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Title: The Runaway Viper
Series: The Viper Series #2
Author: Kirsty-Anne Still
Release Date: July 6, 2014
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Having already broken rule number of Clara Delvine’s rules by falling in love with one of her clients, Joely Gilbert knows she is past the point of no return. After defying all of the orders Delvine lives by, Joely believes becoming the first runaway Viper Girl is all too good to be true.
However, remaining uncaught for months, Jace Mason gives Joely the life she’s been searching for – the man she wants, the house she dreamt of, the love she cherishes.

But how long can you outrun the devil when she’s after blood?

After all, Delvine never loses a girl, and she’ll do anything to make sure she has Joely back to finish her contractual obligations.
What happens when Joely’s left with the biggest decision of her life, the decision that was always hers to make – kill her heart or kill the man she loves.
Clara will make sure Joely never strays from The Viper Rooms – ever again.
But can The Boss tame a runaway viper?

“What’s got you looking distant?” Jace comes out from the bathroom, covered only by a towel.
I look up and smile guiltily. “When did I become such a snob?” I ask him, keeping my tone light. I’m arguing with my inner self, appalled at my own mental path. “The bedding to this place is going to have us itching all night.” I train my eyes upon him and sigh. “When did that become one of my biggest problems?”
Jace laughs at my problem and my faces pulls into a frown.
“If cheap sheets are your biggest problem right now, Lee, I am going to sleep a happy, happy man tonight.” He watches me, seeing my shoulders slump slightly under his teasing tone. “Maybe you could inspect the quality of towels too,” he queries, waltzing over to me. He pulls the front off from his body, holding out to me. “They’re rather stiff.”
I bite my lip and allow my eyes to trail down his partially glistening body and find the towel parted a delicious amount. I can already see he is hard and I release my lip. My mouth dries as I reach out for the flannel material and I feel lust filter through my system, stealing my woes and casting them aside.
I smirk at the sight, grinning like a Cheshire cat. “Definitely stiff.” I nod and agree and release the towel. Jace does too and the white flannel sheet drops entirely, leaving my husband bare and turned on before me. “Really stiff,” I exhale, my breathing drawing thin. His penis is directly within my eye level and I can’t help but lick my lips.
Jace doesn’t even utter a word as he reaches out for me. He takes my hand, mock disgust smother his face as he gazes upon what little I have on. “You’re a little too overdressed for my liking,” he speaks with minor revulsion as he pulls me up to my feet.


Review:

Holy Mother of all mayhem! I was a hot-ass-edgy-mess during this read. We were all left grasping and clawing onto the ledge of the that last cliff hanger from Saturdays at the Viper Rooms, so I know I wasn't alone. You just knew that their disillusioned sense of peace would never truly stick. Clara, the Viper bitch from the wicked West, was no doubt standing in the shadows waiting for her perfect time to bite. During the first part of the book, I was literally on the edge, my Kindle was prepped for the impending drop (or throw across the room), and I was anxiously awaiting for Joely and Jace's faux fantasy HEA to inevitably come to an abrupt halt. No one was aloud to talk to me during this time...or face the wrath of my annoyed shushing. 

"My eyes are watering as I hear the conviction laced upon every note in his tone. How can a man love me so fiercely that he will fight with every fiber of his being to make sure I am never lost from his life? What did I do to deserve a love with such ferocity it burns in every piece of his being? And how do I ever prove that I love him so wholeheartedly back that I would walk to the ends of the earth to make sure he was never hurt or worse?"

We were left off with Joely kidnapped by Jace...well is it really kidnapping if you willingly go with the love of your life? They bounce around from country to country, trying to stay off of Clara's radar. After months on the run, they have finally decided to settle down and start some roots. *Cue impending doom* Joely is not so convinced of their safety. She constantly struggles with deep seeded feelings of guilt for forcing Jace into this life on the run and risking his safety in general. Jace tries to reassure her every chance he gets, but eventually the gig is up and they are found. Clara uses the biggest weakness that Joely has to get her runaway Viper back into her evil clutches...Jace. 

"Jace saved me before, and now it's my turn - I won't be giving up easily."

