Review: THRASH by J.C. Emery (Bayonet Scars)

Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.

As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.

Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn’t have, and then almost lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.

The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.

Love is never more precious than when it’s new.



All right, let me start by saying it is imperative that you read Ride, the first in this series, before reading Thrash, or even this review.

The timeline in this book runs concurrently with the events of Ride, or at least most of it does. I really appreciated that fact because after reading Ride, I had a million questions. The one thing that sucks though, is if you don’t have a great memory, you may need to do a re-read before delving into Thrash so you are familiar with the references. 

This is the story of Nic and Duke. 

We met Nic in book one as the Lost Girl who Alex befriended at the coffee shop. Her dad was Forsaken, and when he was locked up for club shit, she was left behind to care for her teenage brother, Jeremy, aka whatalilasshole. Oh sorry, that is my pet name for him. 

Anyhow, you could feel some tension in book one between Nic and Duke, and thankfully, you get the behind the scenes on that in this installment. 

Duke intrigued me in Ride, but in Thrash, well he kinda got me. I was mad during a certain Princess defiling scene in book one, but loved finding out the real reason he did that. And seeing how he feels about Nic, and how he has apparently always felt about her, made me a lil’ sweet on him. He is definitely more appealing than Ryan, though there was, of course, the usual cheating/disrespectful type of behavior and angst that is always present in MC books. 

“I’ll just have to try to ride it out until he tires of me, I guess, and hope he doesn’t hurt too much when he leaves.”—Nic 

I did love that we got some insight into Ryan’s actions. Oh, I know that we were in his head quite a bit in Ride, but Duke’s interpretations of Ryan’s behavior—especially in one particular scene where Ryan had made me super angry—made his reasoning more evident. And alas, I do not hate Ryan any more. 

“Seeing that shit firsthand makes me believe that maybe even the most difficult, hard to love soul can be loved by someone. Sappy as it is, it gives me hope.”—Duke 

All in all, I think I enjoyed this book a bit more than the first, if only because I came away a little more informed. Also, I felt the groundwork being laid for the next book. I am curious as to when the events of that book will take place. The epilogue of Thrash occurs about 18 months after the ending, and a year and a half is a really long time for the club to not see any repercussions from the mob and for their actions during the end of Thrash. So I am wondering if the third book will be something in the middle of that time span or after it…confusing, I know. That is my chief complaint about this series. I like the writing and characters, I just feel like they are way too interlocking to be released and read very far apart. 

I will definitely read on, as I am very curious about what else will happen to this MC and its Old Ladies and Lost Girls.


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