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Book Review: Bound by Family by Ryan Michele


Bound By Family by Ryan Michele 
Series: Ravage MC Bound, #1
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 230 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 28th 2017
Ryan Michele: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Cooper Cruz knows what it means to be surrounded and bound by family. Loyalty, brotherhood, and protection are all learned, earned, and respected by him and the Ravage Motorcycle Club family he grew up in. At the same, he’s a man, having fun and living the life he has always envisioned, until a trip to Florida changes everything.

Bristyl Daniels knows what it means to be smothered and bound by family. Bonds run deep with her father and all the members of the Sinister Sons Motorcycle Club she has grown up in. But now she’s all woman and wishes they would see she isn’t a little girl anymore. Then one phone call gives her a chance meeting with a hunk of a man she can’t get off her mind.

When her favorite band comes to play at a motorcycle rally in her hometown, Bristyl decides it’s worth the risk to sneak off for a little fun. When a situation gets heated, though, Cooper and the Ravage MC step in, setting off a chain of events, both good and bad in both their lives.

As the dust settles, Bristyl will have to come to some very hard decisions. Meanwhile, Cooper knows exactly what he wants. To hell with the consequences.

Bound by Family is part of Ravage MC Bound but it can also be read as standalone, like I did. I haven’t read many MC books but I kinda liked the cover and the summary sucked me in.

“My dad always says, ‘You only trust your family.’”

I can’t say I was a fan of the heroine’s family. You’d think Bristyl would have this great family based on the title of this book and how protective MC characters usually are but I couldn’t say I liked any of them. Her brothers were supposed to be very protective but still did nothing when someone decided she couldn’t just be working in their club anymore. Not one of her family members besides her mom ever made her feel like she belonged. It’s just sexist how she couldn’t be part of the club (without becoming club whore) because she’s a girl.

Bristyl might not belong the club but she’s not pushover either. She’s not afraid to be feisty. She can’t get Cooper out of her mind after meeting him but she’s not also willing to tell him who her family is just yet. She doesn’t want her brothers to scare him away like they do with everyone.

“Life will lead you, where you need to be, or you need to men up and lead it where you want it to go.”

Cooper wants Bristyl from the moment he hears her voice via phone call but he thinks she’s too good for the life he’s living. Then there’s the part that she lives over three hours away from him. But then she texts him and he loves talking to her.

All in all enjoyable read. It took awhile for the pairing to even meet but I enjoyed reading how their relationship started to blossom. It would’ve been four star read but I was confused at times who was who like for a minute I wasn’t really following who Cooper’s dad was. It might’ve helped if I had read the series this was spin off about but I couldn’t follow up with every character that were in Cooper’s POV in the beginning. And I’m guessing Sterling and Wolf were the same person.


3.5 stars

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