Book: Without Consequence
Author: Victoria L. James and LJ Stock
Genre: Contemporary M/C Romance
There are two kinds of prison sentence that try to break us: the ones served behind iron bars and the ones served through a lifetime of guilt. Some people are handed just one. The unfortunate are given both.
Drew Tucker, despite his formidable reputation, was a man shrouded in darkness who had been dealt every kind of sentence known to man. His only path of survival was to fight and conquer. After five years of solitude, with nothing to keep him company but old ghosts and relentless demons, Drew was finally out, and he had a plan in mind to reign supreme once more.
But everything had changed since he’d left the small town of Babylon, Texas, and where he once fit into the world around him, he now felt misguided, misplaced and misunderstood. Freedom wasn’t free anymore and it sure as hell didn’t come cheap.
That only got worse when he crossed paths with Ayda Hanagan. Legal guardian of her teenage brother, over worked, underpaid and clinging onto sanity by the skin of her teeth, Ayda should have been easier for Drew to beat down and manipulate. She should have been easier to keep quiet. But, as with everything in his life since he got released, nothing seemed to make any damn sense, and the walls were caving in on Drew now more than ever before.
Determined to stay on the road he was born to travel, he was willing to fight whoever got in his way or blocked his path to the top. Even the blue-eyed blonde who seemed to have more mouth than sense. His actions were about to shake up the whole town again, and Drew didn’t care whether that came with or without consequences, or what the hell that meant for the likes of Ayda Hanagan.
TBird's 5 star review
I am not a huge MC theme fan. I have read too many stories that sex was the main plot in the book and any twist and turns usually ended up back in the bed or the graveyard so I was curious to see how I would like this book.
The truth is, once I started it I couldn’t put it down. Not only are the characters rich in personality and real life drama, they are developed so well they carry the story till the last page.
The authors put a lot of effort into the plot, the real story behind the events that will lead the reader to a new family that I am sure they won’t soon forget. I was addicted to Ayda, Tate and Drew the moment they showed up in a scene together. There is just some chemistry that can’t be ignored, even though Tate is Ayda’s teenage brother; he plays a huge part in Ayda and Drew’s story
I could give you a recap about the events in the book but that would spoil the thrill of reading it. I want to talk about the messages and brilliance of these authors as they brought two people who would never normally meet together.
Ayda is the guardian of her brother Tate after their parents died. She gave up her dreams of a career and college for three minimum paying jobs, small house and no social life just to keep his high school dreams alive. Ayda can be a smart mouth at times but she was raised by parents who valued honesty, courage and dedication. Ayda carries guilt over her parents, but she sees life through the filter of choices and responsibility versus guilt. You accept what you are responsible for and make the best you can of any given situation, the guilt you can feel it but you must never let it control your life and choices. She wasn’t happy to have her life changed forever and be put in the parental role over her brother, but she loved him enough to just accept this new position in life and do the best she could.
Drew Tucker is a name that is feared and respected in the small town of Babylon. He was raised to take over the MC club. He is one sexy man who can have any lady he wants. He made some choices regarding where his MC gang was going to go in the future and it lead to the loss of someone very important to him. When this book starts out, we see Drew getting out of prison after a five year sentence. He is going to have to find his place once again in the free world and back in the club that he feels he let down. He is a complicated man, one minute he is the sweet and romantic Drew, the next he is the angry, in your face leader of a MC gang. The guilt of his past changes him but not even he is sure who he is any more. All he knows is he was put back in the small town where people have ideas about who he is from rumors and fear. No one including himself really sees the real Drew Tucker and loves him for his heart, until Ayda comes along.
As I said Tate plays a huge role in this story, being 15, on the high school football team and dating the police chief’s daughter (whose step mom happens to be a former lover of Drew) he gets tired of seeing his sister work herself to death and never have any fun. He makes a stupid choice that will leave him feeling some guilt and responsibility as well when he is brought home by Drew for the very first time.
I have to say from that early scene, the story begins and never lets the reader’s attention go.
You will meet the whole gang and watch how a family between them is formed and repaired after Drew’s return from prison.
Victoria L James and L.J. Stock should be highly commended for this book. It read so smoothly and consistently I forgot it was written by two authors.
