Prophet by L. Ann Marie
Series: Princes of Prophecy #1
Also in this series: Reader, Leader, Enforcer
Published by Self-published on June 8, 2016
Genres: Biker / MC
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Raised by a father who is somewhat reserved, Dakota Lightfoot finds a whole new world when he is patched in to the Princes of Prophecy. With his abilities and natural leadership, he quickly finds his home with this new Brotherhood.
Jessie LaPonte-James has always known he would be part of a trio, much as his father, Danny, and Kate are, and always believed that Darren would be by his side with Jess Baxter.
But what happens when one of the three isn’t as in-tune with the plan as the others?
This is the story of Jess, Dakota and Jessie.
Let me warn you now, L. Ann Marie’s books are an acquired taste. I’ve become hooked and for the life of me, I have a hard time articulating why. The editing is so bad, half the time I can’t tell you who’s talking, much less who they are talking to. Sometimes the characters are so sugary sweet they make my teeth hurt, a lot of the action and bad guys seem like repeats of what’s happened in other books, and there is so much OTT stuff my eyes hurt from rolling them, yet I keep reading. The characters and situations fascinate me, and the weird woo-woo like supernatural abilities of the women and the kids, instead of hitting my BS meter, draw me in like a moth to a flame.
The more I ponder why I love them so, the more I think it’s like my addiction to old spaghetti westerns. They are such a cheesy mess, you can’t help but get hooked. I do need to warn you (well, even more than I already have), if you haven’t read LAM’s MC and Baxter series, you’re going to be lost so read them first.
Prophet started out kind of rough. I kept feeling like I missed a book, and checked more than once to make sure I hadn’t. It also took awhile before Jessica came on the scene which felt off. Like all of LAM’s books, there’s a lot going on. The Little Brothers are now the Princes of Prophecy MC, a charter of their parents MC, and are making the official move to the area they are taking over. They are cleaning up the town by getting rid of the gangs and drugs which pissed off some powerful people. This leads to some impressive action and fighting with the MC’s choppers taking center stage (thank goodness, the neverending bike battles were getting on my last nerve).
The romance centers around Jessie, Jess, and Dakota aka Eagle Eye. It’s always been thought that Darren would be Jessie and Jess’ partner but Jessie and Darren weren’t feeling it. This part I got, but what I didn’t understand was how this was a surprise to Jessie. The good news is that these kids and families are tight and didn’t inject the BS that others would have into what could have been a tricky situation.
Dakota is Brody’s son from the other reservation. He’s brought his own crew in and merged with the prophets. Before long, the three figure out the connection and things heat up quickly. Their crowded relationship was complicated, with situations occasionally becoming tense, especially when the ‘rents constantly ‘popping’ in. They were a likable trio who didn’t pull any TSTL moves remaining strong, focused on each other and the club.
One of the leading storylines was centered around the parents needing to accept their kids are adults, believe in them, and most importantly trust and respect not only them but their decisions. Until the parents figure this out, there are some pretty rocky roads ahead.
As usual, I really liked this, even with the editing issues. I can’t help but imagine how many people would get as hooked as I am to these books if they were edited and cleaned up. Even if that never happens, I’ll just enjoy them as is.
Spice’s Rating: 4 “Needs Editing But I’m Still Hooked” Stars
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