcycle club) romance series. First off I am going to give you all a little ‘heads up’, don’t read the epilogues of any of the books, unless you want to spoilers to the other books in the series. I don’t like jumping ahead in time, when the other books are still being written which are part of the series. As I don’t want to find out whom everyone ends up with, I like the stories to unfold naturally and I like surprises. This being said, I do thing that Emery writes a very nice epilogue, but it jumps ahead two years, and alludes to events in Crush which is the fourth book in the series. You should know that the timelines of all four of her books are set close together. There is also some timeline overlap but the continuity does flow for the series.
I like this book, but it isn’t my favorite of the series. At times I felt rushed to catch up as it seemed that their was a lot of plot points that were taking place off page. I was thrown in several instances by what led a character to take the actions that they do. Especially in the plotline of getting the high school student Jeremy Whelan his work permit. I felt lost at the harsh actions taken to get the permit procured, plus the need to “back date” the permit. As with all Emery’s books, in this series, the book is part of a larger story arc that Emery has established, therefore it is not a standalone read. Emery does have several different plots devices going on at the same time. At times I was confused by why these bikers, who are supposed to be on high alert, did not talk to each other more about what was going on. Plus I still wonder why the character of Mindy did not involve her father into her problems, her father being a police officer. I guess if everything was upfront, the drama that is stirred up by the Forsaken MC would not be so riveting.
I loved the heroine Holly Mercer, feisty, and sassy. She stands up for herself, and isn’t afraid to push back. I loved how Holly went up against Sterling Grady, Sargent of Arms for the Forsaken motorcycle club. Grady pure and simple is an ass. He has been an ass since book one and he is true to form in this book too. So, you have an ass hero, matching wits with a fiery heroine, which results in sparks and a wildfire of lust.
As I read this book, I do have to wonder what authors think safe sex is. Grady at one point ask Holly if she is on the pill, which she is. During the same intimate encounter he ask if she trust him, alluding to unprotected sex. Holly says yes, and they proceed to have unprotected sex. I guess I must have major trust issues, cause a man with a revolving door for woman and no condom is not happening in even my fictional world. Grady had just had unprotected sex a week prior with another woman. How is this trust? Does he know every sexual partner the other woman had? Hmmm…. I know this is fiction and characters only get STDs if the author wants them too. But ARGH….. my head explodes as safe sex can be sexy. At least he should have wrapper it!
The book does contain a graphic, violent, and heartbreaking scene of forcible sex.