Blog Tour (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): Kick by Carmen Jenner


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Book Title: KICK (Savage Saints MC #1)
Author: Carmen Jenner
Publisher: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Adult, Dark Romance
Cover Designer: Cover It! Designs

Rating: 3.5 stars

When I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family.

A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another. A club whose ties ran thicker than blood, murkier than the dirt and grime that tainted my soul. Stronger than the bonds that connected me to my own family.

A band of brothers where loyalty was kept and paid in a currency of blood.

When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood.

I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt.

My name is Daniel Johnson, and I have betrayed everyone I ever loved.

This is my story—if you’re screwed up enough to want to read it.

Warning: KICK contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations of a taboo nature. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies.

Grace Review
You have to be in the right mind set to read an MC book. If you’ve read one before, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t read one before, this might not be the best one to be your first.  I wouldn’t even classify this as a romance.

I personally was in the right mind set for this, having just finished one book about a hired killer, and another about a ruthless Mafia family.  And still, this book may be the most disturbing of the three, probably due to the amount of rape scenes in it.  I won’t sugar coat it, there are multiple rape scenes in this book, so be forewarned.  This book takes a look into the dark side of the MC world.  If you are expecting a long haired tatted biker to ride off into the sunset with his old lady, think again.  If you are expecting a long haired tatted biker to fuck the club whore in the hallway, while another is in his bed, then you have the right book.

“Baby, the only breathing room I wanna give you is when you’re coming up for air after sucking me off.  And even then I’d rather you just gag on it.”

Kick is a club rat, who grows up to join not one, but two MC clubs.  The story behind why there are two clubs is pretty shocking.  As I read this story, I kept asking myself, “how is this guy still alive?”  Based on my limited knowledge of MC rules, his behavior and actions seem to challenge everything the club stands for.  Loyalty, commitment, honesty.  Kick doesn’t really have any of these qualities, at least in how this story is told. Call it luck, or it could just be having the right friend in Tank, but Kick gets away with a lot more than he should.

I had a hard time understanding Kick.  Other than growing up in the biker world, I wasn’t really sure why he remained part of it. There were countless times where he put himself or a girl before the club.  His sexual preferences are pretty dark, getting turned on by the struggle, rape-like scenarios, only consensual.  He seems to gravitate to broken women, and while he likes to dominate them sexually, also has a huge hero complex.  Quite the paradox.

Kick grew up as part of the Angels MC, but don’t let the name fool you.  They are far from Angels.  As this book alternates between the past and present, we learn of the first broken girl, Lauren, who slipped through Kick’s hands.  It is a violent and sad recount of the dirty side of the MC world.  Kick’s failed attempt to save Lauren haunts him in the present, and he constantly seems to seek out a way to right the wrongs from his past.

How Kick goes from moving from the Angels club to the Savage Saints club, was very unusual.  Even more so that the Prez of Savage Saints knows about what went down, and still let him in the club.  To avoid spoilers, I won’t go into details about it, but it involves Ethan (Elijah from the Sugartown series).

History seems to repeat itself when Kick is sent on a mission by the club to bring in someone who messed with one of the old lady’s.  There he meets “Indie” and his hero complex kicks in.

I stroke her hair and marvel that this is the second naked broken chick I’ve comforted in my lap today.  I’m beginning to feel like the fucking psychotic woman whisperer.

But Kick finally has a chance at redemption, making things right and saving Indie before she is lost to him like Lauren.  While Indie fought Kick’s advances thru most of the story, her chance to get revenge on the people who harmed her, brings her closer to him.  He gives her to strength and confidence to fight.  Empowering her like never before.

No, those men didn’t break me – those men made me strong.  They forced me, to see the strength that I never would have known I possessed if I hadn’t lived through their torture.

While there is definitely a lust element to this book, I really didn’t see a love story present.  Sure, an attraction grows between Indie and Kick, but its very slow.  The sex happens well before her feelings form.  But that attraction and the fight they faced together makes it impossible for them to move on from each other.

This book is gritty and dark.  Parts are very disturbing, and might be a trigger for some.  But if you like the dirty MC world, this book will keep your attention throughout.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.



I take a deep shuddering breath, close my eyes and stretch my hand towards him. His touch is gentle this time, far more gentle than I’d ever thought someone with so much uncontained violence to him could be.

“Spread your fingers,” he commands. I do, and he lifts the roll of tape, presses the edge to my skin and begins winding it over my knuckles. I close my eyes. The strident sound of it stretching out from the roll makes me want to flee. It makes me want to run as far from his touch—from any man’s touch—as I can possibly get.

The feel of the tape against my flesh, binding, holding, is so much worse. I tug on my hand, but he won’t let go. My heartrate skyrockets, and sweat beads erupt over my brow and upper lip. I’m in that room again, struggling, screaming, trying to fight them off, and failing.

Biker knows it, too. His dark eyes challenge, they dare me to run, but they also implore me to stay. It’s ironic that the only thing keeping me here, keeping me grounded, is the man who abducted me.

He holds my gaze. I don’t know exactly what is hidden in his dark blue one, but it suffocates the panic within me, douses it like water flooding flames. He bends his head to my hand. Taking the paper tape in his mouth, he rips it with his teeth.

I still. I soften. His gaze doesn’t leave mine, not even once. Not even when he starts in on my wrist, gently biting through each piece of tape before pressing it down with his rough hands. I’m mesmerised by his mouth, the piercing, and the soft, full lips. The light catches a silver chain around his neck, something I’ve never noticed before—but then I try not to make a habit of staring too closely at him. Not now, though. Now I watch every twitch, every blink, every intake of breath, and every inch that is swallowed up by his mouth moving closer to my flesh.


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Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY Best Selling Author, doctor, pilot and CIA agent.  She’s also a compulsive, flagrant prevaricator who gets to make things up for a living.

While Sugartown may not technically exist, Carmen grew up in a small Australian town just like it, and just like her characters, she always longed for something more. They didn’t have an Elijah Cade, though.

If they did, you can be sure she would have never left.

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  1. Great review, Grace! Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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