Worth the Risk by J.L. Leslie, a standalone in the Royal Bastards MC world, is available now!
5 Royal Bastard CROWNS
Worth the risk is another excellent MC romance from this author. The story covers several different tropes, forbidden, brother’s best friend and second chance, all which blend well together along with plenty of intrigue, danger and violence, not to mention those signature sexy times Ms Leslie writes so well. I did think the story took a minute to settle in and Skylar was more naive about the world and about basic information to do with an MC than I would’ve expected her to be, but once it found it’s groove, I couldn’t put it down.
After the death of her father, Skylar is whisked away by her brother and finds herself living in a clubhouse surrounded by a bunch of smelly bikers with questionable morals. One of those men is her brother’s best friend Jake, who ran out on her some years earlier. I loved the push and pull between Jake and Skylar. In their time apart, Skylar’s grown up to be a strong woman, feisty and one who knows her worth. She doesn’t let Jake get away with any nonsense and often goes toe to toe with him. I wanted to shake Jake in the beginning for the decisions he made and actions he took, but he eventually redeemed himself once I discovered more about him and his past. Because of Club rules, it was impossible for Jake and Skylar to openly declare their feelings for each other. Whilst it was hugely frustrating for them to have to hide the fact that given half the chance, they couldn’t keep their hands off each other, it did lead to lots of risk taking and several hot and steamy clandestine hookups whenever and wherever they could. Their chemistry is scorching but they soon realise their attraction is more than just physical and I wasn’t sure how they were going to find a way round this “no fraternising” problem.
I loved the loyalty and camaraderie between these club members and despite their gruffness and alpha posturing, you can tell there are genuine friendships amongst them. They’re not soft by any means and they may often step onto the wrong side of the law but they’re a team and stick together no matter what. The need to support one another and have each other’s backs soon becomes a necessity when a situation involving Skylar’s deceased father finds its way to their door and the story takes a more ominous turn.
An excellent first book for the Birmingham chapter of The Royal Bastards MC. I hope we get many more books in the series, especially as there are several very interesting supporting characters here too and I really want to see more of them in the future.
When I was seventeen, I fell in love. It was incredible, earth shattering, but most of all, it was heartbreaking. He walked away without an explanation. Without saying goodbye.
He was simply gone.
But five years later, I walk into a room and he’s there. He had been only hours away from me all these years. I often imagined how a reunion between us would be. Would I run into his arms, kiss him and tell him I still love him?
No, I slugged him.
I knew the day would come when I’d have to face Skylar. I made a decision years ago that I’ve always questioned. Always wondered if it was the right choice. I was torn between the woman lying in my bed and the best friend who was giving me the opportunity for a better life.
Skylar deserved better than me. I chose the Royal Bastards MC.
Now, she’s here, having been brought to the club for protection. Our reunion didn’t go as I imagined it would. There was no sweet embrace, no words even exchanged. She marched right up to me and punched me in the face.
I knew right then and there, I never stopped loving her. Thing is, the Royal Bastards have rules. I live and die by them. If I break them, I’m out. I’ll lose my patch and lose the family I have.
Is Skylar worth the risk?
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About the Author:
I am a happily married mother of three (two boys and one girl). I live in a very small town in Alabama. Never lived anywhere else. I’ve been writing since my early twenties, but I couldn’t seem to finish a book. I’ve started self-publishing with the encouragement from my mom. Without her encouragement, I don’t think I would’ve done it. She always supported me and writing is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. As long as I enjoy it, I’ll continue to do it. I’ve learned already that I can’t please everyone. Not all reviews will be good, not all reviews will be bad. I’m the one that has to be happy with my work.
I get my inspiration from life experiences, movies, television, other authors, and music. Music is definitely a big influence on my writing. I can hear a song and it can inspire an entire book for me. I listen to it while I’m driving or before I start writing and it keeps me inspired. I like to put music in my books, even if it’s just one song the characters listen to or hear at some point. Sometimes music has gotten me through the really tough times in my life and that’s why it inspires me.
I like to write fast-paced, steamy romance reads. I like for my males to be alpha-males and my heroines to be strong, but both need to have one weakness- each other. I am an avid reader. I absolutely love romance books!