Monday, September 23, 2013

Withstanding Me by Crystal Spears

Withstanding Me (Breakneck, #2)** 5 out of 5 Stars **

**WARNING:  SPOILERS AHEAD**

While the chaos and bloodshed have slowed for a short period, life is never quiet in the world of Breakneck.  The club is taking time to regroup from internal betrayal and the changing of the guard in a rival group.  

Zig Zag became a father at the age of thirteen.  While raising a child has never been easy, now his eighteen year old daughter Tatiana makes his life downright hard.  She has caught the eye of Travis, the new President of the rival MC Gunners, but all she really wants is Shadow, the newest addition to the Breakneck family.  When Shadow's rejection sends Tatiana running from the only family, home, and safety she's ever known, ZZ is crazy with worry.  The distraction caused by Tatiana's disappearance could prove to be Zig Zag's downfall.

If that isn't enough ZZ finds himself rampantly attracted to the one and only Storm.  She's beautiful, quick and witty.  Their friendship is the one thing that keeps him from growing crazy, and Storm stands by ZZ through all the turmoil.  Zig Zag is not accustomed to hearing the word no, so Storm's constant withstanding just draws him in deeper.  Their friendship is one thing keeping him from going crazy, until one night...

The club is regrouping and rebuilding from the mayhem known as the Russian Mafia.  A hit is ordered on Tatiana, Storm, Winter, and Piper.

Tatiana's egg donor reveals secrets that a thirteen year old Zig Zag was too young to understand.

Braxxon is out of reach while he helps Greg Cage deal with some dirty business.

Bloodshed...secrets...Betrayal...Trauma...
Welcome back to the Breakneck world.

MY REVIEW...

Woah...does this book have a lot of drama!  For me this book was AWESOME!  This is the story of ZZ and Storm.  It felt more like a community book.  The book was based around these two but we also got to see Braxx and Winter's relationship progress.  We have the side stories of Tatiana and Shadow and a few more.  There was so much angst, drama, and everything that is Breakneck that I stayed on the edge of my seat.  Every time I thought things were gonna smooth over something else blew up in their faces.  Seize Me was such a great book and I wondered how a squeal could ever meet my expectations.  It exceeded them without a doubt.  I loved, LOVED the Breakneck chapters!  That's not something I see very often and it was great.  I connected with the characters.  I loved where the story took us and I can't wait for the next book!



Yes it's that good!

BOOK REVIEW...



Storm is a 22 year old woman who has been through more than her share of abuse.  Breakneck took her in when they broke up a human trafficking ring.  She is the bar manager at Winter's club, Sated.  She's gorgeous and edgy.  She has blonde hair with black tips, a nose ring, and blue eyes.  She's quick and witty.  She knows what and who she wants.  She's a very strong character who knows life has been rough on her but refuses to quit.  I loved her!


ZZ is 31 and the Sargent at Arms to Braxx, also his best friend.  He's muscular, 6'3, brown eyes, brown hair.  He's covered in tattoos and he's pierced.  He has an 18 year old daughter who gives him more trouble than thought possible.  He was 13 when she was born and he's raised her with the help of his parents.  Her mother was nowhere to be found while Tatiana was growing up.  He's got his hands full with his daughter, club drama, and his uncontrollable desire for Storm.

Withstanding Me begins with ZZ sitting in Winter's club watching Storm.  He wants her but she's the only woman who he can't have.  Storm is in love with ZZ and has been for awhile.  She wants all of him and he just wants sex.  He's tried and tried but she just want give in...which of course makes him want her more.

"How much longer are you gonna keep withstanding me, darlin?"
"Just until you fall in love with me."
"I don't fall in love, baby."
"Oh, but you will and it'll be with me."

6 weeks pass and he still hasn't gotten to her.  He's having issues with his daughter.  She has a tendency to sneak away from the club and get into more trouble than necessary.  Winter and Braxx are on edge as they prepare for their wedding...it doesn't help that Winter has decided to take over the world.  Well she's gonna take over the town anyway.  Things are somewhat quiet with the MC until ZZ finds out that Travis, President of a rival MC, has his eyes set on his daughter.  If that's not enough to deal with, the poor guy finds out that Storm is going on a date with the club's lawyer.  When he demands she not go she lets him know he's not gonna bully her.  In his eyes, she's his, which is what drives him to show up on her date.  When she talks to him, he realizes that she's letting him go.  They are the best of friends, but she's letting him go as a romantic interest.



