Have you ever read a book that you secretly guilty-pleasure loved, that you want everyone to read yet at the same time you don’t want everyone to read? This is me with Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan. This book came out last year and I remember general buzz – some loving, some hating – but all saying “whoa, this book has some crazy in it.” Last night my hair dresser went on and on about this book so I came home and thought I’d read the first chapter or so just to get a feel. But it was so cracky, I had to read the whole thing.
My definition of a “cracky” book is one that contains scenes or a trope or just a behavior by a character that would usually turn me off. But for whatever reason, the way this author writes it, makes it work for me.
Undeniable has A LOT of stuff in it that should have made me throw my kindle and turn me off. There is rape, there is derogatory behavior towards women, there is extreme violence, there are characters who do horrible things, there are no sweet, romantic scenes really. The hero makes out with the heroine for the first time when she is sixteen and he is 34. I KNOW I KNOW. Sounds great, yes? LOL
But. I couldn’t look away. I just couldn’t do it. This author somehow makes it work….. for me – I know there are a lot of you out there that it didn’t work at all.
Deuce is our hero. He is much older than the heroine, Eva. The first time they have sex, she is 18 and he is 36. Her dad is the president of a Motorcycle Club (MC). Deuce is the president of a different MC club. They have a fragile truce between them, and of course daddy does NOT want his baby daughter anywhere near Deuce. (he actually shoots him after he catches her at 16 making out with Deuce.)
Anyway – The book progresses through the years. Deuce and Eva have explosive passion. They come together hard, and then leave on a bad note. The book will jump forward a few years and they come together again with more drama and even more passion. This worked for me. I didn’t mind the jumping ahead. I didn’t mind them leaving miserable. Their lifestyle is very dark and gritty and rough. And their romance is that way too.
I should also note – Eva has an adopted brother who falls in love with her. He is truly certifiably crazy and becomes obsessed with her. Eva is abused by him – mentally and physically – and while for some time I think she realizes this, she also falls into his crazy weird psycho stuff. It’s hard to read at some points. Eva also has a best friend who is crazy and just kind of weird. (did I mention there is a lot of crazy in this book? *wink*)
So yes – I was horrified at times, I was amused at times. It’s not like Kristen Ashley where she can write an asshole hero but by the end he is romantic and lovable. Deuce is hardcore rough. But overall it was a book I enjoyed reading. I didn’t want to stop reading it. It’s not a book though I can easily recommend because it will offend some people. And that’s okay if you hate it. And some, like me, will really enjoy it. And that’s okay too.
There is a second book out which I’ll probably read tonight featuring Deuce’s daughter and Ripper (you meet Ripper in this book – he has a very scarred face…yes..totally reading this one tonight).