Rebellious by Gillian Archer
Overview by Publisher:
The black-leather-clad biker who just roared up on his Harley doesn’t resemble any single father Emily Clark has ever known. But as she watches “Reb” bonding with his son, Emily realizes there’s a lot more to this bad boy than his alpha-male attitude or his sinful good looks. And when Reb takes an interest in her, there’s no way she can resist his surprisingly tender touch. The one thing Emily won’t give up is her hard-won independence.
As president of the True Brothers MC, Reb owes a sacred debt of loyalty to the club, but his first priority is making sure that his son grows up right. Pursuing an unexpected affair with Emily is a close second. Then a violent stalker threatens her life, and this unconventional guardian angel really turns up the heat. Nobody messes with Reb, or anyone under his protection. Trouble is, how’s he supposed to defend Emily when she insists on going it alone? He’s willing to put his life on the line for her. Now, maybe, he needs to open his heart.
Why am I such a sucker for a biker these days?? Seriously! I thought once I blasted through Chantal Fernando’s Wind Dragons Series and re-watched Sons of Anarchy I would have it out of my system. As a teenager, the only type of man my mother warned me about was bikers. There is something so mysterious about the biker culture and it’s really easy to see why it has become a really hot trope in contemporary romance novels.
Reb fits the stereotype of the white washed biker – alpha, strong, protective and caring. I am not naïve enough to believe this is reality, but for the three plus hours I read this book, I totally did not care!
Reb is a single father. His son lives in Emily’s building and she brings him to the clubhouse one night after he has been neglected by his mom. They meet, sparks fly and before Emily knows it she’s becoming his old lady.
Reb moves fast (as all these bikers seem too) and claims Emily. She is a teacher and works in a book store. She is good to his son and isn’t afraid to take on Reb with his son’s best interests at heart. While they are definitely opposites, their best friends are dating, so it isn’t inconceivable that they would meet.
Emily has a history of violence. Reb is not a gentle guy and his actions frighten her at times. I liked that this was included in the story as it made it realistic and not just all hot sex and perfect relationship. All couples take time to figure out how they navigate each other and their respective pasts. Emily has a stalker and Reb has a son that needs a lot of help.
Club business is dangerous and Emily has to decide if this is something she wants to be a part of. I liked that Reb was enlightened enough to offer her some options. He wasn’t a complete cave man outside of the bedroom. Inside the bedroom however, Reb is definitely in charge and making Emily feel safe and like his woman is his pleasure and responsibility. This shouldn’t be surprising – can you really imagine a novel about a biker named Reb that doesn’t have steamy and scintillating sex scenes? They will leave little to the imagination and make you wish you had a biker of your own.
If you get hot and bothered by the biker culture and the men who wear cuts, then this is a great story to check out!