The men might tease Rogue and call him pretty behind his back, but no one is going to say that to his face. As the vice president of the Cursed Ravens—and with an unpredictable and unruly temper—respect is given to him at any cost.
But Rogue reins himself in when he visits his mother in a local nursing home. Overwhelmed with guilt that he can’t take care of her himself, he can barely handle watching her fade away with dementia. And he knows the staff is exceptional—especially the sweet and beautiful caregiver who pays extra attention to his mom.
It isn’t easy working at a nursing home, but Zoe enjoys spending time with her favorite patient Anne. She knows Anne has a son who dutifully visits her, but when Zoe sees the tall, muscled, handsome stranger, she can tell he’s trouble—beautiful trouble. She knows he’s a Cursed Raven and she knows better than to admit she’s attracted to him. There’s no way she'll date an MC member. Been there done that. But as Zoe and Rogue start to get closer, they realize one way or another, they’ll have to fight to stay in each other’s lives.
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Going Rogue 1
“I hear you aren’t too hungry today,” I say in a gentle tone to one of our newer residents, Mrs. Kennedy, as I enter her room. The woman is lovely, but she has dementia and can sometimes be a little difficult, like many of the residents in the aged-care facility where I’ve been working the last few years.
She shakes her head, her short blond-and-gray hair swishing against her round face. “I told them I don’t like potato. Yet what do I get? Motherfuckin’ potato.”
I’ve never met an elderly woman with such a potty mouth, but I find her vulgar language highly amusing. Mrs. Kennedy is a take-no-shit kind of woman, and I can respect that.
“Why didn’t you eat the rest of it?” I ask her, plumping her pillow behind her so she’s more comfortable. “What about the peas? And the chicken?”
“It’s practically all mashed potato,” she sneers, her blue eyes narrowing. “Do you think this place, this prison, will have the same menu every day? Because I’m pretty damn sure they will.”
I cover my mouth with my hand, unable to stop the giggle that escapes me. “I assure you, the food here is much healthier and accommodating for our residents than in some other places.”
“Maybe those without teeth,” she grumbles, huffing. “I still have mine. See?” She flashes her teeth at me, tilting her head from side to side so I can have a better view. “Men used to compliment me on how nice my teeth were. Those were the good old days. Now I just get compliments on my boobs or ass.”
I almost choke on the chewing gum in my mouth as she chuckles conspiratorially, clearly happy to get a reaction from me.
“You trying to kill me?” I joke, coughing a little.
“Better you than me,” she mutters, chuckling some more.
I smile and glance down at the food options, all sitting on trays on a wheeled rack. Making sure the residents in my section get fed and actually eat is only one of the many tasks I need to complete today. “How about soup and bread? Or shepherd’s pie.”
She chooses the pie, even though it’s made with mashed potato, and eats it without my help. She has her good days and her bad ones. It’s hard to watch any man or woman here struggle, but it’s even harder with Mrs. Kennedy. In the short time I’ve known her, I’ve learned that she’s a strong and stubborn woman, a proud one, and it kills her to need help from others. On my first shift with her, she refused any help at all and I had to just stand there while she went about her day, basically pretending that I wasn’t even there.
“Thank you, Zoe,” she says as I’m about to exit her room. “You’re much nicer than some of the other assholes here.”
My lip twitches. “Thanks for the compliment, Mrs. K.”
She grins and turns the TV on to some long-running soap opera. “Today is the day Joe finds out the truth about his wife. You sure you don’t want to stay and watch it with me?”
“I would, but I have work to do,” I reply, sighing dramatically. “Rain check?”
“Deal,” she replies, turning to the TV, dismissing me.
I laugh under my breath as I walk to the next room.
I don’t know why, but every day at work I have my lunch in my car. It’s quiet and peaceful, and I can listen to music. It’s my little moment of solitude, and I look forward to it every day. Today, however, as I’m eating my chicken and salad wrap, all I can hear is the overbearing sound of an engine. I turn my head to the right and see a man on a motorcycle, parking next to me.
