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Worth the Risk (Royal Bastards MC: Birmingham, AL #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  105 reviews

When I was seventeen, I fell in love. It was incredible, earth shattering, but most of all, it was heartbreaking. He walked away without an explanation. Without saying goodbye.

He was simply gone.

But five years later, I walk into a room and he’s there. He had been only hours away from me all these years. I often imagined how a reunion between us would be. Would I run
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published August 4th 2020
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Gwen Shafer
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, page turning, mind blowing, lovable from beginning to end. J.L Leslie once again wrote a book that had me gripped from beginning to end. The plot was amazing and so well written. The characters were intense, lovable, believable, and some amazing chemistry. You could feel what the characters were going through when you read this book. J.L knows how to pull you into a storyline and have you hanging on to see what is going to happen.
Skylar and Jake have one amazing night. But then he up
Skylar grew up with her brother Hunter and his best friend Jake. She always had a crush on Jake and wanted him to see her as more than his best friend's little sister. Hunter leaves without any word to Skylar. She is stuck taking care of their father. Skylar and Jake have one night together and he leaves after getting a phone call. Years later at their father's funeral Hunter and Jake show up as part of the Royal Bastards MC. Skylar has to go live at their clubhouse to stay safe and until she ca ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first JL Leslie book and I must say I loved it. Hunter and Jake have been friends since childhood and Skylar always had a crush on her brothers friend. Jake never crossed the line until one night, he couldn’t keep his feelings inside anymore. The hardest thing he ever had to do was walk away from her. When Hunter needs Jake to help protect Skylar he knows he won’t be able to resist her, he still loves her after 5 years apart.
This book was well written and kept me turning pages, I can’
Lynn Thinking out loud
Loved everything about this book. From the writing to the characters. Oh let me tell you, you will fall in love with Jake and Skylar. They are both so full of heart. Just absolutely wonderful characters.
I'm hoping that the side characters get their own books. I very much want to hear their stories.
I read an advanced copy of this book.
Elysian Fields
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Real, raw emotional and brilliant; Worth the Risk says it all. In this beautiful story we get an emotional sister's best friend story, all the love and angst one could ask for all with in the dynamic world of the MC club. This story was an amazing read and a wonderful start to a new series. One of my favorite reads of tge last few weeks, this story is definitely worth reading. 5 stars. ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Goodness!!!! I love Jake and Skylar! They are so fun and i love the tension they have with each other in the beginning!
Paula Genereau
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great book. It was amazing and I couldn't put it down. It was on her best books ...more
This was an excellent read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to read more books from this author.
Rina | booksofthemuggleborn
My Rating: 4 stars!

**ARC was generously provided in exchange for my honest review.**

Oooo-wee! Drama. Drama. Drama.

And I loved. every. damn. minute. of. it! 🤤🤭

Skylar has this steamy one-nighter with her brother’s best friend Jake (who she’s had a crush on since she first met the guy), only for both her brother Hunter and Jake to leave, never to return. No note. No goodbyes. Just radio silence.

Fast forward five years later to the present, where Skylar is unexpectedly thrown into a world of bikers,
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I read in the Royal Bastards collection. J.L. Leslie is awesome! Skylar and Jake’s story has a little bit of everything second chance, brother’s best friend. I have to say it is different than the other MC books I have read. I also pride myself for being able to guess what is coming but J.L. was actually able to surprise me. I have not read her Ravens MC series yet but I am going to start it.
Michelle Dunklee
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jake and Skylar

Amazing first book for this author in this series. Great characters, Amazing build, with hot chemistry. A must read can't wait to see what's next for this chapter.
Andrea Fernandez
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Worth the Risk

This is my first time reading a book by this author. I absolutely loved it. I am now a fan.
It had the perfect amount of grit, intrigue, suspense, and of course romance. I can’t get enough of the Royal Bastards MC.
Lynne Garlick
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy moly!

A new to me author and a fantastic addition to this MC!! This had me from the first chapter when my heart broke for Skylar and I could not then the pages fast enough!
Jake can't believe that Skylar is back in his life and is determined not to let her go this time. But club rules, in more ways than one. And with danger following her, will it all be worth it?
Loved this!!!
Christi Loney
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I loved every minute of Jake and Skyler's story! It proves that sometimes when you risk losing something you love for another love, you can come out a winner. This is an absolute must read!
Sharon Makinson
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story of Jake and Skylar. It has all of my favourite tropes within my favourite genre. MC..... 2nd chance....... brother's best friend..... What's not to like!?
Another great addition to the Royal Bastards collection.
Jessica Junito
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing

First time reading a book from this author, and have to say, not disappointed. Just hope there's a second book of this Chapter RBMC for Hunter and Allie.
Carol Roll
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it

