Broken Memphis by Bijou Hunter
Published by Self-published on April 16, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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Pax Reed figures navigating the bloody civil war in Little Memphis is tricky enough. Life gets even more complicated when he meets Bebe.
Bebe Green craves a danger-free life, yet club enforcer Pax proves to be too damn tempting. The seductive stud makes her laugh while his touch creates a glorious hunger in her.
Broken Memphis is the second and final book in the Little Memphis MC series.
Having loved the first book in this series, I had high expectations of this one which with my track record lately made me nervous. I read it in one sitting. I did not love it quite as much as Little Memphis, but love it I did. I do need to warn you that this book is bloody and nothing is sugar-coated. Broken Memphis takes place in a town based on an area of Arkansas I am quite familiar with. Bijou Hunter has definitely captured the feel of what a poor area of Arkansas is like but she has also captured the strength and determination of people who don’t have much in life, but still fight for every scrap of happiness they can get. People who fight to not live down to the expectations of others, but to overcome their beginnings. In a lot of ways, it’s not a pretty story but there is definitely beauty to be found.
Pax is a member of the Little Memphis MC. He’s a bad guy who does bad things and he does not apologize for it. The best we can say for him is he’s usually doing his dirty work to people who are just as bad as he is. All that being said, I really like Pax. He’s not my usual choice in a H since he’s not a leader and he’s also not the sharpest tool in the shed. He’s had a rough life but he’s doing the best he knows how to do. My favorite great Aunt would have called him “the salt of the earth” but then she’d have also called him a thug. Both fit equally well. There was a lot to love about Pax. I loved the loyalty he showed to his brother, the matter of fact outlook he had about his lot in life. I also loved watching him fall in love with little Tallulah. He did have one massive asshole moment that I barely forgave him for…and I mean barely.
Bebe was my favorite. A single mother, her Mom was a whore, as was her Grandmother, Aunt’s and even her missing sister, but she was determined not to go into the family business. She made the wrong choice in her man with Tallulah’s father, but no matter how hard the going got, she was determined to do better for her daughter. First, she had a lucky break by meeting Shay and Darby from book One. Darby provided her a safe home and reliable care for Tallulah while she worked, but things got crowded when more people moved into the house. She ended up with Pax, not as a romantic relationship at first but just as a safe place to stay, especially with the impending release of her ex from jail. I loved how Bebe held her own with Pax, not letting him mow her over and standing firm. I also loved how no matter what, she was determined to give her daughter a life she could be proud of.
At times this book was hard to read, but I still read it in one sitting. If violence and torture isn’t your thing or if you need a white knight upon a fiery steed this is not the book for you. If you love a gritty romance with an anti-hero, this book may just be up your alley.
Rating: 4.5 blood and gritty stars.
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