This is the third book in the series, and I am wondering if this is one of those series where each book is better than the last! I loved the characters, the action, the mystery...it had a little bit of everything in this story. I have read several books with motorcycle club member heroes, and this is not my first where the hero is the President of said club, so when I say that this man was one to beat, I mean it. Jay Crownover did an amazing job writing a hero who was just outside the edges of the law and still came across as an honorable man. Sure, he definitely breaks the law, but his heart is in the right place. If you're not sure if this book is for you, then ask yourself this - do I like men who treat women right, fight for the safety of their loved ones, and live their life to its fullest? Do I like women who struggle yet persevere, are brave in spite of their fear, and can see the good in others when they don't see it themselves? If the answer is yes, keep on reading.
Dr. Presley Baskin has not had a good year. After finding out she is the illegitimate child of Conrad Lawton, meeting his family and discovering siblings she never knew she had, her mother dying, and her best friend trying to kill her, she's just about had it with the drama. Terrified of putting others in danger, she's stayed hidden away, hoping that being out of sight will convince her former friend to move on and stop trying to ruin her life...more than it already is. When her half-sister, Kody, calls her desperate, Presley reluctantly goes to Kody's bar and sees a dying man on the floor covered in blood. Her medical training prompts her to do everything she can to save his life, and now she is owed a debt by none other than Shot Caldwell, the president of Sons of Sorrow motorcycle club. Shot hates owing anyone anything, and he is determined to relieve himself of this unwanted debt. However, when he meets Presley for the first while conscious, he is struck by her strength and bravery. When an attempt is made on her life, it's no longer about a debt being owed - it's about saving a woman who deserves to feel safe again. As they grow closer, his protective instincts become something more, but with a killer on the loose, their romance might be cut short.
Presley was a really inspiring character! She was so strong, had done a lot with her life for her family and for others, and it was sad to see how a jealous woman could so upset Presley's accomplishments. The way she stood up for herself to Shot and to other people had me cheering her on, and even when her desire for justice became a little bloody, I still felt she was doing the right thing. Shot was a great character to contrast Presley, as she had this quiet strength while Shot's was quite loud. Having been in the military and then spending his time in the club protecting other people, he was clearly a knight in black leather for Presley, even if she didn't want him to save her. As the story progressed, she saw the benefit to having him there, and getting to know him allowed her to see sides of him that he never let anyone else see. My only issue in this whole book was when he decided to make decisions for her, without bringing her into his plans, which as these things always go, did not end well. I was frustrated, even though I acknowledged that he wasn't alone in his stupidity. Men - what can you do?
Overall an entertaining read and one I would recommend to anyone who likes alpha men and strong heroines. Jay Crownover is an author I will definitely continue to read.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**