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Baum Squad #2

Aces High

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I have two weeks left to live.

Two weeks to come up with one hundred thousand dollars.

Two weeks to convince the woman I love she loves me too.

When The Bowman passed away — my dead father’s best friend and bookie — the payoff arrangement he made with my loan shark died with him.

Now, I have two weeks to cough up the money or else.

The only silver lining? The Bowman’s death brought Liv, his daughter, back into my life.

Ten years ago, all she wanted was my love. What she got was a broken heart instead.

But time apart and grief do strange things to people, bringing them together in unexpected ways. Like drunk and horny and naked in your bed.

Now I’m in a race against time, fighting for the woman I want back, all while trying to figure out exactly how to stay alive.

Life, I tell ya. It can sure deal one hell of a mutherfkn’ hand.

262 pages, Paperback

First published September 25, 2019

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M. Never

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M. NEVER RESIDES IN NEW York City. When she's not researching ways to tie up her characters in compromising positions, you can usually find her at the gym kicking the crap out of a punching bag, or eating at some new trendy restaurant.
She has a dependence on sushi and a fetish for boots. Fall is her favorite season.
She is surrounded by family and friends she wouldn't trade for the world and is a little in love with her readers. The more the merrier. So make sure to say hi!

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4,006 reviews439 followers
January 26, 2020
2 ⭐⭐ - Meh!
He may be a gigantic pain in my ass — since birth — but he’s still damn cute. Too bad he has the reputation of a porn star.

“Leaving so soon?” I look over at the beautiful woman with the wild mane of dark curls. “Unfortunately, yes.”

“Bring it on, Anita.”

“Lisa!” She punches me.

I catch sight of the half-dozen used condoms littered all over the floor as I shrug on my jeans.

That’s one thing about living in LA — there’s no shortage of sunshine or sexual relations.

Speaking of hypnotic, Harley, the bartender, has some enchantments of her own. Specifically, humongous boobs, killer curves, and come-fuck-me eyes. She does it to me every time. Every, fucking, time.

One of those perks? Hooking up with the hot bartender in the back room.

I follow after her as she exits the bar, placing my hands on her slim waist. This isn’t our first time sneaking away during one of her shifts. We both know the drill.

And now here I am waking up next to the man I have tried to forget over the last ten years.

Damon’s feelings are a work of fiction. An illusion. Now you see them, now you don’t. I’ve experienced what he’s capable of firsthand. He’s fed me niceties before, and I tripped over my own feet believing them. But never again. One heartbreak hand delivered from Damon is all I can take. I can’t, and won’t, open myself up to him like that again.

“She needed a shoulder to cry on after the funeral.” “God, you are a piranha. You went after the Bowman’s grieving daughter?”


Hannah — head cheerleader, prom queen, and school slut — has Damon pinned against the wall with her tongue shoved down his throat. I’ve put up with a lot of bullshit in my life. Gone through the highs and lows from my family situation. But never has my heart broken in a way it is right now.

I let my guard down. I trusted him. And this is what I get for it? A slap in the damn face.

I’ll never forget that punch she threw at the prom.

“Let me go down on you,” she huffs with her messy hair all over her face. She’s Houston, and I definitely have the problem. I push myself off her and lean back on the table, the green felt scratchy instead of soft under my fingertips. I will give it to Vanessa, she brings her A game on a mission to get me hard.

“Fuck, Vanessa.” I finally put a stop to it, all of it. Groaning infuriatedly as I rake my hands down my face. She stands with a perplexed look as I work quickly to fix myself.
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270 reviews44 followers
June 5, 2020
I tried, god how I tried but the H’s manwhorish way were a major turn off and I ended up DNF ing this novel. His playboy ways are not only off the page but also on the page. There’s an entire scene where he screws his regular, ( bar tender Vanessa ) which disgust me. Why do we have to go through the torture of reading , in detail how he fucks when we already know there is some one else there and he is hung up on her. They are unwanted details and ruin the novel for me.

