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.
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.
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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