Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: Meant to Be ( Heaven Hill #1 ) by Laramie Briscoe

Meant to Be by Laramie Briscoe
Excerpt

Single mother.
Laid off factory worker.
Drug runner for the Heaven Hill Motorcycle Club.

When Denise Cunningham is served with foreclosure papers on her birthday it’s the last straw in a long line of bad luck. Sitting and crying about things has never been how she solved her problems, but this time she decides to do just that. A phone call interrupts her pity party and changes the course of her life forever.

Loyal brother.
Grease monkey mechanic.
Vice President of the Heaven Hill Motorcycle Club.

William Walker Jr., known as Liam to his club, needs a new recruit that is just naïve enough and desperate enough to do what he asks without question. When Denise Cunningham lands in his lap, he decides to hire her - not because he wants to, because he has to.

Neither are comfortable in their new roles, but he needs help and she can’t stand to lose anything else.

As bullets fly and a local Bowling Green, KY reporter works to bring the club down, Liam and Denise find themselves getting closer to one another. When the stakes get high and outside forces try to keep them away from each other, they have to decide if they really are meant to be.

Genre

Contemporary

Review

I think I've just found another biker series for me to stalk after the conclusion of Signal Bend. Thanks to Steffi for her recommendation on Heaven Hill MC series. This might just be the first time I never heard they talk about club whores, gangbang and other debauchery. Shocking.

Denise is a single mom of her 13 year old twins. She got embroiled with the Heaven Hill MC when she was desperate for cash to make ends meet. I'm not going to judge her for making some bad decision because she was alone, desperate and she had three mouths to feed. However, she never thought she will be screwed that badly when her life is being threaten.

The silver lining of all this is she meet Liam, the VP of the Heaven Hill MC and also the son of the President. He might be the one who tempted her into the dark side, but he genuinely care for her safety and decided to bestow her his protection. 

Liam is a very likable hero from the get go. He had the easy-going demeanor and is a total gentleman to Denise. He only get intense/violent when he is working for the club. He's not the kind of alpha hero who throw a woman he lust after to the nearest wall and bang the shit out her. Yeah, that is totally hot. But that's just not Liam. Their relationship took sometime to build up even after he move Denise and her children into his home for their safety. 

Denise is one of those rare biker heroine who manage to accept the new lifestyle with stride. Initially, she was scared witless and worry about her child safety. But later on, she manage to come to terms with her situation. She even helped out with some club business. I like that she accept Liam for who he is and didn't go all self righteous and accuse him of being a criminal. There was limited amount of sex scene, but honestly, the story had a strong enough plot to keep things moving.

The story was told in multiple POV, even within the same chapter there are a few POVs, but never once did I felt confuse. I knew exactly whose POV it was every time it switch. I like the tone and the direction of the plot. It had heavy emphasize on the club business that kept me engage from beginning to the end. There is a rival gang, Vojnik that wanted to set Heaven Hill MC up for a fall. 

There is a side plot about Tyler, the club brother and a nosy reporter, Meredith. Their relationship development make me anxious for their story next. Overall, a promising start for a biker series that make me want to read the subsequent books. This book put more emphasize on club business than romance. But for me, it works anyway.

Rating 4/5

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