08 September 2014

Kings of Asphalt Tour Stop!

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Alexx Andria delivers a motorcycle club romance between two very bad, yet sexy men and a woman with enough curves to satisfy them both.

My name is Zoe Delacourte. I thought I was going to build my future on the backs of Jax Traeger and Hunter Ericksen -- bad boys from the wrong side of the tracks, running the notorious motorcycle club, the Kings of Asphalt -- in my mind, the story had practically written itself. I was so naive. Little did I know they were going to change everything I ever knew about myself.

Jax and Hunter. I can't even say their names without trembling.

They don't see a fat girl or a girl who might be pretty if only she'd lose some weight. No, from the moment I walked into their club, they saw a hot, sexy woman with curves for days -- and they couldn't wait to get their hands on me.

Some people call them bad men. They see the rides and the rap sheets and they slap a label on them. I don't care what they've done -- all I care about is what they're going to do to me next.

But loving them is dangerous. In fact, loving them might just get me killed.

*The following MC romance is approximately 41,000 words featuring a strong central love story, danger, and the rough, seedy world dominated by two bad boys and their curvy woman.

I have struggled with the female character in this book when it comes to writing this review.  She appeared to be two different people in this book and I don’t mind saying I was confused by her actions while reading this story.  I will get to that in a bit but besides that, I really enjoyed this book and it gave me reasons to really think about the message behind the story. 
Zoe is a reporter/investigator, which those are my labels for her and a woman who would be considered “chunky” in society.  Her sexual history is very limited and she never really had the chance to explore new experiences.  She is stuck at a job that pretty much keeps her in one form of reporting yet she feels she needs and can excel in other avenues.  The problem, she doesn’t stand up for herself.  When she goes on a job to find out the details about a crime she is confronted with Jax and Hunter.  Lying her way into their office was actually the easiest part of her job, once there being taken for a whore was a bit harder for her to fake, especially since they were the bad boys that her mind says to run from but her heart wants to get closer to.
I will admit upfront that Jax and Hunter won my heart and even though they appeared all alpha MC gang men, they had a tender side to them that made me melt.  Seeing more in Zoe than what the world saw they took an interest in her.  They also needed to figure out how money was taken and people were killed and they wanted to handle it with their form of justice.  How would Zoe fit into that?  She is the white picket fence with a safe environment kind of woman, they had no clue how she ended up covering this story. Sending this woman into a den of gang members and whores was crazy, but if she could help them find the answers, then so be it.  They didn’t expect to find love with her or her adventurous side.
As the story goes on we see the guys giving Zoe a chance at love, sex and life that she never dreamed she could have, until the truth comes out as to who was behind the crimes and Zoe’s life was in danger.  Watching her fall to what should have been her death sent the guys into a cycle of revenge.  They wanted to be with Zoe, but they knew their life style is what put her in the hospital, the only thing they could do for her was kill that man who betrayed them and tried to kill Zoe. What they did out of love for her ended up breaking her heart and leaving her to believe one again she didn’t deserve to be loved because of how she looked.  Will they find their happy ever after? Well you will have to read to find out because I won’t spoil this journey for you.
Now in regards to Zoe, I was turned off by her while reading the book.  I couldn’t wrap my brain around how an insecure, naïve woman could be doing that job and falling in bed with two men at one time.  I would have thought that men like Jax and Hunter would have scared the naïve woman away quickly; her self-esteem would have prevented her from having sex with not only one but both at all.  Her shy side would have prohibited her from marching into such a dangerous story and certainly she would have had no success.  After many hours of thinking about this I figured out my theory on this character.  She wasn’t as weak as I first believed.  I think that raw need to experience life was always there, she just didn’t have anyone to believe in her enough to trust that journey till Jax and Hunter came along.  They gave her the acceptance and confidence to let go of the woman she felt society saw and became the woman Jax and Hunter knew was there.  In a nut shell, the author wrote about a woman wearing a mask for society, denying herself of the right to seek her dreams and when the chance came Zoe was brave enough to explore it.  Once I came to that realization I admired Zoe and loved the story even more.    
I give the author major credit for creating a story that had me thinking long after I was done, to put the pieces together for myself and yes since I had to do the work the message meant more to me in the end.  I would really recommend this book.
USA Today bestselling author Alexx Andria is the pseudonym for RITA-nominated contemporary romance author, Kimberly Van Meter. Born in a small town with a flair for the dramatic, Alexx Andria has a delightfully perverted nature that she hides behind a mischievous smile. Alexx loves being the life of the party and doesn't mind one bit being the center of attention (just ask any of her friends or family!) She loves to write about Alpha men who are wonderfully flawed and just a little dangerous and heroines who are smart and sassy, but just a little vulnerable, too.
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