Rake's Redemption by Chantal Fernando
Series: Wind Dragons MC #4
Also in this series: Dirty Ride (Wind Dragons MC, #3.5), Wolf's Mate
Published by Gallery Books on June 28th 2016
Genres: Biker / MC
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In New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando’s latest novel in the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series, Rake—baddest of the bad boys—gets his own romance at last!
Rake is known for being up for anything, in and out of the bedroom. He’s wild, he’s deadly, yet quick with a joke or a stolen kiss. Known as the player of the WDMC, he loves women, the more the merrier. However, behind his womanizing façade, Rake hides the pain of losing his first love, Bailey. He hasn’t loved anyone since, and doesn’t think he ever will.
Seven years after their split, Rake and Bailey run into each other at the MC’s favorite club. Old wounds resurface, secrets are spilled...and passionate feelings are awakened. But they’ve each done things to hurt the other, hurt them too badly to get over it—haven’t they? Only when Bailey’s connection to Rake puts her in danger from another Club member does he realize that there’s nothing he won’t do to protect her—and claim her as his once again.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Like many others, I looked forward to getting Rake’s story. He was the epitome of a manwhore and they tend to go down hard which is nothing but good news for us alpha lovers. Unfortunately, Rake’s Redemption is one of those screwed up teenage tragedies. The kind where fated lovers are separated for years due to a misunderstanding. This trope just doesn’t usually melt my butter.
I’ve liked Rake since the beginning. He lost some points with me not only because of his absolute hate towards Bailey but also his ridiculous demands of her. Nursing a hate like that over something that happened when you were teenagers just smacked of immaturity. My eyes continued rolling once the truth came out and he heaped that hate onto his own head. What saved him for me was the way he acted toward Bailey’s daughter. Being cute with kids will get you forgiven for many sins in my book.
I did like Bailey, and I loved the fact that after the tragedy happened when they were teenagers, once she got her head on straight she didn’t pine away for her lost love but got on with her life. She did have a little martyr thing going by cutting herself off from people she cared for to placate Rake not only back when they were teenagers but now too. I found this slightly doormat-ish of her.
Once I got past the star-crossed lovers trope, I did enjoy the book. I liked spending time with the rest of the Wind Dragons and catching up with all the goings-on in their lives. Faye has definitely come into her inner biker bitch, which had me smiling. There was also some action here, but like most books in this series, I wish there was more.
The epilogue was just absolutely adorable, one that Sparkles would approve of. This isn’t my favorite book in the Wind Dragon’s series, but it’s a decent read. I enjoy spending time with the characters in this series and will snap up the next one when it comes out.
Spice’s Rating: 3 1/2 Manwhores Fall Hard Stars
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