Christian Cage Owens was born into the MC (motorcycle
club) world. It is all that he really knows and is comfortable in. He owes a
large debt to the Vipers for all they did for him as a child growing up. To
protect the brotherhood from Heathens’ wrath and after a stint in the army,
Cage goes rogue to gather information to indict the rival MC of drug
trafficking. While he lies injured, close to death, he unintentionally embroils
an old Army friend and the man’s employee into the danger with a phone call.
At first, I had my reservations about Calla. I did not
exactly like her but neither did I hate her but chose to withhold judgment
until I learned more about her and the circumstances that defined her. Once I
delved into her history, I then started to empathize with her. The author has
this amazing knack of creating sympathy for her characters’ hardships and inner
demons. Stephanie Tyler always gives her heroes and heroines some flaw or
skeleton that haunts them and forces them to battle through as they find that
Cage fit every perception I had ever known and come to
expect with bikers and their rough but intricate world. Having grown up with a
father associated with bikers and their rule-laden clubs, I easily assimilated
with Cage’s character and the MC world he lived in. He continues to endear me
throughout the book, from his bull-headed insistence to deal justice to the
ones responsible for Calla’s pain, while keeping the promises he made to her
knowing how she felt about them, to helping her heal and exorcise the ordeal
she experienced as a teenager.
I did fall in love and formed a rapport with the side
character Tennessee. He was such a fun character with his snarky wise cracks
that made me giggle. It did take me a while to adjust to the first person voice
Stephanie Tyler used with this book. I noticed the style and voice is
reminiscent to the alias she shares with Larissa Ione as Sydney Croft.
VIPERS RUN delivers a dirty, grittier side to romance. In
this first book in the SKULLS CREEK SERIES, Stephanie Tyler delves into a side
of motorcycles clubs that people don’t often romanticize on. It is a great
insight into the MC world and the people involved in it.