Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
My Copy: Sent
Even though he’s no longer a U.S. soldier, Talon “Tals” Garrity hasn’t lost his desire for living on the edge. As the enforcer for the Vipers Motorcycle Club, the eternal bad boy is always getting into trouble—especially with the ladies, who can’t seem to resist him. But when Maddie Wells returns to Skulls Creek, he’s shocked that she can’t seem to keep her hands off him either. Good thing Tals doesn’t mind playing with fire.
Growing up with her family’s prestigious name and money, Maddie could never indulge a bad-boy biker like Tals. Now that she’s back, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But if Maddie ends up getting what she wants, they might both be sorry. Because some very dangerous men are hot on her trail—and Tals and his MC will have to put their lives on the line to protect her.…
I read the first book in the Skull’s Creek series and have been looking forward to seeing what happens with these men and women who live the MC lifestyle. This second book brings us a bad boy hero and the rich heroine who left him years ago; she now wants to make a new beginning.
Maddie Wells is coming home after a broken marriage and career, she wants to reconnect with someone she lost years ago but is uncertain if he will have her. She is willing to face his anger and ask for forgiveness but little does she know what her actions caused so many years ago.
Tals Garrity is a Viper enforcer who has been a part of this MC family for years. He and his twin brother Tenn will do anything for the club and its members. In high school he formed a friendship with Maddie, one that defied the odds, a rich socialite hanging around a MC member without anything to show for himself. One night when Maddie got involved in a bad situation, Tals came to help but she got scared and he took the brunt of the law, causing trouble not only for him but also for the Vipers. Many of the members are still pissed and are unhappy when she walks back into Tals’ life.
Tals is not sure what to think when Maddie comes home and wants to see him, she even tries to woo him with flowers and asks him on a date. He does not immediately take her up on her offer; in fact it is not until she is in danger that he even lets her get close to him or the Vipers.
This was all over the map for me, I like the premise of a rich girl hanging with a bad boy from a biker gang and then years later she wants him back. However the book does not just focus on them, there are several stories going on and it takes away from Maddie and Tals.
Maddie has the potential to be a great heroine; she is ready to move on from her cheating husband and go back to a place that she misses, to reconnect with Tals after all these years. She wants to apologize for how she handled things; she misses him and wants what could have been. Yet I was disappointed in how she acts, both in the flashback scenes and present day. She assumes he will accept her back and is unprepared for the reception she receives from him and those in the MC.
I really like Tals; he is a great hero who buried his hurt years ago. He has moved on, creating a life with the Vipers. When Maddie comes back he frequently pushes her away but she is persistent. When he finds out someone is trying to hurt her, he becomes very protective but still does not let her in to his “space”. I like how she also has to win over several members, both Preacher and Tenn want nothing to do with her and try to force her to leave, there is a lot of tension and it helps with the storyline.
The story’s pace is both fast and slow, there are a lot of flashbacks as the author tells how Tals and Maddie met in high school and how it is all relevant. However I had to pay very close attention while I was reading because I could not tell when it was a flashback, all of the sudden the story did not fit until I realized we were looking back, I had to do some re-reading to get my bearings. Also, there are several other stories going on at the same time as Tals and Maddie’s. I realize this is a very tight group of people and their lives are going on at the same time, but I usually like one romance at a time, especially when the others are unresolved and will likely spill over to the next book in the series. His brother Tenn is still avoiding a relationship with a man named Wade who we do not see but Tenn has moved away because of this, Holly, the tattoo artist and Preacher are dancing around an attraction and their story is very predominant in the book but things are left up in the air at the end, Rocco the MC’s lawyer and Lola the police detective have some history and we witness the push and pull of their relationship that also is unresolved toward the end. I am not sure whose book is next, the lead-in seems to be Preacher and Holly and I would be happy with that choice as I want to read their story. I will be a bit more cautious about my excitement with the next book and hope for the best because I love this author and have read several of her other series.
I give Vipers Rule by Stephanie Tyler 3.25 stars!