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Even though JoBeth and Adam are in two different worlds now they once shared a world when they were younger but then Adam’s mother married into riches and moved to a life that JoBeth could only dream about. Adam and his step brother Eric had built Eric’s father and Adam’s stepfather’s business into the extremely successful business it was today.
JoBeth came to live with the Steel Bones MC when she was just a teenager who was out on her own to escape the crappy home life she was living in. She had made a life for herself doing what she needed to do. She was the stripper wanting to make it on her own. Adam and his stepbrother Eric met JoBeth at the strip club but it was Eric who wanted her services under the club’s protection. It was even under those circumstances that Adam has seen much more to JoBeth than what she did for a living. Without his mother’s new husband it could have been him that was doing what he could to survive and he seen that spirit within JoBeth.
With Adam’s family not accepting JoBeth would he buckle under pressure from them and forget all about her? Would JoBeth ever let her guard down and trust someone enough to let them into her heart? You’ll have to read this book to find out and believe me this author will take your heart out and give a good shake before putting it back together.
OMG I loved, loved ,loved this book!!!!! Hilarious! Once in a while, among the thousands of books about the 18 year old, naive virgins , you will find a one liie this one. Funny, witty, real, engaging , honest . Not everyone of us is a young virgin who met her Prince at 18. Some of us are down to earth, dust ourselves off kind of gals who, with lots of common sense and disillusionment . But we hope for this one, OUR person too, regardless. And he doesn't have to be perfect, or a millionaire, just right for us. And this book gives hope , so that was nice:)
Jo-Beth grew up hard, watching her mother rely upon man after man, witnessing from an early age that men cannot be trusted nor relied upon. Adam Wade was born on the poor side of the tracks but his mother had plans, she landed the head of the Wade corporation and his trajectory changed. Now he is a billionaire in his own right, stopping one evening at the White Van with his brother Eric; Jo-Beth aka Plum is working and the sparks fly
...I've quickly become a major fan of Cate C Wells! And this latest book is yet another hit! We have met Jo-Beth a few times throughout the series, the loudmouth sweetbutt/stripper. Then there's the scene in a previous book where Adam gets into a punch up with Nickel at The White Van because of his stepbrother Eric. Well it's seems he's not been able to forget Plum/Jo-Beth and he's back!! As expected, nothing is at it seems - Jo-Beth is a sweetheart, just a hardened one! Been through a lot so just doesn't trust Adam....
I loved Jo Beth, she is tenacious, super smart and delightful character! Adam is a waste cadet you can’t convince me otherwise, I understand why she wants to be with them therefore the HEA is totally believable. I adore Ms Wells world building and was utterly mesmerized by this book.
Jo-Beth Connolly marched right in and took her rightful spot on my All-Time Favorite Characters list. What a fierce and prickly marvel she is! I picked this up after Katee Robert started talking about the author and then Jenny Nordbak told me the heroine in this one had Burn Down The Night vibes. A heroine like our queen Joan? I could not pick it up fast enough. And wow, was I ever impressed with both the writing and Jo-Beth! She’s basically a feral cat and I was here for it.
The author takes some bold risks, starting with their meet-disaster and a few key twists and turns, one of which had me cackling. I pretty much inhaled this story, eager to see how things would unfold for Jo-Beth and Adam. They are very much opposites and yet there’s a similarity at their core and the author explored this to great effect. It made me laugh out loud several times—Jo-Beth is hilarious—and it also made me cry. I so badly wanted them to figure things out, for Jo-Beth to take a risk and trust Adam and for Adam to truly step up to the plate. Such a satisfying read.
I rarely read motorcycle club romance because it tends to be inherently racist and misogynistic. This doesn’t avoid all of the problematic parts of the subgenre—there’s a lot of gender essentialism and gendered insults—but it’s not as motorcycle clubby as I was expecting and Adam and Jo-Beth’s relationship largely takes place outside of the club. That said, it’s still a pretty white book, both in the club and Adam’s elite country club world, so your mileage may vary.
CW: physical assault/club violence, severe sprained ankle, childhood poverty, classism, hero’s fiancee cheated with his stepbrother, alcohol, inebriation, alcoholic and substance abusing secondary character, sex worker shaming, slut-shaming, gendered insults (including female pejoratives), gender essentialism, ableist language, transphobic line, past foster care (ran away at 16), past sexual abuse by foster father, heroine’s mother died of Hepatitis C when she was 15, hero’s father was a junkie and absentee father, hero’s mother got pregnant as a teen and cut off by her parents, references to marijuana (secondary characters), reference to someone’s child being attacked (past), reference to past Chlamydia
I loved the story of Adam and Jo Beth. They came from similar backgrounds but Adam was adopted by a rich man and forgot his roots. He met Jo Beth at a strip club and was fascinated with her but he fought his attraction to her because he didn’t want to admit they were so much alike. When he finally realizes he can’t live without her it’s almost too late. They find their way though and get their HEA. I love the way this author creates her characters and continues to have them intertwining with each story. The world building is awesome. Everything she writes is real and brings out your emotions for the characters and their situations. I can’t put her books down until I’ve finished. I hope she keeps writing because I’m addicted!!!