Review: Thrash (Bayonet Scars #2) by J. C. Emery

Thrash by J. C. Emery
(Bayonet Scars #2)
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Links: | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N |
My Rating: ★★★
Synopsis: Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.
As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.
Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn’t have, and then almost lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.
The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.
Love is never more precious than when it’s new.


My Review

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 😀



About The Author

As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, bad-ass bikers, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and her Netflix addiction. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year-round in Northern California and can’t imagine a climate more beautiful. Her dream is to own her own Harley and she feels compelled to tell you that she is Team Peeta all the way.


*I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review.*

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