Unbeloved (Undeniable, #4) by Madeline Sheehan
Dorothy Kelley is a born romantic, searching for her prince. Instead she finds herself pregnant at fifteen, and a in a loveless marriage by the tender age of eighteen.
Then hope comes riding into her life on a motorcycle and within weeks, Jason “Jase” Brady, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen motorcycle club, sweeps Dorothy off her feet.
But nothing is ever simple for Dorothy. Jase is married with children. And as Dorothy patiently waits for Jase to give her the happily-ever-after she’s been dreaming about, James “Hawk” Young, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen with secrets of his own, sees an opening into Dorothy’s life and takes it.
Carrying on two secret affairs is no easy feat. As Dorothy tries to dig herself out of the mess she’s created, covering one mistake with another, tragedy strikes, nearly costing Dorothy her life and that of her unborn son.
What follows is a long and painful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, as Dorothy comes to realize that home was exactly where she’d left it, and the love she’d forever craved had always been within her reach.
This is the story of Dorothy, Jase, and Hawk.
We are all born pure; it is our journey that burdens us and leads us astray. Our mistakes that beat us down and cover us in guilt and shame, burying us a little more with each passing hardship. It is up to us to dig ourselves out, to come to terms with our faults, to embrace not only our imperfections but those of the ones we love, and to once again find the path we strayed from.
Warning: This is not a conventional or predictable love story. It involves one woman and two men bound by a love so destructive it spans two decades, pitting brother against brother, and shattering the lives of those touched by it.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
“A soul-searching, emotional and truly diverse unconventional love-story that sheds further light on some much loved characters. A great fourth instalment.” - Kelly, Perusing Princesses
Unbeloved is the story of Dorothy, Hawk and Jase.
We know from early on in this series that Dorothy is the quiet, loyal, kind, reliable, club ‘mistress’ (I refuse to use the word, whore). Having loved Jase for over 17 years, his promise of leaving his wife and starting anew with D as his old lady was one promise he never fulfilled. Broken. Feeling naive. A fool desperate for affection, she threw her allegiance to the wind when she caught the attentions of Hawk. Embarking on an affair with the man who has always kept a distance due to her off-limit stature, they are successful in keeping their relationship a secret, that is until Dorothy falls pregnant. Jase believes the child to be his, but when Chrissy (his wife) finds out about the their long-term affair, she pulls a gun on Dorothy, and life as they know it, changes irreparably.
With no memory and a newborn son, Dorothy keeps a distance from everything she once knew, but she welcomes Hawk. He is Christopher’s Father and has always played a pivotal role in his life. Even after she uprooted them both and moved to California, Hawk visited when he could.
Unbeloved then takes us back to the beginning... when Dorothy, a young wife and mother, her dreams of a nice home with a picket fence, a glimmer of a silly childhood fantasy.
Jase Brady is in the marine corp, he’s married with children, but he’s also the most beautiful man she has ever seen. Leaving her husband and embarking on an affair to last two decades, her loyalty to Jase earns her a mutual respect within the MC, and for many years, the large imposing warehouse of the Hells Horseman MC is home.
So yes, this is predominantly Dorothy’s story…But it’s also Hawk and Jase’s story too. Brothers of the Hells Horseman MC, these guys couldn’t be more further apart. With Jase, what you see is what you get. He’s a selfish bastard and he knows it, but he’s never felt the need to change, that is until now…
Hawk on the other hand keeps his distance from many, but he has his reasons. Those reasons have been hidden from the club since his initiation many years ago - only Deuce knows the truth, and that truth has the power to put the club in further disarray.
What I loved about this story is the way Madeline Sheehan took it down a notch or two. The last book was so gritty and violent, that I wondered how far she would take this fourth instalment, but she kept it diverse, putting a new spin on things and showed us that this MC can be sensitive and supportive. We know what they are capable of but Unbeloved proves that they are still a family when it matters most.
We get to reconnect with some much loved characters and be prepared to see some of them in a new light. Witness Jase as he seeks help from an unlikely source. And learn the truth about Hawk. Who he is. What his life was like before the club, and how much Dorothy and Christopher really means to him.
This isn’t as gritty as the other books, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Yes, there are still some heart stopping moments. Some angst, hot sex, and that epilogue shows signs to reverting back to the true nail-biting, edge of your seat brewing shitstorm we are accustomed to when an old face causes a world of problems, and is about to sign his own death warrant.
There was a time lapse, in-fact there were a few but it didn’t detach the reader from the story, it helped move it forward, and I’m so pleased that we delved much further into the future by the end.
READ THIS SERIES!
Emma - 5 Crowns
Book 4 in the Undeniable series. I highly recommend reading the first three books to understand the full storyline of Unbeloved.
