I do like a good opposites attract story. Bad boy, good girl or vice versa. Done well, these are so much fun. Watching people’s ingrained perceptions and opinions change and seeing that maybe they are not so different after all. Bikers and Pearls is one of the well-done romances. While not super-sexy, it is lovely and very sweet.
What is Bikers and Pearls about?
When rebel biker Bullworth Clayton gets tangled up with pastel-and-pearls-clad April Church, sparks fly. Sure, April would clearly rather work with anyone else, but if teaming up with Bull means a successful charity event for a sick little boy they both care about, then so be it.
April is baffled at how drawn she is to the leather-wearing, tattooed Bull—he just doesn’t fit with her simple, safe, country-club life. And as much as the handsomely rugged man tempts her, she still can’t shake the images of the tragic motorcycle accident from her past, which left her scarred and her father broken.
Bull tempts her to don a pair of leather pants and go for a ride with him, while April desperately tries to resist her attraction to the wild side and keep her exploits hidden from her small town. Will they be able to navigate their differences and find a middle road to love?
So, here’s what I thought of Bikers and Pearls!
April may not have been born into the world of the Summerbrook Ladies League, but she sure does want to be a part of it. The fundraising campaign for a local boy fighting leukaemia is her perfect chance to find her way in. She has a sweet heart and a giving nature, and is super keen to help out any way she can. But when she ends up in a group with a group of local bikers, her worst fears threaten to take over. Bikers destroyed her family business and caused her father a string of medical problems in an attack many years ago – and ever since, she’s had a deep fear of all thing motorcycle. However, the more she becomes involved with the group and their charity ride, she realises that maybe the pages of this book sure are different to what she’d expected from the cover. Local mechanic and former Rebel Angels member Bull is the main reason her perception begins to change. He saves her from some drunken preppy guys, and begins to show her a different side to the world she so feared.
This is a very sweet and lovely romance between two unlikely people. If you are looking for a sizzling, super sexy book, Bikers and Pearls is not that – and that’s OK. The way in which April and Bull’s attraction and romance builds is done in such a way that you don’t feel as if you are missing out on anything by it not having some sexy times in it. I liked that Bull didn’t care too much for what people thought of him, and that he was so gentle and patient with April and changing her perceptions. April did tend to hide behind her fears a little, and go over the top on occasion with this, but I allowed her this without getting pissy because I’ve never been involved in a biker gang attack, so I’m not sure how I would react.
April’s best friend Jenna lends some good support throughout the course of the story, and she also finds out that initial perception can often be incorrect, especially with one person in particular. The other supporting characters in Bikers and Pearls add some real colour and humour to the story as well.
If you are looking for a sweet, feelgood romance between people that on the surface are totally different, Bikers and Pearls will definitely be a read right up your alley.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 12 August 2013
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy by Bliss, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.