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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  552 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Being fearless has never looked so good . . .

Aubrey Evans needs to get her life back on track after her father is indicted for embezzlement. All she has to do to hightail it out of small-town Tennessee is save up money for college tuition and steer clear of hard-muscled boys on motorcycles. Yet there's no ignoring someone like Zion. A knight in black leather, Zion looks li
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't realize until the very end actually when I heard the audiobook credits that the book was written by one of my fave YA authors, Melissa Marr. While there were things I liked about this story, there were some things that were not so easy to accept. Aubrey, for one, lacked maturity. I get that it's more in the new adult range but I don't really have a lot of respect for girls that behave the way she did in the beginning. What was worse was when she tried to act like she was above all that ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do motorcycle club romance novels need to be gritty and violent to be engaging? Ronnie Douglas’s Undaunted suggests they don’t. Her fresh take on the genre is possibly the sweetest romance with a biker I’ve ever read.

Technically we could classify this book as MC light, but that’s not really an apt descriptor. Douglas has pulled from several hot tropes to craft an engaging, quick read that brings top-notch chemistry to each page.

Aubrey’s a woman with plans that just aren’t working out. She comple
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Undaunted is the first New Adult MC Club novel I've read since Katie McGarry's Nowhere But Here that I have truly fell in love with. The suspenseful, intense storyline, the awesome characters, and of course the beautiful, steamy romance—I loved it all. I also enjoyed how the Southern Wolves Motorcycle Club are family based with fathers, Uncles, sons and cousins and the same goes for the main character, Aubrey (Red). She lives with her grandmother, Maureen, who's definitely not your sweet little ...more
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Undaunted had the potential to be an amazing book, but it just fell flat for me. IT might have to do with the fact that I’m currently binge watching Sons of Anarchy. Yes, I know I’m super late. Let me be lol!

So let’s rewind and tell you guys what I gathered: Audrey’s new in town, but all of a sudden she has all three of the hottest guys in town after her. Believable? Far from it. Oh did I forget to mention she doesn’t really date. Ever. I just feel like Audrey could never decide what it was that
I went into UNDAUNTED with high expectations. I hadn't heard of Ronnie Douglas (who I later learned is actually YA powerhouse writer Melissa Marr), but I am always up for an MC book. What can I say? Sons of Anarchy is my show.

Unfortunately this book was extremely lacking on the MC (motorcycle club) levels. Which would have been OK except for the end, which I won't get into.

Aubrey irritated the living crap out of me for 70% of the book. The only times I liked her was when she was talking with Gra
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fell in love with this story and the characters! My only issue with this book was the rushed ending. With all the build up of drama the end result felt rushed and a little disappointing. However, besides that fact I absolutely adored this story and wish there was another book following Zion and Aubrey.
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
4.5 Stars
Undaunted is a new adult romance from all-star author, Melissa Marr, writing under the pen name of Ronnie Douglas - and I could not put it down!

Aubrey Evans is all about having a plan. A college plan. A career plan. A life plan. Her father getting caught embezzling money from his company and being forced to quit college to move to her grandma's home in small-town Williamsville, Tennessee, was not part of the plan. Neither was falling for the local motorcycle club's bad-boy enforcer. It
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: swoon, arc, na
I received an ARC of this book from William Morrow Paperbacks in exchange for a honest review.

Aubrey has her life all planned out. College, career, marriage, kids - her future was clear to her. But everything falls apart when her father gets into some legal trouble, her family slowly becomes dysfunctional, and she is pulled out of college and is taken under the wing of her grandma who lives in Tennessee. Aubrey has to leave her safe cocoon in Portland, and starts a life in the small town, where
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, edelweiss
UNDAUNTED is a wickedly sexy, tease of a read. It delivers on its promise of knights in black leather with more than one hot guy on a Harley willing to step up to help out a damsel in distress. It introduces a motorcycle club whose members may be rough around the edges but not all of of whom are rough on the eyes. It tantalizes with what might be possible between its main characters, whose chemistry is incendiary, if things were different. And it hints at equally combustible past relationships b ...more
When I received Undaunted in the mail I was pretty excited to read it. MC romances seem to be all the rage now and I was interested to try one out. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this one very much.

