Title: Shamed & Scorned
Series: Ruthless Rebels #1-#2
Author: Chelsea Camaron & Ryan Michele
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: Available now on all platforms
Dixon James Cartwright – the cowboy on a steel horse.
Trouble with a capital T.
The rigid edge of his jawline to his no holds barred lifestyle DJ is the one person I should stay away from.
Why then when everything crashes around me is he my only saving grace?
*Chelsea Camaron and Ryan Michele have teamed up to bring you an explosive new MC romance that will have you panting for more of the Ruthless Rebels. Hold on tight, it's going to be a wild ride full of action and suspense that these two authors are known for. Throw in two people who finally get their second chance, and things are about to get smoking hot.**
**This book contains violence, adult language, and sexual situations and is not intended for readers under the age of 18. This book is a work of fiction and is not meant to be an exact depiction of life in a motorcycle club but rather to entertain.**
Austin "Shamus" Fletcher – the untamable beast.
Heartbreak with a capital H.
The toned cut of his every muscle to his larger than life attitude, Shamus is the one person I should stay away from.
Why can I not let go even when everything in front of me says run like a bat out of hell?
***Each book in the Ruthless Rebels MC is a new couple, but are best read in order. This is a biker book so please expect violence, foul language, and sexual situations. Do not buy if any of this offends you.***
I'm a huge Chelsea Camaron and Ryan Michele fan. I was super excited to read their collaboration. Unfortunately, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be, but I'm hoping that book 2 will be a lot more enjoyable.
Shamed is a second-chance romance set among the world of Bikers and danger. Kenderly is barely getting through the days as she works and cares for her depressed mother. 8 years before, the love of her life, Dixon broke up with her when she needed him desperately. Now thanks to trouble following his mother, Dixon has come crashing into her life again and he's decided the best way to help her and keep her safe is to claim her as his old lady.
So, part of the story I loved and others I have to say made me mad. Personally, I couldn't really get on board with how easy Kenderly took DJ back. The man was not very sincere and apologetic to her. He pretty much just ordered her to be with him and follow the rules. He explained why he left her but at the same time, it was as if he was just saying "This is why I did it but ultimately it was your fault we were apart for 8 years. Now we're back together because that's what I want and you have no choice". Ugh!
I loved the premise and I really liked the beginning but along the way, it just became ok. I know both of these authors can write a great story so I'm not sure if it was this particular story or if it was me. Hopefully, the story of Shamus and Andrea will be a lot more enjoyable.
Shamus came off as the club's funny man and so with this story, I had a hard time picturing him as the tough guy. It was a trait much more believable in DJ than in him. He was all about breaking Andrea in the beginning, in order to get back at her for her leaving him but it changed very quickly. He went from mad at her to wanting to spend the rest of his life with her.
As for Andrea, she didn't connect with me. I kind of lost interest in her and, truthfully, I just wanted to find out who the bad guy was so the mystery would be solved. I was kept intrigued by The Who? What? Why? Although, in truth, the ending had me feeling a tad underwhelmed.
Overall, Scorned was okay but definitely not my favorite. I'm a huge fan, though, so I know I'll try the next book in the series with hopes that I'll fall in love with it. We shall see!
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***
USA Today Bestselling author Chelsea Camaron is a small town Carolina girl with a big imagination. She is a wife and mom chasing her dreams. She writes contemporary romance, erotic suspense, and psychological thrillers. She loves to write blue-collar men who have real problems with a fictional twist. From mechanics to bikers to oil riggers to smokejumpers, bar owners, and beyond, she loves a strong hero who works hard and plays harder.
Ryan Michele found her passion in making fictional characters come to life. She loves being in an imaginative world where anything is possible and has a knack for special twists readers don’t see coming.
She writes MC, Contemporary, Erotic, Paranormal, New Adult, Inspirational, and many more romances. And whether it’s bikers, wolf shifters, mafia, or beyond, Ryan spends her time making sure her heroes are strong and her heroines match them at every turn.
When she isn’t writing, Ryan is a mom and wife living in rural Illinois and reading by her pond in the warm sun.