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- Print Length: 285 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500510149
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- Publisher: Laramie Briscoe (25 Feb. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IO545WM
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #264,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jessica is a 'starlet' running from a mysterious someone who has broken into her home and stolen nude pictures. She goes to Layne at Heaven Hill MC who has massive problems of his own to deal with.
The story is interspersed with sections from the characters in the other books. This would normally work well but I thought it detracted from the flow of the story here. The culprit is dealt with without any real problems for Jessica and she has no involvement with them at the end. It's all just wrapped up quickly.
There are a few errors, like you for your, but overall it's written well. I just think it's a weaker story than the rest.
For older readers due to content.
We meet Layne in the previous stories but he is always so quiet we never really learn much about him until his own books. Layne has PTSD from serving time in the army in Iraq and struggles with not being the person he used to be. I hated this for him. There were times I was so mad at him but for the majority of this book I just wanted to make him better!
Jessica is a Hollywood starlet, she seeks out Layne when she thinks she is in danger and needs a safe place to hide out. I really liked Jess, her character was one of the most likeable of this series and I think I will always have a soft spot for her.
This was a great instalment of this series, I'm officially hooked and can't wait to see what comes next for this group of bikers and their ladies!
Layne, MC member and has his own demons in the form of PTSD....
Jessica, a film star in a spot of bother...and flees to the only person she trusts....Layne.
This book pulls the feels right out of you...and I got even more Jagger...woohoo!
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I was intrigued when in the last book, Losing Control, we found that Layne O'Connor knew and was friends with an actress. Knowing they had some sort of past made me think their story would be extra special and Worth The Battle exceeded my expectations. Emotionally gripping, heartwarming, and sexy all rolled together into another fine book in the Heaven Hill MC series. Author Laramie Briscoe weaves an intricate tale of life inside a motorcycle club and with each book we begin to see more about what drives these men into this life and why the women who love them chose to accept that life.
Layne O'Connor is one of the youngest members of the Heaven Hill MC; he's a war veteran suffering from PTSD and carries so much guilt on his shoulders; guilt from his time in the service and guilt about his personal life. He's been managing his PTSD fairly well until his friend and ex-lover actress Jessica Shea calls him for help. With Jess back in his life, he's having a hard time managing his emotions and anger. There's no question there is something between these two but Jessica's on the run from a scandal that will tank her career and Layne is sure she deserves someone better than him. Both are young and have so much life ahead but will their past allow them to move forward or will it tear them apart?
I very much enjoyed this story even though reading about Layne's struggle was at times difficult. I hate that he's been through so much and won't allow himself to share his burden and unload his grief. I appreciate the fact that Jess realizes he needs some outside help and appeals to the older members of the MC to ask them to help Layne get it. While I would have like her to take the initiative and asked him to see a counselor, I understood why she asked the club to step in. At times both characters seemed a little immature, but I had to remind myself they are young and both have been put in some horrible situations that people older than them would have trouble dealing with so their actions were somewhat warranted. I love that they had this almost sweet history between the two of them and that their bond was very strong despite at one time being on divergent paths.
While the budding relationship between Layne and Jess was center stage in this book, it's hard not to mention how the other members of the club not only stepped in to help Layne but also Jessica. The bond between the members of the MC is stronger than most family bonds and the women in their lives are quick to welcome and accept Jess but also have no problem letting her know that they have Layne's back. I loved the interaction between Tyler and Layne which reminded me of an uncle/nephew type relationship. It also amazes me how the women of the club do their best to make Jessica feel welcome and the fact that everyone within the club treats her like a person, not the celebrity that she is, which in turn makes her feel comfortable and safe.
We all know that most MC's straddle the line between right and wrong or good and bad. I appreciate that this author doesn't shy away from those discussions; some of their activities are illegal and some are legitimate and all are part of the story. I'm also very curious about their new found relationship with Rooster, the town's deputy sheriff.
With each book in this series, I grow more invested in the characters and this club. I've also watched this author grow and hone her craft and it's exciting to see. I loved watching the emotional battle that took place in this book, the fact that both the main characters had to come to grips with their ever changing lives and figure out if they could handle even more changes if they plan to be together. Both characters were at war; one with himself and the other with her life but in the end they came to realize that together it was Worth The Battle. Well done, Ms. Briscoe, well done!
Layne's PTSD is full force and is told to seek therapy or lose his patch.
The flashbacks of these two throughout the story are absolutely awesome - this was emotionally gripping and worth the wait.
By: Laramie Briscoe
Layne O’Connor returned home from war not only physically wounded, but with mental & emotional wounds that have turned him into a different man than he ever was before. The only family that he has had since leaving the Army is the Heaven Hill Motorcycle Club and their families. He’s been able to keep the feeling that try to suffocate him at bay by being careful and taking extra precautions, like not letting anybody in and not having anyone sleep with him. But when an old friend calls him in desperation, he willingly takes the time for her, but something about her trips something inside of him and he becomes a live wire.
Jessica Shea is a movie star on the run from her life and the paparazzi storm that will inevitably ensue once the gossip rags run a story on her. She calls the only person who has ever made her feel safe in her life, the only person she can trust, the only person she has ever loved, Layne. She tells him the why of why she called him, but she doesn’t give him anything deeper to go on, even though she has her own suspicions. Plus, Layne isn’t the same young soldier that she knew and loved and trusted implicitly because they held no secrets between themselves.
Jessica is the only person at Heaven Hill who knew Layne before he joined the MC. And even the brothers in the club haven’t been privy to Layne’s inner workings of his mind. He’s quiet, doesn’t have much to say unless it deals strictly with club business or work and has never opened up to any of them about his time in Iraq or as a soldier or even his life before then. The only snippet that he shared with the club was when Bianca & Meredith felt like they knew him from somewhere, but just couldn’t place him. He opened up that he had made a YouTube video asking move star actress, Jessica Shea, to the Army Ranger ball. She not only accepted the invitation, but they also went on some talk shows & did appearances.
Jessica has troubles trusting people as well, because in Hollywood, you are only used for what you can do for someone else and their career. But the women who belong to the men of the Heaven Hill MC are bound and determined to be her friend and get her to open up and to realize that they aren’t the Hollywood users. They only care about their families, their men and Heaven Hill MC. They don’t want anything from her but returned friendship and to be straight and honest with not only them, but also with Layne and to be woman enough to stand by him.
But not all situations and problems can be dealt with on the surface only. You have to dig deep, to the actual root of the problem. That’s when the going can get tough, but it’s worth the battle, if you can power through it and accept what you want and need in your life.
We get a glimpse at the main characters of the next book, which will be the tech man, Travis Steele. The quiet protector of the group.
What I liked about the book was that the characters were very realistically portrayed, Layne's struggles with his PTSD were heartbreaking at times. I loved the way the members of the MC were so supportive of Layne. I like the way the men were willing to seek treatment and encouraged Layne to do so. I love the way the author portrays Layne and the other Heaven Hill MC men as strong, protective of the women but not domineering, these men really respect women as their equals, you never see a man being demeaned for loving their girlfriends or for sharing vulnerable moments. You also get to visit with Liam and Denise, who go thru all the ups and downs of having a newborn, and my favorite, Meredith and Tyler, who are struggling with having a baby. I thought their struggle was very realistically portrayed since my hubby and I experienced this earlier in our marriage; hang in there Meredith!
My one complaint continues to be that the endings are too abrupt. I do plan to buy the next book which focuses on Steele, the 'nerd' in the group and Jagger's sister, should be interesting!