I had two main problems with this book. The first one is the characters. They were absolutely terrible. Zion, a.k.a. Killer, was done better than Aubrey but that's not saying much. I would say Aubrey was flat but I guess that would be a lie because she did make me feel things, mostly anger and annoyanc
Characters are so important to me in a book. And that's the biggest reason I didn't like this book.

Aubrey is annoying. She's moved from Oregon, the land of perfection, to a lowly small town in Tennessee. She has a plan. It's an important plan for her life. It includes college at a university in Oregon. It doesn't include the problems her parents are having. It doesn't include moving to live with her grandmother and slumming it. Her uppity nature grated on my nerves. And then there was her no dat
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Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
A book that made me think SOA (Son’s of Anarchy)? Sold! I had to jump on the opportunity to read Undaunted by Ronnie Douglas (aka Melissa Marr) because I love me a bad boy read.

But what I thought was going to be a book about a badass biker turned out to be not so badass. I mean sure, Zion *swoon* (aka Killer) is one tough dude but not as tough as I would have liked him to be. He was pretty tame, but dannnng he was sexy. We did see little clips of just how tough this bad boy was, and don’t get me
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
I had a very hard time liking the female MC. She sort of ruined the book for me. And her romance with Zionwas ehhhhh....
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Mar 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish, _cb
DNF at page 201.

This book just wasn’t doing it for me. I kept waiting for something to happen, something to pull me in, and it never did. I didn’t feel the chemistry between Aubrey and Zion. They hardly had any time together but they’re so into one another? No, not buying it. And Aubrey going back and forth between Noah and Zion was frustrating.

Also not buying the Wolves MC being a one percenter club. They’re not alpha enough. Maybe this was toned down because it’s New Adult?

And not a fan of b
Maryna aka Ryna
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review***

I really enjoyed this book. This book is the first book of the series and introduces a motorcycle club with a lot of hot guys on Harleys and they are all willing to step up and protect or help a damsel in distress…. Though a damsel does not always need to be saved :P This was a fun read and I can tell you that this story was told beautifully with both strong characters each with a back story. I really can’t wait to see where this series will tak
Jane Stewart
Apr 07, 2016 rated it did not like it

This is one of the reasons I don’t like 1st person point of view. Most of the drama and angst is in her head. I prefer stories where more emphasis is placed on external things for example: interesting characters and character development, being on a journey toward something, interesting interactions with others. In this story, Aubrey gets drunk early in the story and we hear all about her feelings of alcohol and numbness and her kissing a guy she doesn’t like. Later she thinks about her drun
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Undaunted was a fun, fast, entertaining MC read.

Aubrey financial struggles send her back to live with her grandmother in TN. This is where she meets Zion, he is her rescuer during a drunken binge that could have gone very bad for Aubrey.

Zion is the enforcer for the local motorcycle club. He is drawn to Aubrey but she plans on leaving TN so she refuses to accept a relationship with Zion.

Working together to figure out who is behind the acts of vandalism in her grandmother’s neighbor, Zion and Aub
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 The Plan Star

I love you. You're Perfect. Now Change. <---- Not the formula for a good life.

Aubrey had a great life in Portland Oregon. This story takes place in Tennessee. What does that tell you? She isn't happy in TN. And she will tell you ALLLLL about it. Aubrey is living with her grandmother who has some vague connection to the local MC Club.

OK...stop right there. I LOVE MC books. We know this. So you know I am going to be all about this one. Hang on....

Zion is the enforcer for the
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Entertaining, but overall the writing was too simplistic and straightforward for my taste. The drama made the romance convoluted due to the heroine going back and forth between the "oh shit we can't be together"my words not hers and the "oh gosh this chemistry is berserk!". Her reasons are understandable, but it pulls the reader too many ways for the novel to flow well. Again my words, not hers. There was a lack of development meaning that the author prevented me from seeing the ways in which th ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: biker
Biker-lite and nothing at all like Kristen Ashley.
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

3 MC lite Stars!

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of William Morrow via Edelweiss

Aubrey finds herself escaping her parents bad choices at her grandma's house.  While she's there, she realizes that there's a lot that she doesn't know about her grandma and her affiliation with the local MC.  

