Melancholy by Bella Jewel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Then and Now!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😤😥😊🤩😘
The heroine: Santana – she and her sister Pippi lost their parents at a young age and her life turned into hell. They lived in a foster home with a man obsessed with control and he used his fists to assert that control. They lived lives in fear and pain until they ran away.
The Hero: Maddox – President of the Jokers Wrath MC. They are in a war with the Tinman MC. Maddox is huge, muscular and handsome. He also uses the club whores pretty often. He has secrets from Santana but those secrets may destroy things between them so he is holding off from telling her.
The Story: The timeline in this one skipped around quite a bit at the beginning. It starts in 2007 when the two girls run away and then jumps forward to present day when Santana wakes up in the hospital after being shot. She ran out after finding Maddox was intimate with one of her friends, Ash from Precarious. Then it goes back to 2007 again, two months after the girls ran away when the girls are living on the street and starving and go house to house begging for food.
The story continues to go to the present day and then then flashes back to the time between 2007 and 2014 to fill in the gaps of what happened to Santana. She was definitely not living her best life and when she says Maddox saved her when he found her, she wasn’t kidding. Though since she has been with Maddox, she has lived good, though without her sister.
It was obvious in Precarious that Santana is in love with Maddox, but since she sees him with the club girls all the time, she doesn’t believe there is any way he is interested in her. Though when she tells him she is now seeing some guy named Alec, she is prepared for him going a bit crazy, just because he is so controlling with regards to her. He doesn’t disappoint.
The book was told in multiple points of view via dual narration, though the majority of the book was told in Santana’s point of view. I will admit I wanted more of Maddox’s POV. The narrators were Stella Bloom and Charles Lawrence. Both did a great job. I like Stella Bloom’s soft clear voice and she does a great rough voice for when she does male characters. Though I do like it better when actual males do the male voices and females do all the female voices (duet narration).
I liked the story but I really dislike so many flashbacks. A few are fine, but I don’t like this type of story when it shows a little from now, a little from then, and back and forth. So you only get a tiny bit of the back story before you get a tiny bit of the new one. It is worse on audio, because if you are doing something aside from just sitting and listening, you might miss when they say what year they are talking about and all the sudden things aren’t making sense.
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