March 26, 2015

Review - Shade by Jamie Begley

ShadeThe Last Riders # 6 
By: Jamie Begley  
Releasing March 16th, 2015 
Young Ink Press 


Want, need, pain, and joy were emotions Shade had never known existed before Lily. He knew the first time he saw her face that she was going to change his life forever. The thing he hadn’t expected was how hard it would be to hide who and what he was from her. Each step he took out of the shadows revealed more of himself, until only one secret remained. Shade arrogantly believed he could help heal the wounds from her past, but now it was his own past that was trying to tear them apart. To keep Lily, Shade would have to use the very skills he had been trying to hide from her. The skills that made him a killer … a soulless monster.

Author Info"I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I've always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.
All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Excerpt #1
The cold had been getting to him lately. I must be getting soft, Shade thought wryly to himself. He would have to remedy that soon; he couldn’t afford to be soft. 
Protecting Lily kept him on his toes. He had never known a woman could manage to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time as often as her. She needed his skills and strength to keep her safe, and keeping Lily safe was his priority. Without her, he didn’t want to think what life would be like for him or others who would be unlucky enough to be near.
He stomped the snow off his boots before going inside the small office building. It was late enough there wouldn’t be anyone to see him enter. 
Making his way to the office of Knox’s wife, he bent over the lock, taking a few minutes to open the door. Then, sliding inside, he made his way into her private office and went to the window which gave him the view he had come to observe.
As he watched Brooke lay her son down in his crib to sleep, in hindsight, Shade thought he should have known Lily would change his life. It had taken two women to satisfy him the night after seeing her for the first time and then hours before he could purge her from his mind until he could sleep. And that had only been the beginning.
Standing in the darkness, staring at the church across the street, his mind played back over the series of events that had led him to that place in time… 

Q&A with Author Jamie Begley

~First question…have you taken a LONG ass nap after writing SHADE?
I wish, I have one planned as soon as I hit publish March 16th.

~SHADE has a TON of twists and turns that I never expected, did you always know where the story was going, or did it come to you as the words flowed?
I knew where it was going during Cash’s book, some of the chapters were in my head for months begging to be written, it was a huge relief when the story was finally finished. 

~Can you tell the readers a little bit about SHADE?
Shade starts at the beginning from the point Shade saw Lily, it follow’s their relationship through their marriage. It show’s the real Shade that he kept hidden from Lily, and how he grew to become more human through his love for her.

~How much fun was it to write a complete book in Shade’s POV? 
I discovered that men are as sensitive as women they just hide it better. I do prefer writing from a woman’s viewpoint better because of course I can relate more easily to the feelings a woman would experience versus how a man would.

~How long does it typically take you to write a book?
A month working seven, sixteen hour days, once I start I don’t stop until it’s finished. I’m pretty much housebound during that period. I was driving to the store one day while I was writing Riot and missed two exits after that I let my daughter do the shopping. Shade has taken the longest to write I’ve been working on it for five months.

~What is your favorite part of the book to write?  A sex scene?  An emotional scene? An action scene?
Actually it’s really weird but my favorite scenes to write are the one’s where I’m setting the stage for a surprise or revealing one. I guess at heart I’m a mystery writer.

~Now that you have finished SHADE (that monster of a book), what’s next?
Right now I’m actually working on two, one is a Predator book, and the other is Lucky’s story.

Where can readers find you? 
You can buy my books on Amazon, B&N, iTunes and Kobo. 

Twitter: @Jamie_Begley

Q&A with Shade from SHADE (Last Riders #6)

(Interviewing Shade while his little boy John is chewing on his daddy’s finger)
~Shade, for a guy who doesn’t say much, you sure had a lot to say in SHADE.  What scene do you think will shock the fans the most?
The one where I visited Queen, Queens, or Queen’s City, how ever the fuck you spell it.

~Who knew you were such a “Matchmaker”, do you consider it part of your duties to protect the other guys by making sure they are happy?
My job as an enforcer is to keep them from making mistakes that will get them in trouble. If their happy and home with their woman, it’s a lot less work for me.

~Lily has grown so much throughout the book, have you finally loosened the reins and let her take care of you in return?
Yes, I’ve learnt Lily is more than able to handle all my needs.

~How’s your sex life (I’ll bet it’s better than ever!)?
Put it this way, neither of us are sleeping on the couch.

~How has having John changed your life?
John has shown me that I don’t care if I don’t get much sleep, that I’m always searching for his paci, or that I’m constantly changing that diaper of his. I’ve changed from being a self-centered bastard to a father.

~What do you foresee for you and Lily in the future? More kids? Will you stay in Treepoint?
Lily wants a house full of kid’s, and she never wants to leave Treepoint. I plan to make sure she get’s what she wants. I see at least fifty years ahead of us living and loving each other with our children and grandchildren around us. Oh, and of course The Last Riders.

~Last question…I think as your fans, we always just wanted to see you FINALLY happy.  So, are you happy? Shade gazed down at his son, rubbing his thumb across his soft cheek.
“Yes, and I have a picture to prove it.” Shade nodded to the table which held a framed picture of him holding John with Lily beside them, his arm around her shoulders. He had a smile on his face.

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My 3.5 - 4 Star Review

You know those stories you wanted to love, couldn’t wait to read? Well, this is that story for me.

I have been a fan of The Last Riders Series since I first met Beth and Rizer. Since then I have followed the series anxiously awaiting each book. However, one story in particular I was dying to read: Lily and Shade. When I finally got to read their story I was disappointed that we didn’t get more of Shade’s POV. So when I heard about this book I was dying to jump in.

Then I open the book to see it is super looooonnng. I can do long books, especially on a story I love. However, so much of this story is repeated from another POV. I was under the impression we would see Lily and Shade’s story from his POV, not the entire series. There is some new story and extended epilogues, but even those were hard to read.

So as I was deciding on how to review/rate this book I was torn. If you are a super fan of the series, then I am sure you will love this. If you are new to the series, you definitely can’t read this one without reading the others.

Then you have were I am at, I have been a fan from the beginning. I have enjoyed the series, it is motorcycle club meets sex club, but as the story unfolds you get lots of depth, heart, and suspense. I am just not sure this book was for me. I didn’t enjoy the repeated scenes and the extended epilogue went a little too far for this girl.

However, I did love getting to see more Lily and Shade. Their story has always been a favorite. I have loved Shade and how he waited for her to be ready for him. I love how Lily wants to be whole and complete for Shade. That part of this story was a definite 5 star read for me.

In the end, I think a lot of series fans will love this one, in my case I was expecting one thing and got a whole lot more. Unfortunately it was a little too much more. Do I recommend? I think if you are a fan of the series most will love, but going in just understand what you are signing up for.

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