Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, Book 6
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My shifter/paranormal romance reading history is admittedly fairly limited. I could name a couple of authors if I had to, but I’d have to refer back to my Nook/Kindle library. Candace Blevins is a relatively new author for me and Horse is only the second book from her that I’ve read. Let me tell you though, I went and 1-clicked a couple of her books after I read this.
It’s hot and sexy. It pushes some normally accepted boundaries, especially with regard to monogamy. It would be easy to be put off by it, but she does a really good job of explaining it in a way that someone should be able to think, “Meh. Not for me, but you do you.” And really, if you’re put off by any kind of kink, Cadence probably isn’t the author you should be reading anyway.
I love where she took the female lead, Gabby and how she developed her as a character. Gabby started out as a scared little…well, bunny, but transformed into a strong, determined woman. One able to stand up for herself and take control of her own life. Horse isn’t your usual alpha-male romantic hero. Sure, he wants to ‘save’ Gabby, but he’s not possessive. He understands she has needs and gives her the freedom to do what’s best for her.
There are hints of things to come in the series. I wish there was more detail in certain spots, especially where they pertain to the things to come. Not to spell it out, but to build it up more. Even having only read two of the books in the Rolling Thunder MC series, I can already tell it’s going to be a reoccurring theme in the series.
Even though it’s the fourth book in the series (I’m counting the Bash trilogy as one book), it can be read as a stand-alone. As with all series, it would probably help to have read them since they all make appearances in Horse, but it won’t take away from your reading pleasure if you haven’t.
Horse is one of the first non-wolf shifters to be patched into the RTMC after the rule change. He’s a Grizzly Bear, and his old pawnshop has become the MC’s new gun store in a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Gabby is a rabbit shifter with a complicated history. Rabbits live in Faerie, but her parents chose to escape to the human realm so they could be together. Tragedy struck twice though, and she was taken to The Summerlands at fifteen to be raised by extended family. She’s grown now and has chosen to come back, even though it means she’s alone in this world.
Bears are loners who are used to getting their way. Rabbits are sexual, social creatures who need a wide variety of partners in their lives if they go outside their own species.
And Gabby’s past is on a trajectory to keep her from the future she wants.
His mouth came down on mine, hot, fierce, greedy. My gentle bear claimed me with his mouth while his hips moved ever-so-slowly and his breath caught on my name as he made love to me.
Damn, he was making love to me.
I’d been trying to make him lose control, but now I slowed my hips and met his rhythm, making love right back. I arched and offered myself to him, absorbed each sensual, slow inch, and shuddered with sensations as I let every one of my shields down and bared my heart to him.
“I’ve loved you since the first day I met you, Gabriella.” I felt his shields come down as well, and I got all of him without an orgasm. His heat and power washed over me, but instead of overpowering me it lifted me up. I was starved for him, and my hands trailed over his body as my hips moved with his and our dance slowly gained momentum — our gazes locked on one other, our souls fused into one.
Pleasure hit us both in a wild detonation of sensations, and reality splintered into colors as if I were awash in a sea of confetti, and gravity didn’t exist. Now my heart felt as if it might explode and I felt his raging as well, our slick bodies thrusting and pounding, too fast and yet not fast enough. My vision dimmed but I could still see my lover’s face, could see his love for me, and I felt every ounce of his pleasure through our shared bond.