In the staff-only lot.
There is a separate lot on the other side for visitors, and although it can be hard to find parking, only staff are allowed to park here. There’s nothing worse than showing up to work and not being able to park because visitors have stolen our allocated spots. I know for a fact this man doesn’t work here. None of our employees ride a motorcycle, probably because we all value our lives. I wind my window down and call out, “Dude, you can’t park here.”
Of course he doesn’t hear me.
His engine is still loud as hell, so I wait until he turns it off and removes his matte-black helmet before I call out to him a second time.
“You can’t park here,” I repeat, tone unimpressed. People have no regard for other people, and I’m sick of it. He can fit that monstrosity somewhere else. Unless he just happened to miss the three signs on his way into the lot, he probably doesn’t care that he’s breaking a rule or disturbing my thirty minutes of peace.
And then he looks in my direction, and I see his face.
No wonder he doesn’t seem to think that the rules apply to him. If I looked like that, I’d probably think I was God too.
“What did you say?” he asks, helmet in his hand.
I rest my arm out my window. “Never mind,” I mutter, and he flashes me a smile. I couldn’t look away from it even if I wanted to.
He’s maybe the most handsome man I’ve ever seen—classically so, with crystal-clear blue eyes, blond hair, and a cocky smile. There’s an air about him, though, that tells me that there’s much more to this man than meets the eye. He’s in all black leather that screams Fuck with me and die. I’m certainly not getting any wholesome-boy-next-door vibes.
“Pretty sure you were yelling at me about something,” he rumbles, sticking his handsome face next to my open window.
“Ummm, you’re kind of in my personal space,” I tell him, frowning. “And I was simply explaining that you can’t park here, but I don’t think you’re going to move your bike, so . . .”
“You’d be right about that,” he says cheerfully, glancing me over. He takes in my scrubs, my dark hair tied on top of my head, and my face, which probably has food on it or something. “You work here?”
I glance down at myself. “Nope. I just sit here in my car and yell at assholes who park where they’re not supposed to.” I smirk. I can be seriously witty sometimes.
“So you’re a meter maid?” he jokes.
Fine. Two can play at that game.
“Yes, except this is the outfit I prefer. I like to keep things interesting,” I fire back, dusting some crumbs off my pants and packing away my garbage, getting ready to return to my shift.
“So you’re into role play, then?” he replies, winking at me.
I blink slowly a few times. This is not how I thought the conversation was going to go. “Yeah, no,” is my reply.
I wind up both my windows and get out of my car, with him stepping back to give me space before the door hits him.
“I would have opened your door,” he says.
“Should have been quicker,” I reply, sliding the strap of my bag over my arm. “Not all of us sit around waiting for a man to assist us.”
“Some just sit alone in cars stuffing their faces? Who knew this was where I’d have to look to find a decent woman,” he murmurs, walking next to me to the entrance of the aged-care home.
“All the decent women are probably hiding from you,” I mutter under my breath.
“Highly likely. What’s your name?” he asks me, watching me from the corner of his eye.
“Because I’d like to know the name of the beautiful woman who was yelling at me out of her car window,” he says with a wolfish grin. “I’m Rogue.”
“Rogue?” I ask, brow arching.
“Oh,” I mutter. He’s serious. His name is Rogue. I’ve never heard of anyone with the name, but maybe it’s a nickname, I don’t know. I guess he’ll never be forgotten with a name like that.
“And you are?” he pushes.
“Late for work,” I reply, quickening my steps.
He blocks me with his large build, standing in front of the entrance, arms crossed over his chest. “How much trouble do you get in if you’re late?”
Not much, considering this would make it the only time this year that it’s happened.
“Are you always this nosy?” I fire back, moving to his right, and then left, trying to go around him but failing as he blocks off all my attempts.
“Yes. Now, what’s your name?” he continues, not letting up.