First hour of this novel was truly a torture to listen to.

Maybe he redeemed himself maybe she made him work for it I don’t and I don’t care especially after reading that they hooked up when they meet after ten years. Liv hated him for 10 years and she’s fucking him the first chance they get the reasons were just excuses that’s that.

Spoilers: The first day they have sex H who is a manwhore doesn’t use condom. Yep, you got it right. Not only they fuck with out condoms but he also cums in her. Seriously wtf ?

He was manwhore then ,he is a manwhore now. He broke her heart. She should have shown some pride and self control no matter how much distraught she was and never spoken to him. I don’t know how he’s going to remedy himself and how hard she is going to make him work but maybe I might end up giving it another chance after a long time because of all the high ratings and reviews. MAYBE but m not sure.

Finished reading.

Ok . Now I have forced my to cool down and read and understand why everyone liked this novel so much. Maybe H redeems himself. Thought maybe I might end up loving it too. But boy was I wrong.
I still hate this novel.let me give you few reasons why I still hated.
They never used protection.
After the second time they have sex he goes to ky’s president’s house and checks his fiancée’s ass appreciatively. That’s right after all the I LOVE LIV he’s checking another man’s old lady’s ass. Some kind of love.
Then she sees him flirting with a waitress and pocket her number when she confronts him he says he did it out of habit and old habits die hard she means nothing some BS. Yeah like it would take mountains of effort to tell some chick who’s flirting with you that you are taken. This happens after he is relentlessly trying to persuade and convince her he’s a changed man and she’s his everything.
I don’t even want to get started on the scene with the bartender after his hospitalization.

I wouldn’t be surprised if ends up like Liv’s father and after a few years will cheat on her. He’s reasons or excuses would be: he is a human and all men have flaws and make mistakes but he’s a great guy who loves his kids and accepts himself for who he is, flaws and all.

Didn’t the heroine’ father, heroine and everyone who knew him(h’s father ) said the same thing about him.

Few quotes from this novel.
## “Speaking of hypnotic, Harley, the bartender, has some enchantments of her own. Specifically, humongous boobs, killer curves, and come-fuck-me eyes. She does it to me every time. Every, fucking, time.

One of those perks? Hooking up with the hot bartender in the back room.

I follow after her as she exits the bar, placing my hands on her slim waist. This isn’t our first time sneaking away during one of her shifts. We both know the drill.”

**The scene with bar tender after his hospitalization.**

## “Let me go down on you,” she huffs with her messy hair all over her face. She’s Houston, and I definitely have the problem. I push myself off her and lean back on the table, the green felt scratchy instead of soft under my fingertips. I will give it to Vanessa, she brings her A game on a mission to get me hard.

“Fuck, Vanessa.” I finally put a stop to it, all of it. Groaning infuriatedly as I rake my hands down my face. She stands with a perplexed look as I work quickly to fix myself.

**I say, too little too late.**

**Ky was right when he said:

“She needed a shoulder to cry on after the funeral.” “God, you are a piranha. You went after the Bowman’s grieving daughter?” **

Liv never should have trusted him. She didn’t even try hard . She deserves what she’ll get in future ie, all the cheating and heartbreak

Just a thought, ten years have passed now she is 27 and all this time she hated the H or believed she did, then why didn’t she have a husband or a fiancé or a boyfriend or a fuck buddy???? anything? whereas we have to read in explicit details about hero’s sex life? Because she is pathetic that’s why.
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7,645 reviews16 followers
October 24, 2019
Aces High by M. Never is book Two in the Baum Squad Series. This is the story of Damon 'Breaker' La Rue and Liv Ward. I have read the previous book but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Liv and Damon both grew up in the Baum Squad biker gang. Although Liv left when she was around 17 and did not return. But now her father there has passed and she has returned after about 10 years. Liv isn't letting her heart get broken by Damon again so she has her shields up around it. Damon was a playboy who knew in the back of his mind that he let the one women get away that he could really care for. Now she is back but his life is in danger so he has to end that threat while try to convince Liv that he wants more.
Enjoyed this second chance at love.

