Note: This ARC was provided by Ardent PRose in exchange for an honest review.
Challenged is not only the first book in the new Vipers Creed MC series, but it's also my very first read from author Ryan Michele and what a fantastic first read it was! I was thoroughly entertained by this second chance romance story and not only did I like the main characters, but almost every member of the Vipers Creed Motorcycle Club as well. The story was fast-paced and I was amazed that I had reached the end, feeling as if time flew by as Trixie "Trix" Lamasters and Cade "Spook" Baker developed and evolved within the pages of this series starter. I was hooked from the very beginning and I was left craving for more of this biker brotherhood, wondering what kind of women it would take to make them fall in love.
Trixie and Cade fell in love when they were in high school, she a freshman and he a senior. They were together six months, but the day after she gave him her virginity, he disappeared from her life. He was still there physically, but he avoided her, pretending as if she wasn't there and they hadn't shared six months together. Fifteen years later, Trix is the owner of a strip club called Sirens and when one of her girls ups and disappears after she lends her a large amount of money, she discovers where the girl may be at and is forced to make a phone call to the man who broke her heart in high school. Only Cade is now Spook, the president of the Vipers Creed MC, and this is his second chance at being with the girl who owns his heart.
This story is packed with heat, humor, and heart, with both Trix and Spook being so much more than I expected them to be. Fifteen years apart made them in to the people they are now, but while he's proud of his road name, Spook chooses to be Cade when he's with his Trixie. There are valid reasons why he abandoned her the way he did a decade and a half ago, and he doesn't make excuses for it. Instead, he's seeking redemption and works hard to re-gain her love and trust. There's one hell of a twist in the last quarter of the book, one that I never saw coming because I was so distracted by the love story between Cade and Trixie. With Challenged done, I need more of the Vipers Creed MC series, and soon! 4.5 stars! ♥
Release Date: 04 April 2016
Date Read: 29 March 2016
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