This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle Club Romance
Released on October 26, 2015
I’ve wanted to branch out and try some biker romances from new to me authors and series after being cozy with just a few early established favorites for me. I tend to be on the squeamish side so those that are mild to moderate in the biker romance category suit me best. This one sat between those on the scale offering a gritty, dark world, rough danger and raw passion. I loved the tension that held from the beginning through the end and the situation that offered no easy answers and got even more complicated and conflicted as it went on. I like where the author went with this one, the intro to the world and characters and I would most definitely pick up the next book in the series.
Okay, so this one starts with Rose Darnell working a low paying waitressing job with dreams of her music carrying her to bigger and better things. She grew up the daughter of a mean, rough man currently incarcerated for drug running who was the VP of the Anathema MC and a strung out mother who died. Her two older brothers followed right after their dad and are now patched members of the club. Rose wants nothing to do with that life, but in a moment of weakness she calls her brothers to borrow money for a new guitar and a stake so she can audition to sing in bars and clubs to build a name. They love her and are eager to help, but violence follows in their wake and she changes her mind. Her decision to pawn the guitar she bought even though it was done innocently puts her smack in the middle of a turf war between rival mcs and right where she never wanted to be again. She’s now under the protection of the hard, steel-eyed president of Anathema and he’s got more than her in his bed on his mind.
Thorne has to find the traitor in his club that is selling them out to their rivals across the river. He has his suspicion nailed down to one of the Darnells. He will do anything to get revenge against Exorcist and the others who betrayed Anathema and the one who betrayed from within and that includes using a beautiful innocent Rose Darnell. His decision becomes complicated fast when she is way more than she seems. Its too late to turn back now. Rose is on the radar of Anathema’s enemies and she’ll be right there when he exposes the mole in the MC. She is his angel of light and he will be the one to destroy her because the MC always comes first.
I pretty much said it all in my introductory paragraph other than this is told first person perspective in alternating points of view. The characters do get stuck in their heads just a bit, but nothing too annoying. The action and pace definitely outweigh the circumspection that goes on.
I will give a warning that if rape and incest are triggers then this one might not be for you. It all happened in the past, but the memory of it is present for several scenes.
So in the end, this was a very engaging story and I’ve found another author of biker romances to add to my short list. I would recommend this one to Contemporary Romance fans who love their antiheroes and like their stories gritty.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.