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1,243 reviews141 followers
September 23, 2019
Amount of sex 3.5 / 5
How explicit are the sex scenes 3 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

Aces High is the second book in the Baum Squad series written by author M. Never. Each book in this series tells the story of a different couple and can be read as a standalone MC romance. Although, if you are like me and enjoy knowing the backstories, I suggest reading the series in order.  Just know that it’s optional.

Aces High tells the story of Damon (Breaker) La Rue and Liv Ward. Liv’s father was the club’s bookie, and she grew up around the club along with Damon and Ky. Although, she moved out east when she was around seventeen years old.  Now, it’s been ten years, and she finally returns for her father’s funeral. 

Damon is a known player, but he’s only really cared for one woman, and that’s Liv.  Seeing her again after ten years has him hoping for more, but Liv is not having it.  When Damon’s life is threatened, his attitude about everything changes.  He only has a couple days to fix the mess his deceased father left him with. Can he fix all of the wrongs and convince Liv he’s changed?

I really loved Damon and Liv’s story.  It was steamy, and it kept my attention throughout. A definite add to your TBR list!

Voluntarily Reviewed a Gifted Copy
September 29, 2019
This may be one of my favorite couples by M Never. Damon and Liv have known wach other their whole lives. But after shattering her heart, Liv has been away for 10 years. When her father dies, Damon is back to console Liv. Broken or not, their hearts have never forgotten each pther.

Great second chance romance. Damon works hard to earn Liv's trust again. Most of this takes place away from the MC but still has lots of action and suspense. Loved seeing all the MC come to a brother's defense.

I liked Liv through the whole story. She knew her mind and was not about to move forward until her heart was convinced it was safe. Her sisters added some interest as well.

I'm looking forward to reading more about the Baum squad. Great story!

*Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.
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1,268 reviews173 followers
February 5, 2020
Aces High features a rather clunky exposition with a heavy dose of insta-love/drama.
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551 reviews61 followers
February 20, 2023
AUDIO - Fabulous narration by Jacob Morgan and Muffy Newtown. description"/

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3,752 reviews217 followers
September 29, 2019
Wow! What a story! This book had me hooked and on the edge of my seat from the moment I started reading! I loved the characters and though that their chemistry was out of this world. There was drama, suspense and some hot steamy moments that made this book a must read for sure!

By Alisa
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2,043 reviews298 followers
October 25, 2019
Aces High by M.Never was the perfect mix of dirty, sexy, dangerous and intense ! The MC Romance captured the very essence of the trope so amazingly. Adrenaline was running high and passion was burning hot.

Livey and Damon were childhood friends as her father took Damon under his wing. They belong to the Baum Squad MC Club family. They had this crush since very beginning but on prom night Damon broke her heart and so they never explored their chemistry. Now years later they meet again at the funeral of Liv's father. Damon is fully living upto his reputation of bad boy manwhore biker man and Liv is pursuing her dream career as gallery owner. One night of red hot passion where they were trying to numb their pain and grief makes them realise they still want and need each other. But Damon has demons chasing him for his life and Liv is soon going to get dragged in the mess. With stakes so high, can Live give him another chance?

Damon fits every woman's bad boy fantasy. Drop dead gorgeous, cocky, arrogant, charming as a snake and too much sex appeal. But what makes him a great guy is his loyalty to his family and his very own sense of moral compass. He took care of Liv when she needed and he almost lost his life so that he could keep his friends away from danger. Liv is a little spitfire. I love her spirit and sincere soul. It takes a lot to be with a man like Damon who makes more mistakes everyday but this woman has strength in spades! Their chemistry was absolutely hot and full of angst. Heartbreak, misunderstandings, pain and love all were there. And they were thrown into this complex plot where they were running for their lives. And I loved to meet the old friends from Baum Squad again! I love this hot bunch.

