Monday, January 26, 2015

Kick by Carmen Jenner

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Happy Release to Carmen Jenner
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RELEASE DATE: January 26th, 2015

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I take a deep shuddering breath, close my eyes and stretch my hand towards him. His touch is gentle this time, far more gentle than I’d ever thought someone with so much uncontained violence to him could be.
“Spread your fingers,” he commands. I do, and he lifts the roll of tape, presses the edge to my skin and begins winding it over my knuckles. I close my eyes. The strident sound of it stretching out from the roll makes me want to flee. It makes me want to run as far from his touch—from any man’s touch—as I can possibly get.
The feel of the tape against my flesh, binding, holding, is so much worse. I tug on my hand, but he won’t let go. My heartrate skyrockets, and sweat beads erupt over my brow and upper lip. I’m in that room again, struggling, screaming, trying to fight them off, and failing.
Biker knows it, too. His dark eyes challenge, they dare me to run, but they also implore me to stay. It’s ironic that the only thing keeping me here, keeping me grounded, is the man who abducted me.
He holds my gaze. I don’t know exactly what is hidden in his dark blue one, but it suffocates the panic within me, douses it like water flooding flames. He bends his head to my hand. Taking the paper tape in his mouth, he rips it with his teeth.
I still. I soften. His gaze doesn’t leave mine, not even once. Not even when he starts in on my wrist, gently biting through each piece of tape before pressing it down with his rough hands. I’m mesmerised by his mouth, the piercing, and the soft, full lips. The light catches a silver chain around his neck, something I’ve never noticed before—but then I try not to make a habit of staring too closely at him. Not now, though. Now I watch every twitch, every blink, every intake of breath, and every inch that is swallowed up by his mouth moving closer to my flesh.
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When I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family.
A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another. A club whose ties ran thicker than blood, murkier than the dirt and grime that tainted my soul. Stronger than the bonds that connected me to my own family.
A band of brothers, where loyalty was kept and paid in a currency of blood.
When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood.
I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt.
My name is Daniel Johnson.  I have betrayed everyone I ever loved.
And I’ll betray her too.
This is my story—if you’re screwed up enough to want to read it.

Warning: KICK contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations of a taboo nature. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies.



Kick is a stand-alone novel though a spin-off story from the author’s “Greetings from Sugartown” series. Daniel Johnson is a member of the Savage Saints MC but he is haunted by events of the past. An unlikely rescuer but he was all Kayla had. The journey of healing and, ultimately, redemption is not an easy one. How could they find each other when they couldn’t even find themselves?

I really don’t know where to start. This was my first read by the author and wasn't sure what to expect. The synopsis and preface gave me lots of warnings - was the read worth it? Did I enjoy this book? Enjoy is not a word I can use – blown away will have to do. Would I recommend this? Definitely – though not without a nod to the author’s preface. Do not proceed if you are not ready for gritty, for violence, for “in your face” life at its most elemental. To be honest I wasn’t sure I was ready for this. I admit I’ve waited to watch movies on TV because I knew they would edit out the really harsh bits. I knew there would be no editing here. I’ve read some MC books that nudged my comfort level and I was pretty sure this would blow right through it. Did it ever! This book had so much I found disturbing but the author wrote such a powerful story I could not help but be glued chapter by chapter until it reached the incredible finale. Black is grey and white even more so. Never were lines so blurred. Strong, determined and, at the most basic, defenders of right, Kick and Kayla both were unlikely heroes. But heroes they were. I LOVED this book and will be looking for more. Bring on the Sugartown books next so I can learn more about Kick and the world he lives in.

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Carmen Jenner
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY Best Selling Author, doctor, pilot and CIA agent.  She's also a compulsive, flagrant prevaricator who gets to make things up for a living.

While Sugartown may not technically exist, Carmen grew up in a small Australian town just like it, and just like her characters, she always longed for something more. They didn't have an Elijah Cade, though.
If they did, you can be sure she would have never left.



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