The Real Deal: Wrapped Around Him by Debra Kayn (Review)

A true blue Motorcycle Club romance is on the menu today. Wrapped Around Him is Book #1 in the Moroad Motorcycle Club series and is intended not for the faint of heart. The author, Debra Kayn, was initially discouraged from writing a romance starring violent ex-convicts, but she thought that in the US, convicts are a lot more than billionaires, and we all know how well those types sell. I love her attitude. Read on for my four-star review (I did end up liking this book). This review tour was organized by Xpresso Book Tours.

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Wrapped Around Him by Debra Kayn.
(Moroad Motorcycle Club #1) 
Publication date: February 3rd 2015

Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBookstore

Wrapped Around Him on Goodreads

My Review

Christina’s life is little more than mere existing. After witnessing her parents’ brutal murder, the world became this frightful place she has to shelter herself from. She doesn’t have much going on. Just her job with the children social services and a good sense of right and wrong. And sixteen-year-old Jeremy being placed in the care of the scary beast that’s his father is wrong. Being kidnapped by said beast and held captive until she accepts him as her “old man” is plain Medieval.

Cam has Christina exactly where he wants her. In his home. That was his only dream during the lonely nights in the state penitentiary. That and securing the future of his motorcycle club. Going in and out of “the pen” is a way of life for him, and he knows it won’t stop. But he has ways of keeping her safe and protected. Of giving a purpose to her life. If she only saw it… But Cam is a patient man. He can wait forever.

I was never really drawn to “bad boys” and MC romances aren’t really my cuppa. I recently started reading them because they are mostly written in “deep point of view”, giving a distinct and very different voice to the main characters, which I really enjoy. But I found they were mostly with “cookie cutter” characters and plots. Well, this one is different.

This is the real deal. Cam is over forty with long hair, streaked with grey, and a full beard—a seasoned MC man with the right attitude. I seriously cannot picture college-aged guys in a role that has them claim a girl as their “old lady”. I mean, c’mon. Make them rock stars or something. If I’m to believe that a guy can go Neanderthal on a woman, shrugging off her protests against kidnapping her, he’d better be older and set in his ways for decades. In this sense, this book delivers and then some.

Mind you, these guys are outlaws. Of the ex-con-soon-to-repeat kind. And it’s not on misdemeanors. We’re talking murder, gun smuggling, ugly stuff. And you get to see things going down. The violence is borderline offputting. As in way too much because I can take violence in a book. The writing is tight although I found Cam’s thoughts quite complicated and multi-layered at times, which clashed with his main line of thinking and actions. Christina’s character is well developed, and I was pleased to see her think “Stockholm syndrome” when her need to be with Cam overrode her logic.

Also, even though the sex scenes are loaded, they are not the focal point of the story, which again characterizes many MC romances. Here, we have a man who’s as wild as they get, but who instinctively knows that he is bonded with a woman who has to give up on everything she believes in, if she’s to start living again. And he’s right in a twisted kind of way.

All in all, this is a love it or hate it kind of book. Extremely violent with a cliffhanger-ish ending (but there is the first chapter of the second book at the end, which somewhat helps). Strangely enough (for my tastes) I enjoyed it and will definitely read Book #2 to see some interesting issues resolved.

Official Blurb

Empathy is an emotion that has always evaded Cam Farrell, president of the Moroad Motorcycle Club and prisoner #18794. He’s gambled with his life to finish the gun chain running across the states, get the majority of his MC brothers working inside the prison system, and place the smoke screen in Federal, Idaho. He only needs one more thing—Christina. What he wants, he takes, and freedom doesn’t mean a damn thing.

Christina Nickelson keeps to herself and uses her part-time job for Silver Valley’s Department of Children’s Services to help those who are also alone and hurting. The anger and fear she thought she’d overcome after her parents were murdered resurfaces when an ex-convict and leader of a motorcycle club claims a teenage boy in her care. She can’t let her worries go. Putting herself at risk, she finds herself held hostage, witnessing a murder, and questioning fate. The only person she can rely on is the biker who will kill her if she tries to leave.

About the Author

Bestselling Romance Author, Debra Kayn lives with her family at the foot of the Bitterroot Mountains in beautiful Idaho. She enjoys riding motorcycles, playing tennis, fishing, photography, and creating chaos for the men in the garage.

When Debra was nineteen years old, a man kissed her without introducing himself. When they finally came up for air, the first words out of his mouth were…will you have my babies? Considering Debra’s weakness for a sexy, badass man, who is strong enough to survive her attitude, she said yes. A quick wedding at the House of Amour and four babies later, she’s living her own unbelievable romance book.

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