Aces High by M.Never was a thrilling and sensual MC Romance. It will be one intense and steamy read !

Received ARC for Honest review
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3,985 reviews319 followers
September 29, 2019

In this installment of the Baum Squad, we get up close and personal with Breaker, aka Damon.

He is a heartbreaker, hence his name but that is only because he hasn't snagged the one he has wanted and maybe he wasn't ready. When a long-time friend and father figure, Bowman, passes away his time might just be up. Not only does his death signify trouble, but it brings Liv back to his life.

Ten long years ago Damon broke her heart, now satisfied with her life, Liv can't resist his pull again. What is one night of comfort from the man who broke her young heart? And then what is two weeks of non-stop gambling and danger to help make her heart desire him even more.

I felt like this book was steamier than the last one and I certainly didn't mind one bit. Damon and Liv are like this live wire of chemistry. Even when his face is being rearranged and she is doing her best to keep him in the friend-zone. The looming threat kept me engrossed and the action was nice and bloody. There was also some nice set-ups for more books to come. And I am hoping for some resolution with Knuckles, because well, I need it. I can't wait to see who is next in this band of alphas.
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1,782 reviews1 follower
September 25, 2019
Damon “Breaker” La Rue and Liv Ward grew up together in the Baum Squad MC. Their friendship grew into a more adult attraction, but a misunderstanding caused them to go their separate ways. Now years later, both their fathers have passed, and Liv is home for her father's funeral. This is the chance that Breaker needs to show Liv he is a better man, and that they are meant to be together. But Liv doesn't trust easily, no matter what her heart tells her to do. When the sins of Breaker's father is thrust on him, it puts both their lives in peril. Breaker doesn't want to involve anyone in his problems, but Liv, and his MC family will do what it takes to protect their own. Breaker had his work cut out for him to earn Liv's trust, his heart was always in the right place, but he didn't always execute very well. I loved the hilarious banter between the brothers, and no matter how hard they pick on each other, they are completely loyal and devoted to each other. It was also great catching up with all my favorite couples from the first books. This was a raw, heart pounding, and steamy story that kept me riveted from start to finish.
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789 reviews36 followers
August 18, 2020
(audiobook+ebook) It was the first MC romance I really enjoyed. Maybe because it didn’t focus on the MC exactly–quite the opposite actually, as Damon refused to involve his friends in his troubles. Maybe because it wasn’t badly written. Maybe because it was scorching hot–lava level. Maybe because, as an audiobook, the narration gave it a little something that I liked. Maybe all of the above.

I quite liked that the characters are all badass, and definitely not proper. Sure, they can be kind and gentle, and they have feelings, but they swear like sailors, and they aren’t afraid to show their evil side. Even Liv uses her fists when needed. And their mistakes have consequences, often dangerous and painful.

It was gritty and sexy and I loved it!


- Series: Baum squad #2 (can be read as a standalone)
- Hashtags: #MC romance #romantic suspense #second chance #criminals
- Triggers: gruesome depiction of violence and injuries, alcohol and drug use, heavy cheating
- Main couple: Liv Ward & Damon La Rue
- Hotness: 5/5
- Romance: 3/5
- + *fans herself* that was hot
- – way too immature characters–they’re almost 30!
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107 reviews4 followers
September 7, 2020
It's no secret that I am a huge M. Never fan and this 3rd instalment in the Baum Squad series did not disappoint.

I was invested in Damon and Liv’s friends-to-lovers story from the beginning. As the story opens, Damon is screwing his way through life and working dead-end side jobs. While polar opposite Liv is a confident, driven woman on the verge of opening her own art gallery. When the childhood friends reconnected after the death of The Bowman, I found myself excited and hopeful their sexual chemistry would develop into more after a sneaky encounter.