This book was a good book. Good characters and plot. Some good twists and turns plus romance with thrown in. Overall an enjoyable book.
E Loprete
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great addition to the Royal Bastards MC by J.L. Leslie. Worth The Risk was an emotional story about Skylar and Jake who years ago had one night of passion and all of it was lost by one phone call from Skylar's brother Hunter when Jake left her with no explanation leaving her heartbroken. Years have passed as Skylar is struggling to hold two jobs to support her and her father never forgetting Jake. Now with the death of her father Skylar is alone and has lost her home with no money she is ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Worth the risk is another excellent MC romance from this author. The story covers several different tropes, forbidden, brother’s best friend and second chance, all which blend well together along with plenty of intrigue, danger and violence, not to mention those signature sexy times Ms Leslie writes so well. I did think the story took a minute to settle in and Skylar was more naive about the world and about basic information to do with an MC than I would’ve expected her to be, but once it found ...more
Spunky N Sassy
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Julie's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Skylar has always been in love with Jake. When he leaves her, she is broken and crushed. Years later, they are reunited but that doesn’t go well at all. These two dance around each other and club rules make is difficult for them both. Can he have her and his club? Excellent writing with a explosive storyline.

~~~~~~~~~~Tracy's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Skylar and Jake had one unforgettable night then he chose the club over her. When Sk
Amanda M
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a page turner filled with suspense, grit and action. There's twists and turns with some surprises. Overall a great story. ...more
Red Hot Romance Blog
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-reads
* I received an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review *

The first book in the Birmingham Chapter of the Royal Bastards. This is for my book for not only the Royal Bastards but also for author J.L. Leslie. MC Romance is one of my favorite tropes, so I tend to be a bit pickier when it comes to these books.

I am also a fan of second chance romances so I was excited when I saw I would be getting two tropes I love. I wish Skylar and Jake had more of a relationship in the past. While I kn
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy the Royal Bastards MC series. There are lots of chapters around the world with bikers that live by the same code: Brotherhood/Family First, Loyalty, Honor the Patch and Protect what’s theirs. Some chapters, as the Birmingham chapter, have added rules as in Never cross the line with a fellow bikers family. This was one rule Jake never thought he’d have a problem with. That is until she walked through the clubhouse door. His best friend’s sister - the girl he spent one unforgettable ...more
Danielle (The Caffeinated Book Addict)
This author is new to me. I love MC romance, but weirdly enough, I haven't read a lot of them. I am in a slump so trying to get into anything and have it keep my interest hasn't been easy, but I devoured this book in one night.

In the beginning on the book it was kind of hard to keep up with what was going on. Some scenes would skip to somewhere else without notice. Like she's in the living room, and all of a sudden she's in the bedroom without saying she was going that way. Just little things l
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mc, arc
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Ida Jolley
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Skyler and Jake have been close friends for many years. In fact her brother Hunter brought him home and had him stay with his family ,that’s what made he , the man he was today. Skyler and Jake have been close friends for many years. In fact her brother Hunter brought him home and had him stay with his family ,that’s what made him the man he was today.
But her brother calls him one morning and has him come to the club. He’s getting his patch and he has to leave Skyler now, after having a wonderf
CeeJay Daisy
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
♥️🌼Worth the Risk🌼♥️
So...Jake is best friends with Skylar’s brother, Hunter....When they are 17, Hunter convinces his family to take Jake in from his neglectful, abusive parents...Hunter leaves Skylar and Jake...without a word, without a call, without a glance back...After Jake and Skylar fall in love, Hunter convinces Jake to join the Royal Bastards MC...and Jake leaves Skylar, too.....♥️🌼
Fast forward five years....Skylar is burying their father, when Hunter and his MC brothers show up at the c
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Might be my favorite Royal Bastards book

I think this may be my favorite Royal Bastards book yet. I loved the story. I’m very picky about my MC romances and I really enjoyed this one. It was quick paced and moved along nicely. I really liked Skylar and Jake. I couldn’t stand her brother though. I couldn’t stand the way he treated Allie or Jake in the end. Luckily he couldn’t keep Jake and Skylar apart. I wish this author was writing another book about this particular Royal Bastards chapter becaus
Mandy Williams
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! This story has all the elements, second chances, angst, danger, steam and suspense. Skylar lost everything in life. After losing her last loved one, she's thrust into a new world with those who abandoned her, including the man who was her everything - for a moment. I really enjoyed Skylar's character. Despite facing awful odds she made a life for herself, and did not just falter back and accept Hunter and Jake's demands. I enjoyed the push and pull between Skylar and Jake, esp ...more
Rebecca Ernst Vazquez
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing! Right from the get-go, you can feel the love between Jake and Skylar, and then - poof - what just happened? Jake is gone...Skylar is angry...and Hunter, Skylar's brother & Jake's best friend, is still nowhere to be found. After a devastating loss, biker bad boy Hunter comes to whisk his sister away to give her a new start. But lo and behold, who has been with Hunter this whole time? Jake! The angst that exists between these two is just insane...but oh so good! Jake is torn betwee ...more
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