Taming Crow by Paula Marinaro
Published by Amazon Digital Services on October 24th 2015
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The moment that Melissa Raymoor saw the small, rundown cottage sitting at the edge of the woods looking so neglected and forlorn, she was all in. Melissa knew that the little house needed a family as much as her little family needed it. The young widow longed for the tranquility that she was sure renting the home would provide for herself and her small son. What Melissa did not expect was to have their fragile peace interrupted by the fast living, foul mouthed, larger- than- life landlord who moved in next door.
Crow Mathison knew that he frightened his tenant and not just a little. He had seen the look of terror written all over her face the moment she saw him. But he couldn’t deny it, thinking of Melissa gave him an adrenalin rush. Prissy, mousy, holier than thou, soccer mom Melissa. She was skinny, uptight and totally immune to the outlaw biker thing he had going on. She avoided him, ignored him and called him out on his bullshit every step of the way. And he couldn’t get enough of her.
In the small town of Havengate, passions will ignite, secrets will be revealed and the past will come back to threaten the fragile happiness and trust that Melissa and Crow begin to build with one another.
* This is the third installment of the Hells Saints MC series. It can be read as a standalone *
There is a lot to like about Paula Marinaro’s newest addition to the Hells Saints MC Series. I was kind of nervous since Crow pissed me off in the first book with his shenanigans, but he redeems himself in Taming Crow. I was surprised that unlike the first two books in the series, this isn’t really an MC romance. Yes, Crow is a member of the Hell’s Saints, and we get glimpses of the MC and even a trip back home for Crow due to an emergency, but the focus is on Crow and Melissa. It’s more of an emotional book as Crow works through his issues, and Melissa works through her decidedly deeper and harder to deal with ones. There wasn’t much action and grit here. Although I would have definitely liked a scene reminiscent of Dolly sticking a broken bottle into some crazy psycho bitch’s jugular, I did enjoy Taming Crow even without my beloved action.
Crow has gone nomad to get his head on straight. I was a little puzzled as to why he’d end up at the house he started building with his she-bitch from hell ex, but okay, whatever. Once he sees who lives in the cottage behind the main house, he decides to fix the property, if he can find out more about the puzzle that is his cottage tenant, even better.
Melissa definitely had some major problems. Unfortunately for our alpha biker hero, these weren’t problems Crow could fix with a well-placed bullet or even a punch. The widow of a military man killed in action, she was having a hard time coming to terms with the circumstances surrounding his death. She was also dealing with a child with health issues and living in a town she knew very few people in. Although I liked Melissa, I think she was too far in her own head. Where some would say Crow was kind of an asshole about some things, I was cheering him on for calling her on her bullshit. Okay, at first he was definitely an asshole but I forgave him that.
Crow grew up a lot in this book, thank goodness because he needed to. No insta-love here, at first Melissa was so far in her self-flagellation, you couldn’t tell there was a vibrant and beautiful woman under all that mourning. I liked that Crow didn’t go into this with thoughts of getting in a beautiful woman’s pants (seriously, she was tired and drab, not beautiful at that point), he just knew things weren’t right and wanted to know why.
I loved that once Crow sees her, there is no other women even when he wasn’t banging her. So refreshing in an MC book. He went all out to figure out what was wrong and fix her. Also, the care he took with Melissa’s boy- it was beautiful to be able to “watch” that relationship grow into a father/son type relationship.
I did miss the action. I think if this had a balance between the emotional journey and some action, I would have awarded it 4.5 to 5 stars. Still a good read, and I can’t wait for the next one.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Stars
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