The overall themes of friendship, loyalty and family brought this story to life. I also enjoyed seeing the main characters from the previous two books continue to make appearances throughout the story, along with being introduced to new MC members who will hopefully get stories of their own.

In the meantime, I will try my best to wait patiently for the next instalment in the Baum Squad series.
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3,889 reviews438 followers
September 25, 2019
I only discovered this author recently, so I haven’t read a whole lot of her backlist books, but these books I’ve read recently have been phenomenal in plot, characterization and just overall appeal!

I loved the story of Liv and Damon. It had just enough spark to keep my girlie parts singing and enough drama/suspense to keep me reading in one sitting. You won’t be able to help yourself. It’s a race against time so it will just suck you in, or at least it did me!!

I’m loving the Baum Squad and can’t wait for more!
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970 reviews22 followers
September 17, 2019
Characters = 5/5
Plot = 5/5
Romance = 4/5
Mystery = 3/5
Action =  5/5
Darkness = 5/5
Humor = 1/5
Stars =  5 ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Would I recommend this book = Yes
Would I read future books by this author = Yes

I absoutely LOVE this series. The Baum Squad is simply amazing.

"Liv, I don't have anything to give you except my heart. I hope it's enough." ♡♡♡ This quote is everything!

Past friends, Liv and Damon (Breaker), are reunited in heartbreak. They confide in each other for emotional support when past demons return with a vengeance. Now there is a deadline and $100k is wanted. If the money is not paid in full it equals death. A trip to Vegas becomes an emotional rollercoaster. Ups and downs, love, and loss will takeover. Buuuut, will it be too late? Will the vultures win?

I sat down and read this whole book in one sitting. I could not put it down. It was so hot and dangerous. I wanted and needed more the whole time. It played with my emotions to the max. I laughed, I swooned and my eyes teared up. All in all, the plot was awesome!

Also, all the characters are the best. I can't wait to read about the other Baum Squad members.
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2,592 reviews50 followers
October 14, 2020
It’s been a while since I read the first book in the series so I had forgotten some of the character’s backstory but I was still able to enjoy this book and follow along with what was going on.
This series isn’t as dark as some other books that this author has written so don’t be afraid to pick it up.
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2,160 reviews40 followers
September 30, 2019
Two stubborn people that are perfect yet imperfect. This couple of misfits have exactly what it take to drive the other apart. Dangerous bikers and past heart aches make for one heck of a read.
Damon has two weeks to not only save his life but the life of the woman he fell for and broke. Surviving and making her see who he is on the inside apart form the playboy he has been for the last decade or so.
Liv has always held a torch for Damon, but falling for him again isn't only dangerous it is a recipe for heart ache.
This book is fast paced and filled with loyal and protective alpha's ready to fight for family and their women.
The Baum squad is taking hearts left and right!
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88 reviews1 follower
September 26, 2019
3.5 Stars

I wanted to love this one as much as I loved Snowfall and Slashes in the Snow but unfortunately it was just okay for me. I found myself more interested in Ky and Kira and Gerard in the book than the two main characters.

I think what bothered me the most was Damon pushed his MC brothers away not wanting to get them involved in the problems he inherited from his father, but when they show up to help him anyway, he abandons what they are trying to accomplish to save him for a second chance with Liv. (I’m trying to avoid spoilers.)

Liv is a mess after her father dies, which is what causes her to fall back into the arms of Damon for a night. When they were younger, I could see the connection but now ten years later, Liv is a successful gallery owner and Damon is just skirting through life and immature and I just couldn’t get into them being a couple.

I’m not a huge fan of second chance romances so maybe that plays a factor in this. This doesn’t deter me from reading more about the Baum Squad in the future as I really loved the first two books in the series.

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159 reviews26 followers
September 29, 2019
I am somewhat new to M. Never and I must say I will be purchasing more books from her! This story was hot and steamy! I couldn't put this book down and would recommend a nice comfy area, snacks and cold drinks to read this book!

