Saturday, January 30, 2016

Amy's Review of Faith's Temptation by Angie Sakai ~ BLOG TOUR ~

Title: Faith's Temptation
Series: Dueling Dragons MC Book One
Author: Angie Sakai
Publisher: Booktrope
Release Date: Jan 4, 2016
Cover Designer: Rachel Mizer

Faith Landon has always lived a simple life as the coal miner’s daughter. Growing up with two brothers she was always taught to never back down and never give in to anything. Then one day something happens that changes her life forever. Now faced with the choice of fight or flight, she leaves home and doesn’t look back.

Ryder Porter was born and bred to take over the DDMC, but one choice of a patched member fifteen years ago sends Ryder and the whole MC into turmoil. Now left to clean up the mess, Ryder finds himself alone and wanting more in his miserable life than the ‘Lollie's’ and whores. He sets his eyes on Faith. Ryder loves a chase, and Faith is not his usual easy conquest.

Faith’s never been one for giving in, but will Ryder be able to persuade Faith to give in to this temptation?

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Faith's Temptation by Angie Sakai
Reviewed by Amy W.
3.5 stars

The Dueling Dragons MC serves as the focal point for author Angie Sakai in Faith's Temptation.

Interestingly enough, the story takes place in my former stomping grounds of western Kentucky. That's an awesome thing to get the nostalgia pumping, but I'm wondering if the author realized that the real Calvert City is not exactly an MC kind of town.

Ryder is the president-elect of the club, but is stuck behind the wheel of a big rig until he fulfills commitments broken by his father. He's a typical biker, complete with a dominant personality and a foul mouth.

Faith is looking for a new beginning and nursing a broken heart. She's drawn to Ryder, but she's not about to let feelings start complicating her already topsy turvy world. If only her heart would catch up with her mind, Faith has a chance for a new beginning.

My impression is that another round of editing would have helped make a more cohesive story. While Layla conveys natural sisterly concern about the couple, there's not a lot of consistency in her behavior. As a supporting character, she plays an important role, as does Ryder's friend Ziggy.

The heat level is fairly high, but there's more of an emphasis on Ryder's softer side with Faith instead of classic biker behavior. Regardless, they both seem fairly adventurous with any surface worth exploring.

The basic foundation is in place to create a solid MC series. The trucking aspect adds a fresh dimension, but it needs a bit more development.  Unfortunately, there's an unexpected cliffhanger that leaves readers with plenty of questions.

There's a lot going on behind the scenes as the last pages are read, but there is no clear indication of whether Faith will completely give in to temptation in the wake of Ryder's aggressive efforts.

Angie, a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, can usually be found snuggled up on her couch with her husband and furbabies watching Netflix or screaming herself hoarse at a rock concert. She is an avid reader and her favorite genre at the moment is Erotica. She has been writing for years as a way to cope with life and finally realized her dream of publishing her novels. She loves a great story with tough as nails characters who have a heart. The grittier, the better.

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