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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on August 9, 2016
Talk about a book that would make my Top Ten ‘Need This Book Yesterday’ list, this is one. After reading the Everything I Left Unsaid duo, I was in love with this hard, gritty series and was panicked that it would be over. I was so curious about Dylan’s darker, shadowy biker brother, Max, and wanted his story so much. Wish granted!
Even though this one moves into a new story arc with Max taking the spotlight, I would highly suggest starting with the earlier books because this one flows out of those.
Things jump right into the crazy when ‘Joan’ enters Zo’s strip club ready to blow things up big time if the cruel, calculating man who holds her sister won’t tell her where she is. Joan has lived a hard twisty life and sees her sister as her responsibility. She will do anything for her even walking into a club run by a thugs where the local bikers do drug business. Things go off plan quickly when Max Daniels appears and interrupts her mission and then gets himself beat up and shot by his so-called brothers.
Joan kidnaps him as the only tie she has left to the man who has her sister. But in the process she saves Max’s life, and it starts them both down a new road of discovery about each other and themselves. Can two very broken dark people find a second chance at life and if they do, can they believe in it enough to try for it?
Like the first two stories, this third one hits hard and quickly at the reader’s emotions and then twists hard. Both Max and Joan don’t know what normal and living in the sun feels like. They can’t even fathom this which is why they connect deeply even while playing a cat and mouse game closer to the surface. Joan learns quickly that a life threatening wound, handcuffs, or a gun prevent Max from showing her just who has the upper hand, but slowly, Max is forced to reassess his life and see a glimmer of something different with the wild and broken Joan in it.
I struggled at first to engage with Joan because she really was flailing, wild, and crazy. But then I realized that was a good move on the part of the author. She didn’t hold back and let Joan and all her crazy shine forth. Max fell in love with the entire battered, broken package. He connected with all of Joan and not just the woman behind all that and in the end this was definitely for the best and made a stronger story. The same could be said of Joan falling for Max. She saw the good deep under the criminal biker. Their road to redemption is difficult and has been long in coming, but I was really cheering them on.
I should probably mention that Joan is bi and there is a bit of F/F action in a scene and hints of it throughout the book though this story is a hot and spicy m/f oriented romance.
Oh and wasn’t that tidbit about Blake and Tiffany in the end and a peek-in with Dylan and Annie just the best way to keep me on the hook and looking for a book four.
If you like tough, gritty characters, hot passion and hard fought romance, with a dash of action/suspense, you don’t want to miss this series.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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