Leader by L. Ann Marie
Series: Princes of Prophecy #3
Also in this series: Prophet, Reader, Enforcer
Published by Self-published on August 11, 2016
Genres: Biker / MC, Paranormal
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What All In means to Ben Knight:
Support your Brothers,
Lift up your women,
Do better for more.
Disabled is not in his vocabulary,
He’ll never give up and never give in.
Ben Knight is not only All In,
He’s Badass personified,
He is the Leader.
I’ve looked forward to Little Ben’s story since The Princes got their own series. Granted, I’ve been getting a bit annoyed with him and some of his “activities” while waiting for Lily, but he quickly earned my forgiveness and then some.
Little Ben has always known Lily was his, but her father’s death and the ugly secrets that came out led to her mother taking her away from the only family she’d ever known. When Lily and her sister finally make their way back, he learns the hard way that just because you know someone is yours doesn’t mean it’s okay to treat them like a possession. Reading through this I felt like a little communication on both of their parts could have gone a long way and saved them years worth of misunderstandings.
Lily’s life went from having a loving family to imploding in the blink of an eye. Both parents showed they had dark sides which was extremely confusing to a young girl, and as the secrets just kept unraveling, she doubted everything she knew. Finding her way back was hard especially with Ben making things worse even though that’s the last thing he wanted to do. I applauded Lily in her need to make him show that she wasn’t just his but that he belonged to her too. Lily’s heart won me over, but when she showed her backbone was when my respect and admiration for this young woman reached a new high.
As things progressed and Ben showed Lily the true meaning of being his Old Lady, he became my favorite hero of all L Anne Marie’s books. He showed Lily and everyone else what the true meaning of “all in” really is. His actions when things fell apart had me tearing up, and smiling at the same time. His steadfast loyalty and love not only for his wife but also towards his people even when his world had fallen apart embodied the qualities of a true leader.
The freaky abilities of the members of the Princes of Prophecy MC are getting freakier and people take notice. More towns clamor to become part of the Prince Properties covered areas, but it seemed each town takeover had the exact same issues come up, which was eye roll inducing. I think one town per book with some originality in the problems would have been a better way to go.
There were still some serious editing issues and once again I found myself having to backtrack to see who was talking to who, which drives me freaking crazy. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed Leader and look forward to the next adventure of this crazy group.
3 1/2 All In Stars
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