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Posted August 12, 2013
Looks can be deceiving…
This lovely book is a romantic journey of self-discovery, acceptance and understanding. With wonderful characters and a captivating story, it has a perfect combination of moments that are heartwarming and touching, those which make your heart ache and humour at which I laughed out loud.
If ever there was a man that you just want to grab onto and hug tightly (amongst other things!), it's Bullworth Clayton. The saying 'never judge a book by its cover' could have been created for him and I absolutely adored him, inside and out. Our heroine, April, is sweet and has a huge heart, but mentally scarred by events in her past, she has a safe idealistic future mapped out and it doesn't involve going anywhere near the biker brigade. Easier said than done when a charity fundraiser means working alongside one particularly sexy, kindhearted biker. Like a moth to a flame...
Admittedly their chemistry wasn't electric, nor was there really any sexual tension but it worked; it was realistic, I loved how they grew to know and understand one another and whilst at times I wanted to shake some sense into April, I was also desperate for her and Bull to find their HEA.
It's a cracking addition to the Bliss line of books and I would certainly recommend. Here's hoping Vicki Wilkerson treats us to more from Summerbrook.
I received a copy of this book as an ARC from the publisher for an honest and unbiased opinion.
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Posted August 12, 2013
Posted September 24, 2013
Opposites attract in Vicki Wilkerson's delightfully sweet romance Bikers and Pearls, a Summerbrook Novel.
All of her life, April Church has wanted to fit in, and she hopes that becoming a member of the Summerbrook Ladies League will do the trick. She attends a charity fundraiser meeting for Ben, a local boy who has cancer, thinking that being a part of this group will improve her chances of being voted into the Ladies League. April is stunned to find out that she will be working with the bikers to plan their part of the charity event. During this meeting, she meets the ruggedly handsome, longhaired, and tattooed biker Bullworth "Bull" Clayton. Since April fears motorcycles and bikers, her attraction to Bull is surprising. At first, April comes off a little bit shallow with her primary goal being in the Ladies League. But as the story rolls along, she shows her true colors as a generous character who truly wants to help Ben. But in her relationship with Bull, April struggles with her preconceived notions, which end up clouding her judgment about bikers and motorcycles. Sadly, April always jumps to conclusions with Bull and more often than not the wrong conclusions. Bull's issues are similar to April's. At first, Bull only sees April as a pretentious person who wants to be in the Ladies League, just the kind of group that Bull can't stand. During Bull's youth, his local Ladies League shunned his mother and did not help his family when his brother became very ill. The chemistry between April and Bull sizzles as they get to know each other. When April fully realizes that her paralyzing fear might cost her the man she loves, she significantly changes her attitude and makes a concerted effort to leave that fear behind, which is a beautiful thing to see.
With realistic and engaging characters who shine throughout the story, Bikers and Pearls is a satisfying heartfelt love story.
I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted September 1, 2013
First of all I just have to say WOW! This book is a wonderful sweet romance with a lot of emotion. I'm so pleased I was given an opportunity to read Bikers and Pearls in order to share my thoughts with you.
April Church is a young woman who has been through some VERY traumatic events that have shaped her life. She has tried to make her life as safe as she possibly can. She's also holds some giant fears about Bikers and their Bikes. When she meets Bull (a proud Biker) she thinks there is no way she can handle working with him and his friends to help Ben. However she has vowed to do whatever it takes to help her little friend Ben get better. The more she gets to know Bull the more she does want to work with him. There is a strong connection between these two that they fight hard.
Bullworth Clayton lost a brother to cancer in childhood and has had to fight his own demons from the past. When he meets April he thinks she is nothing but an uptight snot. The more he gets to know her the more discovers he was wrong and wants to get to know her better.
This truly is a story of how if love is strong enough it can truly overcome any obstacle or fear placed in it's path. Nothing can come between two people who love and need each other so much. I loved how Bull is exactly what April needs to pull her out of her comfort zone and to be able to forgive, forget, and lead a full life.
April is what Bull needs to complete his life and help him deal with his past and show him that he does have a place he belongs.
This is one of those wonderful stories that has left me speechless, I want to tell you how fabulous this story is but I just don't know if I have the words to describe all my feelings when I finished this book.
