Release Date-May 5th 2017
Kindle Edition-340 Pages
After catching her fiancé with another woman while visiting his office, the young, fiery FBI agent Elena Johnson, is pissed that she wasted so much time being stifled by the man she had thought was her entire future.
Now, she is back in action, using that anger and pain for her first new assignment in a while – going undercover with the Skulls Renegade MC to try to catch them in their illegal activities. Soon, she finds herself not only connecting to these outlaws who are not the evil monsters the government believes, but she also finds herself face to face with another MC leader, one she knows intimately from her tumultuous childhood and owes a debt of revenge to in the form of a violent end.
As she finds herself caught in this new MC life that she finds more appealing than she expected and falling for a sexy motorcycle club Prez named Reed, she must still try and keep her identity as an FBI agent hidden, or everything could fall apart on both sides of her dangerous life.
I struggled with this one for a number of reasons and I will get to them in a minute.
And while this originally started off in such a great vein for me it quickly escalated into a bit of a mish-mash of splitting threads.
If I’m honest here I think maybe there was just too much going on for me to connect fully with the story being told.
Events themselves were skimmed over a lot and I feel this contributed to me failing to feel any profound connection with the relationship that was at the centre of “Reign” (Skulls renegade #1).
So first this was extremely insta-love; like almost immediate, which in itself is fine and all, but I found it did prevent me actually forming valid opinions based on discovered inner characters.
I felt this was a missed opportunity to introduce The Skulls Renegade more thoroughly and also build a deeper understanding of the inner cogs of this MC.
I also wasn’t entirely convinced that some of the happenings here were actually viable and ultimately that they were also in themselves believable; but what do I know, I could be wrong I’m no expert after all.
what I do believe is that Reed would have had a much more explosive reaction to Elena’s Revelations than he actually did; After all, he is the Prez of an MC gang; even if they are relatively clean in there overall dealing compared to some others.
This at its centre did have a great premise I just think it could have been executed in a much better fashion than it actually was.
Despite my above grievances, I am still planning on continuing this series.
I’m somewhat invested here and I do want to discover where this is ultimately heading; hoping as I continue that this is going to be just a bit of a slow-burner for me.
At heart, this wasn’t a bad read just a bit of a disconnected experience that I did find myself skimming near the end.
I look forward to seeing if the next instalment can pick this up a notch for me.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC copy of “Reign (Skulls Renegade # 1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
EDIT; Would just like to add that I have now read book two and three in this series and it was so worth continuing I am really enjoying them now; this series for me got better the more I read on, so if you do struggle with this one it’s definitely worth persevering in my opinion.
Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm