OH MY GOD, guys.
I didn’t like Ride at all. Ryan was a douchebag and let’s be honest here. Alex was fine but I honestly couldn’t see the spark between Alex and Ryan.
But Thrash? Sweet Jesus.
Thrash is the story of Nicole and Duke and the second part of the Bayonet Scars series and OMG it’s so, so good.
Let’s start with Duke, shall we? Sure, he’s a jerk. All MC boys seem to be. But Duke? Duke has heart. He isn’t afraid of feeling guilt or accepting his mistake or even feeling love. In some ways, he’s very much like Ryan (the douchey ways) but in the ways that matter, he’s more mature and empathetic. He’s an alpha and it’s his way or the highway and there are parts in the book I wanted to cut his balls off and choke him on them but the best part about him is that he doesn’t seem to be averse from apologizing. So yeah, he pretty much makes up for most of the stuff he fucks up.
Nicole is a Lost Girl to the Forsaken MC. She’s balancing work and raising her ungrateful brother while also battling her desire for Duke. After witnessing something that Duke meant her to which was just horrible, she kind of folds in on her self. It’s really heartbreaking to read, because it was in her POV and it was a bit too much angst than I’m used to but the writing was really worth it. Nic is the personification of a girl who has too much to worry about at to young an age. In fact, if I remember correctly, by the end of the book, she was about to snap. Like, she was one incident away from just shutting down. It made me feel really sorry for her, but then I felt bad about that because she is exactly the type of person that would hate pity or sympathy. Nic is undoubtedly one of my favorite characters from both Ride and Thrash.
The underlining fact here is that Ride didn’t offer much when it came to giving a wider view about the Forsaken Club. It was limited because it kept just Alex and Ryan and to a limit, Duke at the forefront. But Thrash kind of gave me a better understanding of the Club, which helped a lot in understanding MC dynamics. Although it could also be because now I’ve read two stories about these people but still; Thrash was more about other people than Ride. Of course Nic and Duke and their unlikely romance was at the forefront but Duke and his communication with other members was essential in my understanding of the way MCs work.
I wouldn’t say that there’s been a change in the writing style of the two books, because there hasn’t; But because of the stark way Ryan and Duke are different from each other in their inner musings, the writing felt different.
What you should expect? A jaded girl brings out the best in a bad boy who is so much more than he shows. A battle of ego between the two of them and an absolute power struggle until the very end. Hot schmexy times and sometimes, you’ll even find fluff 😀
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