Saturday, May 24, 2014

Book Tour for Renegade Reject by Emily Minton and Dawn Martens (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Today we're getting down and dirty with the sexy Renegade Reject by Emily Minton and Dawn Martens, the second installment in the Renegade Sons series. Keep reading to get a tantalizing glimpse into this world of outlaw bikers, along with my impressions of this book.  Make sure to also fill out the form below for the chance to win some amazing prizes like a Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon GCs, rock star-inspired ebooks, and LOTS MORE!

Daisy “Little Flower” Anderson has lived her entire life on the sidelines of the Renegade Sons MC. Her father is a member, and her mother a club whore turned old lady. Not wanting to follow their footsteps, she chose a different path; one that keeps her close to the biker family she loves, but out of the club. Struggling to keep it together, she never thought she would have anything of her own, until she met Preach. He is everything she swore she didn't want in life. One night of passion leads to unexpected consequences, and she knows, now more than ever, it’s time to move forward. Garrett “Preach” Austin lived his life caught in his father’s iron fist. He never thought he would want anything more than freedom from his past, until he met his “Little Flower”. She shows him there is more to life than pain. Preach has a secret; one that forces him to choose between Daisy and his brothers. Even though he loves Daisy, the Renegade Sons are the only true family he has. He knows he can’t have her, yet he can’t let her go. When Daisy moves on, Preach realizes what he’s lost. Can he prove that he’s the man for her, or is he too late?


Daisy:  I try to pull my hand from Preach’s. ”I’m gonna go sit with Grams.”
Not letting me go, he says, “No.  You’re staying with me.”
With that, he pulls away and leads me to the bar.  
My anger starts to boil, and I can’t hold it in any longer.  “Why, so you can show me off to the rest of these guys?”
He finally stops walking and looks down at me.  “What are you talking about?”
“You told that guy he had to wait until my birthday to claim me.”
“What the fuck are you talking about?” he asks again, sounding confused.
Using my free hand to motion behind me, I repeat his words.  “She’s only seventeen. Gotta wait ‘til her birthday to brand her.  I can’t believe you’d think that I’d ever be okay with some random man branding me!”
He stares at me for a long minute while he processes my words, fighting a smile the entire time.  “Daisy, I promise you that dickhead and none of his brothers are ever gonna claim you.  Before long, you’re gonna belong to a Renegade Son.  I guarantee you that.”
“What do you mean?” I ask, shocked that again he’s assuming that I will let someone claim me.  
He finally lets the smile take shape as he leans down to whisper in my ear.  “You’ll be finding out soon.”
He straightens and continues walking through the clubhouse.  He leads me around the room by my hand, talking to one man after another along the way, but the only thing I really noticed was that each time Preach would introduce me to someone, he would loosely wrap his arms around me. I swear he was staking his claim to everyone inside of the club, wordlessly announcing to the world that I’m his.  By the time we make it to the table where my Grams is sitting, I am beyond confused and horny as hell.  What’s going on?  He can’t want me, can he?  Lord, I hope he does.




As a fan of the tv show Sons of Anarchy I was immediately drawn to this story and soon became immersed in the gritty and sometimes dark nature of the MC.  The men in this MC were a close knit group willing to commit whatever transgressions necessary to keep each other, and their livelihoods, safe.  Many of the women in this world are seen as commodities unless they can catch the eye of one of the members which made for a less than romantic read at times.  It's a story that doesn't pull any punches and doesn't hesitate to drag its characters, and us readers, through the emotional wringer and I was exhausted once the final page was turned.

Preach had a horrible childhood full of religious hypocrisy, physical and emotional abuse, and very little affection.  After years of putting up with it he turned the tables on his father and ended up in prison which changed his life forever upon his meeting a member of the Renegade Sons MC.  These men soon became his family and he'd do anything to stay in their good graces, even if that means not giving in to the attraction he feels for the young and sweet Daisy, the daughter of a fellow member.  He's drawn to her goodness and purity though he knows he's unworthy of her as his soul is stained with the rage that controlled his father.  His inner demons, a jealous club follower, and fate ultimately intervene to make their relationship one full of emotional ups and downs and moments that make you want to cry as well as scream in anger at his actions.  Preach starts out rather heroic, a savior to a young girl unloved by her family.  When his stupidity pulls them apart he spirals out of control and hits bottom repeatedly before manning up.  As the story progressed he became more of an antihero who I was still drawn to as he struggled to earn back Daisy's love.