He’s clearly a stubborn man, and I hate that I give in to him, but I do need to get my ass clocked back in, and I don’t want my boss to see me standing out in front chatting with someone instead of working.
“Zoe,” I tell him. I sound a little unhappy about that fact. “My name is Zoe.”
“Nice to officially meet you, Zoe.”
“The pleasure is all yours,” I reply, grinning.
“There’s a thing as being too sassy, you know?” he says, but he can’t keep the amusement out of his voice.
“I’m not for everyone,” I reply, shrugging and smiling to myself. “You’re visiting someone here, then?” I ask as I walk inside with him next to me.
“Yeah,” he replies, all the humor gone from his face and his voice, as if he suddenly remembered why he was here, and it wasn’t to have silly banter with some stranger he met in the parking lot. I regret asking the question instantly; his mood has changed so dramatically.
“I’m here to see my mom,” he explains, hands sliding into his pockets, that blue gaze pinned to his black leather biker boots. “If she remembers me today, anyway.”
“Oh,” I whisper. His mom is a resident here. Of course, why else would he be here? “Do you want me to sign you in at the front desk?” I ask him gently, waiting for him to look at me. When he does, I’m hit with all of his emotions full force.
His raw pain.
I’ve seen all of this before in the eyes of friends, and of family members of the residents here, but for some reason seeing it in his makes my chest go tight.
“I’m sorry,” I say to him, my voice full of sincerity.
And after what I see here, day after day, I mean it.
I am sorry.
Because there are no happy endings here.
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This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion. You know how sometimes in series you start falling for one of the characters before they’ve had a chance to shine in the series or before they gotten their own story…..well this is what happened to me. I think I started falling for Rogue the second he was mentioned in book one. I really loved his character with his singing, charisma, and the fact he was mentioned as the pretty one didn’t hurt any lol. The only issue is, his book didn’t live up to the hype for me. Rogue was still charismatic but there were other personality traits that popped up that weren’t so attractive. He ended up being quite…rude for lack of a better word. When things were going great, he was totally fine. When things started getting a little dicey…..he would step into this jerk mode. It’s strange because when it came to certain aspects, Rogue never went into jerk mode. He would stay in that category of being the entire package until it came to his relationship. Then things changed….at least in my opinion. Zoe and her sister Vanessa were a great addition to this series. Their relationship was my favorite in this story. I loved how big Zoe’s heart was. She truly had a heart of gold and treated everyone she knew with the utmost kindness. Her sister, Vanessa, was also a really great character with her humor and giving zero craps attitude. I couldn’t wait to turn the page and see what kind of drama she had gotten herself into. Overall, this was a pretty nice story. I think I just had too high of expectations going into it. I didn’t get a chance to root for Zoe and Rogue before they were already officially a couple. It seemed to happen way too quickly. The buildup just wasn’t there. I did get past it though and I agree that they are a good fit for each other. I just wish the characters had slowed down a bit. I also wish Rogue had acted differently in certain situations but hey, he’s free to act however he chooses.
I love this author and I love most everything she writes. This one fell flat. I loved all the other books in this series but not this one.
Love blossoms in the most unexpected of places in this sweet and steamy Cursed Ravens Motorcyle Club title featuring a hunky bad boy and a charming nurse. The men might tease Rogue and call him pretty behind his back, but no one is going to say that to his face. As the vice president of the Cursed Ravens—and with an unpredictable and unruly temper—respect is given to him at any cost. But Rogue reins himself in when he visits his mother in a local nursing home. Overwhelmed with guilt that he can’t take care of her himself, he can barely handle watching her fade away with dementia. And he knows the staff is exceptional—especially the sweet and beautiful caregiver who pays extra attention to his mom. It isn’t easy working at a nursing home, but Zoe enjoys spending time with her favorite patient Anne. She knows Anne has a son who dutifully visits her, but when Zoe sees the tall, muscled, handsome stranger, she can tell he’s trouble—beautiful trouble. She knows he’s a Cursed Raven and she knows better than to admit she’s attracted to him. There’s no way she'll date an MC member. Been there done that. But as Zoe and Rogue start to get closer, they realize one way or another, they’ll have to fight to stay in each other’s lives. Review: This is the last book in the Cursed Raven Series. This book like the two others before feature a very likable. Both are independent and strong, but with foibles and issues to keep them interesting. I love reading the interactions, not just between Rouge and Zoe, but all the characters. The story is fun, sexy, and heart-felt. I loved the story and thought it was the perfect ending to this series. There is even a visit by a character from the Conflict of Interest series. Though I will not say why the character makes an appearance as to not five away a plot point. Great story and ending to the series, though I think Prez should get his own story. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
I'm thoroughly enjoying this MC series. Really loved Rogue and Zoe's story. Great read. Can't wait for the next book in this series!!!
