Review: Saving the Preacher’s Daughter by Piper Davenport

Review: Saving the Preacher’s Daughter by Piper DavenportSaving the Preacher's Daughter by Piper Davenport

Series: Dogs of Fire: Savannah Chapter
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle Club Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on Augus 15, 2017
Pages: 213
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Preacher’s daughter Willow Miller's idyllic life is shattered in a matter of seconds. In the midst of a devastating heartbreak, she’s forced to evaluate everything she thought she believed in and make a choice...the man she thinks she knows or the man who sets her heart aflame.

Finn 'Dash' Lloyd doesn’t “do” good girls. He’s a newly patched member of the Dogs of Fire Motorcycle Club, and he’s enjoying all the perks that come with it. But when he finds himself thrust into the unwanted role of guardian, he realizes the good girl that captures his heart might just save his soul.

But Dash needs to figure out how to protect Willow from a threat buried deep in her past before it's too late.

The Delight

Turning the page on the Portland Dogs of Fire stories and now there are more delicious Dogs to enjoy in this new spin-off series.  A brutal murder, a terrified woman, and a crisis of conscience lead to an engaging story.

Review

Saving the Preacher’s Daughter was an interesting title because this ‘saving’ came in more than one way. There is the obvious- saving Willow from a mysterious, dangerous situation when her father is killed and Dash with the other Dogs of Fire come to her rescue, but also saving from a near relationship mistake and saving from being alone, but also something more ethereal- saving from a narrow-eyed view of the world while still leaving the heroine’s faith intact.

I have enjoyed the older Dogs of Fire series and the companion stories for the sense of warmth, friendship, and family they bring with a strong storyline.  Saving the Preacher’s Daughter is no exception, but I also felt it went beyond as Willow, through a dreadful trigger moment, is forced to broaden her views and horizons so there was also a lot of introspection in this one.  I didn’t mind and it suited the situation.

Now, the story read fast and things like their relationship felt fast moving particularly since we’re dealing with a virgin in the romance.  But in truth, there were clear markers that days and weeks were going by so it was not meant to be taken as all that fast.

The characters were an interesting pair.  Willow and Dash shared the narration.
Willow was more revealed in the early pages with her background and thoughts more known and I was starting to grow concerned that I wasn’t really seeing a deeper characterization of Dash to match, but then, there it was, it switched and Dash was made known.  It was all very organic and worked.  Willow had some self-discovery to do just as Dash had to figure out this thing called a relationship plus he as to learn what the brotherhood he is a part of really is.  I enjoyed getting to know both of them and seeing them grow and grow together.

Speaking of the romance, this was one of those tricky ‘one character is a virgin’ romances.  I think if there was a wobble it was here, but I expected it because, as I say, its tough to get it just right particularly when the virginity and sex before marriage thing were tenets of faith and not just ‘somehow I still have my V-card, oops’ sort of thing.
Can I say how much I loved Dash?  Yes, he was careful with Willow’s beliefs and respected her while telling her to take her time as she sorted things out in her head.  I do think they dove between the sheets faster than someone who has this sort of considering to do would, but I’ll chalk it up to young and horny and perfect for each other.  The pair banter well and it was fun to see them snark and grumble their way through a few relationship hiccups and bless them, they did not dial up the angst unnecessarily and they actually communicated like adults.

This was the first book in a series, but I enjoyed how it set things up for more with Dogs of Fire club members and Willows friends maybe getting stories next.  Doc and Liv, maybe, LOL  But what a delightful surprise to see some crossing over from the earlier season of Dogs of Fire with Hatch and Maisie dropping in for a visit.

All in all, great start to a new series.  Plenty of good suspenseful action, solid characters, and a sizzling-cute couple.  Those who enjoy spicy contemporary romance and don’t mind a milder biker element should give these a go.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I’m going to be honest – I adore the good girl/bad boy trope. I don’t even hate the virgin heroine trope. I can’t read these types of books too often or I’ll get sick of them, but I usually enjoy them a lot.vso. I may check out this one because I feel like I will enjoy it. 😀 Great review, Sophia!

    Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • That is neat that the virgin element is a favorite for you. I don’t feel that strongly one way or the other about it, but I do find it’s a tough one for writers to get right. Hope you like it, Alyssa. Happy Friday. 🙂

      • Not the virgin aspect – the bad boy/innocent girl trope! I don’t mind and almost always enjoy books with the virgin heroine, but I wouldn’t call it a ~favorite~ trope. I LOVE the bad boy + innocent girl trope though. Especially when it comes to a big, muscled, tattooed biker or the like. 😀

        • Ah… gotcha. That is a distinction. And I enjoy that one, too. Haha, yes, I do picture a sweet Sandra Dee type with a big muscly tatooed biker for the badboy/sweet girl.

  • I want to try more books like that so as this one looks good I’m curious. But well I confess that I think I would be annoyed by the virgin thing

    • Glad to perk up your curiosity, Melliane. 🙂 Oh and you just made me realize that one of her earlier books might be perfect for your friend’s publishing company…

  • ohh, a biker story. Haven’t read one for ages, and this one sounds like a pretty good book.

    • Yes, this is a lovely biker series. It’s not as dark and gritty as most.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Wow Sophia Rose you have definitely sparked my interest especially when I saw the MC themed cover. I did not expect that with the title. Looks Good

    • Haha, yes, the title and the story are an interesting combo. They do go together once you get into the story and can see the connection. 🙂

  • This really sounds good. I’ll be putting this one in my wish list.

    • Good call, Mary. 🙂 I’ve enjoyed these.

  • This sounds like an interesting read. I’m okay with virgins as long as it’s not the hero who’s the virgin LOL, if so, I lose interest in the book :p Great review as usual!

    • It has some lovely surprise layers and the complications were great. LOL, fortunately the virgin is the lady. We’ve all got our touch points, don’t we. Haha!

  • I think I’d struggle with this one… I struggle with overt religiosity in my books and the mc being a preachers daughter would probably qualify.

    • Yeah, I get what you’re saying. Its a tough one for most people. This one probably wouldn’t strike you too bad in that respect as the religious tones are more general (this is far from an inspirational or ‘clean’ romance) save her internal progression of thought when it comes to extra-marital sex- and its not that deep of a conflict, really. But, not sure how much is too much so I understand the need for caution for you. 🙂

  • I’ve never read a biker novel, mainly because they always seem to be on the darker side of things (or maybe I’ve just watched too much tv!) but I quite like the sound of this one. I must admit, I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be MC related with that title lol

    • Yes, there are some darker and grittier books in this sub-genre for sure, Wattle. I shy away from those and have found a handful of biker romances that are lighter. This author is one of them. Her original Dogs of Fire series feature bikers, but are more mainstream contemporary romance than anything else. It’s a good intro to the biker type of romances.

      LOL, no, the title is a tricky one.

  • Great review, Sophia! I find so many MC books to be hit or miss. The only two series I have really loved were Joanna Wylde and Madeline Sheehan. If you have read either of those authors, how did this one stack up?

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Thanks, Angie. I’ve not read a wide variety of MC romances. I like Kristen Ashley’s, Kim Jones’, and Joanna Wylde’s. These are probably a lighter version of Ashley’s style and have a more romancy and heartwarming, lighter tone with not so much an authentic feel as Wylde though still a good story- if that makes sense.

      • Yes, it makes sense. Thank you. I don’t think these would be for me, then. I appreciate the help! 🙂

  • oh Sophia wonderful review you have here. I am so thrilled you liked this one so much since I have been intrigued. I really like the whole virgin element because in sounds very interesting here. Will be grabbing this one up. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

    • These have a lovely heartwarming and family/friends oriented quality to them. There’s some good banter, too, Renee. I think it and the earlier Dogs of Fire series are a good fit for you. 🙂

  • oh yes the series you were telling me about

  • You betcha, Geybie. Glad to introduce you. 🙂

  • While MC books and I rarely tango, the suspense angle sounds good. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one.

    • Its a light suspense and the stories are more a blend of heartwarming and passionate lovers within a group of friends than the usual biker romances.
      Thanks, Kimberly!