Monday, May 20, 2013

[Review] - Unbeautifully (Undeniable # 2) by Madeline Sheehan

Warning: This is not a story about fate or destiny. This is a story about pain, sorrow, and suffering. This is an impulsive whirlwind romance between two lovers that are not meant to be together. Theirs is not a world with sunshine and roses. Instead, their love blossoms in a secret world full of crime, violence, and death. Their story is about what can be born from nightmares.

Danielle “Danny” West is the daughter of Deuce West, President of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. A sweet and beautiful girl, she loses her way, searching for things that are always out of her reach. Erik “Ripper” Jacobs is the Sergeant of Arms in the Hell’s Horsemen. Once a man who always had a smile on his face, his life takes a turn for the worst when a tragedy befalls him, leaving him scarred and broken. During a midsummer night, Danny and Ripper’s paths cross, forever changing their lives. Hastily, their lust turns to love until another tragedy forces them apart. On a journey that is marred with ugliness and chaos, Danny and Ripper must discover if their unforeseen connection can find the beauty in their world.

This is Danny and Ripper’s story.

Everything has beauty. Even the ugly. Especially the ugly.Because without ugly, there would be no beauty.

Release Date: May 13, 2013
Publisher:  Self-Published
Genre:  Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
Pages:  259

Madeline Sheehan is a bitch.  I fucking HATE her.  She kidnaps me from my real life, stuffs an angsty story filled with heartbreak and emotions down my throat, and then leaves me begging for more with a severe book hang over.  To top it all off, she does all of this mangling of my feelings with spot-on dialogue, killer characters and a twisty plot.  Who does this shit?  This is not the first time this bitch has done me in, and I'm sure it won't be the last.

And sometimes, love is unconventional and it breaks all the rules and blurs all the lines and basks in its glory, shining bright as the sun, unapologetically glowing even under the narrowed stares of society and its screaming, self-righteous morals, berating and judging that which it doesn't understand.

Unbeautifully is the story of Ripper and Danny, both characters we met in Undeniable.  It is also the continuation of Eva and Deuce's roller coaster of a relationship that provides even more angst and heartache.  The first thing that surprised me about this book was the page time that was devoted to Deuce and Eva.  We see the aftermath of Frankie and the status of the Eva-Deuce relationship following Undeniable.  I assumed that we would have some Eva and Deuce since they are the heart and soul of this series (at least in my opinion) and all the other events stem from their choices.  But Sheehan, the bitch, doesn't disappoint!  We see the raw, blistered Eva and Deuce relationship that is near tatters, and we see how these two deal with all of their shit.  There were moments where my heart absolutely ached for Eva, and maybe even a bit for Deuce.  

...A woman who, time and time again, brought him to his fucking knees, had him praying to a god he didn't believe in just so he would keep her by his side.

I loved how Deuce's perspective seemed to change by the end of this book.  From all the drama and angst he dealt with, it was nice to see him giving good, solid advice to Danny - advice that had he taken, would have made his life a bit easier.  I adore Eva - the strength of this woman is enough to keep me coming back for more.  If you thought Eva was weak in any way, Unbeautifully will show you that you were dead wrong.  When her life is falling apart, Eva suffers through until she can see the light.  Her strength as a mother, and as a partner in a rough relationship, it beautiful to watch.  

In addition to Eva and Deuce, we are treated to the rough and complicated Danny-Ripper coupling.  Sheehan knows how to torture her characters, and pulled Danny and Ripper through the ringer.  Ripper is a bit older than Danny.  Not only is there the age difference causing obstacles, but the MC politics, and Ripper's self-esteem issues, as well.  If you've read Undeniable, you know that an intense event occurred that ended with Ripper's disfigurement.  Sheehan delves into what exactly happened to Ripper and how he has carried around shame and guilt ever since.  

Everything has beauty.  Even the ugly.  Especially the ugly.  Because without ugly, there would be no beauty. Beacause without beauty, we would not survive out pain, our sorrow, and our suffering.  

Danny deals with a lot of her own personal demons in this book.  Danny grew up as the daughter of a MC Prez.  Unlike Eva, though, she was not raised at the clubhouse.  She grew up wearing pink, sparkly clothes with an attitude to match.  This all changed when the Eva-Deuce drama came to a head.  Danny was left without her mother, with a depressed Eva and a distant and unfeeling father.  She rightfully felt uncared for by everyone except her big brother.  Ripper and Danny started a white hot relationship when Deuce was the farthest, mentally and emotionally, from Danny that he had ever been.  Danny and Ripper made many, many heartbreaking mistakes, and both could shoulder part of the blame, but these two are star-crossed lovers.  Their relationship became so hot, so quickly, that it was difficult read through the "bad" parts of this book.

Ripper was my rainstorm, my skin-drenching frenzy, where you couldn't tell right from left, where all you could feel was the phenomenon exploding throughout your body, feverishly burning through you even as it pleasurably cooled.

Other characters are present in this book.  It seems that where Undeniable set up this entire series from a wide view point, Unbeautifully sets up smaller stories that we will read in the future.  We are introduced to ZZ and left wondering where his road will lead.  We learn more about Dorothy and the seeming love triangle she is involved in. If you thought there was already a lot of drama in this book, then look out for Dorothy's story!  We also get insight into Cage and Tegen, which seems like it's going to be an emotional, burn-the-world-down kind of romance.  I loved seeing more of Cage in this book, and although I don't particularly care for the I'm-better-than-you attitude that Tegen is sporting, I can't wait to read more about these two.

So, to sum up....I'll state it one last time....Madeline Sheehan is a bitch.  Total and complete.  If you enjoy staying up to unGodly hours reading, think it's great to need vodka and a pack of smokes after reading a fictional story, and like to mentally use the adjective "motherfucker" before almost every word, then this series if for you!

What they had was some real forever kind of bullshit.

But seriously, folks, Madeline Sheehan is a goddess.  I have LOVED everything that this lady has written.  Emotional angst aside (which tends to be my favorite part), Sheehan tells one hell of a story with damaged and intense characters.  I can only remember being this affected by one other series that I read, and I urge you to pick this one up.  


Tina B said...

From what I scanned of your review, it was fabulous! I loved the first paragraph especially! ;)
I have heard some awesome things about this book.
I just picked up both books in the series and am excited to read them! The first one is on sale, though they weren't expensive to begin with. Lol.
Thank you for sharing your excitement, Jamie!

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