As Aubrey is trying to move forward in her life, she makes a plan, but what she's didn't include in that plan was love and the MC.  

"I thought the mess your parents were making of everything was
Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
I love Melisa Marr, she was one of the first YA authors that I ever fell in love with. So when I saw that she had written a NA romance novel I was FREAKING excited. Now, I've not been reading as much recently because of life but I read this one pretty quickly. Parts had me biting my lip wondering what was going to happen and then other parts were just so cheesy...

I mean, I love HEA ending and this has one of those but I'm not the biggest fan of full-on cheese. This end was just too much. Every
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book! Not much dept in this book but still interesting. Great book to in the sun on vacation.
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Sexy romance with very likeable characters, great tension and tons of drama. I would highly recommend this book to all new adult romance fans!

Opening Sentence: The scream of a house alarm woke me.

The Review:

Aubrey Evans’ life has been turned upside down in the last few months. She grew up in Oregon and was an only child from a well off family. She spent the first two years of college at a very prestigious and expensive school in Oregon. But
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
I really enjoyed this story! I don't know why people gave it such low stars?
It's a NA (new adult) MC (motorcycle club) romance. A lite vanilla one but there is a sex scene. If you want an adult MC with more sex, read an Adult MC. I can recommend those as well ;)
I'm a sucker for MC books.
This story is about Aubrey, who moves to Tennessee to stay with her grandmother when her family life back in Oregon goes to sh*t. After a disasterous night at the county fair she meets Zion aka Killer, w
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Undaunted is Ronnie Douglas' first foray into the new adult genre.  If you don't recognize the author, that's because it's a pseudonym for Melissa Marr.  She wrote this under a pen name so she could "experiment with being a debut author again" and from what else I gathered from her Ronnie Douglas website, she likes to keep her genre identities separate.  She co-writes a middle grade series, The Blackwell Pages, as M.A. Marr.  I first fell in love with Melissa Marr when I read her entire dark you ...more
Pretty Sassy Cool
2 stars.

We were so excited when we saw Undaunted by Ronnie Douglas. Here are our top 6 Reasons to Read Undaunted by Ronnie Douglas, along with 3 things that make it okay to skip it:

We Really Liked:
We are currently obsessed with motorcycle romance over here at Pretty Sassy Cool, so we were all over Undaunted as soon as we heard about it. Though this one isn't (at all) as heavy as the biker books we're used to, MC fans will enjoy it.

Ronnie Douglas
Ronnie Douglas is actually the penname fo
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
My Thoughts:

I couldn't wait to read Undaunted, because I am a huge fan of MC Club Romance. This is the first book that I've read by Ronnie Douglas. It is the beginning of the Knights in Black Leather Series.

Aubrey Evans moves to Williamsville, Tennessee, to live with her beloved 65 year old Grandma Maureen, a strong, fun-loving woman, and unconventional grandmother. She leaves Oregon after her father is indicted for embezzlement, her mother files for divorce and consequently, she lacks the tuiti
The BookChick
I absolutely adore motorcycle romances and was excited when I discovered Undaunted. The blurb starts out with: "Following in the tradition of Kristen Ashley, Joanna Wilde, and Jay Crownover, this first novel in a sexy, dark New Adult series tells the thrilling story of a young woman who finds herself drawn to a Southern motorcycle club’s inner circle—and a dangerously hot biker." This sentence alone had me sold. I one clicked the audiobook almost instantly. Sadly, that is where my excitement wit ...more

Aubrey misses her old life. She wants to go home and isn't particularly thrilled at having to move to Tennessee. Whilst staying with her Grandmother, she's introduced to MC world and quickly finds herself drawn to the brooding and controlling biker Zion aka Killer. But getting involved with any biker would disrupt her Uni plans and her dream of leaving Tennessee.

Zion is tough, sexy and kinda scary. Aubrey isn't sure what to make of him and tries to resist his charms and demands. I did like Zion
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Also writes as Melissa Marr.

Q&A with New Adult Author Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover (JC): What drew you to venture into writing in the world of New Adult? Was it something specific or did the storyline and age of the characters just happen to fall into that category?

Ronnie Douglas (RD): I started this book back in 2008 (when both of my first two books were on the New York Times bestseller list),

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