The girls (Winter, Storm, Piper, and Tatiana) are having lunch at a restaurant near the club when someone shoots at them.  Storm dives to cover Tatiana and ends up with glass in her leg dangerously close to an artery.  Winter calls Braxx and when he and ZZ show up he's worried.  It's understandable considering there's blood everywhere and she has to be rushed into surgery.  He stays with her never leaving her side until she goes home.



The MC goes on lock down.  It's better this time since Winter has been remodeling and building onto the property.  They are no longer underground and can even be outside with how the building is designed.  She feels a lot of guilt because of Lana and she's trying to keep her family safe.  ZZ finds out that there is a hit on all 5 girls.  The wedding is moved to the property and they FINALLY get married!!

At the reception, ZZ comes up on Storm talking to the lawyer again.  He's really into this girl but doesn't realize what he feels.  He sits on the steps below and around the corner for them drinking.  When she finally comes down and finds him they end up having sex on the stairs.  He can't look at her after and she's hurt.

4 weeks pass and the club is still on lock down.  Braxx gets a call from Greg Cage (Cage by Harper Sloan, Awesome book btw) and has to leave town to help him.  Winter isn't happy but she deals with it.  ZZ knows he's messed up with Storm.  We find out that Storm is pregnant with ZZ's baby and after talking to Winter at the club she leaves to go back to the clubhouse to tell him.  While on her way, she's shot at and ends up having a wreck.  ZZ hears the phone call and takes off after her.  She's hurt and one of his brother's has to tell him she's pregnant.  He's out of his mind with worry and shock.  When she wakes up in the hospital she knows they have lost the baby.  ZZ's done wasting time and tells her he wants to try being in a relationship and she agrees after he talks her into it.



We find out that ZZ also has a son.  Tatiana has a twin bother that he didn't know about.  He finds out when Mace shows up at the club.  Mace is just like his father in every way.  They make a place for him.  They find out that the hit was ordered by Winter's uncle.  Braxx finally comes back and they begin to deal with the issues at hand.

ZZ finally calls Breakneck on Storm.  She's officially his.

Winter is pregnant and Braxx is over the moon about it.

The Russians block off the town and the brothers have to leave the girls at the clubhouse with a few other brothers while they handle the situation.  It comes under heavy fire while they are away.  Storm made a promise to ZZ that she'd take care of his family and she puts her own life in danger to guarantee the safety of them.  When everything is said and done, no one was hurt and ZZ is mad but so is she.  She locks herself away for the night.  He was scared he could have lost her.  The next morning he goes to make things right.  He tells her he loves her and she goes ballistic on him.  He has to remind her of what she told him in the beginning and she finally accepts it.

"You're not giving up.  I won't let you.  You once told me that'd I fall in love, and it would be with you.  You remember that?  You took me, a man that didn't do love, and you owned me Storm.  You f***in own me!  I love you."

MY RATING...

There is no epilogue but there are more books coming so I can live with that.  So here i go again...waiting impatiently for the next book :)  Great work Crystal Spears!  This is one of my favorite series and I can not wait until the next book comes!  I give this book 5 stars because it's awesome!  If you love Bikers and hardcore MC's then this book is for you.  It's not light and fluffy, it deals with darkness, murder, and violence but it's sooo good!  I would recommend reading Seize Me before reading Withstanding me.  Like I said, for me it's more of a community book to me.  We get to see what's going on with everyone and not just ZZ and Storm.  You need the entire story, especially Braxx and Winter, for this story to really grab you!  Read it!  I promise you won't be disappointed!

My ZZ / Storm

 

Favorite Quotes:

"Who's your friend?"
"He's my son, brother."
"Shit.  Really?"
No.  I just like makin up shit (bahaha)

"Winter?"  
Oh, shit.  She's probably off playing pregnant Rambo.