I don't want to give away too much of the storyline, because I am firmly trying to stay spoiler free here. I am fighting the urge to ramble on and on. Well, I think we all could have guessed that Joely would be forced back into the Viper Rooms. However, the club that she steps back into is not the same. Clara is unforgiving,vengeful, and has taken her angry wrath out on the other girls, changing the club into something much darker than before. If you hated Clara before, you will thoroughly despise her in this book! I wanted to throw her into that damn pit and never let her ass out. 

"They merge together to protect me as I enter The Viper Rooms, and I'm cast back to my first days here. All attention on the unknown girl, but this time I'm not new. This time I'm the fallen girl."

"And there it is. The voice of the viper. Clara Delvine stands before me, authoritatively beautiful, ethereal at most. She's standing with such confidence that I resent my body for bursting out into a cold sweat."

I know what your thinking? How in the bloody hell is Joely going to get out of this horrible situation again. One escape was rare enough, two would be a miracle from the high heavens. Joely is at the very bottom of the viper chain and her spirit is continuously tested. Jace continues to fight from the outside for his viper girl, but this time he has some much needed allies. Can he pull it off? If he is successful, will it be in time to save what is left of his broken Joely? Can Joely pick herself up and actually be able to leave the girls and Eli behind, knowing that Clara will only take it out on them again. Will Clara truly let Joely go with no eventual revenge to seek out? Who will be scarified, broken, betrayed? Ahh...the wildness and pure unadultered juiciness of this story will keep you uncomfortably fidgety, yet firmly planted in your seat.

"I don't have to obey her every whim. I will stare her down and disobey. This is not like it was before. This is like the beginning of a rebellion, and I want to see Clara Delivine try and stop the anarchy."

I was beyond thrilled with the continuation of this story. My only downfall was knowing there is a third book, which means we would eventually once again be left dangling at the end of this one. Have no fear, that should not deter you, because the story is amazing and so very worth the wait for the next book. The characters are still deep and easy to connect with. Jace once again turned me into a puddle of swoony goo with all his unrelenting determination and absolute raw sexiness. Kirsty-Anne did a great job of laying on the false sense of security at the beginning, only to slap you with the harsh reality of Clara's evil scorn. There are so many twists, turns, and dark grittiness that it will surely leave you dazed, confused, and emotionally drained. I've been successfully left desperate for the third book and have been practicing my evil sinister laugh for the upcoming hopeful demise of Clara Delvine! *bwaaahhh...haaa...haaaaaa* I would definitely recommend this book and series to my fellow book junkies out there. Get one-clickin everyone! 

4.5 out of 5 Devastating, Living on the Edge, Runaway Stars!




Saturdays at The Viper Rooms – Released March 12, 2014
“You and I know I can’t say no.” I swallow my fear and allow my eyes to fall down to his chest, I can’t look at him. “And I can’t lose you.”
Joely Gilbert, one of two head Viper Girls for the club, strives to maintain a double life both full of deceit, betrayal, sex, lust, and fear. She knows the rules of the club and the way the boss works like no other, but she is the one breaking everything she knows in order to keep the new life she has. After running from her past, she’ll do anything to stay away from it. It’s what makes her perfect for the job. It’s what makes her normal.
Everyone has a story when they arrive at the doors of The Viper Rooms.

It’s this that binds clients and Viper Girls together. Each want to forget, each want something to remember, to feel, to lust over. The Viper Rooms gives the exclusive a time in their life to get the things they need from a club devoted solely to them. No strings attached, no questions asked. But what lies beneath the surface can’t always be stopped. It can’t be silenced forever.

And Joely’s one of the girls who knows that more than anyone else.
What happens when her facade starts to break? What would Joely rather give up; the man who wants to save her, but could die trying, or the life that could ultimately kill her?
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The Viper’s Bite – Coming Fall 2014
The third and final book in The Viper Series.
When a red-eyed, disheveled Joely arrives back on the doorstep of The Viper Rooms, what is The Boss to do?

Turn away a girl she once had high hopes for or give her another chance?

Having felt robbed of seeing Joely reach her full potential, Clara decides to test her once head Viper Girl, but when Joely gives Clara a chance to have what she’s wanted, The Boss is left with a tough decision.
“Clara,” I murmur, trying to find conviction in my own voice. “I want to be like you. I want to never feel love again.”

Will Clara Delvine give up the chance to have her own protégée?

And is the seduction of opportunity too much to be passed up or has she met her match?
After all, can The Boss trust her Runaway Viper?
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