Unbeloved by Madeline Sheehan
Series: Undeniable #4
Also in this series: Undeserving, Undeniable, Unbeautifully
Published by Self-published on June 23, 2014
Genres: Biker / MC
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Dorothy Kelley is a born romantic, searching for her prince. Instead she finds herself pregnant at fifteen, and in a loveless marriage by the tender age of eighteen.
Then hope comes riding into her life on a motorcycle and within weeks, Jason “Jase” Brady, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club, sweeps Dorothy off her feet.
But nothing is ever simple for Dorothy. Jase is married with children. And as Dorothy patiently waits for Jase to give her the happily-ever-after she’s been dreaming about, James “Hawk” Young, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen with secrets of his own, sees an opening into Dorothy’s life and takes it.
Carrying on two secret affairs is no easy feat. As Dorothy tries to dig herself out of the mess she’s created, covering one mistake with another, tragedy strikes, nearly costing Dorothy her life and that of her unborn son.
What follows is a long and painful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, as Dorothy comes to realize that home was exactly where she’d left it, and the love she’d forever craved had always been within her reach.
This is the story of Dorothy, Jase, and Hawk.
We are all born pure; it is our journey that burdens us and leads us astray. Our mistakes that beat us down and cover us in guilt and shame, burying us a little more with each passing hardship. It is up to us to dig ourselves out, to come to terms with our faults, to embrace not only our imperfections but those of the ones we love, and to once again find the path we strayed from.
Warning: This is not a conventional or predictable love story. It involves one woman and two men bound by a love so destructive it spans two decades, pitting brother against brother, and shattering the lives of those touched by it.
I’ve got a confession. Up until the minute I found out Unbeloved had released early, I wasn’t sure how excited I was about it. Of course, once it was released I couldn’t one click it fast enough. I was torn about my feelings about Dorothy. Cheating is somewhat of a trigger for me. Obviously not enough of one to keep me away from this series but enough of one that I’m just now softening towards Deuce after his escapades. Dorothy was a tough one for me. She had an affair with a married man for years. Generally, this means she should lose her sisterhood card but she also paid a high price for it. I should have known not to worry because Madeline Sheehan once again pulls it off.
This wasn’t a book about sweeping it all under the rug and making Dorothy, Jase, and Hawk so interesting, hot, and lovable that we forgive them despite their actions. This was about facing up to the consequences of actions that some would feel are unforgivable. It ended up an extremely emotional and gut-wrenching read as we got into the minds of three people who had a hard time looking in the mirror and facing up to what they had done. There were times I got teary eyed, and I even became an all out sobby mess at one point. I am still glad my husband was asleep when that happened since I am not known as a crier and he would have freaked.
Unbeloved was not the usual gritty, balls to the walls MC read that we usually get from Sheehan. Although there was definitely “Club Business” going on, it took a back seat to the emotional journey of Dorothy, Jase, and Hawk. There was sex but not the amount we usually get from an Undeniable book. I didn’t really miss it though. We did get a glimpse into our favorite couples. Tegan and Chase are still going at it, Kami is still as annoying as ever, and Cox still needs a filter. It wasn’t all horrid emotional crap either. I had several laugh out loud moments, along with a few groaning “I can’t believe he just said that” moments.
A few minor issues – I wanted more Hawk and Dorothy time. I felt cheated almost. As for Jase View Spoiler »He got off too easy. Once again, proving how self centered he truly is, he left the club in a lurch when his brothers needed all hands on board. He should have been stripped of everything. He couldn’t wait a week? really? « Hide Spoiler I also wonder if I’m the only one that thinks it’s crazy that Dorothy named her son Christopher after someone named Chrissy shot her when she was pregnant with him?
Next up are books for Preacher and ZZ. Once again, I see no redemption for ZZ, especially after that cliffhangerish epilogue. I imagine even though I don’t like him, I will be one-clicking it the second that book comes out and I will love it.
Rating: 5 Some Surprises Are Good Stars
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