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.
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UNDAUNTED by Ronnie Douglas excerpt“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.”
About the Author:
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.
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of William Morrow via Edelweiss
Genre: NA MC Contemporary Romance
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My Undaunted Review . . .
Aubrey finds herself escaping her parents bad choices at her grandma's house. While she's there, she realizes that there's a lot that she doesn't know about her grandma and her affiliation with the local MC.
As Aubrey is trying to move forward in her life, she makes a plan, but what she's didn't include in that plan was love and the MC.
"I thought the mess your parents were making of everything was going to bring you back around to that little girl who was all fire and defiance. You just created another of those schedules of yours."
Zion has only known life in the MC, as he was born and bred in that world. He loves it. The brotherhood. The woman. The lifestyle. His role is to protect the president whom means more to him than just being president of the club.
Zion happens to stumble across a drunk Aubrey and takes on the knight role. He doesn't want to like her but there's something about her that changes his world forever. As the MC helps out Aubrey and her Grandma, they find themselves intertwined with the MC for good or bad.
"I can't . . .We . . . It' s not going to happen, not with what you do. I just can't."
Zion and Aubrey try to fight off their attraction to one another but can't. Bending rules and compromises are made so they can try and give it a go, but will Aubrey be able to handle all that is Zion.
"I'm going to find a way to make you give me a real chance,"
NA MC sometimes that combo goes and sometimes it doesn't. In Undaunted, I did like the idea of the book more than the actual story, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it. It unfortunately had the type of heroine that I don't like. The type that's wishy washy, assumes, not communicates and runs, however since she's only 20 her youngness made it more tolerable.
"Tell me you're not going to run again," he asked.Aubrey swallowed nervously. "I'm going to try very hard not to run. I don't want to run. I want to try this, to try being together.""We're never going to get anywhere if you can't talk to me instead of jumping to conclusions and running. Just so we're clear"
Sometimes books that fall into the NA genre can come across more adult like and some times more juvenile. This one falls more in the juvenile category, with how it unfolds and how it ends. Which was too neat and tidy, especially if its' supposed to be part of the MC genre. With that genre I expect them to be more gritty and raw but this one came across as more MC lite.
I liked Zion, but I wanted more masculine 'hear me roar' type of persona instead of the 'I love the MC, but it doesn't matter now that I have you' type of thing going on.
"If you let me, I'll be at your side so you don't need to wait for me to get to you."
I did like Aubrey when she was sassy and confident but when the other traits came out I didn't like her as much. I would have liked her to fall for the man and the MC, which is what I expect out of this genre. I do get where she was coming from and why, since that life is not for everyone, but sometimes in relationships we have to compromise to make both parties happy.
Does this series have potential? Yes, loads of it. Was it my favorite NA MC? No, but is was still pretty good when I clump it into NA, if I was to categorize it into adult MC then no it would be considered quite weak in my mind.
3 MC lite thumbs up!