Author: Crystal Spears
Series: Breakneck #2
Release Date: September 2, 2013
My Rating: 4 Stars
While the chaos and bloodshed have slowed for a short period, life is never quiet in the world of Breakneck. The club is taking time to regroup from internal betrayal and the changing of the guard in a rival group.
Zig Zag became a father at the age of thirteen. While raising a child has never been easy, now his eighteen year old daughter Tatiana makes his life downright hard. She has caught the eye of Travis, the new President of the rival MC Gunners, but all she really wants is Shadow, the newest addition to the Breakneck family. When Shadow’s rejection sends Tatiana running from the only family, home, and safety she’s ever known, ZZ is crazy with worry. The distraction caused by Tatiana’s disappearance could prove to be Zig Zag’s downfall.
If that isn’t enough, ZZ finds himself rampantly attracted to the one and only Storm. She’s beautiful, quick and witty. Their friendship is the one thing that keeps him from growing crazy, and Storm stands by ZZ through all the turmoil. Zig Zag is not accustomed to hearing the word no, so Storm’s constant withstanding just draws him in deeper. Their friendship is one thing keeping him from going crazy, until one night…
The club is regrouping and rebuilding from the mayhem known as the Russian Mafia. A hit is ordered on Tatiana, Storm, Winter, and Piper.
Tatiana’s egg donor reveals secrets that a thirteen year old Zig Zag was too young to understand.
Braxxon is out of reach while he helps Greg Cage deal with some dirty business.
Bloodshed… Secrets… Betrayal… Trauma… Welcome back to the Breakneck world.
When you pick up Withstanding Me be prepared to withdrawal from the real world and sit on your ass until you finish it. It's the only way. There is so much going on that you can't put it down! I'm a newbie to the Breakneck series, but everyone was gushing about it so I just had to read it! Let me tell you, if you are not prepared for or have not read about motorcycle clubs then this will be a culture shock for you. It was for me, and I was a little put off at first. But then it just draws you in. I got so invested in each of the members' lives that I could not stop reading. The momentum in Withstanding Me did not stop, it swings from one dilemma to the next. Even though I knew nothing about MCs, I didn't feel that I was left in the dark. There is enough back story and development that I got the gist of the norm within Breakneck.
We start off with ZZ, a gruff, badass member who was a father at 13. Dealing with his errant daughter, rival clubs, and Russians is more than his stress level can handle. He wants to alleviate that stress the only way he knows how... sex. Anyone woman would work, but he wants Storm. Storm may have lived a fucked up life up until now, but she refuses to ever have sex again without deeper feelings being attached to it. ZZ on the other hand can't look past the shit world he lives in, and can't believe a feeling such as love exists, nor does he want to engage in it if it did. These two have so much chemistry on pages that it almost hurt to read sometimes. They want each other, but they won't fulfill the complete needs of one another.
Withstanding Me had me on the verge of tears, laughing then cringing and all around completely absorbed. It is completely unforgiving in its portrayal of motorcycle clubs and the lives of their members. These women and men play hard, love hard and fight hard. They protect each other at any cost. There are some gruesome scenes, but it just plays into the reality of the book. If you are not a fan of violence, cussing, sex, and crude humor then you may not want to pick this one up. BUT, you will be missing out. This is not just a couples story, there are ongoing story arcs and several secondary plots that I'm sure will play out later in the series. Ms. Spears builds a gritty, merciless world with characters that are so honest and raw. It blurs the line between fiction and reality, I could definitely see this as a life people lead and it was very insightful. I will be recommending this book and the rest of the series to anyone who will listen. Seize Me (Breakneck #1) is already out, so you may want to start with that, if this series intrigues you. I will say that, there are story arcs that connect the books, but starting with Withstanding Me I didn't really feel left out. However, when given the chance you should always start at the beginning :)
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