Danae “Dani” Espinoza is on the run and desperate to escape the demons of her past. Plans to hide out in a sleepy Los Angeles suburb turn into a pipe dream as she is drawn into the secret filled world of the local motorcycle club. Dani soon learns that her secrets and lies are nothing compared to those kept behind the clubhouse doors. Trying to avoid the suspicious Vice President, she must keep a low profile in order to survive. The trouble is he has other ideas.
Can an angel with blood-covered wings and the devil himself resist temptation or will they risk bringing hellfire down on everything that they love?
Dani is running from her past, she’s been through hell and she needs to lay low and hope no one finds her. Hero has also been through hell, just a different kind. His time in Afghanistan haunts his nights, while the MC and the club mama’s occupy his day. He’s not looking for forever, he knows it’s not meant for him, he just needs release and that is exactly what the women of the club give him. Dani, trying to protect her hiding place, inadvertently crosses paths with Heaven’s Rejects MC, they take her in, but are wary of her true intentions.
I love MC books so this book grabbed my attention and the story line of this book intrigued me. I needed to know what could be so bad that would send Dani across the country, dropping her identity and lie to a Motorcycle Club. I found some of the book funny with text like “My boobs were pushed up so high I feel like Wilson peering over the fence on the Home Improvement reruns I used to watch with my mom growing up.” And “His cut, bike, and dick are all his favorite toys.” But other parts of the book left me shaking my head, when Hero finally realizes Dani is not a traitor and attempt to get with her, she isn’t so nice and he, wonders “Why can’t she see that I’m trying to be genuine with her?” Um, dude because you’ve treated her like the enemy for weeks and now, suddenly you show her some positive attention and she’s supposed to know you are being “genuine”? I don’t think so. I also felt that the author was trying too hard to make these characters’ rough and tough. Sometimes the rough exterior of a character comes through the text very naturally and sometimes it feels forced, this book felt forced. This book is a good beginning for a new author and I look forward to seeing where Ms. Paige goes from here. I give this book 3 stars.
Cold. All I can feel is a deep chill blanketing my body. My eyes open to complete darkness as a voice calls to me. Its muffled tones send shivers down my spine with every garbled word. A sense of familiarity floats around me as its words become clearer.
“Run, Dani,” it pleas from beyond the black veil shrouding the room. “Escape while you can,” it continues. Panic courses through my veins. Where in the hell am I? Why can’t I see anything? The pleas go unanswered as my voice fails to render sound.
“Help!” I scream internally, “Please, fucking help me!”
The voice’s call fades with each word. “You need to get the hell out of here, Dani. You need to move. Find a wall and escape,” I coach to myself. A cold chill of air sweeps into the darkness encompassing me as I try to feel the place around me. My fingers plunge into a dense, sticky liquid as I crawl forward causing my body to slide with each movement. A hard surface is finally inching its way under my fingers.
Crawling upwards, I splay my hands against the cool wall. “You’re on your feet, Dani. The hardest part is over now. Time to find a door or a light switch, something to get us out of here,” my internal coach continues.
Keeping close to the wall, I finally find a switch. Flicking it upwards, the light shines brilliantly. As my eyes adjust to the light, my hands come into my vision. A scream barrels out of my throat when I see the sticky, red blood covering my hands and clothes. My heart races as I frantically wipe the blood away. Blood begins to pool at my feet, inching toward me. Rushing away from the blood, I fall backward into a solid, but warm obstacle. Before I can turn around, hands grasp my arms as a person’s hot breath trails down my neck.
“Hello, Dani,” a different voice whispers in my ear. “Welcome to Hell. You’re mine now,” the voice crackles as my body is pulled into black oblivion.
Avelyn Paige is a born and raised Indiana girl. She may be a Hoosier by birth, but she’s a Boilermaker by choice! Avelyn lives in rural Indiana with her pastor husband, 2 spoiled cats, and one very odd looking dog. She’s an oncology research scientist by day and a writer and book review blogger by night. She enjoys reading anything she can get her hands, baking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Never intending to ever write her own book, the idea behind the Damaged series came to her on a drive to work early one morning thinking about her father who’d recently passed away. His strength during his cancer and rare blood disease battle inspired Avelyn to do something she’s never thought about before. She’s excited to see where this wild ride takes her.