Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Judgment Road by Christine Feehan ~ Review

An outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford--until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin...

Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.

Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want--and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club--his heart and his soul.

Two things you should know first before anything else.  First, this book is dark. Very dark.  The past for the members of the Torpedo Ink series is ugly and traumatic.  They make a lot of mistakes and need those who understand the reasons and work to help them overcome it.  It reeks of post traumatic syndrome.  So if you can't handle that kind of mistakes that people of that type of past make, I would skip this one.

Second, there is a paranormal aspect to this book.  The members have gifts.  But it's not the focus of the story.  They are a motorcycle club with a past that has bonded them together.  Their club names were earned by their gifts and they use those, without much comment, to defend the club.  It won't be talked about or even mentioned.  It just was.  So if you prefer more open paranormal, then you should skip this one.

This is a great book and a hard book.  I ached for the members of this club.  They had more than a hard upbringing.  They were abused and tortured.  Of course it makes them band together and become a group.  But don't expect them to be anywhere near normal.  Some of it is hard to read.  I had to take breaks when it was more than I could handle.  I was so glad that Anya was a tough girl willing to be there when the going was way past tough.  She was a shelter girl.  Raised on the streets and always had a plan of escape in mind.  She needed those plans through her life especially recently.  And her first reaction is always to run.  I liked her.  But when she stayed despite the pain of trying to help Reaper, I really loved her.

My heart goes out to Reaper.  He's clearly a motorcycle type used to giving orders and all.  But the pain he's experienced in his life?  It had me cheering for him anyway.  And Anya is definitely his angel.

There is so much to say about this book and so little I want to actually tell you.  It's a good that needs to be experienced.  As long as you're good with the darkness, then you need to experience it yourself.

A dark read but great read with a heavy measure of hot and heavy.  If that's your thing, give it a go.


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