Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “I was worth more than a three day dance.”
Lila has moved to Oklahoma to escape a bad break-up and some even worse life choices. When she is hired on at the Marked Men, an MC owned tattoo parlor, Lila is determined this will be a fresh start for her. Meaning no more bad boys. But she didn’t count on meeting Dare. The manager of the Marked Men, a member of the Jericho Brotherhood MC, and one of the hottest bad boys she’s ever met.
Dare isn’t called Dare for nothing. He takes what he wants and he wants Lila. But Dare has secrets, secrets that could destroy him. Dare and Lila burn up the sheets with their passion but when the club wants to bring Lila deeper into their fold, Dare gets scared and pushes her away. Now he has to watch as his brothers try to take what was once only his.
As Lila tries to navigate the MC world while staying true to herself, Dare will have to decide if committing to her is worth his complete fall from grace.
Enough is the first in Jade Chandler’s new Jericho Brotherhood series. This erotic romance builds an extremely sexually based relationship between an MC member and their newest employee. Heavily character driven, Chandler focuses mainly on the protagonist’s opposites attract romance while slowly building the world and what looks to be a potentially long-running subplot involving the MC itself.
This story reveals itself in two parts. The first part is the introduction of the characters and the evolution of their relationship. It’s primarily sexual. There is A LOT OF SEX. Almost too much at times but it works once you get to part two and see the contrast Chandler seems to be striving for. I liked Lila right off. She is funny and smart. She wants to make a new life for herself and do it on her own terms. She owns up to her mistakes, takes nothing at face value, and shows a healthy amount caution when dealing with the MC and Dare. Her internal monologues are amusing, especially the arguments she has with herself concerning whether being with Dare is the smart thing for her to do. I loved that she actually considers her job in the decision. She has already been down that road many times where she has had to leave a job because the romance went sour.
Dare is your typical biker. Alpha, overly confident, forceful, and flirty. He sees Lila and wants her in his bed for a night or more but she fights the attraction and he has to rely on more than just his looks and MC status to impress her. He maintains a strong presence in the MC, especially with his relationship with the president’s son, Jericho. They are close and you learn exactly why towards the end. There is something almost methodical about Dare in the beginning though he becomes more individualized in part two. The story is told from dual POVs, Lila’s voice being the most predominant of the two. I felt she fleshed out far better than anyone else in this story.
The transition from part one to part two is rather a dramatic affair, ensuring the reader knows this is where the conflict begins. We go more in-depth into the world Lila is becoming a part of and meet all the men who make up the MC. There is more external interaction and angst. Dare and Lila’s relationship crosses the line from physical to emotional, causing Dare to run from his feelings and hurt Lila in the process. I found his willingness to hand her over to the MC callous; excusing his actions as being protective when in reality he didn’t want to have to deal with her or her feelings. I liked that Lila doesn’t just roll over and bare her throat. She shields herself with her independence and doesn’t suffer Dare’s or the MC’s foolishness lightly. It’s here where Dare’s voice asserts itself, letting us see how he really feels about the changes that are happening around him and the reason he is so scared to commit to Lila. I (and Lila) guessed pretty early on what his problem is though you don’t realize the true extent of it till the end.
A varied cast of secondary characters help to round out the story and propel it in the direction it needs to go; filling in some blank spots and helping to develop the plotlines. The MC brothers are introduced and their own problems and/or peculiarities are highlighted for future reference. Jericho, Dane’s best friend, and the president’s son, is a dark horse whose manipulative personality is kind of awe-inspiring while Lila’s new friends help her to discover her home is worth fighting for.
The ending is a dramatic all or nothing affair that finally brings everything out in the open. Dare spills his secret and he and Lila are able to work towards repairing their broken relationship. While I agree Dare’s secret was terrible and I felt bad for him, I didn’t feel it completely excused all his actions.
Enough is an entertaining erotic romance though I wouldn’t call it dark or particularly deep. A little frantic at times as it struggled to find its pacing and there are a few subplots and scenes that left me wondering what the author’s motivation was. While the romance is the main ingredient, there was an underlying unpredictability with the MC storyline that kept the story from becoming too predictable.