by Carmen Jenner
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.
Whoa! There are no hearts, flowers or rainbows here; Kick is brutal, violent and vividly graphic. It pulls no punches and delivers no promises of happily ever after. It is quite simply... Raw as fuck!
"Once upon a time I was happy, content with my swift slide into a life of criminal activity and debauchery. And now? Now I'm just bitter and hollow. Soulless. Fucked up."
What I loved about this book is the notion of a biker actually bitter about his indocrination into the lifestyle. A band of Brothers, not connected by blood but the cause is a well documented life in the world of MC but for Daniel Johnson it couldn't have been more further from the truth, when that brotherhood he once swore an oath to destroyed the one thing he had come to love... Lauren.
The daughter of a President in a Rival MC, her kidnap, incarceration and rape by the 'Angels' was a step too far for Kick, especially as he already had his eye on the prize.
Helping her escape would not only test those loyalties, but likely get him put to ground. It's a gamble he was willing to take.
Two years later, Kick is in another MC, and an old lady has been sexually abused by none other than her local dentist. As the club seek out revenge, they come across a horror that nobody could have predicted. A woman is tied, drugged and the dentist is hard at work...
Kick may be a ruthless killer but seeing the devistation makes him go against his brother Tank, and his better judgement when he saves the woman from the clutches of hell even after she witnesses the execution of the man who made the last 3 weeks a living hell.
Kayla is irreparably broken. Her body brutialised, her mind numb, her only instinct is survival.
Kick takes full responsibility of the little spitfire, and little does he know... the one he now calls Indie, is about to become his biggest challenge yet...
I went into this book expecting a hate filled lust for revenge or an MC kidnap/incarcercation/stockholm syndrome story, and wow... I actually got both and although it holds those wicked elements, there is a lot more to Kick than meets the eye.
Yes, it is vividly graphic and not in a good way. The horrors subjected by some of the woman in this story is sickening. These boys do not always play nice, but they will protect what is theirs.
I felt a little uncomfortable at times but as a main character, Kick was as cutting as he was captivating. His wit was a welcome reprieve at times, and I loved his connection with Tank.
Kayla is our main victim, but don't let her fool you, she is as tough as nails, and through everything she really does make for one feisty and headstrong heroine, even though her initial introduction is one wishing for death.
But what I loved most was the past and present tense. Two stories, both told in Kick's voice, intertwined perfectly together, paint a picture of a man trying to claw back after losing the love of his life. That guilt, fear and betrayal bites hard, fuelling his anger, making him hotheaded, temperamental and dangerous, and an unlikely saviour.
Indie starts to lean on her biker knowing if anyone can save her, he can, the only thing is, can he even save himself?
Brutal, graphic, raw, gritty and honest storytelling with a splash of hope. Kick lives up to its warning, but if you like your dark MC reads, then this is one ride you do not want to miss!!
Kelly - 4 Crowns
Emma - 4 Crowns
Book 1 in the new Savage Saints series. This series is not part of the Greetings From Sugartown series, however fans of that series have met Kick/Daniel in #3. I haven't read Sugartown and you really don't need to read it to enjoy Kick.
Daniel otherwise known as Kick is a born and bred biker. Having been indoctrinated from birth, it is his life and all he knows; he truly thrives in the atmosphere of violence.
When out to pick up a guy who has gone against his club, The Savage Saints; he is brought face to face with the ghosts of yesteryear. He has always had a need to save women and right the wrongs of the past. When he finds a woman being molested by the target he kills him, taking the woman and going against the orders of his club.
This is Kick's story and it isn't a pretty one. Told in both the past and the present, it is a story of violence, betrayal and death. This is not a MC romance. It is a depiction of life in a outlaw club, a life where only the strongest survive. If you are looking for the glamorised version of biker life, a biker with a hard shell and gooey centre, this isn't the book for you. This is violent, gritty and as raw as you can get; This is MC life. This is reality.
I enjoyed this book. It was a really different MC read than I am used to and in all honesty that wasn't a bad thing. It is as brutal as you can imagine and there will be times when it turns your stomach. Kick was a real different biker than the type we usually get to read about. He is hardened by the life he leads, he gets off on a woman's pain and he has little to no conscience... or does he? I couldn't help but like him, he is a product of the society he has been born into. You will see chinks in his armour, a slither of light albeit very slight.
Indie/Kayla has been plucked from one hell into another. Kidnapped and subjected to horrors beyond belief, Kick isn't her saviour and she soon finds that out. DO NOT expect rainbows, hearts and flowers; you won't get them. You will however get a interesting, well paced, twisted and gritty slice of biker life. I will be honest at this point though and say I would have liked a little bit more love, but it doesn't stop me from appreciating the interesting and brave twist Carmen Jenner has given to a book in this popular genre.
If you are looking for an original, dark and honest depiction of life for an outlaw biker; Kick is a book that needs to be experienced. Heed the warning from Carmen though - this book really isn't for the faint of heart.