Vicki Wilkerson has created characters so touching, charismatic, compassionate, caring, and loyal, that I would love to sit down with them and maybe have one of those chili dogs at the bait shop. I adored all the characters but I felt the deepest connection with April. I just adored her and so felt for her in so many of the situations she was in. Bull of course, who could not possibly love Bull, I know I sure did. That fellow is one wonderful biker, he's hotter than hot, and has huge heart. I also liked Jenna (April's best friend) she soon found out that you have to look beyond the outside package to see what is on the inside.
If you enjoy a book with a lot of emotional scenes, some sweet romance, with a little humor thrown in here and there, I think you will enjoy this book. I know I certainly did. I believe I see that this has a series name and number one after it. Ohhh I do hope that means that Ms. Wilkerson is working on another fabulous book. I will be anxious to see what she has in store for us readers next.
If you get a chance to read this book, please come to my blog and let me know what your thoughts are.
Posted August 22, 2013
With a satisfying resolution and fun characters, it’s got a great mix of heart and depth, making April’s journey one to enjoy. - Full review on BookTrib's website or RomanticReadsandSuch on WordpressWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 21, 2013
OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! When I was reading this on my nook to highlight and mark pages that I wanted to come back to, to make sure I had everything in my review that I wanted......I think I pretty much marked every page, because the entire book was soooooooooo good!!!! It made it super hard to write a review because I wanted to include EVERYTHING!!!!
Okay so the book starts out with April seeing motorcycles everywhere. And when I say everywhere I mean everywhere. She is on her way to a meeting to discuss and think of ways to help Ben. April describes Ben as being special and eventually Ben wiggled his way into her heart and never left. Ben is a little boy who is very sick and the community has gathered to talk about ways of helping the family. Ways to raise money to help pay medical bills and to help Ben find a donor. So while parking her car she parks between two motorcycles and as she goes to open her door the motorcycle next to her falls over. When I read this....I felt sooooo bad for April, I can't imagine what that must feel like and knowing that hundreds of other bikes are surrounding you too. However, beyond the normal fear of motorcycles that some people have April has a horrible life changing memory that involves motorcycles. She was seven and with her father and the accident that day still haunts her today and has shaped the life she has.
As April makes her way into the Banquet Room to find the owner of the bike to explain what happened she meets Bull.
Side note.....OMG I LOVE BULL!!!!! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM......he stole my heart from the first crooked smile of deception he gave April and how he only grows more protective of her, even knowing that there isn't a universe in the world they would work out. Here is probably my favorite quote from the book:
"He wanted to run his fingers down her neck along her strand of pearls. He needed to breathe in her fragrance and kiss her lips. And he wanted to personally protect her every day of his life if he could have the chance. He wanted to feel her lightness on the back of his heavy bike, holding on to him like he was her guardian."
Again *Swoon* I want that.....*sigh*
So back to April meeting Bull. She has to sit at his table with other bikers and coincidentally Ben's grandfather is a biker, ohhhhh and I love the bikers names. Jim is his real name, however, he goes by Patch. (There's Patch, Crank, Slug lol I love it!!!) But April ends up being on the bikers "team" instead of the Ladies League team, the team April really wants to be on.
I love April's character because she is just one of those people who love and help those around her. She loves her community and that shows through working with the Humanity projects that help build or rebuild homes. She helps a wonderful older women who lives in her building, and of course visit and making sweet little Ben smile. She's the kind of person that I would love to be best friends with, because her heart is genuine and she's real. She has a kind of "dorky" side to her that I love, because I have one too.
Most of the book is about coming up with a fund raiser and how Bull and April have to work together and at the same time fight the attraction that the two of them share for one another. Bull tells April that he could never be with someone who would never ride on the back of his bike. And April is sure as hell never getting on one. The book is comical when these two are involved. They push each other to think outside of their little box that they call life. And Bull has quite a few tricks up his sleeve that surprise April and memorize her at the same time. The bike ride is their event and it will raise tens of thousands of dollars. April also goes beyond this to help and try to find a donor for Ben. There are several charity events going on and sooo many different things happen at them. But will April and Bull's past ever allow them to find a future????
