Author: Madeline Sheehan
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
Format: EBook, Print
Publisher: Madeline Sheehan
Release Date: October 6, 2012
Recommended Reading: AGE 21+
Contains no spoilers
[divider top=”0″]OVERALL THOUGHTS: I was warned ahead of time that I am either going to love or hate this book and I completely agree with that assessment. How anyone can love this book and give it 5 stars is totally beyond my comprehension. I am ready to hear the counteractive arguments from the people who loved this book – BRING IT please and help me comprehend WHY you love this book.
[note color=”#efe7fd”]SYNOPSIS: Eva Fox is the princess of the Silver Demons Motorcycle Club. Growing up with bikers in the club lifestyle is all that she knows. When she’s a young girl, Eva meets the reason for her existence. Deuce West is the sexy, biker bad-ass of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. Like Eva, he was born and raised in the club—but that’s where the similarities end. Their first meeting is innocent, but as Eva matures into a woman, their chance reunions evolve into a fit of lust and love. Fate continues to bring them together time and time again, but their twisted journey is filled with pain, betrayal, and bloodshed that could tear them apart. Eva sees in Deuce what he cannot see in himself—a man worthy of love—and Eva spends her lifetime proving to him that her undeniable love is the one thing he can’t live without.[/note]
THE LOWDOWN: This was my first time reading a book where the characters were part of motorcycle clubs, so I was looking forward to the change of scenery. I don’t watch Sons of Anarchy, so I had nothing to compare or reference what the life of a biker is like. I pray that this is not a true representation of what life in motorcycle clubs are because if it is, then that just makes me sad and disappointed that women and men think that type of abuse is acceptable. Obviously both Eva and Deuce are messed up individuals because of their upbringing, but I had a glimmer of hope that Eva was going to turn out to be a strong, independent person who did not want to live the rest of her life being someone’s “old lady” in a motorcycle club. That glimmer of hope died when she marries her abusive, psychotic almost brother who rapes her. She became that female lead that I hate – a beautiful, smart girl who becomes an emotional, crazy, co-dependent basket case. Usually when this happens, I still love the male protagonist. There was nothing to love about Deuce West in my opinion. It didn’t bother me that there was an 18-year-old age difference between the two. What bothered me was the way he disrespected, cheated and talked to the woman he loved. There is nothing sexy or hot about a man with those types of actions and therefore, there were no redeeming qualities to him whatsoever.
The mechanics of the writing was not the best. The POV sometimes changed from first-person to second-person in the same paragraph. The story line jumped several years at a time in multiple chapters and at one point, I realized that the main characters might have only been in each others company for at most one week within a ten-year span. I usually like it when a story line is emotional with high energy and fast pace. This story was too fast pace with no character development and the energy was always negative and demeaning.
It pains me to give this book less than 3 stars because of the respect I have for authors, especially those who self-publish. The 2.5 stars are strictly for the author, Madeline Sheehan, for self-publishing and putting herself out there with this type of story.
FINAL THOUGHTS: If you love it when the person you love calls you a bitch and a whore, sleeps around on you and is physically and mentally abusive, then this is the book for you. This has got to be the most messed up, train wreck of a love story I have ever read. I found this “gritty” and “raw” love story to be more crass and disgusting.