By Ronnie Douglas
Series: Book One, Knights in Black Leather
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Reviewed from: an eARC provided by the publisher--thank you William Morrow!!
Purchase Notes: I have since purchased a copy for myself
About Undaunted:Being fearless has never looked so good . . .
Aubrey Evans needs to get her life back on track after her father is indicted for embezzlement. All she has to do to hightail it out of small-town Tennessee is save up money for college tuition and steer clear of hard-muscled boys on motorcycles. Yet there's no ignoring someone like Zion. A knight in black leather, Zion looks like every bad idea she's been told to avoid, but she can't resist him. Whenever she's in trouble, he's there. Appealing as his rough exterior may be, it's the protective, principled man beneath who tempts her like crazy.
Zion knows Aubrey doesn't intend to stick around. She claims to want only friendship, but he senses there's a naughty girl hiding on the inside—one whose intense desires match his own. For now, he'll be patient and play by her rules. But he knows it's just a matter of time before he weakens her resolve.
As they join forces to figure out who's behind a local crime spree, it's clear that the danger goes deeper than Aubrey guessed. And when she needs someone tall, dark, and undaunted to keep her safe, Zion intends to be there—now and always.
Wow! I have been blown away by this title. It is one of the first books in quite some time I have sat down and devoured in one day--it held my attention so much so I hated to put it down after my lunch break was over! From the beginning, I was drawn into the Aubrey's situation of trying to get her life back on track. Her parents derailed her plans and now she is working on getting her life's plan back on track. Her plan does not include falling for Zion, Killer, one of the higher ups of the motorcycle gang.
Zion is a lifer in the Knights. Essentially second in command, he protects the leader and works on behalf of the Knights. When he Aubrey stumbles into his life, he is instantly attracted and intrigued. She is unlike any other girl--first thing, she calls him Zion versus Killer. She is not intimidated by him and won't act on the obvious chemistry brewing between the two of them.
What they both have to learn through the book is a relationship is a give and take--that if it is a true partnership, you will find a way to meet on common ground to move forward. That is, if you think it is worth being together. What they have to decide, is what each is willing to give up, in order for them to find themselves in each other.
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We are fortunate to have an Excerpt from Undaunted. This is of the the scene from when Zion and Aubrey meet for the first time.
“You’re safe, Red,” he said in a softer voice. “I’ll take you to grandmother’s house.”
He watched me, obviously waiting for something.
The best my drunken brain could offer was, “The Big Bad wolf eats Red.”
He paused, grinned, and patted the seat. “You’re too drunk for that too.”
I blinked at him. Then his words sunk in, and I gasped. I hadn’t meant that, but now that he planted the idea in my mind, I couldn’t speak.
“You’re safe with me,” he promised, and then he patted the tiny seat behind him.
I wanted to tell him that I didn’t want to be safe, not after he’d planted such forbidden images in my mind. I yanked my mind out of the gutter and climbed onto the motorcycle, wrapped my arms around his waist, and tried not to shiver. I shouldn’t like the way he talked, but I did. I liked the whole package: the rescue, the insinuations, the motorcycle.
Maybe alcohol and fumbled petting with Quincy just skewed my judgment so severely that Zion seemed more tempting than he actually was. I wasn’t sure. I also didn’t think it mattered. By tomorrow, I would be too sober to think about kisses or any of the other things he might be good at doing.
He pulled my arms tighter around him, holding my hands together on his very taut stomach. It was a little embarrassing that being on the back of his Harley was doing far more for my libido than all of Quincy’s—and every other man’s before him—effort.
“Hold on, Red.”
What did I tell ya, their chemistry is hot! :)
Meet Ms. Douglas:Ronnie Douglas is the writing name for a multiple New York Times bestselling author. Drawing on a lifetime love of romance novels and a few years running a biker bar, she decided to write what she knew—dangerous men with Harleys and tattoos. Her debut “Ronnie book” was indie-published as part of a series she created and wrote with friends in 2014.
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