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Relentless Habit

(O-Town #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Cecilia Lyons escapes her sordid past by moving to Orlando and reinventing herself. Staying clean is challenging enough, but she’s challenged further when she catches the eye of the sexiest deejay in Orlando. Desperately, she wants to tell Brock her secret, but telling him would taint his view of her.

It’s been years since she’s had a healthy relationship, and the more time
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Published September 1st 2020 by Karen Renee
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Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
*I Received this ARC in exchange for an honest and fair review*

This book is the first in the new O-Town series and it is a series that, in my view, starts very well.
Karen Renee, the author, brings us two main characters full of trauma and suffering in their hearts and in their pasts, Cecilia and Brock.
She ran away from an ill-advised life she was leading, full of bad addictions and bad habits. In her opinion, you did what you could to survive, including some things that she is not proud of. It's
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Relentless Habit is the first book in the O-Town series, which is a spin-off from the Riot MC series. In this, we meet Cecilia who is a recovering addict. She sees a man with some serious dance moves but takes no action. After the third night of seeing him, he makes a move and Cecilia learns about the force of nature that is Brock.

I enjoyed this novel as Cecilia and Brock dance around each other. Brock was a bit of an ass when Cecilia tried to tell him something but he steamrollered over her. Th
Kari Hansen
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cecilia has overcome the mistakes of her past but the emotional toll it took on her still remains. While enjoying a night out with her friends she meets Brent so even though she feels out of her element she is drawn to him in a way she never expected.

Brock has a painful past of his own, but he has been attracted to Cecilia for a while and has been biding his time. Once they meet, he knows that one night will not be enough but will her past bring them closer or be an obstacle that they can’t over
Book Obsessed
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book One in The O-Town Series is Brock, and Cecilia’s story. New to Orlando she keeps running into Brock, and she gets his attention. Their love story isn’t always pretty, but you could see how much Brock really wanted Cecilia. Even though he was gruff, and domineering ultimately it was her standing in the way of her own happiness. If you love a good book with a domineering alpha male, and stubborn sassy heroine this is absolutely a book for you. I am absolutely excited for what’s to come in thi ...more
Danielle Marlowe
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Karen Renee did a good job on Relentless Habit, the story was written well, the plot was strong. Brock and Cecilia were good for each other, they had a strong connection that drew them to each other. They may have some ups and downs along the way but they were good together.
I enjoyed this story. Thanks, Karen Renee. Good work :)
Jeanne Richardson
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st book I've read written by Karen Renee; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Jenn H
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh Em Gee this book will put you through the emotional wringer!!! You start off giggling/laughing at the banter between Brock and Cecilia, next comes the tears and heartache, then joy and happiness. And that’s only in the first 1/3 of the book! Add in some of our favourite bikers and this is a stellar read! I honestly struggled to set it down. Well done!!
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it


I liked the story and it turned out to be fun and exciting!

I really liked Brock and Cecelia’s relationship. They have a great chemistry, and they reminded me of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere from Pretty Woman. Surprisingly, I liked Brock more than anyone. In the beginning, I really didn’t like him as he came across as haughty, arrogant and self-righteous. Although he was still all these things throughout the story, I opened up t
Michelle Austin
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Relentless Habit (O-Town #1) by Karen Renee was a great 5 star read.
Once I started I didn’t want to put it down. I made the mistake of starting the book during my lunch break and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

We start with Cecilia in a club where she meets Brock. Brock has been watching Cecilia for quite awhile and he finally makes his move. Which turns into a very steamy evening. Cecilia hasn’t been with anyone for a very long time. She also shares
Behind Closed Doors Book Review
Amount of sex 3.5 / 5
How explicit are the sex scenes 3.5 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5

Relentless Habit is the first book in the O-Town series and can be read as a standalone romance. It tells the story of Brock Sullivan and Cecilia Lyons, and I was first introduced to the characters in the author's Riot MC series. Brock is Vamp's brother, and you can read Rainey and Vamp’s story in Inciting the Riot, which is the second book in the series. Cecilia is Tennille’s sister, and you can read Razor
From the moment I picked up this book I knew it was going to be a heavy read. Well, it's definitely all that and more as a recovering addict takes a chance on love with a man carrying his own emotional baggage. Their story isn't pretty at times but it is realistic and will quickly captivate readers looking for an unflinching take on romance in today's world.

Cecilia Lyons has come to Orlando for a fresh start, trying to put her painful past and her drug abuse behind her. With her family's support
B.J. Bentley
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Protective, bossy alpha hero? Check!
Sassy, stubborn heroine? Check!
Plenty of steamy bits? Check!
Delicious angst? Also check!

Relentless Habit is book 1 in the O-Town series and delivers on all of the above and more. Karen Renee's books have quickly become comfort reads for me. I know what I'm going to get when I pick one up, but I also know she's still going to surprise me.

