One Percenter by D.R. Graham
Series: Noir et Bleu Motorcycle Club #1
Also in this series: The Handler, It Is What It Is
Published by Macmillan
Publication Date: February 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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Eighteen-year-old Tienne Desrochers grew up in the rough world of the Noir et Bleu. Bikers. Outlaws. But after her dad's murder, Tienne decides she's had enough. She refuses to end up like her junkie mom. So she grabs her younger brother and leaves it all behind...including her boyfriend, Aiden Gyllenhall.
More comfortable in the middle of a bar fight than at a country club, living with her wealthy aunt and uncle is an adjustment, to say the least. No swearing. Designer shoes that pinch. And pretty, preppy boys like Leland Crofton instead of super-sexy, tattooed Aiden. But even the upper class can't escape the rancid touch of underworld violence. And this time, Tienne won't just learn who she really is-she'll learn how to fight for what's hers.
Tienne Desrochers and her brother Cooper are teens that grew up in an MC. Their father was a member until he was murdered a couple of months ago and since their mother is a drug addict they’ve moved to live with their aunt and uncle who want to provide a better life for them. Tienne wants a better life mostly for her brother. He’s just 16 years old and she feels he deserves happiness and an easier life away from the club. For Tienne, she wants a life free of the club as well and does NOT want to end up like her mom. The problem is that she’s completely in love with a member of the club, Aiden aka Gylly (short for Gyllenhall) and has been for years and he’s been her best friend since childhood. She wants to be with him more than anything but she knows that she can never pull him away from the MC world – especially as his father is the president of the Noir et Bleu MC.
In Tienne’s bid for freedom from the MC she more or less breaks up with Aiden (accusing him of something he didn’t do and she knows damn well she was accusing him unjustly) and starts to date Leland who she meets at her aunt and uncle’s country club. She works at her aunt’s interior design company and is working hard to become the actress she’s always wanted to be. The problem is, she likes Leland but can’t forget Aiden or her love for him which tears her up emotionally. When tragedy strikes her family once again Tienne is devastated but determined to find out who was guilty of the crime and in the process finds out the past she was trying to leave is the one that helps her move on to her future.
One Percenter ended up being a very different book than I imagined based on the blurb. The story was much more emotional that expected and there was even a time in the book that I found myself crying. I really enjoyed Graham’s writing style and was really all in once I started reading.
I LOVED Aiden. Seriously love that man. Yeah, ok, he’s in an OMC but I could tell he loved Tienne with his whole heart and he was always there for her when she needed him. He was patient with Tienne when a lot of men wouldn’t have been and gave her time to work through her shit. He’s got to be one of my favorite book boyfriends (yes, he’s just been added to the list).
Tienne I kind of had a love/hate relationship with. I loved how much she loved her brother and Aiden. I loved her defense of him with homophobes. I loved that she could forgive people when she realized she was wrong about things. She was also very tough and I loved that she was a badass however in her desperate attempt to get away from her old life I think her instincts let her down and she trusted the wrong people. She also became whiney at times and I didn’t care for that at all. I wanted her to get off her high horse and talk to Aiden and tell him her fears and concerns much earlier in the book but she didn’t. I can’t have everything I want, now can I? sigh I was disappointed that this turned out to be a bit of a love triangle with Tienne, Leland and Aiden (which I hate) but I ended up not minding so much as I knew exactly who she was going to end up with from minute one.
Overall a very good story that I really enjoyed reading. It was more of an emotional roller coaster than I thought it would be but it was all good and worth it in the end.
Rating: 4 out of 5