Underworld Champions (The MC Outlaw Series, #1) by Ella Stone
A Contemporary biker romance.
Maddie's life has always been hard. With an absent mother and a father who is beyond help. She's all on her own.
When her father carks it, she has no money, and some jerk with bad breath is always hovering around her to take advantage.
So she goes to the one person who owes her a favour - her mother. She's married to the president of the MC Outlaws. That's a motorcycle club. Maddie's never really been into that shit, but she doesn't have a choice. And surprisingly, she's going to come to rely on the Outlaws more than she ever expected.
Cole is one of those jackass guys who girls should keep away from at all costs. But he's hot, and Maddie finds she can't help herself. He's the club's VP, and so goddamned hot, he'd melt the panties off a nun.
She should run, she should stay as far away from her past as she can, but instead, she keeps running to that sexy biker, Cole.
Cole understands Maddie, you see - he's damaged too. Can these two tortured souls find a way to heal each other. Will Cole be her Champion?
***CONTENT WARNING*** This book is NOT suitable for under 18s due to a ridiculous amount of sexual situations that just aren't cool to replicate if you're under age.
Kelly - 3 Crowns
I loved the premise of this story, although I did have a few reservations with the execution of it. The first half was stellar, I couldn't put it down as we follow the heroine, Madeline, as she flees town after the death of her Mother.
Her estranged Father is the Prez of The Outlaw MC in a sleepy Australian outback town. Seeking protection from the man who has staked his claim on her since the age of 13, she is left with little choice as she heads back to the place where she was born, in the hope she can keep hidden until the dust settles, before heading out on her own to start a new life.
Cole is the MC VP and notorious for his good looks and promiscuous ways. His first priority is the club with whores and booze a close contender.
Maddie doesn't need her new life controlled by another man but Cole is everything she has never had. A man who sets her soul on fire. What must it be like to want a man for the first time even though you have had many sexual partners? Not one was truly consensual as she grew up believing sex was a means to an end, one where it puts food on the table and helps finance a junkie mother.
Yes...Maddie's back story is truly horrific! And yet she gradually finds solace in a dusty compound with bearded and tattooed men who don't tend to stay on the right side of the law. She finally learns what it means to have a family, a Father and a lover who will stop at nothing to protect the girl, still running...
Like I said... I loved the premise! But I also had some serious problems with this book and that came with the second half... the pace. Holy sweet baby Jesus, one moment the gorgeous Cole is having copious amounts of sex with an MC skank, then he and Maddie are falling helplessly in love at first touch. The hot scenes just immersed the storyline, drowning it out, and taking the character progression along with it.
I was willing to overlook that because I love a good MC erotica with a side order of bat shit scary crazy. It was also refreshing to read a book written in Australian/British dialect, but it all came crashing down in a certain scene towards the end, it just didn't sit well with me at all. It made me feel icky just reading it and lacked a bout of true realism. I'm sorry...but nobody in their right mind would think about hard shower fucking after the horror they had just been subjected to, therefore some of the credibility was lost on me.
That being said, I read this story in two sittings. The author successfully managed to keep me focused and entertained even though it covered some very distressing subject matters.
If you enjoy dark and disturbing with more sex then you can throw a kindle at, then yes, please read it! If you want a refreshing and substantial MC plot line with progressive characterisation then you may find yourself a little disappointed.
It's not a bad book by any means, the author has certainly delivered a compelling story, but I felt more consideration could have given to the plot itself and less on the hot sauce, as it succeeded in making the characters one-dimensional, leaving me feeling a little bereft at the end.