Book Review – Deadly Seduction (Rough Riders #1) by Selene Chardou

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Synopsis

Welcome to Northern Nevada. The scenery is idyllic, the people are friendly and three Motorcycle Clubs rule the tri-city area between Reno, Carson City, and Lake Tahoe with an iron fist. Gisela wasn’t introduced to the thug life, she was born into it. The daughter of an American gangster, her life has been carefully orchestrated with private education, a law degree and now a respectable law firm she co-founded with Kyra Hughes, her best friend. Life is good until her high school sweetheart walks through the door of Jackson & Hughes and decides to turn her world upside down. Cillian is not an average criminal, he was brought up in the Lucifer’s Saints MC and is now V.P. of a powerful criminal enterprise. He’s no stranger to mayhem yet only one woman has ever made him feel worthy of redemption. He’s a survivor and luck has always been on his side until he is arrested and charged with the murder of an undercover ATF agent. His complicated life becomes more than he can handle when he is forced to face the only woman who has ever turned him inside out. An unconventional love story, unfinished business between these two passionate people—physical, emotional and professional—will spark a fuse that will leave a path of death and destruction in its wake.

 

Ena3

3 1/2 – 4 Star Review

This is my very first read by Selene Chardou and she is a storyteller.  Deadly Seduction is a MC romance but not just any type of MC romance.  It tells a story.  A story of suspense, danger and love. 

When I started reading Deadly Seduction I felt like I was thrown into an episode of Sons of Anarchy so with that being said you need to pay attention because there are a lot of characters and different MC’s that Selene will introduce you too.  This is book 1 in the series so all the characters however small their part is in Deadly Seduction you will get more of them in future books.  Deadly Seduction focuses on Cillian and Gisela. 

Cillian is the Lucifer Saints VP and Gisela is not only the club attorney but also Cillian’s one and only love.  Their intimate relationship was cut short but they will soon find themselves having to deal with each other on a professional level.  There is a lot of action in Deadly Seduction and like I said before Selene is a story teller and she will take you on a deadly ride of brotherhood, love, betrayal and suspense.  

There were times when I was on Cillian’s side and there were times that he found himself in the doghouse.  Gisela was the same way.  In some ways I sympathized with her and some of her actions I couldn’t bring myself to agree with. 

There were a lot of ups and downs for me in this read because parts I hated but it went with the storyline and the characters even though I hated the characters actions I felt like Selene stayed true to her characters. 

Deadly Seduction is a world of motorcycle clubs, murder, betrayal, love, old ladies, brotherhood, and loyalty.  If you are looking for a read that will take you on a journey into the lives of a motorcycle club than Deadly Seduction is defiantly for you.  If you are a fan of Sons of Anarchy I think this is right up your alley. 

Natasha3

3 1/2 Star Review

I love and adore MC books. After reading the synopsis for this book I was very excited to read it. The characters sounded great and the plot was interesting and caught my attention.

The book starts off introducing Cillian Cox – VP of Lucifers Saints MC in Northern Nevada. He loves his brothers whether they be of blood or not and would do anything for them. Though growing up within the MC, with the years of murder, drugs and other crimes is starting to take it’s toll. 

He ends up running into his childhood love and old feelings start to return. He starts to question how he has handled his past and if he can reclaim what once was. If things can go back to what they had in the past. After all this time he has never been able to get her off his mind and no girl has ever come close to comparing. 

“You’re mine, you’ve always been mine and you always will be regardless what happens between us. If you think I will let you go a second time, you have another thing comin’ woman”
 

Gisela is no stranger to the crime life, growing up with her dad and the mafia. Now a successful defense attorney and partner in a law firm, she is wealthy and successful. With everything ahead of her, she is placed back into the life by the one man that has always had her heart and soul. She finds that there is no choice but to defend him in the fight of his life when he is charged with the murder of a federal agent.

“It pained me because after all these years had gone by, I could no longer pretend like I didn’t care about him or wonder how he was doing every second of every day. When I lost him, it was like a huge chunk of my heart had been taken”

I loved the guys in this MC. They are rough and tough just as they should be. The bond between the characters is great, how they are always there for each other in times of need. 

The story moves very fast and there isn’t that normal resistance that I enjoy in a romance story. I like them to fight hard for what they want. They seem to fall right back into their relationship that ended abruptly 14 years prior. The scenes between them though are hot, steamy and what you would expect of a naughty MC VP.

The storyline is a bit much and hard to keep up with introducing all the characters that are involved in a book such as this. The explanation of their MC, other multiple MCs, mafia, gangs, ect. However once you get reading you start to decipher who is who and it makes it easier to follow.
I would have loved to see Cillian and Gisela not give in to themselves so easily. However, I did enjoy their story overall and read it in 2 sittings. I did like the supporting characters and will be interested to see how their story continues in the next book.