The Bastards of Boston live in a world most don’t understand. They follow their own rules, only accountable to each other, the innocents they protect, and the people they couldn’t save.
As president of the Bastards MC, Robert Doyle is the man behind it all. It’s his responsibility to keep his club safe, to be the smartest man in the room, and be ten steps ahead of everyone. He’d give everything he had, and sell his soul to the devil, to protect the ones he loves.
Until Rocker comes face-to-face with the pain he thought he’d buried. Old wounds are ripped open. Revenge consumes him. Once again he’s the teenager desperate to avenge his daughter’s murder and nothing else matters.
He calls me his angel, but the halo I wear caught fire a long time ago. There is no line I won’t cross, no law I won’t break. I’ll do whatever it takes to save him. If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, I’ll happily burn.
When past and present collide, we’re in for one hell of a bumpy ride.
3 out of 5 stars
I received an ARC of this book from Enticing Journey Book Promotions for an honest review.
There are a lot of 5 star reviews for this book on goodreads. This book was not a five star read for me.
The story follows Cris Murphy, whose brother Matt is a member of an MC. Matt and his best friend, Rob Doyle, have been friends forever, and consider each other part of their respective families. Problem is though that Rob and Cris absolutely detest each other.
The first thing I should mention is almost the entire book is told in the past – fifteen years ago. The prologue is set in the present, and the last 8% of the book, but the rest is taking place 15 years prior. That was good, but I digress.
Cris lost her innocence at a young age, and her brother protected her. He still protects her, to this day. Cris gets a letter that the man who abused her is getting out of prison and she runs straight to her brother in Boston. Doesn’t call. She shows up at his club house, with Rob’s sister Katie, who is Cris’s best friend. They instantly get into trouble with the other MC guys, and Matt and Rob have to save them.
Rob is dealing with his own demons. He knocked up a girl he didn’t really care for when he was 16, and his daughter, Hannah, was murdered. I don’t know why the child had to be murdered. There could have been a million reasons why Rob was a dick, but a murdered child was unnecessary. My other complaint about his seek for vengeance was this – Rob was incarcerated when Hannah was little, and when he got out, he never went to see her. So this child he loved so fiercely was one that could have been protected if he wasn’t such a selfish dickhead.
Then there’s the story about Cris practically raising Hannah, and Rob knowing nothing about it. Cris went back to the club house the next day because she lost the only thing she had left from Hannah, and ended up getting “claimed” by Rob. They then had to put on this sham relationship so neither of them would end up dead. Then, after one day of living together, they are in love. After years of hating each other. Though they really loved each other (smh).
There were a plethora of MC characters that were in the story, all with club names. They were hard to remember. There was a rival gang whose leader’s name was similar to the leader of the Club Rob was a prospect of (like I said, he was the MC President for 8% of the book; he was a prospect for the rest) and it was confusing as to who they were talking about and to.
The story just didn’t flow well. One thing that really annoyed me was each chapter about Rob was called “Rocker”, yet hardly anybody called him that in person. I didn’t care for the ending – I felt it was very anti-climactic. There wasn’t a lot of closure.
I’m a big fan of Carina Adams. I love her Southern Pleasure series, but this book was a real miss for me. I will continue to read her though.