Series: The Last Riders #8
Published by Young Ink Press on July 18, 2016
Also by this author: Standing His Ground: Greer, Rider's Revenge, Stalked, T.A., Shade's Fall, Shade, Lucky's Choice, Sex Piston, Fat Louis, Crazy B!tch
As president of The Last Riders, Viper’s only fear was losing his wife. After all, he had almost lost her once before.
As wife to the president, Winter lived in fear every day: fear that a club enemy would take Viper from her, fear that one of the club women would tempt him to stray, fear that she wasn’t enough of a woman for him. One thing Winter didn’t fear was risking everything to carry her husband’s child, even her health, yet Viper refused to take the chance.
Losing hope, Winter made one last ditch effort, determined to make Viper realize that some things were worth fighting for besides the club.
Goodness gracious. When I picked up Winter’s Touch recently I didn’t know what I was going to get from its story. I knew that it was about Winter and Viper along with the problem of Winter wanting children and Viper against it, but I would’ve never been able to imagine the craziness and the self-induced heartache that both characters would go through.
With the way things ended in Merry Blissmas I wasn’t too sure about the strength of Winter and Viper’s marriage. You could tell within that story that there was something going on, so I was both apprehensive and excited to know what the heck was going on. When all was revealed, though, my heart broke a little (a lot) for these two.
The one thing that I find myself having to tolerate with a Jamie Begley story are the women of the club. In almost every story of the Last Riders more than any other conflict the couple in that story has to face, the women (both as members and hanger ons) are almost always the straw that almost breaks the camels back. I hate that not only do the heroines of these stories have to go through winning their man from all that makes them them and having to compete with women who have been with their man longer than them and know how to please them in almost every way, but that I as the reader have to do the same. I just can’t wrap my head around the mandate that if you love the man you love the club and everything that comes with it.
Anyway, in Winter’s Touch, Winter is having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that her and Viper might never have a child of their own as well as a new complication that has been invited to the clubhouse who seems to have her eye on Viper. Now, I can understand Viper’s fear of Winter wanting a baby because of her almost fatal incident in Viper’s Run, but he didn’t really help matters with his evasiveness and all the lying he did, whether he had good intentions in doing so or not.
As piece by piece of Winter’s Touch was revealed I really started to see the character growth in both characters. It’s true that Winter is prone to jumping to conclusions and acting on them, and that Viper has the propensity to lie to Winter to spare her feelings or to wait until all of his ducks are in a row before he reveals things, but Begley didn’t just leave these characters in this same rut for Winter’s Touch. She naturally allowed these characters to go through each situation as they would any other and then switched things up on them so that they would finally realize that they would have to let go learned to lean on each other.
Despite the frustrations I felt with both characters and the certain parts of their lives that I find myself tolerating, I thought that Winter’s Touch carried on the tradition of its predecessors and was constructed very beautifully. This series has continually challenged me and blessed me. There’s not a series or a writing style that can match and that’s why I’ll always come back.