This is Breaker and Liv's story and I must say I wondered if the hate in this love hate relationship would win. There is a connection that never fades if it is meant to be, even after being years apart.

The years of trying to forget, fighting the feelings that will never go away and the current issues the Breaker is now in puts a damper on love and makes the ride suspenseful. Their story is something that keeps you on your toes and the love and lust the ignites just by looking at each other makes you melt.

M. Never wrote a fantastic story and I can't wait to read more from her!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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1,118 reviews15 followers
September 25, 2019
Aces High: A Baum Squad novel is a tumultuous tale of mayhem, madness, and insatiable passionate love. M. Never has continued to wow and mesmirise me with her powerful words and dramatic characters. It truly was a mindblowing, body bending drama that left me angry, turned on and mighty frustrated. And let me tell you, it was worth all the stress I felt because I was sneakily reading when I was supposed to be doing…… other things 😉

I fell obsessively into adore with these main characters. The secondary characters added dramatic flair and a robustly rounded peak into the lives and loves of these men and women. The leading man made me want to rip ky hair out. The leading lady made me want to scream at her to make him sweat. Be strong, beautiful leading lady. But no, i was thrown around the tempest that was their story. They made me feel. FEEL EVERYTHING. I was hopelessly and happily driven crazy by this colourful cast of lunatics. And loved every minute of it.5 stars.

737 reviews
November 1, 2019
Bowman's Daughter

I'm struggling SO hard with this review, I'm a fan of this author but this story just didn't do it for me. I feel so guilty saying that but the truth is Snowfall was the story that really hit the mark, even though it was a prequel, that novella was packed with feels. I just haven't connected as well with the first two books in this series and I really hoped this book would bring that connection. While I like the characters and somewhat enjoy the storyline, it all just feels repetitive. I'm going to sound like a prude because I do enjoy the sexy times but sometimes there is too much sexy and not enough sustenance. Yes, I'm being a bit critical but I read the entire Decadence series and was truly taken on a journey and that's what I think is missing, the journey, the escape all those little moments that build and build, this felt like a sprint and I'm in it for the marathon.
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4,984 reviews
November 30, 2019
4 stars

This was much better than the first book. However, it still was missing something that drew me to this author in the first place. It might just be this series, but for some reason the writing style seems different. I'm not connecting to the story the way that I usually do.

That being said, even though this isn't my favorite by this author, I still enjoyed the book.
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821 reviews29 followers
February 7, 2020
This book was hot and suspenseful and everything I want out of an MC romance. The narration by Muffy Newtown and Jacob Morgan was perfection! I need more Baum Squad!!
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11k reviews140 followers
September 28, 2019
OH MY HELL! M. Never penned another amazing story in the Baum Squad series, and I will NEVER EVER get enough! It all starts out with Liv's father, The Bowman, making Damon take her to her senior prom when she wanted to go stag with all of her friends. Something happened that night, which destroyed their friendship, but before it was revealed, Ms. Never fast forwarded many years, where Damon, aka Breaker, was just simply put, a total man whore. Not to mention he had some issues going on with some help from Liv's father. The Bowman was actually keeping the baddie at bay who was trying to get Breaker's father's debt from Breaker, but unfortunately, The Bowman died too young, and now Breaker was on the hook for every penny of it within 2 weeks. For whatever reason, he was too stubborn to ask for help within his MC, and I never understood that since it's a family at the end of the day. Anyway, at the funeral, Breaker came face to face with Liv after all the time that has passed, and he instantly realizes that she's the woman for him. However, trying to get her to forgive him wasn't going to be easy at all, since she's not willing to allow him to break her heart again. They spend a HOT, and I MEAN SERIOUSLY HOT night together after they buried her father, but he tried again the next day to get her to give him another chance. However the debt he inherited came due at the end of 2 enforcers fists, and Breaker knew that he had to go to figure out a solution quickly. Luckily, or unluckily, Liv was pulled in the middle, so she's now tasked to babysit him in Vegas while he gets the money together. And luckily, some of his brothers found out, so they showed up as well to help him win the money. During this time, he and Liv were lighting the sheets on fire, but only while they were in Vegas was her terms. At this point, some very big twists came out of nowhere, leaving me shocked, and dropping f-bombs loudly. It led to Breaker breaking Liv's heart AGAIN, and this time, IF he gets his head out of his a**, she's never going to forgive him, and I didn't blame her one bit. So will he get his head out of his a** to finally go get the girl meant for him?! And/or will Liv even forgive him for that chance?! These are 2 very important questions that can only be answered if you one click this EPIC ride! HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL!
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2,087 reviews149 followers
September 23, 2019
4 Cranky Stars