Wow!! I feel like I have waited an eternity for this book. This series for me is the absolute finest example of MC romance you will ever read. I absolutely love it, but will admit to feeling like the longer I was waiting the more I questioned whether this book would be a let down when it was finally released.
I now find myself asking - Why the hell did I even entertain that notion? Madeline Sheehan is the queen of writing gritty, angsty MC stories and let me tell you this does not disappoint, not one iota!!
So we reach the complex relationship that is Dorothy, Jase and Hawk, and what a story it is.
Dorothy was tangled up in a complicated, long term and loving relationship/affair with Jase a member of the Horsemen MC. Following her near fatal shooting whilst heavily pregnant by Jason's wife; we learnt that Jase wasn't in fact the father of her unborn son. That news comes as a surprise to both Jase, there friends but not the baby's father, Hawk.
This story follows these three characters lives.
Dorothy Matthews is living in self imposed exile from the Horseman MC. After the awful events surrounding her shooting and the birth of her son, she felt there was no longer a life for her in Miles City. San Francisco has been hard on Dorothy; all she ever wanted was to be happy and she thought she found that in Jase. That was until Hawk came her way. Behind married Jase's back, she had a relationship with Hawk cumulating in the birth of her son Christopher. In love with both MC brothers, she made the decision that her loyalty should remain with Jase; that is until the shooting and her subsequent memory loss.
Having now lived in SF for 7 years, she is lonely and only has contact with her daughter, Eva and Hawk. The relationship she has with Hawk is cordial at best; he visits her son but that is as far as the relationship goes.
When Hawk doesn't show up for a visit, her life is changed forever. One phone call has her rushing back to her MC family and the ghosts of her past.
Will she finally except her life belongs with her MC family? Will she forgive Jase for all the hurt he caused her? And will she make one final decision to ensure she finds the happiness she has chased for as long as she can remember?
Jason "Jase" Brady has hit rock bottom. Not only has he lost the love and security of Dorothy, but also his wife who remains in prison and his 3 daughters. Jase has spent the years since losing everything drowning in a bottle. Unable to come to terms with what he see's as the ultimate betrayal by his MC brother, Dorothy will have nothing to do with him but most importantly he has lost his girls. When he is called to the prison by his wife to sign divorce papers, he realises that he really has nothing left. It is however his wife who makes him promise to rebuild his relationship with his daughters and make up for the mistakes of his past. His past though is going to come back to haunt him when Dorothy steps inside the club house for the 1st time in 7 long years.
How will he react? Will he seek her forgiveness and ultimately redemption? And will he be able to make the ultimate sacrifice to win back his daughters love?
James "Hawk" Young is a Horseman Nomad and has been since Dorothy told him she was
pregnant and then rejected him for his brother. A man of few words, he has spent the last 7 years on the back of his bike for the only family he has left, Deuce and the Horseman. Keeping in regular contact with his son, he is lost and damaged by his past. Hawk holds dark secrets and those secrets are about to catch up with him, taking everyone by surprise. For Hawk isn't who everyone thinks he is and this will have a profound effect on the whole MC club as well as his relationship with the only woman he has ever loved.
Will he be able to survive the darkness of his past? Can he finally find his way back to Dorothy? And can he protect the club that saved him?
This book is as epic as you would expect. Do not be fooled into thinking that this is any type of rehash... it isn't. We obviously know quite a bit about the complex relationship these three characters have, however this books gives us so much more.
The book starts in the past and gives a snippet of Dorothy's back story and her 1st encounter with Jase, but from then on it is very much in the present for all 3 characters. The blanks will be filled in though, particularly with how and why Dorothy and Hawk came to be; and these are told through the series of flashbacks. I am generally not a fan of back and forth, but Madeline doesn't drag them out; just making sure that you are left without any questions about their pasts. The way she has meshed together the past and present is a true testament to her superb writing skills, and just keeps the storyline fast, fluid and eventful.
It is a real emotional ride and one full of love, betrayal, forgiveness and loyalty. You will feel for all three characters, especially Jase who has always come out of the other book looking the bad guy. I certainly thought I would hate him, but I just couldn't.
Deuce fans will love that he is very much present in this book and we see his softer side. I loved seeing this ultimate MC alpha hero in a different light. He is rough, he is hard but he is loyal to his brothers and his MC family... I seriously love that man.
This story sets a completely different pace to its predecessors. The bloodshed and violence are replaced with raw emotion and angst; you will want everyone to find their place in the life they have chosen and to find the happiness that has alluded them for so long. I loved this about it, it shows a different side to Madeline's writing and she sets the scenes and feelings so beautifully.
What will surprise you is the re-appearance of ZZ. I wont say much more than that, other than the epilogue sets up his book and my god what a finish to the book it is.
I now find myself in the same position as yesterday morning; that is chomping at the bit for the next Undeniable book to be released.
Another fantastic and unforgettable instalment....
A MUST READ