Title: Fighting to Stay
Author: Kasey Millstead
Release Date: December 14, 2013
“Never stay, Lacey. Promise me. Promise me right now, that whenever things go bad in life, you will run. Never, ever stay.”
Lacey Monroe was used to running. When things got bad, when things got dangerous, when there was a chance that she would get hurt – physically or emotionally – she did what her momma said. She ran. She kept running, until she landed in Salt Rock, Alabama. She meets Roam Cooper, the Vice President of the Mayhem Motorcycle Club. For the first time in her life, Lacey considers staying…and then right before her eyes, her world falls apart, and she runs again.
“No more runnin’, Lacey. ‘Bout time you started fighting to stay.” – Roam.
**This is a stand-alone, full length novel with a happy ever after**
Lacey is a girl on the move. From the time she was young, her mother taught her to run, to never stick around when things went south. When her latest relationship turns violent, she decides to move back to her home state to be near her best friend Jenn. When Lacey meets Jenn’s boyfriend Switch and his motorcycle club she has no idea that one man is about to change everything. Roam knows the minute he lays eyes on Lacey that she’s different. When one night isn’t enough to wipe her from his system, he is determined to make her his.
I loved the storyline of this book. A girl who only knows how to run finally finds a reason to stay. But the motorcycle club life is a rough one and when things start happening, she has to decide if she will ever be the kind of girl who can stick around. I’m a huge fan of MC books, but this one fell a little short in that department for me. As much as we see the members of the MC, we don’t see a lot of action. Usually the guys are just off on “club business” and we’re left in the dark. Personally I enjoy being immersed in the messy MC world and I never quite got that feeling here.
This story’s strength was in its characters and their relationships. Lacey and Jenn’s friendship was one of the highlights of this story. Jenn was such a loyal and supportive friend, even when she didn’t necessarily agree with Lacey’s choices. I enjoyed their hilarious conversations and drunken adventures just as much as I loved their moments of brutal honesty. Their friendship was authentic and added a lot to the emotional atmosphere of the story. Roam’s dirty mouth, gritty personality, and hidden sweetness made me a fan right away. He and Lacey had plenty of chemistry, which means this book was definitely steamy. Both being stubborn, they were bound to clash and I enjoyed watching them argue back and forth. It was like watching a verbal tennis match.
All in all I really enjoyed the characters. I thought they were well written and established, each with a definitive personality. The storyline was interesting and threw me for a loop a couple of times. I love being caught off guard by a book. I would have liked to see a little more of the MC life detailed throughout the story, mostly due to the importance of the ever-present threat of danger. I would love to know more about Jenn and Switch, so I hope there is another book planned at some point. I would certainly read another book by Kasey Millstead in the future.
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