This is the story of Poet, the VP of the ACES MC who we met in book 1 when his daughter Brenna returned home after suffering in an abusive marriage. I’ll admit, I couldn’t really remember much about him other than he was Irish and never had an old lady or anyone special in his life but that’s all you need to know really, you could definitely read this as a stand alone. The prologue starts in the present day and then we are taken back to the nineties in the Republic of Ireland, close to the British border amidst the IRA’s campaign to unify Ireland.
Amy is a 17 year old American girl whose parents have moved to Ireland for work, she has spent her young life moving around and never staying in one place for long, with parents who are apathetic towards her and like to indulge in sordid activities by night. She catches the attention of her neighbour Peggy, who invites her to spend time over at her house and over time becomes a mother figure and friend. When Peggy’s son Patrick returns home from University, he is taken aback by the beautiful and snarky girl that he finds in his home, and once he realises she isn’t there to take advantage of his mother he decides he wants to make her his. Patrick has met his match and feels at peace when he is close to Amy.
” We could talk for hours and never run out of things to say, but could rarely agree on anything.”
They are young and naively in love with the idea that they can live happily ever after. What they don’t realise it that when you are living in the middle of a war zone everything can come crashing down in the blink of an eye, especially when past mistakes are brought to the forefront of both their lives, and they forced to flee to America for their safety.
What follows is truly heartbreaking – I was not prepared for all the different feelings I went through. Anger, Sadness, Devastation to name a few and I spent a large portion of the book in tears. Amy was such a strong character once she grew up and although she eventually learns to forgive Patrick she can never seem to move on. Patrick, now a member of the ACES MC has only ever wanted Amy but he has a life without her now that Amy is reluctant to disrupt.
If you don’t like angst, imperfect hero’s or large time gaps then this book is probably not for you. I literally felt like I’d been hit by a bus by the end of the book but I love a book that makes my heart pump out of my chest and swoon at the same time. This is by far, the best book out of the 4. Also, I just want to note that it doesn’t focus on the ‘biker’ aspect hardly at all so you will find it has a completely different feel from the previous 3 books.
P.S I would have given this 5 stars but the ‘Irish lingo’ was a bit annoying – I’ve never met an Irish person who speaks like that in real life, specially an educated one such as Poet. I highly recommend that you try your hardest to ignore this otherwise it will annoy the shit out of you and ruin the book. It’s worth plodding through.
ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review