Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Vipers Rule
Author: Stephanie Tyler
Series: Skulls Creek #2
Genre: MF Contemporary
Length: 304 Pages
Release Date: July 4, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Even though he’s no longer a U.S. soldier, Talon “Tals” Garrity hasn’t lost his desire for living on the edge. As the enforcer for the Vipers Motorcycle Club, the eternal bad boy is always getting into trouble—especially with the ladies, who can’t seem to resist him. But when Maddie Wells returns to Skulls Creek, he’s shocked that she can’t seem to keep her hands off him either. Good thing Tals doesn’t mind playing with fire.
Growing up with her family’s prestigious name and money, Maddie could never indulge a bad-boy biker like Tals. Now that she’s back, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But if Maddie ends up getting what she wants, they might both be sorry. Because some very dangerous men are hot on her trail—and Tals and his MC will have to put their lives on the line to protect her.…
Review: Vipers Rule is a good follow up to the first book, Vipers Run. While this doesn’t have quite the excitement as the first one did, I ended up enjoying it just as much for different reasons. This could be read on its own, but I definitely recommend reading book 1 so you get to know some of the other characters a bit better.
Here, we have Tals, brother to Tenn, who were both taken in by Preacher and the Vipers when they were teens. Tals is a member of the Vipers and is their main enforcer, while Tenn remains an honorary member not actually involved in the club. These guys are all bad ass, but even though they get lumped in with the other seedier biker gangs, they actually try to keep the peace and the riff raff out of the area.
So, Tals had a crush on Maddie way back in high school, but, Maddie was from the other side of the tracks, so to speak, and they never really had a chance to have any kind of relationship before things turned sour. Now, Maddie is leaving her cheating husband and her high paying successful career to start fresh by going back home and trying to pick things back up with Tals now that she realizes what she may have missed out on. There is quite a bit of bad history to get past though, and not just with these two. Some of the other guys were there at the time and remember all too well what happened and are not very quick to forgive and forget. But, before Tals and Maddie can get very far in their reunion, trouble follows Maddie and is brought to the Vipers doorstep.
After some grumbling and a few arguments and fights, the gang jumps in to protect Maddie, and of course to have Tals’ back. This adds a bit of excitement to the story as the guys try to figure out who is behind it all and their motives. Maddie’s soon-to-be ex is involved, as well as her family, and things get a bit heated. There is some repetitiveness that I could have done without where Tals, Maddie and even some of the others repeatedly remind us of past events, whether Maddie belongs and why she does or doesn’t, etc. There are also time jumps that tell of the past events and memories that seemed to blend a bit too seamlessly to really keep up with. It took me out of the story when I had to figure out the scene had changed or where we actually were in the story. But, it moves along at a pretty good pace and kept my interest with everything else that was going on.
I really liked Tals. He is a tough guy who has been through quite a bit and knows what he wants even if the others don’t think it in his or their best interests. He stays steady and true to form, being loyal and protective, just as he has always been. I had a harder time warming up to Maddie but I’m not exactly sure why. I just didn’t feel their relationship as much as I had hoped, even though their sexy encounters were smoking hot. But, in the end, I was rooting for them and happy to see how things ended up.
It was really great seeing the other guys again. I absolutely love Tenn and really really hope we get to see more of his story. I do not actually read very much in the way of male/female romance, so for one to keep my interest, it has to be good. I definitely enjoyed this one and am definitely interested in seeing more of the Vipers again.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*