Love this series.
I loved the latest installment of this series!! Going Rogue is book three in the Cursed Ravens MC series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I strongly recommend reading the first two books. Enjoyable series, so no hardship to read, I promise!! I fell in love with Rogue in the first two books, this book just cemented it! He is totally and completely swoon worthy!! As the VP of the Cursed Ravens, Rogue’s job is his life. He doesn’t have time for anything else, much less a relationship. When it comes to women, he has maintained a ‘hit it and quit it’ policy. Unfortunately, with club deals gone wrong and his mother succumbing to dementia, things have been exceptionally rough. In the mists of his struggles he runs in to Zoe, who makes him question his policy on attachments, because right now, she is exactly what he needs. Zoe works as a nursing home caregiver. She enjoys her job and her quiet, structured life. After having her heart broken she just wants to lay low and keep it simple. Rogue however, is anything but simple. Zoe has to decide if she is willing to open up, risking the safety of her heart for a chance at the best relationship ever? Who can resist a hot biker with a voice of an angel, especially when he is found singing to his dying mother or singing Moana to the children of his mc brothers? Seriously, how hot is it to see this sexy god when he steps in to care for his brother’s children? Loyalty and love for his family, the mc included, is Rogue’s strength. He embraces his duties and carries them out with appropriate levels of force & gentleness required. Again, swooning! #Ultimatebookboyfriend. Rogue is determined to have a relationship with the stunning beauty he found caring for his mother. Despite her rebuffs, he keeps chipping away at her resolve. Their slow start nurtures a friendship and builds the sexual tension to a level we can’t wait to see combust! The mc women embrace Zoe and she quickly finds her place within the MC family. However, she continues to question her strength to handle all that befalls on the mc and its lifestyle. Is she strong enough to trust again? On top of all those questions comes the doozy! #herewego Rogue’s mother gives her a request that counters what Rogue wants. Will Zoe go against Rogue’s wishes and destroy everything they have built? This is a great story! I highly recommend reading this series! It has an intriguing storyline that keeps you engaged and characters you will love. Including Zoe’s sister, Vanessa #nofilter she keeps it real and cracks me up. Drool worthy characters in some incredibly steamy scenes!! Still fanning myself! #hotmess I’m looking forward to the next installment! I really want a story with Gage. Hint, hint, Chantal!!!
