Heavy by Cate C. Wells Contemporary Romance September 15th, 2021, Self Published Reviewed by Melinda
Cate C. Wells has this weird magic about her that makes me love a motorcycle club romance every single time and honestly, it confuses me, but I don’t question it at this point! One of the things I think she does so well is take at least one aspect of each book and make it slightly unusual for an MC romance and focus on it. I’ve read all of her books and each one does this so well. In Heavy, she focuses on Dina, the heroine, who is neurodivergent.
Dina is on the spectrum, and I don’t know if the representation was done well as I don’t have personal experience with that, it did feel that way to me, but I will let someone else with that experience speak on that actual rep. What I did love about it is that it felt like a new voice in an MC book. She approaches Heavy, the MC president, and essentially tries to blackmail him. And really, I fell in love with her in the first two chapters because I have a thing for murderous heroines? Which is such a double standard I have in reading…but Dina is one of those morally gray characters I love.
The first half of this book is really setting up a marriage of convenience between these two. It’s very concentrated on basically 2 days and a Vegas wedding. And, to me, that was perfect because we needed that much time to see Dina and Heavy fall in love. Dina expresses multiple times that she doesn’t have feelings, and Heavy does not understand how Dina acts because it’s not like the women he is used to. So, while this is a departure from the regular narrative structure the author uses, I loved it. In particular, there is a STEAMY scene at a strip club that…phew, I will be thinking about for a while. Without this first half of Dina and Heavy having this time – mostly alone – I don’t think they would have been able to develop feelings for each other. At home, Heavy is constantly torn in a million directions. In Vegas, he was with Dina, and some of the older guys in the club at one point, and that time is pivotal to their relationship.
The second half of the book speeds up in terms of action. One of my favorite things about this book was just seeing Dina be integrated into Heavy’s life. Many people in her life just assumed she wanted to never leave the house – and admittedly, she didn’t. Being with Heavy and wanting to be around him makes that desire to be isolated change. The scenes with her and the other women amused me to no end. I laughed out loud numerous times in this one actually, which is something I didn’t expect. Especially since Dina had approached Heavy initially because she wanted him to help her murder someone.
Which leads me to the one thing that I didn’t love about this book. There is a big overarching series plotline with the club; and we find out a major secret in this one, and it didn’t really make sense to me. I’m hoping it will make more sense in the next book, because logistically I couldn’t work it or figure out how it made sense with what we already knew. Harper is the one who reveals the secret to Dina, and I did not get why Harper knew this information and didn’t tell Heavy of all people, who is her brother, and they’re super close!?
Besides that, while I hate Harper, I’m incredibly ready for her redemption arc. Like now, please!! Harper and Heavy’s relationship was interesting and one that made sense to me, given that they grew up in a motorcycle club, and that they are still in one. I actually really liked that they were close and loved seeing Harper and Dina develop a weird friendship.
In the end, there is quite a bit of violence in the book. I don’t want to give spoilers as it’s key to the plot, but this author could just be my problematic fave. I haven’t read a motorcycle club book in about 3 years until I read her, but now I’m hooked. Cate C. Wells is incredibly talented at keeping my attention at every turn.
Content Notes: Violence, Murder, mentions of sexual assault