Lawless by T.M. Frazier

December 15, 2015 Book Review 1 ★★★★★

Lawless by T.M. Frazierfive-stars
Lawless Series: King #3
Also in this series: King, Tyrant, Soulless: Lawless Part 2
Published by Self-published on December 6, 2015
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 231
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Thia is prim and proper.
Bear is leather and lawless.
It will never work between them.
It's a lie they almost believe...

It is necessary to first read King and Tyrant to fully enjoy Lawless.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

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By LilySuspenseful, dark and intense!
Lawless is Part 1 of Bear’s story and the third book in the King series. This is a book you can judge by its cover! Bear comes across every bit as broody and hot in the story as he is portrayed on the cover. A Biker / MC book where the main character is estranged from his club and hence the usual sense of close club life is all but non-existent. What is there though, is his strong brotherhood and sense of family outside the MC, a different scenario to most Biker Books. The series focus is more on the ability to give society the finger and survive through determination, ignoring the protocols of society…above and below the law.

I wish I could say I felt numb. I wanted numb, craved it. I longed for indifference and detachment

Thia and Bear struggle to connect for the majority of the story, lost in their own inner battles. Bear has turned his back on his family and club, his chances of survival are hanging in the air and his spiral of hard living is going to get him if his former club doesn’t. He’s brought back to reality when King contacts him with an issue.

Tomorrow, tomorrow I would cry. Not today. Just not today.

Enduring unbearable (no pun intended) painful scenarios back to back, Thia relies on what she believed was a sincere offer of gratitude from the man she looked upon with awe all those years ago. She was not a child to be overlooked then, nor is she now. Her strength and ability to live another day is in itself impressive.

“What the hell just happened?” I whispered to Ray. She shrugged. “Congratulations, you’ve been threatened by Grace.” “What does that even mean?” … “In a way,” Ray said, setting a plate down in front of me, “it means welcome to the family.”

No matter how tough life gets, the school boy mates remain there for each other even when reaching out seemed impossible. They also have the people they have looked after in their own unique manner over the years, including Grace, one of the loving Granny’s from early on in the series. Grace sees goodness in them and adds a frank air of matriarchal authority making her thoughts known to the women in her boy’s lives. Bear however sees Thia as another person out to get him and treats her with caution and disdain. In general, he is so lost in himself, he fails to see what’s in front of him in many respects.

Bear is blotting out reality with alcohol, drugs and women. He’s got Preppy constantly in his ear trying to get him to come to his senses and live life again which is a strong and formidable force in itself. Finally an unintended obligation drags him back to face his demons and in doing so he is overtaken with a new reason to face the world head on. It’s a dark and disturbing beginning with a lot of angst drummed up through misunderstandings and bad timing. Yet even with the threat of trouble close by, glimmers of hope emerge (eventually) keeping the darkness in balance.

Lawless ends with uncertainty and an apparent fated offer of help. In no place to ignore the opportunity, his future and whether or not he will get his girl is all up in the air. Bring on February 2016, when we get the part 2 of Bear’s story in Soulless, a title which tells me there may be a bit more trouble ahead. A breather in between may be a healthy option.

What I loved:

  • Preppy – he’s still being him and looking out for his mates and I can’t wait until he starts being an influence of the young ones
  • King and Ray
  • Thia’s resolve to keep going
  • Bear – his ability to go from grizzly to teddy and still remain impressive

What I struggled with:

  • Bear’s father and his ways
  • The majority of the Beach Bastard’s and their brutality
  • The ending, but I’m hoping the ending I can envisage is close to how it will pan out

Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars

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