Resonance by Lina Andersson
on August 28th 2015
Genres: Biker / MC, Contemporary Romance
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Back when Billie Jensen’s life was simple, Tommy Miles had been her older brother’s best friend. They’d had that deeper than blood kind of connection and Tommy had even lived with them for a few years before he and Zach joined the Marines. At some point, that simple life got complicated. When Zach died, it had fallen apart completely.
In Zach, Tommy had found his soul brother; it had even included an annoying little sister in the bargain. Then Zach died, and Tommy lost the entire Jensen family, something he blamed that little sister for.
But now everyone is out of options. Billie’s son is sick, and Tommy could potentially save his life
Tommy is used to rolling with the punches that life throws him, but when Billie shows up at his door asking for help, and ready to reveal a devastating secret, he’s not sure he’ll ever be able to forgive her for turning him upside-down—again.
Please note: Even though ‘Resonance’ is a part of the Marauder Series, it can be read as a standalone.
Lina Andersson’s Marauder’s series is one of my go-to biker series. In the past, I have considered it one of the tamer series in the biker genres. Not because the Marauder’s aren’t a 1%er group, but the MC is a more family oriented group than what you generally see and although bad things happened and people died, there wasn’t a lot of mess. By the time I was done with Resonance, I decided that the Marauder’s weren’t tame anymore. Nope, not one bit.
Before I get into things, LA needs an editor. I found lots and lots of mistakes, plus some repetition of things that a good editor would have caught. Heck, even a few good beta-readers would have caught most of them, since let’s face it, I’m not an editor and I found a bunch. It didn’t keep me from enjoying the story, but it did yank me out of a scene more than a few times.
It took me a bit to get into this one. I had a hard time with Billie. I am not a fan of books that have a surprise kid. Not a surprise baby, mind you, but a woman who doesn’t tell the father of her child that he’s a Dad. If she had been upfront with Tommy from the get-go, I would have loved her because otherwise she was one badass chick who had it together. There was a reason given, but it was so lame, even she didn’t buy it. Since she was so badass, I decided to look past this as best I could. It ended up being easier than I thought it would be since the scenes written about how a parent deals with a seriously ill child were some of the most emotional and “real” scenes in the book.
I really liked Tommy. He knew who he was. Although not comfortable with his and Billie’s extensive history and how it ended in such a heartbreaking way almost 6 years before, he was doing his best to move on with his life even though he had basically lost almost his entire family. He was a former marine scout/sniper and although not a genius or big strategist like some of the other Marauders, he was content in his role as a foot soldier in the club. I loved his reaction to finding out he not only had a 5-year-old son, but a gravely ill one. He was eventually more forgiving than I would have been, but in light of the history with Billie and her family, it was understandable.
The first part of the book was mostly Billie and Tommy finding their way. There was also lots of club/cartel politics going on, plus a some military training type information that I didn’t think was needed, making things drag a bit. I was still entertained, I just think some things could have been pared down a bit. At the 77% mark, we went from a Sunday drive in the country to the fast lane of a Houston freeway when things picked up in a big, messy, shake-my-head-and-say-“Oh,-No” way. Trigger Alert: View Spoiler » A teenaged daughter of a club member is kidnapped and violently gang-raped. Murder, mayhem, and a bit of torture of the bad guys follow. « Hide Spoiler
I ended the book wanting more. I need Lina to write faster so I can know where it’s all leading. It did not end on a cliffhanger, but I need to check in on a certain young lady so I know she’ll be okay. And I really want to know what’s going to happen with the cartel and of course I need to see that Felix is recovering well. Plus, I’ll take all the Brick time I can get. I love that man and he’s going through some stuff. Again, I need Lina to write faster.
Spice’s Rating: 4 I-Need-The-Next-One-NOW Stars
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