I started out really liking this book. I was drawn in right away by the writing and the description and comical first meeting of the two main characters. We’re introduced to the hero almost immediately as bad boy biker Cody Dallas of Dark Riders MC comes to Mariah’s aid when her car breaks down in a bad neighborhood. Our heroine, lounge singer Mariah, promptly calls the cops on him because she’s afraid that Cody may be associated with the leader of the Robinson Street MC, who has been aggressively stalking her. Cody wasn’t amused, but he got over it.
I like these two characters. Cody can be a bit moody at times, but he’s also sweet and has a good sense of humor. Mariah makes some stupid decisions that leave you rolling your eyes, but I like that she’s not a damsel in distress. While she’s afraid of her stalker and his gang (and rightfully so), she’s not afraid to stand up to them either. Honestly, she’s even a bit too bold at times. I mean, when a biker gang is stalking you, destroying your property, sabotaging your car and attacking your friends… It’s probably not a bright idea to slap one of them. It’s probably an even worse idea to try and spread a lie about one’s *ahem* performance issues.
On that note, it’s probably not the best idea to continue playing at biker bars either. I understand not wanting to buckle under their intimidation tactics, but when a restraining order can’t even help you, maybe it’s time to remove yourself from the situation as much as possible. Just a thought.
Anyway, I liked the chemistry between these two and often found myself grinning at their lighthearted banter and sexual innuendos. Though he barely knows her, Cody wastes no time in trying to protect Mariah. She quickly learns that there’s a gentleman behind Cody’s tough exterior and he discovers that Mariah isn’t quite the good girl that he thought she was. Their relationship kept me engaged and I really wanted to see where it would go… Unfortunately, I soon realized that this really wasn’t going anywhere.
So, here are my issues…
1) There wasn’t much of a plot. Mariah kept getting stalked and sabotaged. Cody kept coming to her rescue (with a response time that puts 911 to shame). Random bikers kept showing up. Fights kept breaking out. Round and round we went. This story started out so well, but I kept waiting for there to be some sort of climax (aside from the ones our hero and heroine kept having) and there was none. To top it off, the book just ended abruptly and I found myself feeling completely unfulfilled.
2) In the description of this book, it reads: “However, Mariah learns that Cody’s club, the Black Riders, are major rivals of Nelson’s very powerful club. When she hears Cody is a player with the ladies and his romantic courtship is just one play of many to rule the streets of Baltimore, she’s devastated.” First of all, the name of Cody’s club is Dark Riders, not Black Riders. Aside from the fact that I don’t know how they managed to screw the name up the description, I’m baffled by this since the series is called Black Riders MC. Maybe the name of the series was changed because of a copyright issue? No clue. Secondly, the conflict mentioned here lasts literally one chapter. That’s it. In fact, all of the misunderstandings between Cody and Mariah are put to rest in a snap.
3) The cops show up a few times and they seem so… Robotic? I don’t know. The interactions were just awkward. Then one of the cops said to her, “I’ll look into the reports, but what I’m getting a sense of is, wherever you go, ma’am, drama isn’t too far.” This aggravated me. All of her police interactions are the result of the Robinson Street MC, an outlaw biker gang, and she has a restraining order against the leader, Nelson. One that he keeps ignoring. I’m sure the entire police force knows who this man is and I find it hard to believe that any of these officers would blatantly blame the victim.
4) Cody and his gang went after Nelson. Mariah chased after him because she wanted to “protect him.” Sweetheart, he’s in a biker gang. He went after this man WITH his gang… What could you alone have possibly done to “protect” him from the man that you can’t even protect yourself from? Heroines often make stupid decisions like this in books, but this especially irritated me because initially, Mariah seemed to have more of a head on her shoulders. Even if she was still playing at biker bars while being threatened by bikers… I mean, even if I think it’s stupid, I can respect not wanting to let a crazy stalker control your life. I can’t respect making an outlandishly stupid move like showing up to a biker brawl in a cab, unarmed, to hide in the bushes.
5) Typos. There were quite a few typos. Some were obvious and others just left me confused. A few times I questioned if maybe the author was from another country because a phrase sounded strange or I couldn’t understand what something was supposed to mean. I haven’t been able to find any sort of biography on her, but I’m going to assume that she’s from the US since this takes place in Baltimore. In this case, I’m going to assume my confusion was the result of poor proof reading. I can forgive a typo here and there, but it’s frustrating when it starts to distract me from the story.
I’m somewhat tempted to read the next book simply because I do like the characters, but I’m not so sure that I want to waste my money on another book that may lack any sort of plot. I’m going to add that I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review, but it’s kind of pointless being that the book is free anyway…