Towards the end of the book I was crying....literally had tears coming down my face because there was such an AMAZING scene. Of course I was laughing the entire book, and of course had my awww..... moments and my Oh no OMG FIX IT!!!!!!!!!! That and I think at one point I was yelling at my nook because why can't they just talk. lol I just couldn't put this book down!!! I'm so excited to see what the future works Vicki comes out with. But this is a must read!!!!
Posted August 18, 2013
In Bikers and Pearls by Vicki Wilkerson, April Church is running late for the meeting to organize the charity she most wants to be a success. But when she shows up the restaurant is filled with motorcycles and the only parking spot left is next to the motorcycles. A vehicle she is terribly afraid off and the drivers even more after what happened to her father when she was a child. Unfortunately when she opens her door one of the motorcycles falls over and she knows that she didn’t touch it, but that may not make a difference to the owner! But she will get help and talk to the owner to pay for damages.
Bullworth Clayton doesn’t like the ladies wearing pearls that believe they are so high and mighty. Now he has to deal with pastel-and-pearls April. He only wants to show her to the dining room where the meeting is being held, but she treats him like he is going to do something to her, and she has a motorcycle mirror in her hands. But as he tries to offer his help she declines.
Unfortunately for April all the seats at her preferred table are taken, she has to sit with the people she can least relate with. At the meeting each table has to decide on how they will contribute and gather funds for the charity, and she is now stuck with all the motorcyclist.
Bull believes that April is as judgmental as all the other pearl clad ladies, but April keeps doing and saying things that keep him wondering if maybe his opinions may be wrong. While April knows that not all men in motorcycles are dangerous, she still believes that those that mainly ride them are dangerous, but her opinions are about to be turned upside down by Bull.
As Bull and April work together, they learn that not everything is as it seems on the outside, and what truly matters is on the inside. They will have experiences that they would not have believed possible with each other. And the dull life that April lived will be put into perspective along with her fears and believes. While Bull will also have to learn to see beyond the outside façade and into the real woman that hides underneath all the propriety of a the woman that wants to be socially accepted.. Both Bull and April will learn that belonging does not mean to be part of something that you don’t believe in, but belonging and accepting yourself first.
A fun and hot read, Bull will make you fall in love, while April may get on your nerves a bit but will also break your heart, don’t miss Bikers and Pearls by Vicki Wilkerson.
Posted August 17, 2013
April Church was a good girl with a big heart whose volunteer work brought her together with a young boy fighting leukemia. She would do anything to help Ben and his family raise money to pay for his treatments and the mounting medical bills. April also desperately wanted to be a part of the Summerbrook Ladies League, and the fundraiser was to be her way in because what she lacked in pedigree, she could make up for in volunteer work for the community. But her big heart was about to be tested when she was teamed up with a group of bikers. She couldn't have imagined anything more nightmarish than having to work with a "gang". To make things worse, one of them seemed to have his eye on her, Bullworth "Bull" Clayton, and she had to work with him as a team. Even though she felt the stirrings of attraction, her deep rooted fear of bikers and gangs caused her to pull away or try to ignore him. Especially after she learned that Bull used to be a member of the Rebel Angels, a vicious biker gang. When he rescues her one night from a group of drunken, preppy college boys, everything she thought she knew about who the good guys and who the bad guys were was about to be questioned.
Overall I enjoyed the story and seeing their relationship go through the motions from being cautious to interested to seeing past the outer shell. The characters were very likeable, perhaps Bull more so than April, but only because he didn't make a big deal out of how others perceived him. Their chemistry didn't burn up the pages, but I felt like they became friends first which made their budding relationship much sweeter. The push and pull between them felt realistic and believable to me. They seemed to have more in common than not, and seeing them come to that realization was a fun journey. I thought the story kept up a good pace, and I was eager to keep up with the main characters and how they would find a way to get their HEA.
Unfortunately there were several things that pulled me out of the story, one of them being unnecessary repetition: 1) Why the Rebel Angels scared April 2) Jenna's insistence that April stay away from Bull and his biker buddies because Bull used to be a member of Rebel Angels 3) How the fire ruined her father's business/the town 4) Why April wanted to join the Ladies League and 5) "... for Ben". Almost every thought or reasoning behind one of April's actions ended with "for Ben".
