I am a novice reader when it comes to MC romance, having dabbled mainly in what my MC-loving friends like to call "MC Light" romance novels. That being said, I find myself more and more drawn to this rebellious group of heroes who live life by their own rules and bow down to no one...no one, that is, except their women. While MC romance is dominated by alpha heroes, the women are no meek lightweights eager to please. They stand toe to toe with their men, making their voices heard and showing they can protect themselves. I really liked the way the author wrote the hero and heroine in this story in particular, given the emphasis around the heroine's past history of domestic abuse by her husband. Where some may feel broken by this mistreatment, she demonstrates a strength and endurance anyone can envy. The hero was her protector, but in the end, she saved herself in more ways than one. You go, girl!
Kassian "Rubble" Hardy has never trusted women. Orphaned and thrown into the foster system, he was abused by women throughout his childhood, and he would have probably been in jail before long if it weren't for the President of the Macha MC pulling him out of a bad situation. Joining the Marines, he learned discipline, honor and loyalty, and he took that back with him when he became the club's sergeant at arms. He protects his family, which includes the old ladies of his brothers as well as anyone who comes under their protection. Which lately happens to be a vulnerable yet determined woman named Jupiter Quinn. Jupiter is in hiding from her abusive husband and seeks sanctuary at the club. She's given a job at the bakery, a new hair color to disguise her appearance, and a room to herself. The last thing she's looking for is another man to run her life, but she has a hard time staying away from Rubble, who is determined to protect her. For a man who never thought he could trust or love a woman, Jupiter may be proving Rubble wrong in the best way.
I really loved the chemistry between Jupiter and Rubble - it was steamy from the first moment they laid eyes on each other. Jupiter was nervous at first around the large tatted man who could clearly hold his own in a fighting ring, but all Rubble saw was a young woman with secrets who may be a danger to the club but also someone worth saving. Rubble did take a bit of time through the book to let go of his sex drive to focus on Jupiter, which may be surprising to some readers who aren't used to the MC lifestyle. He make use of the club "nymphs" as they are called, once at the start of the book before meeting Jupiter and once later on after he meets Jupiter. However, once he realizes she's the only one for him, he focuses all his attention on her and keeps it in his pants with other women, which I appreciated. I was worried at first that Jupiter would be too nervous to get involved with him, but Rubble was such a protective sweetheart with her, it was clear they wouldn't be able to keep their hands to themselves for long. He made sure she was comfortable with everything that happened between them, and she put her trust in him. It was really a strong relationship, and it made me tear up a few times to see how much they loved each other.
I am definitely going to be reading more in this series and by this author! Enjoyed the characters and the drama so much, I was able to finish in a few hours. Couldn't put it down.
**I received a free copy from the author and this is my honest review.**