3.75 stars--GOING ROGUE is the third instalment in Chantal Fernando’s contemporary, adult CURSED RAVENS erotic, MC, romance series focusing on the men and women of the Cursed Ravens MC. This is Cursed Ravens MC VP Ezekiel ‘Rogue’ Kennedy, and nurse’s aide Zoe Kane. GOING ROGUE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. The CURSED RAVENS MC series is a spin off from the author’s WIND DRAGONS MC. There is a slight cross-over with some of the characters of the previous series. Told from dual third person perspectives (Zoe and Rogue) GOING ROGUE follows the building relationship between Cursed Ravens MC VP Ezekiel ‘Rogue’ Kennedy, and nurses aid Zoe Kane. Zoe Kane works as a nurse’s aide, and has befriended Mrs. K, a woman suffering with dementia who at times thinks clear enough to let Zoe know just how she feels. Meeting Mrs. K’s son, biker and Cursed Ravens MC vice president Rogue Kennedy, finds Zoe falling for a man whose love for his mother sets off the warm and fuzzy for our story line heroine. What ensues is the building relationship between Zoe and Rogue, and the potential fall-out as Zoe comes clean with a secret, a secret that could destroy Ezekiel Kennedy. The attraction between Rogue and Zoe is immediate but Zoe has been burned in the past by another biker, a member of a rival gang. Rogue’s pursuit of Zoe is sweet including their lunch-time picnics, and introduction to the MC. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. All of the previous story line couples play secondary and supporting characters. We are introduced to Rogue’s mother Anne Kennedy, a once feisty and strong woman who is slowly succumbing to dementia and age. Zoe’s sister Vanessa is a fascinating character-an over the top, colorful and charismatic thirty-year old woman who is drawn to the Cursed Ravens’ president, like a moth to a flame. The camaraderie between Zoe, Vanessa, Erin and Celina is fun, fast and furious! GOING ROGUE is a story of family and friendships; secrets and betrayal; passion and love. Most of the MC dealings and business transactions/jobs occur behind the scenes resulting in a ‘vanilla’ and softer MC story- the violence and danger are taken for granted; we are not privy to the how and why of some of the events, and the quick resolution without any details was disappointing. The epilogue fast-forwards the story line approximately three years. Let’s hope the author fills in the missing time-line with future stories. The premise is entertaining and engaging; the romance is seductive and sweet ; the characters are dynamic and colorful. GOING ROGUE is a sexy, sassy and spirited story line with an emotional and heart breaking undercurrent of dementia and loss.
Loved it!! How can you not love a sexy as h*ll bad*ss biker who is tough enough to be the VP of the Cursed Ravens MC and yet everyday visit his ailing mother in a nursing home. It’s there he meets the feisty nurse who is caring for his mother. Zoe is everything good but even good girls like bad boys. This story is one that I couldn’t put down. I loved the persistence and caring of Rouge for a woman he knew was worth every minute of it. Their chemistry was crazy good. Another bonus was Zoe’s sister, Vanessa who was absolutely hilarious.
I love MC books, I love alpha heroes. But more than anything, I love a book that evokes true emotions in the reader. I just don't have the words to accurately describe the feelings and emotions brought about by this book! From the very beginning, I could tell that this book would be a tear jerker, one that would bring out emotions like very few books really do. I had a feeling that this book would tear me apart, before putting me back together again. And I was right! Rogue is the VP of the Cursed Ravens MC. He is having to watch the mother he idolizes, the strong woman that raise him and his 2 brothers on her own, deteriorate due to dementia and health problems. To watch such a strong woman be brought down low, is heart breaking. And to know how hard that is on those that love her, well, it just tears me apart. Zoe is Rogue's mother's caregiver, in the assisted living facility that she has been placed in. She loves being able to care for others, and it seems that there is a soft spot in her heart for this woman. Zoe has a beautiful, giving heart, and it's clear in her every action. There was so much going on in this book, so many questions, so much that could go wrong. Can Zoe deal with who Rogue is, the kind of life he leads? Is she strong enough to stand beside him when he needs her to? And then there are things I never anticipated. I was totally blown away by this book, by the emotions, by the amazing story of Rogue and Zoe. This is definitely one that will go on my re-read list, and my favorite out of the series!
