Title: Black: Rylee’s Protector
Author: Erin Trejo
Series: Satan’s Rage MC
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 1/16/2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 185
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5
My life has always been in this MC. This is all I know.
I’m the VP of the Satan’s Rage. My reality is this. I will die being a part of this club. Unless the President, my best friend kills me first.
Rylee has always been the little girl I took care of. Coming out of a two year stretch in prison, she isn’t a little girl anymore.There’s too much going on within the club to fall for someone. But when I do. It’s for the one woman I shouldn’t have
I really wanted to like this book. But honestly, around the 15% mark I almost gave it a DNF.
It took me awhile to make any progress on this one, and most of this was because I was confused on who was talking. One character’s dialogue was attached to another person’s action sequence, and then that person’s dialogue would follow separately. Because of that, the story was disjointed and confusing and I had to start and stop multiple times during a scene.
But my biggest problem was that I simply didn’t like either character. Black is a jerk to Rylee. I’m all for a bad boy, and he can stay a bad boy as long as I can understand his actions, why he is the way he is, or there is something redeemable in him. Some hint that he’s not a total jerk. I didn’t see it. And Black, for a protector, didn’t do much protecting.
Rylee, for her part, seems very, very young. Her actions were plain foolhardy and immature. I never understood why she likes Black or vice versa.
This leads to the insta-love portion. From the premise, Black has known and been a protector for Rylee since she was a baby, and they reconnect after he gets out of jail. There’s a certain leeway in that, but I didn’t see evidence that they had connected in the first place. I think a prologue would have set up the connection more.
And much of the plot was very abrupt. This happens and that happened, but no emotions or reaction or feelings come into play. Big plot doozies are glossed over–important plot points–and no one seemed really shook up or all that concerned about it. Where was the buildup? The follow through?
For me, the promise of the book–Black being Rylee’s protector, them being in love–didn’t live up to the premise. With that promise broken, I couldn’t enjoy this one.