I absolutely adored this story, I think it might have hit my top spot for this series because everything about it reminded me why I love a bad-ass biker.
Levi ‘Painter’ Brooks has been a bit of an enigma throughout the series, he first fell in love with the president’s daughter Em, but she soon got sick of his ways and ended up with Hunter. It was alluded to in previous books that he and good girl Melanie Tucker were in some kind of love/hate limbo and that they had a daughter together, but it’s not until now that we get the full story.
“I deserve someone who puts me first. So does our child.”
Melanie is associated with the MC via her surrogate mother, London who is the Old Lady to President, Reese ‘Picnic’ Hayes. She is not a fan of the MC life at all, she wants to go to college and become a good person with a sense of security and a loving home in her future. But as a young woman, there is no denying her attraction to Painter, and it seems the eternal bachelor can’t help his feelings either because he feels it too.
After just one night in each others company, Painter is arrested and for the next year Melanie writes to Painter in prison, forming a bond that will forever be untethered.
When he is released from prison, he is all about avoiding Melanie, for he knows that he will never be good enough for her, she is a pure and good person and he is not. He kills and maims, but deep down he has a good heart.
From here we follow their roller-coaster relationship, with some wonderful butterfly inducing moments and some equally stomach churning angst. With beautiful chemistry and a whole lot of resentment, they spend years going back and forth, with Melanie unable to forgive him for a mistake he will regret for the rest of his life.
A whole lot of angst but it certainly got the blood pumping, I had such an enjoyable time reading this gritty world where family and brotherhood is priority.
This is a standalone biker romance, but part of an overall series.
Told in dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review