The characters are unique and each stand out on their own personality and blend together so well because of acceptance and love. This book will take you in and not let go till the last page, which isn’t a cliff hanger but certainly lets you know there is more to this story to be told and I for one can hardly wait.
I give high recommendations for this piece of beautiful magic called Without Consequence.
Wendy's 5 Bare Naked Star Review
Books are born from the imagination, a vision, and some books are truly magnificent in capturing that vision and transferring it into words that can take you on a journey that you not only feel but can see in your mind’s eye.
Without Consequence does this without question.
It is written with such depth and imagination that I could place myself in ‘The Hut’ and hope to the hot MC gods that Drew picked me for a lifetime of badass biker naughtiness.
A blogger can dream, can’t she?
So let’s start with Drew Tucker, an excellent place to start actually. A tortured, lost soul struggling to maintain the front that is expected of him.
Now I had to get ready to take back what was mine. My hometown, my men and above all else my reputation. ~Drew~
He’s not doing that great a job of it when he is thrown in to the path of Ayda Hanagan.
“Blonde hair, obviously. Blue eyes. Perfect. I’m guessing at a 32C rack and a size 6 shoe. I know all this shit already. Let’s skip the formalities and get down to the good stuff. Who are you, Ayda?” ~Drew~
Yep, you like him already, right?
Ayda is trying, really trying her best to make ends meet and look after her younger brother, life is tough and Drew is not about to make it any easier for her. However there is off the charts chemistry between these two, but they seem to feed off the need to wind each other up.
The glass was clear and his back was to me, but his sublime ass was what caught my attention and held it. ~Ayda~
“I don’t want to hurt you anymore” She melted against me as though it was the most natural thing in the world to do. “Then don’t ask me to leave”
This is only the beginning of their story and as book 1 in the Babylon Series we are introduced to other characters that are sure to be featured in the future.
As you turn to the last page you will be more than satisfied with what you know and where the story has taken you, and you will be certain that when book 2 is released you will be diving straight back in to learn more of Drew, Ayda and the Hounds of Babylon.
Congratulations to Victoria L James and LJ Stock for producing a seamlessly written story with heartache, danger, whores and bikers plus plenty of banter that will have you silently high fiving the very beautiful Ayda. The perfect combination I think you will find
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L.J. Stock on Victoria L. James ~ What can I say about Victoria L. James? Loads actually, she’s an amazingly talented author and I had the absolute distinct pleasure of writing with her. I also call her a friend. When we first met, we bonded instantly over our love of music, Victoria tends to be as eclectic as I am with her tastes. She finds stories in lyrics and feels the moods in the melodies.
When we first started writing together, I’ll admit I was intimidated. Here is this woman with a huge passion for putting words onto paper and painting pictures so clearly that you are completely immersed in them. How was I going to keep up with that? I’m not sure I ever did, but over time we’ve built up a repertoire. We bounce off one another and bring our characters to the forefront and hope that the interactions are as real as they appear for us.
On a more personal note, Victoria is bright, smart, kind, intelligent, funny, caring and witty. She can see so much in the world around her and always has time for anyone. Victoria lives in sunny ole Yorkshire with her family and her cats - had to mention them - and can normally be found in the playground of her imagination, listening to the Foo Fighters.
Victoria L. James on L.J. Stock ~ There aren’t many people you bump into in life that you want to both work and spend your free time with. From meeting L.J. through the wonder that is the internet, we soon came to realise that we had a hell of a lot in common. Music was where our friendship truly began, but our writing partnership flourished not too far behind. I always felt like my writing was missing something, and it was only when I read L.J.’s work that I realised what exactly that was. It was missing her influence!
After spending over a year working together, day in, day out, not a moment goes by where I don’t thank the Twitter Gods for bringing this amazingly strong and talented woman into my life. She’s an inspiration, a positive force in every situation and one hell of a talented writer. To say I’m honoured that she wanted to create a new world with me is a gross understatement. I’m blown away. One day, I hope I get lucky enough to visit her in Texas, where she lives with her family and her zoo of animals, so we can write by her pool and take part in our other dream… The great Taylor Kitsch Road (stalking) Trip. Who needs a yacht in the Caribbean when we have that to look forward to, right?
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