Monday, September 15, 2014

[Release Day Review] - Melancholy (Jokers' Wrath MC Book #2) by Bella Jewel

There's never been a time I've cared about anything more than my club. Today that all changed. Today I got you."

To truly understand a story; you need to start from the beginning, but to start from the beginning; you have to go back, further than just you. After all, our stories don’t start with us, do they? Our stories start with the person before us, and the person before them. We are created from the stories of those people - from their mistakes, from their achievements, from their love and their hate.

No one’s story is ever truly their own.

I tried to create my own story, my own path, and my own actions. I’ve seen things people only see in their worst nightmares, but I never let it beat me down. I never let it become who I was. I picked myself up, and I kept going. Everything was what it was.

There was no point analyzing what it could be.

Could be’s didn’t matter.

Until Maddox came into the picture. He saved my life. He changed my world; giving me the second chance some of us only dream about. There was only one thing missing in my second chance, and she was the reason I fought so hard to survive.

My sister.

My sister who is supposed to be dead, well, at least, that’s what I thought.

That’s what he told me.

Now is where my story changes, but to understand this story, you have to start at the beginning…where it all began…and before.

This is Maddox's and Santana's story.  We met these two back in the first book, Precarious.  Maddox is the President of the Jokers' Wrath MC, and Santana, or Tana, is basically his ward.  The last time we saw Maddox, he was in a, um, precarious position with two other people.  At the time, my first reaction was WTF?  It made no sense to the story line in the previous book.  However, it was included to set up the main point of contention in Melancholy.  This is a story of survival and loyalty with a lot of hot and sexy moments included.

Tana was saved by Maddox when she was a teenager.  After suffering a dramatic family loss and late, abuse, Tana and her sister took to the streets.  Tana was fiercely loyal and protective of her younger sister, and would rather die than allow anything to happen to her.  The two girls were barely able to survive until a random man took them in.  Although the girls were fed and cared for, this was the beginning of Santana's downfall.  This is where she was hooked on a bad habit that almost destroyed her, until Maddox rescued her.  Unfortunately, Tana's sister was collateral damage and was killed when Tana was saved.

Santana and Maddox have a very strange relationship.  She feels like he treats her like a daughter with his ultra controlling ways.  Maddox wants nothing more to protect Santana, and controls her life in an attempt to keep her safe.  underneath it all is an undercurrent of lust, desire and want.  Since Tana doesn't think that Maddox sees her as a grown woman, she tries her best to carry on a normal life under the watchful gaze of her protector.

Santana and Maddox play a game of cat and mouse, each character hiding their true feelings.  Once they admit their feelings for one another, the hot, sexy times begin.  There is a particular scene on Maddox's bike that had me fanning myself.  Bella Jewel does a great job at bringing the sexy!  However, we learn that Maddox is keeping a HUGE secret from Tana that threatens to ruin their budding relationship.  This secret causes some major friction for this couple, but they find a way to accept the past, forgive one another and move towards the future.  The secret does take them on an adventure that is gritty and hard.  Some characters don't make it.  Others are hurt badly.  There were a lot of things going on in the ending and it kept me on the edge of my seat.

I loved meeting Maddox's "brother", Mack.  He has a story behind him that was set up at the end of Melancholy.  I think I'm going to love Mack!  I am very much invested in reading the next book in this series.  I think this series about this rag tag bunch of bikers is just going to keep getting better!

If you are a fan of biker books and erotic romance, this is the book for you.  Bella Jewel is a comfortable writer - she pulls you in and lets the story drag you to the end.  I have enjoyed all of her books, and I am especially happy with this new series.  I can't wait for more!


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