Daisy had a tough time growing up too, and still does as her father is a drunk who forgets she exists and his old lady is jealous of her beauty and seeks to make her life miserable by sabotaging any chance of her gaining happiness.  She was kept away from much of the inner workings of the MC which has made her a bit naive when it comes to the role of women in this world.  She expects faithfulness from the man she's come to love but fidelity isn't commonplace and becomes a major issue in their relationship when her catty friend tries to stake her claim.  Daisy is used to being a doormat, waiting for Preach to rescue her, and it's not until late in the story that she stands up for herself and demands respect.  She's the light to Preach's unrelenting darkness and though he hurts her time and again she can't help but be drawn to his vulnerable side that she occasionally witnesses.  He may leave her angry and frustrated at times but they're meant for each other as their mutual loneliness is only assuaged in each other's arms.

This was a gritty story where the men don't always act the hero.  Their language is harsh as is their treatment of those women who hang out at the club.  Those women are strictly for sex which added to the already overtly sexualized world witnessed here.  The only bright moments are when it's just Preach and Daisy, when they can block out the world, and just be themselves.  Without all the catty interferences, the familial threats, and the danger from other MCs and the law, their relationship would've progressed with a fairytale feel.  In reaching their HEA it was a constant struggle with Preach often the bad guy which left me frustrated by the predictability of some of the roadblocks thrown in their way.  The storyline also relied on events from the previous installment which left me a bit lost as I have yet to read this series' starter.  Overall though it's a compelling read with its gritty nature, excessive sexuality, and its blurred lines of hero and villain.  The main couple were far from perfect but I was still invested in their outcome as they made my heart ache with all they'd gone through.  The authors have crafted an appealing world that I enjoyed dirtying my hands with as I eagerly turned the pages and I'm greatly anticipating the next installment in this series!

My rating for this is a B.

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


USA Today best selling author, Emily Minton is a Kentucky native. Raised in Missouri, her family returned to Kentucky when she was a teen. She is proud to call the Bluegrass State home. She claims she bleeds blue--Wildcat Blue! Emily has been married to her husband, David, for over twenty years. They share two lovable but irritating teenagers, Jess and Bailey. She is also the proud mom of a feisty terrier mix, Rae Rae. Emily loves to read and has more books on her kindle than most people could read in a life time, but she intends to read every single one. Nope, no hoarding problem here! Her favorite author is Kristen Ashley, and she swears Kristen’s book Sweet Dreams changed her life. Emily has co-authored two books with Dawn Martens, Whiskey Lullaby and Renegade Lady. She has also written one solo book, Windows. Many more are floating around in her head, and she hopes to get them all on paper before long. She loves sharing her dreams with her readers.  

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Dawn Martens is a young, spunky Canadian Author, who is widely known for her best-selling “Resisting Love” series that she co-authored with Author Chantel Fernando. Being a wife to Colin, and a mother to two (soon to be THREE!) beautiful little girls (Sarah (6), Grace (3), Ava on the way!) hasn’t stopped this Canadian Firecracker from pursuing her dreams of becoming a writer! She has also co-authored “Whiskey Lullaby” (book one in the Love Songs series) with her friend and fellow writer, Author Emily Minton; on top of serving as a mentor and support system for many Authors in the Indie community over the past few years. 2014 is shaping up to be a phenomenal year for Dawn, as the highly anticipated book two in the Love Songs series titled “Broken”. She will also be releasing a brand new gritty MC series, “Renegade Sons MC,” with Emily Minton, that will for sure take their avid readers on yet another mind blowing journey. Dawn’s number one passion in life is the written word, and she’s extremely thankful that she has to ability to share the ramblings from the characters inside of her head with the rest of the world! She also may or may not have the hugest girl crush on Author Kristen Ashley, who is her personal idol and helped inspire Dawn in the beginning of her Indie career.

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