Dirty (Vengeance Duet, #1)
by A.C Bextor
Book 1 in the Vengeance Duet series.
Max Taylor is back home after many years away. Having spent time in a now disbanded MC, he is back and determined to find the murderer of his sister and finally find a place he can settle in and make a life for himself. However, Max soon finds out that the Satan's Creed MC have taken over the town and he might be the only one that can bring them down.
Emma Carsen always loved Max, but he was always just out of reach. Now he is back but she is married. They might not be able to pursue anything romantically, but what they can be is friends. In fact, he may be the only friend she has that can help her find out what has happened to her niece Casey. Unable to visit her on the Satan's Creed compound any more, she fears that her young niece is being abused. But to make waves with the MC is a death sentence; can she expect Max to risk himself for her and Casey?
And in the background is a young girl. Tired, scared, lonely and confused. She is a captive and she fears that this may just be the only life she ever knows.
Once again A.C. Bextor delivers another unique book. I can only admire her for the thought and imagination she uses in every book that she gives us. Her writing is always flawless and the depth of both her characters and the storylines means that you go on a real journey when you pick up one of her books.
Be warned this is on the darker side - If I am being totally honest, a little darker than what I would usually read. Yes, it involves a MC, but it isn't a MC romance at all. This is a dark romance where the bad guys are bad and even the good guys aren't squeaky clean. Told from Max's POV, you also get chapters told in the third person describing Casey's situation. They are tough to read, but knowing help is on it's way makes those chapters easier to digest. On the flip side you also have a building relationship between Max and Emma, although this isn't the main focus of the book at all, more an added sweetener.
Although this book is to be told over 2 books, I can happily say that I didn't feel it ended on a cliff hanger as such. It feels like a natural break in the story, but one that will have you the reader anxious to read the conclusion coming in September.
A good read that was a little dark for me, but that highlights once again the writing, imagination and good old talent that A.C. Bextor creates her books with. If you like your romance a little darker then this is a read I would recommend.
Emma - 4 Crowns
A seemingly innocuous five letter word until you pull back the layers of its meaning.
Imprisoned in a small room within the walls of the Satan's Creed Motorcycle Club compound, Casey Richards struggles to survive the only life she was raised to know. Her mother, a club whore, and her father, an unknown outlaw she’s never met, Casey’s fate is all but sealed in the eyes of the club.
Foul. Unclean. Undesirable.
Trapped in a loveless marriage, and with no children of her own, Emma Carsen is the only living soul willing to fight for her niece, Casey. She’s all but given up on saving her until the one man she’s longed to see again unexpectedly finds his way back to town and into her life.
Sordid. Vile. Unscrupulous.
Max Taylor, former-biker of a disbanded MC, has been holding onto reasons to avoid coming back to the small town he grew up in. The same ghosts that drove him away eventually force Max to find his way back. Now that he's home, he may be Casey’s only chance for freedom.
Filthy. Hateful. Impure.
In order to get to Casey, Max must find a way to infiltrate the MC. Setting up a meet with Hoss, Satan's Creed’s President who’s known for his depravity as much as his double-crossing ways, it’s made clear that forming an alliance is going to be more of a challenge than he expected. Now he must prove his loyalty to the club and in doing so, he’s forced to get his hands…