Phew my kindle is smoking from the chemistry between Breaker and the Bowman’s daughter. They are destined to be and what a wild ride on the back of a Harley it is.

Damon “Breaker La Rue has always carried a torch for Liv since he escorted her to her senior prom then stole her heart then in the same breath broke it. Now ten years later he’s still part of the Baum Squad but has secrets. Mainly the secret of his dad’s debt looming over his head. Now with a death the debt transferred over to him and puts Liv in his sights. He’s in a fight for his life and his heart when it comes to this girl. Liv grew up with Damon she openly hated him but secretly crushed on him. She thought maybe their time was now at senior prom then it went all to hell and back. Now she runs an art event space and is just trying to make her dreams a reality. When a death rocks her world, she finds herself turning to Damon. What is supposed to be a one-night stand and a final goodbye turns into so much more. Now she is in the thick of the mess Damon is in and against her better judgement she falls hard once again. Now it’s a race against time to make sure they have a future to look forward to.

Oh sweet pretty Damon La Rue you heartbreaking womanizer. He just played his part it seemed. While yeah the chicks were something he did love he carried that torch for Liv for a long time. They were explosive. I admired how he wanted to be an adult and try to solve this issue on his own without dragging the squad into it. Liv I give her points for trying to hard to stay away. She knew what she wanted but the heart wants what the heart wants. My only thing I felt is left hanging is where is Knuckles? I kind of felt like we glossed over that and focused mainly on these two. Maybe it’s just me and it’s not relative to the story or maybe it will show up later. All in all a pretty good second book in a steamy love filled MC novel.
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70 reviews1 follower
June 30, 2020
The only way to describe this book, is it will be the dumbest thing you will ever read. I wasn’t a fan of Slashes in the Snow, but I didn’t think the follow up could be even worse. The whole storyline and characters are ludicrous.

Again M.Never leaves endless holes in the story, so I’m not sure, how Amazon have rated her as a best seller?

The story is based on Damon trying to get money to clear his father debt, however, Ky and Gerrard are presumed to be super rich guys, that when Gerrard offer him the money he provides the stupidest reason not to take?

Second when Ky hunts Damon down, why doesn’t he just pay the debt off for him rather than have all the crew try and win the money back at Vegas?

Not only is the male lead annoying but so is the female character Liv, who introduces the character Knuckles into the story. If she grown up with Ky and Gerrard, why go to a stranger and not two people who have a history with her and Damon?

After the whole dramatics of Damon wanting to sort the debt out only his own, he quick to desert his friends to raise the money while he and Liv are having endless sex in their room, so what was with the big performance at the start of the book about?

Yet the worse part this book is the ending, how Damon is drag out of a busy hotel without being seen by anybody is strange. And why do all his friends leave him to pay the debt by himself? They knew Pony is dangerous so why doesn’t anyone offer to go with him rather than just hand the cash over?

The hospital scenes are absurd, and it odd that the whole gang has the same blood type as Damon that they are all donating to save his life. When he wakes up Liv is a total whinny tantrum throwing cow. The man lost sight in his left eye and gone blind and she is throwing a hissy fit that he is pushing her away. Having a life changing experience is going to cause some depression in a person, that she just comes across as really selfish and incentive.

