Heaven Sent by Avelyn Paige
Series: Heaven's Rejects MC #1
Published by Self-published on October 31, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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Danae “Dani” Espinoza is on the run and desperate to escape the demons of her past. Plans to hide out in a sleepy Los Angeles suburb turn into a pipe dream as she is drawn into the secret filled world of the local motorcycle club. Dani soon learns that her secrets and lies are nothing compared to those kept behind the clubhouse doors. Trying to avoid the suspicious Vice President, she must keep a low profile in order to survive. The trouble is he has other ideas.
Tyler "Hero" Tobias has simple needs. Being the Heaven's Rejects MC Vice President, he has all three at his disposal. But he has his own ghosts that keep him awake at night. When Dani arrives at the clubhouse, he knows he should stay away but there is something about her dark beauty and the mystery that surrounds her that makes him burn. There are secrets in her eyes and lies in her smile and he knows he should put his club first, but Hero’s heart and loyalty are about to be tested.
Can an angel with blood-covered wings and the devil himself resist temptation or will they risk bringing hellfire down on everything that they love?
Dani is on the run, destination unknown and her reason for running is not fully disclosed. She ends up arriving in a new town, finds herself a place to stay and all that is on her mind is staying out of the spotlight and surviving. As luck would have it, she comes across Ricca, who is prepared to help her out with accommodation. Life seems to be working out for Dani and at a night out with Ricca she meets Hero and it appears she’s found herself a man she would like to know better. Then as quickly as he appears, he is gone and she gives up wondering about him as the weeks move on. Up to this point and a little beyond, the story had me hooked and I was sure I was in for at least a 4 star read.
I anticipated a story about an MC, a biker and a girl on the run. It was all there. What I also expected then was a certain level of suspense and to an extent it had this too. So how did it fall apart for me? As I got further into the story, my appreciation began to wane. I found myself spending a lot of time highlighting sections out of frustration and adding my notations as to why I was questioning what I had read. I want to share a sample of what bothered me, it could well highlight why another reader would enjoy it.
The setting was predominantly at the club, so the MC aspect was covered. What wasn’t though IMO was consistency as to the behaviour I’d expect from members of an MC. There were the obvious testosterone battles and the bitchiness from the women but the depiction of brotherhood or sisterhood felt absent. And this is where I became conflicted, yes they talked like it was there, but I wasn’t convinced of it.
My expectations of how a fictional biker behaves are based purely on romance novels, so read on with this in mind. There were several moments where I raised my eyebrows. As an example, the president was unable to follow through on dealing personally with an issue that was his to deal with? And then there was Hero’s dialog, he went from swearing like a trooper to in-depth conversation to justify his stance or opinion. This sent me mixed messages. I don’t need a biker’s speech in romance books to be all clichéd clipped talk but I don’t expect them to be generous with words either. There’s a happy medium to be found. Basically his words didn’t evoke the cockiness or the self-assured tone I expected.
Dani was a girl on the run which provided an element of mystery to her, but it wasn’t expanded upon until the drama came to the forefront. The best part of mystery or suspense in a novel is the buildup of fear or anticipation generated and the challenge in trying to solve it. The only clue I picked up on was what she didn’t want to be called…or did I miss something?
The sex scenes came across as over narrated, some may see this as dirty talk. Personally I’m more of a show not tell reader and I ended up skimming these scenes when it was evident what was next. Nothing better than steamy action in a book but I preferred reading about Dani and Hero more when they weren’t in a relationship.
Last gripe, the alternate POVs gave an insight into the main characters thoughts but quite a few of the chapters felt repetitive with the same scene depicted again with very little change.
Having spent most of my review talking about what bothered me, I want to finish on a positive note. I began this review talking about the story having a 4 star air early on. In the beginning, the plot was the focus, it drew me in. If anything, there was a slow build to Dani and Hero’s relationship. Heaven Sent had the beginnings of a good MC read. So, if you aren’t bothered by the issues I mentioned above, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this book. And being 99c at the time I purchased it, to me this is worth taking a chance on.
Lily’s rating: 2.5 Stars
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