Resilient by Gillian Archer
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Goodreads Rating: 2.5 Stars
Every loner needs a family—and a heart to call home. The bad-boy bikers of the True Brothers MC make good as a strong, silent type shows the right woman that he can speak the language of love.
With her lowlife father in prison for manslaughter, Nicole Walker keeps her distance from the biker scene—until she meets the stud running security at her best friend’s wedding. “Tank” is big, mean, and trouble from every direction. Yet Nicole can’t take her eyes off his chiseled body, or deny the pure electricity she feels when he returns her gaze. Guys like Tank are supposed to be a one-way ride to heartbreak. So why, after a scorching night in his bed, does Nicole only want more?
From his tour in the Marines to his sister’s disastrous marriage, Tank has seen the worst that life has to offer. Ever since his father’s death, Tank’s been fiercely protective of his family—and the True Brothers have always had his back. But nothing could prepare him for a woman like Nicole, who’s determined to break down the walls around his heart. When violence strikes, placing Nicole in harm’s way, Tank digs deep to find the courage to keep her safe—and the strength to love without limits.
I didn't really know what I was getting when I requested this one. I wanted something light and fluffy and that wasn't what I got. Also, I haven't read the other two books in this series and, while I'm sure this can be a standalone, I was a little out of the loop.
Tank's first impression of Nicole is that he immediately wants her. (He used more explicit language, but I'd like to keep that off the blog.) His first meeting with her is also at the hospital where one of their friends are because she was shot. So. His friend got shot and he's got other things on his mind.
Flash forward a year to when their respective friends are getting married and Tank and Nicole meet again. They immediately piss each other off and Nicole gets a bad rep for being a mean bitch. Literally, her friend tells her that. As someone like Nicole, who freely speaks their mind and is always honest with others, that kind of bothered me.
Eventually Tank and Nicole take their mutual hatred for each other to the bedroom. They agree to be "one and done" but it never works out that way does it?
I did enjoy this story, but it was just a bit too much for me. There was a lot of drama to go along with Nicole and Tank's story. Some of it was drawn out from other storylines and some of it was their own. I liked the male characters in the books, but wasn't too crazy about Nicole's "friends", except Brittany. There was definitely some character growth here, and I do love that. I liked how Tank and Nicole's relationship changed and how they were able to open up to each other in more ways than one.
I'm not sure if I'd like the others in this series, but this one was pretty good.
Thanks to Loveswept and NetGalley for the ARC.