I’m still struggling on how to review this book. Was this a romance? Yes and no.
Is the book good? Yes and kind of.
I liked the premise and the story itself; it was dark, crude, with no sugarcoating whatsoever, the reality of the kind of people we were reading about and the type of lives they live is evident and given to us without reservations.
I’ve read several MC related books and I know that there are different kinds of Clubs all around the US, some penchant to criminal activity; others just for fun, brotherhood and legit business. And believe me I am all up for stories about different lifestyles mainly because they are far from my own and that’s what books are for.
Therefore, I will point out my issues with this story:
1.- At the beginning when Eva is five years old and meets Deuce for the first time. The description she provides, the way she talks about it, I mean NO five year old in their right mind would have such thoughts (and they were not naughty, just not real for her age).
2.- When I read a romance, I want to fall for the male lead or the hero as review lingo goes. And this book didn’t make that happen until the very, very, very end and with reservations. I understood about the kind of people I was reading about and immersed in their world to view it like them, so I could understand their life choices and their behavior.... but…. Deuce was a real douche. Mean, bad temper and disrespectful. He badmouthed kids who didn’t respect women but he didn’t respect them either. Oh yeah sure he loved Eva, but it took him a long time to understand he needed to really change in order to be happy with her and he did, in his own way.
Being said that, I can also say I liked the story as a whole. It was a rollercoaster of emotion and everything that went wrong did, but loved conquered in the end. I though the whole Frankie, bat shit crazy Frankie was very interesting, because it shows what an unhealthy relationship and bad mental health can do to someone if it is overlooked by those around you. And it was interesting to see what co-dependency does to a person. Kami was really funny but at times I found her behavior a little over the top, but she was the greatest friend.
Overall the book is cool, the story is captivating and it hooked me from the start. I would recommend this if you don’t mind macho-alpha males and lots of bad behavior, cheating and insane amounts of cursing…