Equilibrium: A Marauders Interlude by Lina Andersson
Published by Freak Circle Press on November 27, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC, Contemporary Romance
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Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. Sometimes they’re minor league, a mild irritation. Sometimes they’re game changers, life-altering, knock ‘em out of the park kinda big. Eliza thought she knew what track her life was on, but then life threw her one of those major league style curve balls.
Roach isn’t even sure what normal is anymore, he’s been thrown so many curve balls in his life. The whole 2.4 kids, white picket fence is entirely beyond his realm of comprehension. He’s an ex-street kid who found a home in an MC. He knows survival. That’s all he needs to know.
Eliza thinks she’s surviving, but Roach knows what surviving looks like, and what Eliza is doing ain’t it. He should keep his nose out of the club princess’s business, but he can’t help but be drawn in. He’s not even sure how or why it happened, but there is something there. A spark, maybe the will to fight, and for some reason he wants to help her.
Eliza knows she’s adrift, but she’s so far gone she doesn’t know how to get back. She’s just getting more and more lost, until the new Marauder from New York calls her on her shit.
Eliza needs to find her equilibrium, and Roach can help her. But as he’s doing so, she shakes him to his core, and he realizes he needs to find his own balance again.
I’ve been swimming in a sea of so-so books lately and Lina Andersson just threw me a life line.
You need to read the preceding books in the series before reading Equilibrium or continuing on with this review. Things that happened, especially in Resonance, have a huge impact on this book so spoilers abound. Also, if violence against women is a trigger for you, you should stop reading now.
I freaking adored Equilibrium. This was not a fun, light book to read and most of it wasn’t even romantic, but it’s going on my favorite book list. There is beauty to be found in this story about how one young woman and her family heal from a blow that many would never completely recover from and the help that came from the most unlikeliest of people, a young biker named Roach.
If you’ve read the Marauder’s series, like me you’ve “watched” Eliza grow up which made this story even harder to read. Tragedy struck at the end of Resonance, and at 17, Eliza became a victim of a brutal attack. What was left was a shell of a girl just going through the motions, a devastated father who blamed himself, a mother frantic about what will happen to her daughter, and a motorcycle club on the edge of war but brought to their knees with worry over their beloved princess.
As time goes by, Eliza seems to be healing, or that’s what she wants everyone to think. The entire club family is tiptoeing around her and killing her slowly with kindness. Desperate to believe she is going to be fine, they don’t see that she is existing but not living, and she certainly isn’t fine. Roach, a brother on loan from another club, as an outsider looking in, sees that she isn’t right at all. Before the kidnapping, he wasn’t impressed with Eliza who he considered a spoiled rotten brat. The only one willing to confront her instead of pretending all is and finally fed up with her downward slide, he calls her on her shit. Having been through his own tragedy, he knows what she is going through and offers to help.
I adored Roach. I couldn’t believe how strong he was, especially for a man as young as he was. Generally, I would never believe that a new adult character could be as believably mature as Roach was, but LA pulled it off. As a street kid and recovering drug addict, you saw where he got the maturity from. I loved that he didn’t even like Eliza but saw someone in trouble and decided to step in though it would have been easier to ignore her.
This was a definite slow burn relationship. No immediately falling into bed for these two, obviously. We got to see them go from a somewhat adversarial relationship to friends, then to best friends. It was a slow, sweet relationship that would not have worked if presented any other way.
Eliza, always a favorite side character for me, grew so much in this book and her strength of character just shone through. She started going down a dark path but that was to be expected. It was her realization that you can’t forget and shove it under the rug, you have to own it and conquer it to survive that made me come to respect her character, no matter how young she is.
Brick, another favorite of mine, had a hard battle on his hands too. He knows she was targeted because she was his daughter. The whole purpose was to bring him low, and it did. He was riddled with guilt and willing to do anything to help his daughter, even if it meant trusting Roach, who he wasn’t even sure he liked. This was almost as much his story, as it was Eliza and Roach’s.
Equilibrium deals with some hard topics beautifully. The Marauders Series is one of my favorites and books like this is why. Gritty, hard to read at times, but absolutely beautiful even when dealing with ugly topics.
Spice’s Rating: 5 Beautiful Stars.
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