Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s
My Copy: Sent
IT TAKES A GOOD, STRONG WOMAN
Raised in a motorcycle gang, tough, beautiful Arianne Hunter has always dreamed of a normal life. But no sooner does she escape her father’s domineering grasp than she wakes up to find herself in a rival gang’s clubhouse—at the mercy of the dangerously sexy Jagger Knight.
TO TAME A MAN WHO’S HELL ON WHEELS.
The alpha leader of the notorious Sinner’s Tribe, Jagger Knight is all muscle, all biker, and all man. But somewhere inside this hard tattooed outlaw, Arianne senses a kindred spirit—and she can’t ignore their tempestuous attraction. Can she beat him at his own game in a revved-up blaze of glory? Or will their passion spark a war that’s the end of the road for them both?
Rough Justice has sort of a Romeo and Juliet feel to it. The Black Jacks and the Sinners Tribe are rival motorcycle clubs. Jagger Knight is the president of the Sinners, while Arianne Foster is the daughter of the Jacks president. Ignoring the fact that the first time he sees Arianne, she’s caught alongside some other Black Jacks burning down the Sinners’ clubhouse, their relationship was doomed from the start just because of who they are.
Arianne wants nothing more than to start a new life. Her father Viper is the leader of the Black Jacks, and he has not made life easy for Arianne or her brother Jeff. More like a gang than a club, the Black Jacks are reckless, ruthless and cruel. Viper, along with the rest of his “brothers”, follows one rule: club first. They are a lawless bunch who are fighting for supremacy in a Montana motorcycle club rivalry with the Sinners. They stop at nothing, and Viper expects the same from his children. For years Arianne has been forced to suffer the disrespect and abuse of her father and his cohorts, and she has finally had enough. She worked and saved to get fake passports so she and Jeff could leave and start over in Canada. Nothing short of leaving the country will get them out of Viper’s clutches.
She doesn’t count on being caught and held by the Sinners. Trying to keep Jeff’s involvement in the Black Jack’s raid on the Sinners’ clubhouse at a minimum, Arianne is knocked from her bike and turned over to Jagger. As president of the Sinners, Jagger knows he has to deal with Arianne. Not only was their clubhouse burned to the ground, but valuable guns were stolen and one of their brothers was killed. The Jacks need to pay, and having Arianne in his clutches gives him the perfect opportunity to exact revenge. Unfortunately Jagger is certain Arianne was not involved in the plot against the Sinners and he is reluctant to turn her back over to Viper.
What follows is a sexy, action-packed, often violent romance between forbidden lovers. Neither one of them is able to resist the pull they feel for the other. Arianne is determined to leave the life of a motorcycle club behind. She wants a normal, safe existence and finds it hard to believe Jagger could give her that. She feels safe in his arms, but knows he is like Viper in that he has to put the Sinners first. For his part, Jagger is determined to show Arianne that the only similarity between him and Viper is being president of a motorcycle club. Jagger does not condone violence toward women, or even disrespect. Women belonging to the Sinners are protected, respected and often cherished. He wants to give Arianne his protection, and every instinct when he looks at her shouts “Mine”.
The sexual chemistry between Jagger and Arianne was off the charts. I loved how protective he was with her. While Arianne bristled at his alpha male behavior, it was exactly what she needed. I found her wishy-washy “I want him and I feel so safe with him but I’m still determined to leave and start a new life” bit a little annoying. She is savvy enough to hold her own in the MC world, and she is a true biker at heart. It just took her a lot longer than Jagger to figure that out. I’m not used to reading a book where the hero is a criminal, so that was new to me. It didn’t deter from Jagger’s appeal, but the drug running, illegal gun trade, bribery, torture and even murder were not things I’m used to reading about in regards to the “good guys”! The book was definitely appropriately titled! I liked the author’s style of writing.
I give Rough Justice by Sarah Castille 4 stars!