If the reason was to drive a point home, I felt that the point was established within the first couple of chapters. If "for Ben" was part of the heroine's pep talk to remind herself why she was doing certain things, it made her sound like was using Ben as a crutch for her inability to cope with her feelings. Fortunately, the plot in general, some well placed humor and April's ability towards the end to self-analyze made up for the shortcomings. My favorite scene of all was at the end between Bull and her parents. That left me with a smile on my face. I would read this again as well as the next book in the series.
Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.
This is a much more sweet and tender take on the there very popular them of Biker romance currently so popular in romance land.
We also have an opposites attract and class difference tension going on. Interestingly due to a childhood incident, the heroine has a phobia about motorcycles. The hero has a chip on his slider about the kind of person he thinks the heroine is—snobby and part of the pearls and sweaters set.
The book is nicely written with and good plot centering around fundraising for a sick child. The love story feels possible.
However, I never emotionally connected with the characters nor did I like them much. Any of the people in the book really. The heroine
grows as a person which is good but she never had enough charm to begin with for me though I did sympathize with her post trauma
issues. Th hero was very judgmental and so that didn’t endear him to me very much.
I would try this author again but although there is noting really wrong with this book. I can’t recommend it.
This book was given to me for my honest review, so there you have it.
Posted August 12, 2013
I just finished one of the sweetest romance from the Bliss collection which is Bikers and Pearls by Vicki Wilkerson. So, lets jump into my thoughts.
We all know the saying, "Never judge a book by it's cover." Yet at times we tend to judge people by the way they look or act. At the beginning of the story we meet April Church whose a bit apprehensive when it comes to bikers. A lot has to do with what happen to her when she was younger, which had shaped her fear around bikers.
Of course April misjudges Bullworth Clayton (Bull), because all she sees is a biker dude. However, there is more than meets the eye. All she has to do is get pass her prejudice and learn to overcome her fears. Sounds like an easy, right? Not so much. Plus, she's trying to impress this snooty group of women, the Ladies League, so she may become like them.
In all seriousness, I adore Bikers and Pearls. I found the story cute and fun. I love how April learns to overcome her fears as she gets to know Bull and his friends. Plus, she starts to realize she shouldn't have judge these guys, because of their appearance. So, if you are looking for a story that's sweet and cute, you might want to give Bikers and Pearls a try. Who knows you might want to ride off in the sunset with a biker dude yourself.
Copy provided by publisher
Posted August 12, 2013
Reviewed by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
For a first time author, I think Vicki did a wonderful job of telling a story. While I won’t say the book grabbed my attention and didn’t let go until the very end, I will say that it kept me wondering what was going to happen. Most of the Bliss books I’ve read have included “behind the door romance”. Meaning the action is alluded to. Bikers and Pearls is what I call a truly sweet romance. The most you are going to get is kissing, which is fine.
Bikers and Pearls is a book about first impressions and realizing that impressions can generally be wrong. What you see isn’t really what you get... That sometimes, you have to look within yourself to understand that the problem isn’t with the person in front of you, but with the person you see looking back at you in the mirror.
Bull Clayton is a biker through and through. He dresses the part and acts the part. But there’s more to Bull than meets the eye. He is truly a person you can’t judge by outward appearances. Bull has a past. One he isn’t proud of, but has worked very hard to overcome. April Church is a heroine in desperate need of evolving and stepping out of her comfort zone. April desperately wants to be a part of “high society” i.e. the Ladies League, but she doesn’t have the pedigree to get in automatically and has to work for it. Due to a tragic and traumatic event as a child, April likes to live her life in her own comfort zone. She’s the Risk Assessment Manager for a local insurance company and assesses the risk in everything she does. If it’s too risky, she doesn’t do it.
These two people from different backgrounds are brought together by one little boy. Together the journey they each set out on will change their perceptions of each other and those around them. Their chance meeting will also be the catalyst for their own self discovery and growth. Their journey is truly an enjoyable read.
Rating: 3.5 Star (Liked it. It was enjoyable. You should give it a try for yourself.)
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