Holding Out (Hawks Motorcycle Club, #1) by Lila Rose
Zara Edgingway is a twenty-six year old secretary. She has a daughter that apparently knows it all and a best friend that could possibly have the mouth of Satan, but she's been with her through hell and back. Then there's the hunk'a'licious biker neighbor finally showing interest in her. If only she wasn't about to face her next obstacle in life, the one she ran from six years ago; her ex-husband.
Talon Marcus is the president of the Hawks Motorcycle Club. For two years he's had his eye on the quiet, reclusive, yet sassy, neighbor Zara. Finally, he has the chance to claim her as his woman. Just when her past catches up with her, she'll need, not only his protection, but the help from his biker brothers.Now, if only she'd stop fighting him along the way.
Emma- 3 Crowns
Book 1 in the Hawks Motorcycle club series
This is Zara and Talon's story.
Zara has lived in an Australian back water town for 6 years. Escaping her husband, she has brought up her 6-year-old daughter happy and close to her best friend Deena; most importantly, free from the violence and influence her husband would create and inflict on their lives.
Talon, the local MC president lives next door to Zara and has been harbouring an attraction to his quiet neighbour for the last 2 years. Finally he makes his move, much to Zara's shock and claims her as his woman. Zara isn't quite sure that this is a good idea though, given her responsibilities but Talon isn't one to take no for an answer; he knows Zara is as attracted to him as he is his to her, now all he has to do is convince her that he can be the man she both wants and needs.
What happens though when Zara's past finally catches up with her? Should she run and take herself and her daughter out of harms way? Or can Talon and his club provide the protection she needs?
Ok, so I am a complete sucker for an MC book... they are my literary weakness. This isn't a bad example of the genre, but it certainly isn't the best either.
I liked the characters. Zara is a great heroine. I loved her personality; she was caring, loyal and level headed but she also lacked confidence in her appearance and ability to be desired by someone like Talon.
Talon was your quintessential bad ass biker. Completely alpha in everyway, I loved how he immediately wants to protect both Zara and her daughter. The secondary characters, most notably Deena - the take no shit best friend, Julian and Mattie - Zara's brother and boyfriend and Griz and Blue were welcome additions to the story.
So lets get what I didn't like about the book, out of the way first. I like my MC books dark, gritty and raw... this isn't. The author has tried to add humour and in some parts that works, however in my opinion it just went a little to far and made this into a book that was frankly too light hearted given the storyline. Imagine a combination of Sons of Anarchy and Friends and you will be thinking along the right lines. For me it just didn't work. I found the 1st 20% a little rushed and at times, confusing. With a lot going on in the present and with the author also trying to go over the back story, add in the comedic lines and it was all just a bit too much. I also question the time frame of the book... it's all a little too much for what I believe to be a 3 or 4 day period.
Having said all that, there were also things I liked about the book. The characters were cool, especially the biker's... I think Lila Rose writes biker's really well, with certain characters that I will enjoy reading about in future books and I look forward to seeing how she develops their individual stories. I also loved the storyline, it contains interesting twists and turns and after getting through the 1st 20% it kept my interest.
I did enjoy this book but it comes accompanied with a twinge of disappointment. I think without the unnecessary and over the top humour it had the potential to be most defiantly a 4 or maybe even a 5. I look forward to Griz and Deanna's book, I just hope the author holds back a bit of the humour that just didn't work very well for me.