Exquisite Redemption by Ann Mayburn
Series: Iron Horse MC #3
Also in this series: Exquisite Redemption, Exquisite Trouble, Exquisite Danger
Published by Honey Mountain Publishing on December 3, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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In my wild, reckless past Carlos ‘Beach’ Rodriguez would have been my ideal man. He’s handsome, experienced, rich, kind, and in complete control of his destiny. Unfortunately he’s also a criminal, the President of an outlaw motorcycle club, and I’ve sworn off bad boys in my efforts to live my dream of being normal. It would be so much easier to resist him if he hadn’t saved my life more than once and didn't treat me like his queen.
Gorgeous, smart, and deadly, Sarah is my ideal woman, even if she is almost young enough to be my daughter. On the surface she’s one of the toughest females I’ve ever met, but underneath all that hard beauty and menace lies an incredibly tender heart that’s been damaged in the past. Winning her love is gonna be a challenge, but I’m determined to have her as my old lady and I’ll do whatever I have to in order to make that happen. That would be a hell of a lot easier to do if people weren’t trying to kill us all the time.
This series just gets better and better!
If you haven’t read Exquisite Trouble and Exquisite Danger, stop reading this and go read those. Exquisite Redemption and Exquisite Karma are companion books that tell the true story of how Beach and Sarah met and fell in love and what happened during the time Sarah was missing while looking for her mother. I’m not a big fan of books that go over old ground, but the insight into what happened to Sarah kept me engaged even though I knew how it worked out in the end.
Sarah is definitely my idea of an almost perfect heroine. She had it rough, getting stuck with the craziest parent in the divorce. Abused and used, she clawed herself out of that situation at a surprisingly young age. She made a name for herself and enough money to finally make her dreams come true in an unconventional way. You can’t help but admire her spirit. Taught by the best, Sarah is one badass bitch who can take care of herself. Having led such a tough life, she is mature beyond her years, but you get glimpses of the young girl she really is at times and it’s usually heartbreaking.
Sarah had a plan to have one last night of wild with a random bad boy and then to settle down by going to school and finding a mature man who she could rely on. Those plans were derailed in a spectacular way when her night ended with Beach and her getting violently kidnapped at a biker rally.
Beach is amazing. Definitely a case of biker insta-lust, but with Sarah being the beautiful badass she is, how could he not want her? He could be one hell of an alpha-hole but he needed to be. He treats her with care, letting her be the woman she needs to be but at the same time keeping her safe even if it was from herself. My only complaint with Beach was he didn’t pick up on clues surrounding Sarah’s upbringing and the ongoing threat she continued to face.
Sarah and Beach were definitely good together. There was a lot of push and pull, both in and out of the bedroom. Beach was 100% in charge in the bedroom and he was very, very good at it. When “Papi” came out to play it was intense, sexy, and unbelievably hot.
Just as things are settling down for them, Sarah’s Mom shows up and all hell breaks loose. I do wish Sarah had been truthful from the start but I got why she was reluctant to share her true upbringing. When the worst happens, Beach doesn’t handle it well and Sarah, feeling responsible, strikes out alone to fix things.
I did feel like Sarah was reckless by going out on her own and her excuses as to why didn’t really hold water for me. As super protective as she was over Swan, her not calling in reinforcements ended up putting Swan in more danger. How the merchandise ended up being found, which we weren’t told in Swan’s books, ended up being kind of a letdown for me. I decided to chalk up all her questionable decisions to extreme stress and just go along for the ride.
The Iron Horse MC fascinates me–the infrastructure, grit, action, politics, and especially the men. I am hoping we get the next installment soon because I am really enjoying this series. There’s a war going on and no one is sure who all the players are so I can’t wait to dive into the next one.
Rating: 5 Gritty and Action Packed Stars
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