Sunday, May 19, 2013

Madeline Sheehan--Unbeautifully (Undeniable #2)

Adult Contemporary Romance

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.

{5 stars)
The synopsis actually does this book justice, in a way. But if you read the first book, you understand the dark violent world they live in. But under that darkness sometimes comes beauty, love, and family. Even though the men of Hell's Horseman act like asses...womanizing, drinking, dumbass men. They have an underlying loyalty above all else...sometimes. Sometimes, the choices they make blur the line of loyalty to one another. Women come between them, but only the woman that they really truly love above all else, including their brothers.

This series is not a pretty romantic fantasy. It is gritty, emotional, and utterly addicting. A roller coaster of highs and lows, and you are left hanging on waiting for the end. Hoping for the HEA, and just trying not throw up along the way. This book isn't just about Danny and Ripper, it is also the extension of Eva and Duece's story. We back up a little bit and find out how Eva and Duece overcame Frankie's trail of horror. No flowers and romantic dinners here... tears, yelling, and internal torment (and the occasional gunfire) are the road they all walked on. They were all damaged by Frankie, some emotional, some physical. But how they pull it together and move forward is the soul of this story. And in the extended family of the MC, you get Jase's choices, Hawk's secrets, and lots of fighting and yelling. Some all in fun, some not so much. A lot plays out in this story, and I am utterly addicted to it. I can't wait for the next one. This series is NOT for the faint at heart, you won't like some of the darker decisions made or the outcome of those decisions. But it is all for the "reality" of the story. (I said there was no flowers or romance). Raw and emotional, if you can see past all that you can understand that life goes on and sometimes, life grants you what you wish for.

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