And after Ky huge outbreak of finding Knuckles, he completely forgotten about and so is the money.

I don’t think there any redeeming quality to this book, it's just awful.
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3,167 reviews177 followers
September 26, 2019
Breaker and Liv are seriously hot!! M. Never kicks it up a notch in this second installment of the Baum Squad series!!

With suspense, steam, and tons of feels, this was a great read and had me instantly sucked in. I absolutely love this crew and the loyalty they have to one another. Each character plays a special part in making this story what it is.

And all these alpha men together in one room was completely awesome. These guys will have you laughing out loud with their crazy banter and hilarious dialogue. And can I just say how much I love Gerard and Kristen. These two may be older but man do they have a connection that I envy.

Breaker and Liv have always had a love-hate relationship and when he took her to her prom (orders from her daddy himself) she finally thought things may be different. But after a broken heart and years apart, Liv’s about to come face to face with the man from her past who she has tried to forget. With the connection these two share it’s inevitable their heartbreak will bring them together. Suffering from the loss of the Bowman, Liv and Breaker find themselves in a heated night that changes things for them both. Liv tries to fight her feelings, but her heart has other plans.

With a debt hanging over his head, Breaker finds himself in a race against time.

I loved the chemistry in this book and Liv’s character is definitely a favorite. She’s strong and fierce but also so vulnerable. A second chance with Damon “Breaker” is not what she was expecting when she’s grieving the loss of her father but now that Breaker has her, he has no intention of letting her go!!

If you’re looking for something sexy with a little suspense and some hot alpha males, M. Never will give you exactly what your looking for with Aces High!!

~ Shannon

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September 25, 2019

Aces High was a great 5 star read and book two in the Baum Squad series.
This is Damon and LIv’s story.

Liv has a connection to the MC, her father was the bookie. She grew up around the MC along with Damon. When she returns 10 years later for her father’s funeral she comes face-to-face with Damon again.

Damon has only given his heart to one woman and when she returns to town, he can’t help but hope that they can finally connect.With the death of Liv’s father he ends up getting his father's debt and threats of only two weeks left to live. Will he be able to take care of the debt before it's too late? Can he convince Liv to give him a chance?

Overall I enjoyed this story. Liv was a feisty, independent and knew how to stand her ground, I loved her. Damon is a very determined man and when he wants something he works hard to get it. We get hot scenes suspense and so much more. All of the characters added a great element to the story. This can be read as a standalone, however I suggest you read from the beginning. I can’t wait to read more from this series and author. 1-click and get started today.

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1,143 reviews36 followers
November 5, 2019
5 Stars
Review by Lisa
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I don't even know where to begin writing this review.  I want to tell you everything and nothing all at once!!!   I want to tell you so you know just how amazing this story is and I want to tell you nothing so you read and discover it for yourself.   Aces High is book two in the Baum Squad series by M. Never and as much as I loved Slashes in the Snow, Ms. Never went above and beyond with this story.  Even though this can be read as standalone, I highly recommend reading them in order including the prequel!!!

Just this alone gives you the smallest glimpse of this story: 

Two weeks to come up with one hundred thousand dollars. Two weeks to convince the woman I love she loves me too.

Because what could go wrong? What could go right?  Nothing, everything, the stuff that happens in between and off to the sides!  Not to mention the scenes when you just want to cry and cover your eyes because you can't believe what just happened!!!! 

Damon and Liv's story starts and ends when they teenagers.  That is until years later when the death of Liv's dad brings their paths back together.  What was supposed to be a shoulder to lean on turns into chaos, steamy encounters, drugs, drinks, family, unexpected family reminders, bad deals, debts and soooo much more.  

I can't wait for the next installment!!!   Love the Baum Squad and watching them fall.
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