Former Army Ranger Christian Cage Owens joined the Vipers Motorcycle Club for its sense of brotherhood. In return, he pledged to live outside the law, protecting club members and their families, as well as keeping other MCs out of Skulls Creek. But when Cage discovers that a rival MC—one Cage has an all too familiar past with—plans to push meth into his town, he calls an old Army buddy turned private investigator who’s helped the Vipers in the past. By doing so, Cage endangers both his friend and Calla Benson, a woman who works in the PI’s office. Now he’s made it his mission to track Calla down and do whatever it takes to protect her.
Thanks to the phone call with Cage, Calla knows she’s formed a deep connection to a dangerous man. She quickly discovers that although he may live by a different set of rules, Cage is an honorable man who wants to be more than her protector—if only she can accept his dangerous lifestyle. But Calla comes to Skulls Creek with her own set of secrets…secrets that threaten to tear her and Cage—and the Vipers MC—apart. As they put their newfound love to the ultimate test, Cage will risk everything he cares about to save her…
Viper’s Run marks the first book that I’ve read by Stephanie Tyler. Kind of… Confused? That’s okay, because unless you follow either Stephanie Tyler or S.E. Jakes, you wouldn’t understand. I was beyond excited when I found out that these two authors are actually one author. (She’s also half of the Sydney Croft duo – but that’s an entirely different story. 😉 ) Anyway, the point of this little mini intro is to let you in on the fact that even though I don’t have any Stephanie Tyler books ‘under my belt’ I was still reasonably sure I was going to like Vipers Run. It should surprise no one that I wasn’t disappointed.
If you’ve been curious about this one and you’ve checked out any of the other reviews, there’s probably something that you need to know from the beginning. This is one of those ‘instant-love’ books. The twist here is that it’s not just a simple case of ‘love at first sight’ – it goes even farther than that. The only interaction that Cage and Calla had in the beginning was through a phone call. A very intense phone call. That was all it took for these two to decide that they needed each other. I’ll admit, that like a few other people who have read Vipers Run, that threw me just a little. Once I got to know these two better and discovered where they came from – both physically and mentally – it wasn’t so much of a stretch. In a crazy sort of way it actually made sense. Cage felt an overwhelming need to protect and Calla was trying desperately to hang onto the idea that there was someone out there that she could actually trust. The more I got to know these characters, the more I liked them.
Vipers Run was a great beginning to what promises to be an interesting ride. I haven’t read a lot of MC books, but I like where this one is going. Plenty of Alpha males, lots of suspense, more than a little danger and some smexy hotness thrown into the mix. What’s even better is the tie-in to S.E. Jakes’ Havoc series that started with Running Wild. The possibilities are endless and I’ve already fallen in love with more than one of the supporting characters so I can’t wait to see what comes next.