Lethal by Cassandra Robbins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: ☹️🙃☺️
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The heroine: Eve Smith – she works at a game booth at a traveling carnival. When bad man from the Disciples Motorcycle club come to get what they are owed from her family. She knows her brother Benny owes them. He stole their money and drugs. Her father is in a wheelchair and takes oxygen to help him breathe and Benny has disappeared.
The Heroes: Blade McCormick (a.k.a. Jason) – ex Navy seal and president of the Disciples MC. He is a beautiful but brutal man and is not a good guy. The Disciples are one percenters and are one of the strongest MC’s on the west coast.
The Story: The story begins on Eve’s eighteenth birthday when the Disciples come to get their due, but then flashes back to two years before when Eve first meets Blade McCormick. She is tall, blonde and thin, her family has nothing and travels from place to place, where people think she is nothing. She shoplifts to get necessities for herself and her family. Her dad and brother sell drugs and get involved with the MC.
Blade remembers the beautiful girl he met two years before and when Benny is nowhere to be found, he decides to take Benny’s sister in lieu of what is owed to the MC. I liked the premise of this book, though I hate that Eve is so young. Though given her background and family, she has grown up faster than most girls.
These guys really are bad guys. Not only do they take Eve against her will, but they brand her with with the disciples logo (cross with angel wings about the size of a quarter). Blade claims her for himself. One thing I really liked about this one is that the MC makes bank and Blade’s room at the clubhouse shows it. His room is the size of a double wide trailer, has a pool table and sitting area, a refrigerator, a king size bed and a huge en suite bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and a huge shower. There is even a pool outside. Not what you normally see in MC romance. She even gets to go for a makeover and a ‘pretty woman’ shopping spree.
There are some things in this book that I did dislike quite a bit. Especially the treatment of women within the MC. For example, on two occasions when Blade goes to tell people not to touch Eve, he puts his hands on her shoulders and loudly announces, “This is mine!”, not “She is mine!”, showing that he sees her as an object, not a person. Also he basically makes her stay in his room or in his house and she can’t leave without his permission and a club member to take her out. She is basically a prisoner.
Narration was done by Devon Grace and Troy Duran and both do a great job. I actually think I bought this audiobook more for the fact that Troy Duran did the narration than for the story itself. Though I did like the blurb. Devon grace has a youthful feminine voice which I liked, though the book begins with her speaking in a low slightly monotone whisper. Her voice shows more emotion before too long.
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