What do you get when you mix a bad-ass werewolf biker with a beautiful she-wolf who grew up as the MC President’s daughter?
Book one of the Bash trilogy…
Angelica was raised not only as a biker’s daughter, but as Bud’s daughter — the president of the Atlanta RTMC, which meant she also had dozens of ‘uncles’ who made sure she was safe, happy, loved, secure.
Needless to say, her virginity was still solidly intact when she left for college.
She goes to school up north, where no one knows she’s a biker’s daughter at heart, and thoroughly enjoys her time as a civilian. She gets rid of her pesky virginity right away, but is mostly a good girl while she buckles down to get her degree, staying at school even during the summers to take as many classes as she can fit in.
She’s a different person when she comes home with her Master’s degree, and in spite of her intention to remain a civilian, some of the bikers don’t seem so much like uncles, anymore.
Warning: Lots of hot sex, a touch of BDSM, and an abundance of bad-ass werewolf bikers who are used to getting their way.
This is book one of a three book story. There’s a tiny cliffhanger at the end, but only three weeks until book two releases.
Having not read the first two books in the series (something I don’t typically do) nor having read anything by Candace Blevins before I didn’t really know what to expect with Bash, but my curiosity was peaked and it overrode everything else, even my hesitation at the fact that this story was going to be told in three parts with cliffhangers, so I jumped in and lo and behold I really enjoyed it. The characters are interesting and well developed and the cliffhanger ending isn’t really a cliffhanger, more like an adequate closure to the first act while giving a tease as to what is about to come next.
I gotta say that I really liked Angelica. She’s intelligent, hard working, independent, outspoken, has a great sense of humor and is confident in who she is and while she will adjust certain aspects of herself to fit more seamlessly into certain situations, she doesn’t change who she is at her core. What I actually liked and respected the most about Angelica is the respect and loyalty she had towards the RTMC even when she wanted to distance herself from them. She could have disparaged them at any time, but she doesn’t. She may not agree with everything that goes on, but she also understands that just because they follow their own rules and moral code it doesn’t make all of them bad people.
Bash I liked from the start. While he is probably the scariest of the bunch, which says a lot considering those around him, though he isn’t a total loose cannon. He knows he needs to keep a tight leash on his darker side and does so willingly. He’s loyal to the club and will do what needs to be done to protect the club and those it calls their own. He sees himself as a hardass, and there is no doubt that he is, but also as someone who doesn’t deal well with being soft and comforting and yet that isn’t necessarily true. He definitely wouldn’t be most people’s first choice to turn to for a shoulder to cry on, but he does recognize when someone is hurting and acts accordingly.
Since this the first of three parts to Bash and Angelica’s story we really are only getting a slice of it and so far I’m really liking how things are going. Getting to know them when they first met and started to hangout when Bash was just a prospect and Angelica a teenager helped to understand the connection that they have to each other. They got to know each other as friends and Bash was there for her at what can be named as the worst moment of her life so far. So seeing them together eight years later as they try to figure out just what to do about each other makes it easier to understand their attraction to each other. The chemistry is there on all counts, even without them both being shifters and their senses much more acute than a human, but what is really the kicker is the honesty between them. Angelica doesn’t mince words or play stupid games with Bash and Bash is as honest with her as he can be as long as it doesn’t cross the line into club business.
The writing is engaging and found the pacing of the story so far to be well done. I like that since the story is being told in first person POV that we are getting dual POV’s and are clued into what both Angelica and Bash are thinking and feeling. And though I didn’t read the first two books in the series I didn’t feel lost in anyway and based on the comments that were made about the couples in the first books I actually want to go back and read them to see what went down. As I said the cliffhanger wasn’t a huge issue for me in the end. It does tease you into wanting to know what will happen next, but it isn’t one of those that will leave you wanting to smash your ereader against a wall. The paranormal/shifter aspect was done in a simple and clean manner so while it’s prevalent in the book, it doesn’t overtake the story in anyway, it simply adds another layer to the story.
The Bottom Line: Bash is a quick, fun and interesting read and I’m looking forward to seeing how things play out with Bash and Angelica.
~ Review copy provided by Rock Star PR in exchange for an honest review ~
Candace Blevins is a southern girl who loves to travel the world. She lives with her husband of 17 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place, she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.
Candace writes BDSM Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and a smoking hot Motorcycle Club series.