Reviewed by Mandi
The first half of my life I’d spent falling in love with him, and the second I’d spent trying to fall out of love with him.
And so starts the story of Tegan and Cage. Although each book in this series has a new hero and heroine, the world builds upon each book, making you really have to read these books in order to understand the politics, history and emotional connection each character has with one another. I could write three pages about the history of Tegan and Cage, and all the drama surrounding their family. Instead I’ll just say, read the first two books *wink*
To be brief, Tegan has grown up watching her mother work in the motorcycle club and be torn apart by two different men. Tegan wants nothing to do with this club and when it’s time for college, she moves to San Francisco and becomes a hippie. But when her mom is seriously injured, she finds herself back at the club but with a new attitude. Basically a “fuck you” attitude. It’s quite large. Her thoughts on the club:
Just another generation of aspiring criminals and the sad, pathetic women who will love them despite their inability to keep their dicks in their pants.
Cage, the son of the president, took her virginity years ago but doesn’t remember because he was so drunk. Deep down Tegan loves him but she would never admit it in a million years. Instead she takes all of her hostility out on him. When she comes home to help her mom, she basically hates on Cage. A lot (he hates on her too). Drama ensues. Tons of yelling ensues. And there is angry sex. Lots and lots of angry sex.
For those that follow this series, this is also the book where Dirty gets his HEA with Ellie (Danny’s friend growing up).
Dirty. He was dirty. He was filthy, both inside and out. He was a hollowed-out, rotted piece of shit who should have quit breathing a long time ago yet, for some stupid fucking reason, Deuce wouldn’t let him.
Dirty was raped and abused by his foster mother and has BIG issues when it comes to having sex. Good lordy.
There are about one thousand other things happening in this world, but like I said, it’s too much to rehash. So I’ll just get right to it. I liked this book, but not as much as the first two. Tegan and Cage yell at each other so much in this book it gave me a headache. By the end, I kind of liked their “I hate you but I actually really love you” relationship. But I was also happy I didn’t have to keep reading with them screaming at each other. The Tegan and Cage drama got old because it was predictable. I knew right where it was going.
What I did like was Cage’s struggles with his father and his place in the club. I wish we had gotten to see Cage have some friendships or brotherly camaraderie with some of the other members. That was sorely missed.
I ended up liking the Dirty and Ellie’s romance. At first I didn’t think they were right for each other but Ellie is pretty awesome. I love how patient she is and how she stands up to Dirty at the end, giving him what he needed although he didn’t realize he needed it. My one objection to this book (and it pops up in the previous book) is the gang rape Dirty participates in. This world is violent and explicit and harsh. And I get it. But the gang rape – (actually took place in book 2 but is rehashed in this one) I just can’t get on board with it. It really disturbed me.
Anyway – I do love this world. They are hard core, crazy, violent, ridiculous loud bikers. I’m already stressed over the upcoming book featuring Dorothy, Jase and Hawk. That’s going to be a whole lot of angst. Bring it.