Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Viper's Run" By: Jamie Begley Review

Viper’s Run
By: Jamie Begley


Winter Simmons received the surprise of her life when she discovered the man she had been dating for the last two years was actually Viper, president of the Last Riders. A high school principal, Winter has no intention of ruining her reputation in the community to be with a man who betrayed her trust. Unforgiving, she turns her back on him, only to find that Viper is not the gentleman he portrayed.
Determined to find his brother’s killer, Loker James kept his identity as President of The Last Riders a secret from Winter. When the truth comes out, he is determined to make her see the real man who can control not only a group of dangerous bikers, but a woman whose life is a rulebook. Unable to prevent herself from being drawn into the very club she despises, Winter is about to lose everything important to her, unless Viper can prove she’s more than a moonlight run.
My Thoughts
      Winter Simmons is the local High School’s Principal and paragon of her comunity. She has been dating local business Loker James for almost two years. Never going beyond the casual date or watching movies, Winter is surprised when it is revealed that Loker is none other than the President of the local Motorcycle gang and is called Viper.
      Viper dated Winter for almost two years in an effort to get closer to her cousin, Vincent. Vincent had killed his brother years before and Viper needed a way to get closer, so he used Winter. When Winter finds out what he has done, she is devastated...but shocked when Viper ultimately decides that he wants Winter in his life regardless of anything that has happened before.
      When I originally read this book, I read this book first in the series. HUGE mistake, let me tell you. If you try to read this book first, it is completely confusing. I didn’t understand the characters, and as you start the book, its almost expected for you to have read the first book. Characters aren’t explained at all and I was pretty well lost for the first third of the book, still not realizing I was reading the series in the wrong order. There are numerous grammar issues and multiple problems with pronouns throughout which can easily take you out of the story when you try to figure out what the author was actually meaning.
      While Viper’s Run does have the good girl bad boy romance thing going on, it goes beyond that. Winter is beaten very badly and requires extensive physical therapy. At the beginning of the novel, you absolutely hate Viper. He seems self-centered, egotistical, and only out for what he wants. Yet when she’s horribly hurt, he comes through for her more than he ever had to and much more than I ever thought.
      So all in all a fairly decent story. I had problems because of not reading the series in the right order but the grammar issues also kept me from loving the story like I wanted. Great dynamics though after you get into the story and lets be honest, I liked them enough to read all three within a weekend. Ultimately it was the character that had me coming back for more, which is a true testament to the author’s work. Just please oh please, get a new editor! 

Last Riders Series

Book Details
Publisher: Young Ink Press, LLC
Date of Publication: August 19, 2013
ISBN: 978-1301345120
# of Pages: 282
Source: Personal Purchase

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