I loved Brock and Cecilia's story-- even if I wanted to punch Brock in the face no less than seven times during the first 4
Wendy Livingstone
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st in a new series and what a beginning this story is. Cecilia is stubborn and sassy and has move to Orlando for a fresh start as she is still struggling mentally from what she has endured, and on a night out she goes to a club where Brock is the DJ. From the moment Brock sees her in the club he is determined to get her, and she is the perfect match for him and his domineering ways, but Cecilia is scared that once Brock finds out her secret he will not want her anymore. Will Brock b ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cecilia Lyons has come to Orlando to get away from her past for a fresh start. Brock Sullivan is the super hot DJ with trust issues because of his past.  He doesn't trust women, but Cecilia catches his eye, and off they go on a new journey.  Their witty banter kept me laughing a lot, but then came the emotional upheaval to mess with my heart, and a big kicker of chemistry.  Oh, and Cecilia has a BIG secret that won't make friends, and dirty little secrets always come out no matter how hard you t ...more
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review by: Jennifer
(4 stars)

A new spin off of sorts, Brock is Vamp's brother and Cecilia is Neil's sister. Both of which come from the Riot MC series, and I do suggest checking the series out, it was a really good MC read. Now, Brock is the hottie DJ that Cecilia has gotten the attention of, and she has decided to take the plunge and have a one night, no strings type of thing. The thing is, Brock has other plans, he wants a real chance with Cecilia, only he doesn't know that she has loads of bag
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story is so addicting that I couldn't put in down!

I really liked Cecilia, she is troubled by her past and still letting it define her in some way while trying to move forward. And failing in love wasn't in the plan also, especially when she couldn't bring herself, to be honest about her past.

Those kinds of things never can stay secret for long and long behold it all blows up, but that only the start of a very bumpy path to happily ever after. :)

And then there is Brock. He is strong, stubborn
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love the Romance

Brock and Cecilia were instantly attracted to each other and Brock wanted nothing more than to be with Cecilia. The thing standing in their way was Cecilia herself. She thought she was no good for Brock and wanted to keep her distance from him but the more she fought it the more he tried to show her that it just wasn’t true. Maybe Cecilia was right because once you hear her reason for keeping him at arm’s length you just might agree with her.

Cecilia was much stronger and better t
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
With Cecilia coming to Orlando for a fresh start, its interesting when she comes across Brock Sullivan. You can see that he certainly has some trust issues of him own (which I completely understand why) and doesn't trust women. I found it intriguing when, despite his view of women, that Cecilia catches his attention. When their relationship kicks off there is some fantastic chemistry and I found myself laughing quite often throughout the book. The only problem is, she is still holding on to a se ...more
Christine Woinich
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a bit of a roller coaster ride. Cecelia's past almost ended the relationship more than once, in more ways than one. I loved Brock's protectiveness, determination, and acceptance for Cecelia and all that she had been through. A couple times, he was a little overprotective. Cecelia felt human with her addiction and struggles to rise above it all. Her self-esteem took some rebuilding with the help of therapy, friends, and family. I enjoyed the interactions between the different family memb ...more
Tina Turcotte
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Relentless Habit: O-Town Series

Everyone deserves a Happily Ever After! Even when you think you don't deserve the love of another because of the mistakes you made sometimes the person who loves you most is the one who can see your struggles but can also she your strength.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is a good romantic suspense read. The story has a good story line. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry. The story is an enjoyable emotional roller coaster ride romance read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jeanne Kotsios
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book hooked me from the get go I just couldn’t put it down I fell in love with these characters and omg what a story just a perfect read.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review
Katie Kelly
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to Brock’s story since we first meant him in Inciting the Riot. I wasn’t sure Cecilia would be the right match for him, but I was very wrong. She has been through so much and Brock was the perfect man for her. I loved that there was still action and excited like in the Riot stories. Overall I would say this book is steamy! Lots of chemistry between Brock and Cecilia! Another excellent story by Karen Renee!
Karen Renee
Sep 03, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
It's available everywhere eBooks are sold! Brock and Cecilia's story is one you won't be able to put down!

Get it soon because the price goes up on the 9th!! :)
Lindsey Kramer
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was absolutely worth the read. I was hooked from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down. Other readers should definitely dive in!
Jenn the Readaholic
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Brock and Cecilia. They both needed their own story, and it turned out perfectly. Cecilia is turning her life around and avoiding dangerous situations, but Brock isn’t about to be denied. He knows that Cecilia and he could be great together, and he’s not letting her fear run the show. Of course, that’s easier said than done when he learns about the one thing she’s been afraid to share. Once Brock knows part of that piece, Cecilia is shattered, and in a humiliatingly painful way. I found myse ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing story from Karen Renee! Brock is the brother of Vamp; Cecelia is the sister of Tennille. If you've read Karen Renee's Riot MC series, you have already met both characters. If you haven't, what are you waiting for?!

Anyway, Cecelia is working hard to make a new start and Brock is determined to win her over... until her secrets come out. As with any relationship, there are obstacles to overcome, but the journey is worth it. If you like a story with passion, humor, Disney references
Jessica (Read book. Repeat)
You can find this review over at my blog as part of a blog tour on the 1st of October

I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Tours as part of a blog tour, in exchange for an honest review.

Cecilia is just trying her best to stay clean, stay out of trouble and make something of herself after escaping an awful situation that left her with an addiction. When she meets Brock at a nightclub, she likes that he seems to only take an interest in her, until things begin to turn serious, and she str
This was one heartfelt read the story was filled with heart and a ton of emotion and it felt real. The characters were amazing we loved them all.

Brock was a character you instantly loved he was downright playful had a good sense of humor was sexy and possessive and an all-round nice guy. I loved how he treated Cecilia like she was special and never stop telling her on a daily basis on how much he loved and cared about her. Initially, it was a bit of a shock to learn about her past but, once he s
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Cecilia has been trying to get her life back on track. Her lack of confidence and defeatist attitude about her sordid past is understandable and she does start to get stronger by facing her problems head-on, but I guess I wanted her to be stronger with Brock. She let him walk all over her a few too many times for my liking and I would have made him grovel for the douchebag stunt he pulled at his dad’s house. She also needs to work on her goals in life and find a realistic passion. Not working at ...more
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