Maverick is a member of the Grim Sinners, an MC that isn’t afraid to handle the dirty business but that also tends to look out for those that society doesn’t. He lives hard, fights dirty and has a heart of gold. He protects his family at any cost and Bell has never known that life. He won’t let her forget that when trouble comes knocking, he answers the door.
Bell was married to a brutal man at fourteen because her parents decided that it was to be done. She had no say. That was life in the religious cult they were a part of and she knew that arguing or defying them would get her nowhere. Life with them was no bed of roses but sometimes it’s better the devil you know. Her circumstances only grew worse and worse. When Fate steps in and gives her a way out, she steps into freedom and finds Maverick.
I really liked Maverick. He was very likeable from the first word. He was supportive, funny, and protective. What’s not to love?
Bell? Meh. She was simpering, a little bit wishy washy and I just never liked her. I have been sexually assaulted and you don’t go to therapy for a few weeks and voila; you’re healed and sleeping with a guy you just moved in with. Imagine a lifetime of trauma, (over 35 years!!) and a few weeks of talking to a therapist and you suddenly have no hang ups and are ready to strip down to your skivvies with a man in the back of beyond all alone. And it’s the second time you’ve spent time together? So many of those things just didn’t help me like her. It was an affront to victims everywhere.
Plus, I found issues with the writing. Nothing major most of the time but still aggravating. Missed punctuation, no capital letters at the start of sentences, but some in the middle of sentences. I said most of the time. I found a couple of instances that made me say wtf!? I’ll detail a few below.
First instance: her daughters have found her and they all meet for the first time and they stop to ask her name. Huh? How did they find her if they didn’t know her name? I’m pretty sure that’s a vital piece of information to have when searching for a birth parent.
Second issue: She and Maverick are making out like crazy and she falls asleep under him? This goes back to the land of unbelievability for me. I’ve been extremely tired and extremely aroused. Those are opposite ends of the spectrum so I can’t see this happening.
For me, this book was a lot shoved into a small book. A cult, a motorcycle gang, a ruthless husband, kidnapping, babies being sold, pregnancies, and so much more. It’s novella length but could’ve been so much better with a little less drama and more backstory. I’m not upset about it but I do wish I had gotten to know the characters better.
Overall, this book was a quick read. I don’t know if I will read the others in this series. I’m on the fence but I did love Maverick! I can only give three stars while being honest. I wish I could give more.