Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RYDER a Scorpions MC Prequel by Jani Kay

Title: Scorpions MC Prequel: RYDER

Author: Jani Kay
Release Date:  January 28, 2014

All Jade ever wants is an intelligent, well-mannered, and highly educated man like her daddy. One who has stellar career prospects as he climbs the corporate ladder to success. A good provider who will give her a stable life and a gorgeous house in the right neighborhood. A charmed life. Everything orderly and well balanced. Her perfect match. Isn't that what every woman wants? What she doesn’t want is a smartass, cocky, rough-around-the-edges biker. One who has tattoos and piercings, and looks like a sex god. One who is demanding and controlling. The ultimate alpha male who storms into her life and shakes her to the core. Jade never saw it coming. Ryder is the one man she can’t resist. He shows her what she really needs. Him.

All Ryder wants is inner peace. Freedom from the hatred churning in his gut. Since his mother deserted him, his life has turned to sh*t. He’s killed a man, lost his brother and fought for his survival. All before turning twelve. Saved by Razor and Cobra, sons of the Scorpions, he owes his life and allegiance to them. The Scorpion MC is his only family. One he will serve and protect till his dying breath. What he doesn’t need in his life is a smart mouthed woman who thinks she’s better than him. One who pushes every one of his buttons. One who challenges him to want to be more than a drifter. One who makes him question everything he’s ever known. Ryder never saw it coming. He can’t get Jade out of his head. She shows him what he really wants. Her.


MC books always have a hard time living up to my high standards. So lately, I’ve been putting off reading them. There’s nothing worse than reading a book you’re excited about, and finding out that it sucks. So I had some trepidation going into this one.

I’d seen some other reviews that were just so-so about this. So I wasn’t expecting anything grand. But I was pleasantly surprised by this. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. I was really intrigued by Ryder and Jade’s interactions. I loved the way they bickered. For me there was chemistry between them.

Even with me liking this book, this being a MC book, there’s always going to be something that’s disturbing and/or stomach churning. And this definitely had it. Now, I read an ARC, so there’s no telling what changes will be made before actual publication, but there are a couple scenes that made me want to read while covering my eyes. I felt so bad for Ryder. He went through a lot of crap. I can’t say that I’m happy those scenes (really, that chapter) was there, but it definitely gave me a greater understanding of why Ryder was the way he was.

I realized that this was a prequel, and that there wouldn’t be a definite ending. And for the second time today, I was ok with the TBC ending. It had a natural ending; one that showed the completeness of what was just told, leading up to the next portion of their story. However, if the author had decided to just make it one huge novel as opposed to having the prequel and then main novel, I wouldn’t complain. And with all that said, there were definitely some unanswered questions at the end of this.

My one real complaint would be that there were some inconsistencies in the story/timeline. I realize that I had an ARC so that there was going to be a final review/edit done to it, but I had to point them out. They didn’t really take away from the story while I read, but after I finished and really thought about it, I was left scratching my head, wondering how some things were possible when the timelines didn’t fit.

I’ll definitely be reading the next one when it comes out to find out what happens to Ryder and Jade.


Jani has been married for a long time to a special man, and her two children and their partners are the sunshine in her life. She is a voracious reader and would spend her last dollar on a book - always fascinated that for the mere price of a book, she can escape her world for a while and see through someone else's eyes.

Besides reading, her favorite 'thing' is traveling - she has traveled the world, learning about the ways people live and has come to the realization that no matter where we live, we all ultimately want the same things. Her hobby - Scrapbooking - keeps her up till way after midnight and her usual subjects are her family and her travels.

Ever since she can remember, Jani wanted to write stories about people, about their lives and loves. Relationships and Happiness - arguably the most difficult things to master in life and yet exactly what everyone ultimately desires (in her humble opinion).

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