November 30, 2013

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, and GIVEAWAY ~ Storm by Nina Levine

Release Date: November 26, 2013

Life can be a bitch but love can get you through any storm.

Madison Cole’s family is the Storm Motorcycle Club. Her father is the President and her brother is the VP. She grew up surrounded by bikers, crime and violence. Two years ago she walked away from her family and the world they live in. Her soul was shattered, her heart was broken and she had an addiction she couldn't shake. She picked up the pieces and put herself back together. Now her family wants her back. The club is being threatened and they send a club member to return her home to safety; the one person that could destroy everything she has worked so hard to build.

Jason Reilly has sacrificed a lot for the motorcycle club he calls family. Two years ago he made the biggest sacrifice of all; he gave up the woman he loved for them. Now he is being sent to bring her back and he is conflicted. He thought he was over her but discovers their connection is as strong as ever. Their love was all-consuming, passionate and fiery. It was also their undoing and he doesn't know if either of them is strong enough to battle the demons that ripped them apart, to find love again. 

Madison and Jason are brought back together by a force out of their control; one that pushes them to a breaking point. Can they overcome their past and discover a love worth fighting for or will the harsh reality of their world finally and completely break them both?


I grabbed my purse and headed outside to go and buy lunch.  J was on the phone, but saw me come outside and signalled for me to wait.
“I’m going to buy lunch, J.  And I only get an hour so I don’t have time to wait for you,” I said, tersely.  He kept talking and scowled at me.  I turned and started to walk away from him, towards the cafe where I always bought lunch.
I could hear him muttering something into the phone and then he must have ended his call because he went silent.  Then, he barked, “Madison!”
The last thing I wanted to do was stop for him, but there was something in his tone; a ‘don’t fuck with me’ command.  So I stopped, and turned around to look at him.  Oh, my.  He was shitty. 
He stalked to where I was and got in my face.  “Why the fuck do you have to be so difficult about this?” He was fuming.
Well, I could see him, and raise him in his anger.  “Maybe it has something to do with the way Scott has gone about this.  And the fact that he sent you!”
He flinched.  It was only for a second, and most people wouldn’t have even noticed it.  But I knew J, and I saw it.  It surprised the fuck out of me.  “Well then, it looks like we’ve got some shit to sort out, babe, because I’m not going anywhere.”
“I don’t want to sort shit out with you.  That ship sailed two fucking years ago, J,” I spat.
He gripped my arm, pulling me closer, “No, it fucking didn’t,” he growled, eyes blazing, “And you can’t deny there’s still something here.  I feel it and I know you feel it too.”
I laughed.  No, actually, I cackled.  “You wanna fuck, J?  I can feel that, and, yeah, if you wanna go there, I’m all for it.  But don’t mistake my desire for your cock for anything else.”

Rating: 4.5 stars

All Madison Cole wanted was some semblance of a normal life, away from her father’s motorcycle club, the Storm MC.  Her early years in the club had not been easy by any stretch of the imagination.  She had grown up around violence, alcohol, drugs and many extreme alpha men.  Ironically, it was also in the club that she came to find the one person that would own her total heart, Jason Reilly, known as J. 

After a very traumatic episode in which she was almost raped, Madison found herself in a tailspin.  As a result, she briefly entered into an abusive relationship with a bad man from a rival motorcycle club named Nix.  She turned to him in an effort to drown out the guilt and pain that she carried from that awful night.  After her relationship with Nix ended, Madison was able to find her way back to J, but the relationship was just not the same.  With so much baggage related to that horrible incident, Madison could no longer find happiness with J and left town to start anew and get her life back on track.

Now, four years later, the past has reared its ugly head in the form of a threat against her life issued by none other than Nix himself.  In response to the threat, the Storm MC has sent one of its own to bring her home to safety, whether she wants to come or not.  The way the club sees it, once you are in the club, you are always in, and the club protects its own.  Still, Madison keeps asking herself why, of all people, did her father have to send J to protect her and bring her home.  It seems that previous unfinished business between Madison and J is about to get resolved whether she likes it to or not.

Storm is definitely one of those books that wastes no time reeling you in with action from the beginning.  It starts at full throttle and then dials it down a couple of notches to build the story up.  After the first couple of pages, you are hooked. 

Ms. Levine has done a wonderful job in developing a heroine that has gone through a really rough time and has managed to pull herself out of the figurative ashes.  In the present, which is four years after leaving the MC behind, Madison has finally reached a point where she feels that she has regained some control over her life and has conquered her demons for the most part.  She no longer drinks and has not touched drugs in the time that she has been on her own.  Nonetheless, the memories of the attempted rape from long ago still haunt her.  She has tried to bury them along with the unresolved feelings that she still has for her first love, J.
The thing that I really liked about J was that he was a straight-shooter when it came to making his feelings known to Madison.  He wanted to get all of those unresolved issues that are still between them out on the table and deal with them.  Ms. Levine was successful in creating a strong, sexy, Alpha male character in J.  He is willing to let Madison have her say and bends as much has he possibly can to meet her in the middle, but he remains steadfast on the idea of keeping MC business private and refuses to discuss that with her.  That issue has always been a sore spot between the two of them and is something that Madison is going to have to learn to deal with if she wants a future with him.  The bottom line is that she must decide if her love for him is strong enough to concede that point and leave it alone.

The love and the chemistry between Madison and J is palpable.  In every scene that they have together the connection between the two is almost a tangible thing.  As the reader, you find yourself thinking that these two people cannot possibly belong anywhere else, but with each other.  The intimate moments between them are sizzling.

The only issue that I found with this book was the quickness with which the Nix problem was dealt with.   I just wish the suspense was drawn out a little more and that the MC as a whole had been allowed to get involved in the action a little more.  For this reason, I gave the book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I was definitely looking for a good love story set in a motorcycle club, and I was not disappointed in Storm by Nina Levine.  You are immersed in a hot, angst-filled story between two people that have fought their way back to each other.  This book offers the reader the total package with plenty of tender moments mixed in with suspenseful times where you forget you are breathing while you are reading.   If you are craving a book about a sexy biker and his tough lady love with a twist of violence and suspense, you need look no further; Storm by Nine Levine is the ticket.

~ Review by Cathy T.

Thanks so much for your input Cathy! We'll definitely be looking forward to more of your reviews!

Nina Levine is an Aussie writer who writes stories about hot, alpha men and the tough, independent women they love. You won't find any whiny, spineless women in Nina's books and you certainly won't find weak men. 

A warning though, you will find hot, dirty sex, lots of swearing, occasional violent encounters and men and women who live fast and love hard.

Nina's debut book Storm will be releasing in November 2013. It is based around the Storm Motorcycle Club and is the first book in an MC series.

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