Everyone around him is starting to begin their forever's and Rogue has to admit he is a little envious, they have all found women who bring out the best in them, and for the first time in his life he's really begun to crave that too... but the right woman just hasn't come along yet. He's got a mile long track record with women, and many of them would have loved to become his old lady, but none of them made it past the first night. Then while visiting his ailing mother at the nursing home, he runs into a beautiful angel that sparks something inside him that he never knew existed, and that's when he knows he's just found his forever. The problem is she doesn't date bikers, she's been there and done that and doesn't plan to do that again... but she's never met a man like him, when he wants something he doesn't give up until he has it! She's heard all the nurses rave about Rogue, he's handsome, sweet, and score lots of points with the other nurses because of how good he is to his mother... but until she witnesses it for herself she can't seem to fathom what all the fuss is about. Then she meets him, and she instantly knows he is every bit as admirable as the ladies have made him out to be... and then some! Then she learns that he belongs to a MC club, and that changes things for her, she dated a biker and it didn't end well for her heart, so it's probably wise if she keeps her distance from him... but Rogue didn't seem to take the hint she threw out. He continually keeps showing up and brightening her day, and before long he's rocking her nights too, and she soon realizes she can't save heart from him... he's made himself right at home there and for the first time in a long time, it feels right to have someone there. But then tragedy strikes and her heart immediately feels the need to flee... Between the pages of Going Rogue you will meet a man that has the power to bring you to your knees with just a look, lure you in with his smile, and completely steal your heart with his voice. Rogue is the The Cursed Ravens vice president, and while you would expect him to be a tough and dominating man, there is also a tender-hearted man there too, one with the voice of an angel and a heart of gold. The moment I met him in the first installment of this series, I knew he was going to be the one to get to me the most, and boy did he ever, he is every bit the alpha I expected him to be, but he also has this caring nature about him that shows through in everything he does, and that is what sealed the deal for me! His journey to finding his forever was a bittersweet one, he lost the most important woman in his life, but before she left him she gifted him the woman who would change his life and give him the future he craved, and I have to say it was quite beautiful thing to witness! Ms. Fernando really outdid herself with these characters in this new series, I have loved meeting the men of the Cursed Ravens MC, and really hope there are more stories to come in this series, because I am just not ready to say goodbye to them yet!! I highly recommend you get your hands on this one, it's a heart-wrenching tale that will leave an unshakable smile on your face, and an indelible impression on your heart!! I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
These guys just keep getting better and better. Once again the author has written a wonderful storyline that is not only romantic (MC Style) but has a very meaningful message woven in. The story is heartbreaking at times and heartwarming in others. It will take your emotions on a whirlwind tour but it is soooooo worth it. Rouge is just to sexy and too good for his own good. Oh don’t get me wrong, the man can be a total badass when called for (after all he is the VP for the Cursed Ravens) and he has the temper to go along with it but when it comes to those he loves he’s compassionate and very protective. Especially with his mother, as she has heart problems and alzheimer's. In fact when he puts her in a new facility is where he meets Zoe, one of his mother’s new caregivers. The spark is there but Zoe’s past has her very leery of Rouge. She isn’t a one and done kind of gal. But one ride on his bike convinces them both the other is worth getting to know. But when events lead to arrests, tragedy, and all around pain, will Rogue and Zoe make it through it or will it be the final straw that separates them? I love this series and the guys of the Cursed Ravens and their women. It’s never a dull moment, with lots of Love, Laughs and Wild times. 2 Thumbs Up for a great addition to the series. And this reader is hoping the series goes on. Highly Recommend.
Once again Chantal Fernando delivers an MC with heat, heart, and an abundance of swoon. This just series gets better and better with every addition! Going Rogue had me hooked from the start with Zoe’s sweetness and Rogue’s bad boy biker sexiness. These two total opposites have scorching chemistry from the second they meet and that heat only intensifies as time goes on. Like nearly every member of the MC, Rogue is someone who’s had me intrigued from the beginning. Insanely sexy, along with having a great sense of humor and a soft side that melts your heart the man is flat out irresistible. Zoe seems like the opposite of who Rogue would end up with but these two fit together perfectly in a way that had me sighing in happiness. Zoe is the epitome of good girl. Straight laced and living what some would say a rather boring life. She has walls up after being burned by the last guy she was with. But what walls could possibly stand against a man like Rogue? Him and Zoe are actually really sweet together even with the delicious heat they put off making for a couple that you can’t help but love!