Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cease (the Bayonet Scars finale) by J.C. Emery

Death silences. Love echoes.

Ruby Buckley is no stranger to loss. She lost her twins in their infancy, lost her son to his demons, and lost herself to a life she never wanted.

Until him.

Jim Stone is lost. He’s a father who doesn’t know how to parent, a brother who doesn’t know why he ever patched in, and is completely numb to everything around him.
Until her.

Craving normalcy, Ruby wants to live straight, but that’s easier said than done when a member of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club is determined to make her his old lady. She’s plagued by a past she can’t escape. He vows to give her a better future, even if means delivering the impossible.

But falling in love was only the beginning.

Twenty years later and they’re still going strong, even if the world around them is crumbling. Jim’s put his club on the line and given Ruby the impossible– her now adult twins she thought she’d lost forever. She has everything she’s always wanted.

But at what cost?

Love is never more real than when it’s forever.

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Time after time, I never cease to be amazed at how deeply I can be hurt.

Just a flesh wound, Mama.

Jim’s words echo in my mind over and over again. They’re all I hear as I watch my husband— the man who taught me that men can be good— being lifted into the back of the van by his brothers. Blood pools at the bottom of his vest and drips to the pavement.

My daughter— the precious baby I thought I’d lost forever— is being carried to the van by the boy who became my son at the age of eight. She’s lost so much blood. The dark red liquid completely covers her face, neck, and chest. My heart falls into my stomach as I catch sight of the blood smeared all over Ryan’s cut and his face.

My husband’s been gutted and my daughter’s been sliced open.

Both bleeding.

One dying.

Maybe two.

Hopefully none.

And all I can think about is my own selfish need to keep them with me. If I’m not a mother to my daughter or a wife to my husband, then I don’t know who I am. I’ll still have my sons— all three of them— but it’s not the same. My boys don’t need me the way my man and my girl do. I won’t get to hang on to Michael for much longer. He’s a Mancuso and he’ll be staying in New York to take over the family— and it doesn’t matter how I feel about that. Ian, my eldest, has his wife Mindy. He thinks he still needs me, but he doesn’t. Ryan, the boy I have to remind myself isn’t really mine, has Alex. My daughter.

If we lose her, there’s nothing anyone can do to make it better. Ryan will never recover and neither will I. He’ll shut down, just like Rage did when we lost Sylvia, and even I won’t be able to reach him then.

If we lose Jim, we lose our rock. I lose the only person I ever trusted enough to give my whole heart to besides my children.

I won’t survive it.

4 Forsaken Stars
Finally, the final story of the character that held the glue to the Forsaken MC since the beginning of the series...Ruby Buckley. I've been waiting to get my hands on Momma Ruby and how she and Jim Stone became a favorite MC couple. Their story didn't start out pretty, but in the end these two couldn't be more in love with each other. 

Ruby Buckley has been through a lot. We all know she has twins Alex and Michael who were taken away by her ex, who happens to be in the mob. So it's just her and her son Ian. In order to survive and provide for Ian, Ruby is willing to do anything to protect him. Even that means ending up in a wrong MC. 

But soon their lives change for the better when they end up in California and at the Forsaken MC, where she meets then VP, Jim Stone. The bad ass MC who immediately feels protected of Ruby and her boy. And Ruby meets Jim's rambunctious, nine-year old son, Ryan. And can I tell you  how much I loved his little smart mouth in this book?  

What I love about Cease is the backstory on  how Ruby and Jim and their kids became a family. 

About the Author
As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. JC is known for her bad-ass anti-heroes who lure unsuspecting readers into their dark stories and refuse to leave them along—even once their story is finished. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. She just recently ditched her flip flops for winter booths and now resides in Southwestern Illinois. When she’s not torturing her characters for fun, JC drops the pen name and goes by Christina.

JC is the author of the Bayonet Scars series—about and outlaw motorcycle club that starts a war with the Italian mafia.

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