Nom de Plume Rating (1st read through June 18, 2017): ★★★☆☆
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Hard Proof from Debra Kayn in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher's generosity. You can't fake these stars, baby!
Identical twin sisters move to St. John's, Oregon, buy Vavoom's Bar, and purposely put themselves into the path of Notus Motorcycle Club.
Burdened by a deep, dark secret, Clara has to be careful because one wrong step, one wrong word, could land her and Gracie in prison. Her need to stay close to the motorcycle club members backfire when Wayne Shaw throws her heart into a tailspin. There is more to the possessive biker than she originally thought. Cornered and out of options, she can only go forward and hope Wayne protects her.
Wayne Shaw splits his time between working at Port Loaders, searching for missing persons in partnership with the local police department, and keeping Notus Motorcycle Club together in hopes a brother will come home. Skilled at finding clues normal people miss, he has no trouble telling the new owners of Vavoom's apart. He only wants Clara.
When a little girl goes missing, followed by a teenager disappearing, Wayne's need to keep Clara safe while searching for a serial killer gets tested…until he's no longer sure who is the hunted and who is the hunter.
First Line: "'Hey, hey, hey,' sang Gracie. Clara walked around her sister and set the end table down in the living room of the new townhouse they bought together. They'd brought all their belongings with them from Bozeman, except the furniture they purchased..."
Wayne Shaw? YaaaOK that's a name to die for! *fanning face*
What happens in this delectable romantic suspense? Well... I can't say because I did not finish...
Unfortunately, there was an eau de Clara et Gracie that was missing for me. It was difficult to get enraptured in the girls' story. I just wanted yummy Wayne and his Wayne-ness. Hubba HUBBA!
Gaaawd is something wrong with me?? This book has everything I crave: mystery, romance, conflict. The storyline is absolutely fantastic and unique; this is definitely not the typical motorcycle club romance. But I had a hard time associating with the characters - particularly Clara and Gracie - and the saucy mystery and danger was overshadowed by my blatant desire to read only about Wayne... Talk about me being obsessed! I was a sheep amongst the herd, muddling my way through this brilliant text, oblivious to all of Debra Kayn's plot twists.
Who's Clara again? Gracie-a-what-a-what?
All I can think now is, "What happens to Wayne?!"
Methinks I am going to put Hard Proof aside and re-evaluate it in a few weeks. The plot is too tempting to let it go unread, but right now, I appear to be in a single-minded space and I'm having a hard time turning the pages. Am I in a reading funk? I don't think so... 🤔Am I not in the right mood for this type of book? It's a mystery to me. 🤷🏼♀️
Goodbye for now Wayne Shaw. We'll see what happens to you in a few weeks. 😏
To be continued...
Nom de Plume Rating (2nd read through July 30, 2017): ★★☆☆☆
Ok so it's been about 6 weeks since I first read Hard Proof. The first time I read it, I wasn't much in the mood for a MC book so I figured I'd let it sit for a while and revisit it because - I mean - did you read that book blurb?! After listening to some STELLAR grungy MC audiobooks, I was absolutely in the mood to revisit this title.
Unfortunately I had the same reaction as the first read-through, except now I can officially give my rating. I couldn't get myself to finish this book. SAD PANDA! It has every aspect in a romance that I love: mystery, saucy men, and a little bit of action. The writing is expressive, the flow of the context is spot-on, but I had a hard time latching onto the heroines. This is literally the only reason I couldn't get myself to finish the darn thing. I am obsessed with Wayne Shaw - let's make that clear right now. There is delicious conflict built into the plot, but Clara and Gracie as a pair don't fulfill my sisterly hopes and dreams. Maybe these are introduced later in the book (I wouldn't know) but I wished upon Pinocchio's star that they would have been brought in sooner. But would it have mattered? I ONLY WANTED TO READ ABOUT WAYNE!
But seriously. Wayne Shaw was brilliantly sculpted. Unfortunately Clara and Gracie just couldn't keep up with him in my mind's eye.
On to the next!