Review - Raine Falling & Chasing Claire by Paula Marinaro

After a lifetime of uncertainty, Raine Winston shouldn’t be fazed by anything anymore. But she’s terrified. Terrified that her wayward sister, Claire, has gotten into debt dangerously over her head. Terrified that a muscle-clad biker named Diego doesn’t want payment with money—he wants much more. And terrified of the dizzying desire she feels whenever Diego touches her…

Diego Montesalto spends his days raising hell and his nights in the arms of fast, easy women. Tough, tattooed, and used to taking what he wants, he refuses to get emotionally invested in anyone. But he can’t stop thinking about Raine’s sweet smell, striking blue eyes, and quiet determination. She may have the spirit of a warrior, but she needs someone to guide and protect her.

When Raine has no choice but to go on the run, she falls straight into the Hells Saints’ mayhem-filled world…and into Diego’s strong arms. But in a life filled with hard choices, raw lust, and blood-soaked violence, is there room for loyalty…or love?

Raine Falling (Hells Saints Motorcycle Club #1) by Paula Marinaro

I enjoyed the story and it kept me interested .......but I didn't love Deigo. He is totally alpha but he is TOO hot-headed and kind of violent. I wasn't feeling his outbursts and bossiness. I'm not even sure I liked him and Raine together as a couple. However, I was feeling Crow and I think he and Raine would have been great together if it wasn't for his situation.

There were other good secondary characters that added layers and interest to the story. Anytime there is kidnapping, murder, car chases and crazy exes (NOTE: in books only) it's a GOOD TIME for all. 

Claire Winston knows she’s lucky to be alive—and even luckier to have the love and protection of a man like Prosper, her adoptive father and leader of the Hells Saints Motorcycle Club. Yet, try as she may, she can’t leave yesterday behind. She’s still haunted by Reno, the bad-boy biker her heart loves but her spirit fears. And she can’t seem to escape the terrifying memories of a night filled with blood, bullets, and brutality.

Hells Saints soldier Reno has tried everything with liquor and lace to get Claire off his mind. But he just can’t forget her freckles, her fierce fragility, and her tender heart. He knows he’s the only man who can give her the love she truly deserves.

As Claire and Reno spiral back into each other’s lives, they wonder if happiness is finally in their cards. But when violence once again explodes around them, Claire must decide if she really can trust Reno and commit to life with him—or if she’ll stay chained to her past forever.

Chasing Claire (Hells Saints Motorcycle Club#2) by Paula Marinaro

I continued with the series because I wanted to know how Claire's story would pan out since she took a different path than Raine and had a much rougher life.

I think I immediately liked Reno and Claire together. They definitely had a rollercoaster romance and at times I wanted OFF. I liked that Claire pulled it together and didn't let Reno completely run the show.

Again, there are some good secondary characters and additional storylines: Jules and Glory, Special Ops Marine Captain Hallelujah Thomas, and what's up with Reno's mom and the local mob boss???

Really good read and left me wanting to know more about Jules, Glory and Hal......we ALL know there is a story there.