In the Red by Chelsea Camaron
Series: Devil's Due MC #1
Published by Carolina Dreams Publishing on May 23, 2016
Genres: Biker / MC
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The event that shook one small town to its core was never solved. The domino effect of one person’s crime going unpunished is beyond measure.
He’s no saint.
Dover ‘Collector’ Ragnes rides with only five brothers at his back. Nomads with no place to call home, they never stay in one place too long. Together, they are the Devil’s Due MC, and their only purpose is to serve justice their way for unsolved crimes everywhere they go.
She’s not afraid to call herself a sinner.
Emerson Flint still remembers the loss of her elementary school best friend. She is all grown up, but the memories still haunt her of the missing girl. Surrounding herself with men at the tattoo shop, she never questions her safety. Her life is her art. Her canvas is the skin of others.
However, danger is at her door.
Will Dover overcome the history he shares with Emerson in time? Will Emerson lead him to the retribution he has always sought?
Love, hate, anger, and passion collide as the time comes, and the devil demands his due.
Each book in the Devil's Due MC is a stand alone, full length novel. Contains adult content, language, and violence not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is not an exact depiction of life in a motorcycle club, but rather a work of fiction meant to entertain.
The synopsis to In the Red definitely caught my eye. The biker romance genre is a favorite of mine and I especially love it when someone interjects a new little twist. For this book, a group of nomad bikers who have all suffered some sort of tragedy in their past band together and travel around the country to solve cold cases.
A tragedy of epic proportions connects Dover and Emerson. Dover’s sister was Emerson’s best friend and was kidnapped and brutally used and murdered by a serial killer when she was nine years old. For Emerson, it meant her parents made a prisoner out of her with their need to be overprotective of her. This caused her to leave home as soon as she could. For Dover, it meant a lifetime of guilt since he felt responsible for his baby sister’s death, eventually causing him to leave too. Emerson ended up a tattoo artist, Dover ended up a member of the Devil’s Due, meting out vigilante justice whenever he can.
I had a hard time with Emerson. I can’t imagine the horror of being nine years old and having your friend brutally murdered. I also can’t imagine still wallowing in your misery years later. It was like no healing ever took place for her, even after she escaped her mother’s smothering ways.
I did understand Dover. He let what happened to his sister shape his life but in what could be considered constructive ways. First, he became a cop and then when he realized how often justice falls down on the job, he became a vigilante. Although still broken because of his crushing guilt, he was at least trying to make the best of a bad situation.
I am firmly in the camp of being just fine with insta-love books as long as it’s done right. I’m not sure Emerson and Dover fell in that category. The chemistry was there but these two had so much baggage and so much antagonism towards each other at first, it just didn’t seem believable to me.
A lot of coincidences needed to be looked over in this book. A big one is that Dover, Emerson, and the killer all end up in the same town. Another is that Emerson just happens to end up being mentored by a man who Dover’s MC considers a good friend, if not a father figure. I found myself having to suspend belief too many times which was a disappointment.
I found the members of Dover’s MC interesting even if they all had a habit of saying things that sounded stolen from fortune cookies. Don’t get me wrong, bikers can definitely get deep, but these guys could have passed for biker monks with seriously foul mouths. I had to make a conscious decision to find this funny instead of annoying.
I thought In the Red was a decent read with an interesting plot. With more character development and time to really flesh things out, I think this would have moved to the really good read level.
Spice’s Rating: 3.5 Decent Read But… Stars
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