by Kathryn Kelly
Road Captain of the Devil’s Dust Motorcycle Club, Bobby has the scars to prove just how dangerous his life is. He gives the world he knows hell and loves every moment of it. Wearing a panty-dropping grin along the way, his fierce life has never been a problem for him, until her. Jessica is the only female who has him distracted in his game. After taking him to bed, she’s the only woman to tell him to take a hike. Waking with her gone, he can’t resist her pull. He’s seen the marks on her body, ones which tell the horrors she’s lived through. He’s also seen the fear in her eyes when she lets herself become weak to his advances. Bobby has a decision to make. Can he help Jessica, or will it mean giving up his carefree life?
Jessica, also known as Doc, lives life in fear. Years back, she ran to the Devil’s Dust for protection, seeking the demise of her abusive, dominant husband. Her mind and soul tortured by her past, she can’t allow herself to move forward. The only thing in her sight is her daughter’s safety. Even if she has the attention of one particular tattooed biker, she can’t succumb to his charm and drag her daughter back into a world of danger, no matter how much he thinks he can save her.
Mistakes will be made.
Fears will be faced.
Pain will be remembered.
Can Bobby and Jessica survive the dangers they bring upon themselves?
I am a huge fan of Kathryn Kelly's Death Dweller's MC series, so when I was given the opportunity to read a new book from her, I jumped at the chance. This is the first book in the new Phoenix Rising Rock Band series and I was very interested to find out whether the brilliance she brings to the MC romance genre would cross over.
Georgiana McCall is a 16 year girl being swallowed up in a world of money, drugs, drink and sex. Born into wealth, her father Parnell loves her but is too busy to really know what she is up to. Her mother Cassandra finds her an irrelevance, only dealing with her when absolutely necessary. She is lonely and struggling to stay afloat in a world where she is unwanted. The only person who cares for her is Crowell, her much older brothers best friend who also supplies the cocaine that has become essential in her survival from day to day. One evening Crowell sneaks her into a party resulting in an encounter with her musical idol; Sloane Mason, front man and lead guitarist for the huge Phoenix Rising rock band. What she doesn't know is that that chance meeting will change her life forever.
Sloan Mason is 25 and trying to keep his position in one of the biggest bands in the world. After months in rehab recovering from a serious drug addiction, he knows he is on his final warning. What he doesn't want is to get mixed up in a family drama that rivals his own. Forced to visit the McCall's by his father, he sleeps with the older but very beautiful Cassandra at her husband's request. Sleeping with women is a daily occurrence for Sloane so it isn't a hardship until he comes across the girl with violet eyes. Seems the girl who pleasured him the night previously isn't 18, is the daughter of the woman he's just been in bed with and is also in the clutches of a serious drug problem. Something in him is drawn to her, he understands her and feels the pain she is dealing with. He wants to save her, but it may just bring about his own downfall.
And in the background you have Cassandra. A woman struggling to keep hold of a husband obsessed with younger women. When Sloane Mason is invited into her bed, she sees it as a chance to feel young again. At 45 she is starting to see the tell tale signs of age but she has no intention of growing old gracefully; especially as it may mean losing her husband. If only she didn't have to watch her daughter becoming the person she wished she still was. Especially when the man she has set her sights on sparks up a relationship with her blossoming daughter. She cannot and will not let it happen.
A taboo story of a connection that is too strong to ignore regardless of age and consequence. A girl that needs saving and a man compelled to do the saving. A mother who lets jealousy over ride the love she should have for her daughter and a family ripped apart by dark secrets, envy and tragedy.
Before I go further - Kathryn your brilliance certainly does transfer. What a story!
This is an amazing read. The depth of characterization that Kathryn has brought to both Georgie and Sloane is fantastic. The loneliness and despondency that comes from Georgie is tangible, although much older you truly understand why Sloane feels compelled to save her. He sees himself in her and wants to protect her from the pain and rejection he himself has experienced. The attraction they feel towards each other will be difficult for some readers but as I am British and our age of consent is 16, that wasn't something that concerned me. Georgie although naive at times, also has a very mature, insightful and cynical view of life and that is what Sloane see and feels in his soul. He risks both his career and reputation for her and at times it isn't easy for him. The question is will it all be worth it in the end? Well you will have to read it and see.
A brilliant, emotional and heartbreaking story. The ending is a serious WTF moment and you will equally worry and wonder about where Kathryn will take us in book 2. I just hope that she is writing it now because I need to know what happens to our damaged and lonely soulmates.
Emma - 4.5 Crowns