Poppy Torian has been in love with Jeremiah since she moved to Caroline Springs. Only he didn’t know she existed until her dad joined his father’s MC club, the Venoms.
Friends. It’s what she’s been resigned to, but Poppy wants more. Biding her time, a few years to be exact, she goes to make her move. But when she overhears Jerimiah saying things that crack her heart, she runs.
In an emotional state, she makes a grave mistake and heads directly into the path of trouble. Poppy has no choice but to leave town; it’s the only way to protect the people she loves.
Jerimiah “Fang” Liang has dealt with a lot of crap in his life. A corrupt father, an MC he doesn’t want to be a part of—until he changes clubs and hooks up with the Hawks MC—and the loss of a woman he thought could be his forever. Until she left him for four years, without giving a reason why.
But sh*t really does happen for a reason. She’s back in town and is the one woman who currently doesn’t want anything do to with him. But Fang is determined to change her mind, to help her out and win her over… despite the possible fallout.
When a Hawks’ brother makes up his mind and claims a woman, there’s no going back, so try as Poppy might to remain hurt and angry about what went down between her and Jeremiah when he unknowingly broke her heart and put her in the position to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, unequivocally altering what they had hoped was a future together, Poppy can’t resist the pull she still feels to the man who has always owned her body and soul, and now that Jeremiah has his Poppy back in his life, he’s not wasting anymore time, claiming her as his regardless if she likes it or not.
Poppy and Jeremiah share a complicated past, and Lila Rose does a good job of illustrating the present and Jeremiah’s quest to get the girl that should have been his from the very beginning and transitioning to the key moments in their past that sent them in opposite directions, leaving them with only half of their heart.
I love that Rose brought two motorcycle clubs together since they’re both a part of the hero and heroine’s lives. The Hawks MC and the Venom MC might not be rivals exactly, but there’s still a certain need to retain power and control over their respective territories and their members, so having two clubs in rather close proximity as well old members patching in to the other club can make for some unfriendly encounters. But, because Poppy’s dad, Charlie, is a member of Venom and Jeremiah once was a Venom brother and now wears a Hawks cut and both clubs are trying to be on the straight and narrow for the most part, there isn’t that much bad blood between them, and it’s that camaraderie, in the end, that helps Poppy to fix her troubles and it’s also the people at Poppy and Jeremiah’s back that want these two to have a future together – the one they should have had before mistakes were made and lives were altered.
Jeremiah is an alpha male to the core, which is exactly the kind of man that Poppy needs. He’s always seen her as his future, and even though he fought it and his mouth ruined their first opportunity, this time around, he’s not backing down and he’s not allowing her to freeze him out, which means that the cat and mouse game she’s been playing with him is not going to work, and I loved watching Jeremiah claim Poppy in every possible way…it wasn’t rushed, but he also refused to give her anymore space than what she finagled on her own, so as their story progressed, readers got to see one hot alpha male get his girl.
I’ll admit that Poppy’s rationalizations frustrated me, at times. I get that it’s easy to let one’s heart and emotions dictate actions, and I can also kind of see why she would want to fix her troubles so they don’t cause anyone else any damage. But she has all of these kickass bikers at her back – ones who would gladly lay down their lives for her, and even though that’s exactly what she’s trying to prevent, she definitely couldn’t handle things on her own, so I’m glad she finally sees the light and little by little lets others help her with situations that were never her fault.
I really enjoyed Fallout, which is not surprising because I love everything that Lila Rose writes, especially her bikers, and I am more than intrigued by the trio who are headed our way in her next biker book!
4.5 Poison Apples
Lila was born in Brisbane Australia, her step-dad was in the Army which caused them to move around a lot. They finally settled in country Victoria, Australia. Being the youngest of four children she admits she was spoilt a bit. Even drove her mum crazy when she refused to eat meat at a young age.
Now, Lila lives with her husband and two children.
She started writing in 2013 and self-published the first of the Hawks MC: Ballarat Charter series- Holding Out. Since then, she has published eleven other titles, which range from erotica, humorous romance, YA and paranormal.