Undeserving by Madeline Sheehan

July 5, 2017 Book Review 0 ★★★★★

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Undeserving by Madeline Sheehan
Series: Undeniable #5
Also in this series: Unbeloved, Undeniable, Unbeautifully
Published by Self-published on July 1st 2017
Pages: 341
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Warning: This isn’t a romance, but instead a tale of love between two despairing people, from two different worlds, both aching for something more.

Debbie Reynolds is a runaway, New York City-bound. Living on the road comes with many challenges—fighting for her next meal, seeking safe places to sleep, and dodging men with less than honorable intentions, all while searching for meaning in a life she finds painful and pointless.

Damon “Preacher” Fox, vice president of the Silver Demons Motorcycle Club, has been in prison for club-related crimes. As his release draws near, he begins to reevaluate his choices in life, realizing that if he stays with the club, this won’t be his last stint behind bars. Suddenly Preacher finds himself doubting everything he’s ever known, wishing for a life beyond the club.

When Preacher and Debbie’s paths cross, they find in each other a sense of peace they had been lacking. But life is about to catch up with Preacher, and Debbie, desperate to keep the one person who’s ever shown her any kindness, finds herself caught between forces far deadlier and more powerful than she could have ever imagined.

This is Debbie and Preacher’s story.

At the end, we should all go back to the beginning, if only to remind ourselves that we once lived.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

My breath came to a halt when Undeserving first appeared on my Kindle. It wasn’t as if it was a surprise, I had 1-clicked it seconds prior. My high expectations evoked a momentary hesitation but my love for the Undeniable series took over. I let it be known to the family I would be Unavailable for the rest of the day!

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read or listened to the first four books in the Undeniable series, while waiting for an explanation to what was happening with ZZ. Of course, this isn’t ZZ’s book, it’s Preacher’s story. I embraced every moment I spent getting to know him and Debbie (Eva’s mother). Their story is effortlessly recounted through Preacher stepping back into the past, reliving the precious time he had spent with the love of his life. I had no trouble adjusting to listening to a youthful Preacher or the old man making every hour count.

What a cruel, cosmic joke the world plays on us, causing us to remember…
by taking them away.

Eva’s frustration, anger and love resonated each and every time the story was relayed from her perspective. Deuce dutifully stood by her side, held her tight and loved her as much love as humanly possible. Learning the truth in the way Preacher chose to share it with her made it hard to understand why there was a need to withhold the details for so long. While we will all have an opinion on what the best way was, at the end of the day every decision he made was out of love.

I felt young again. And beautiful. And oh my God, so fucking alive.

Wow, when Preacher drops a bombshell, he does it well! I have to say a lot of people abided by his order not to divulge any details about Eva’s mother! Once he began his story it was obvious a lot of skeletons had been hidden and buried over time. His revelations opened up the book on so many of the characters we have feared and fallen for over the years.

The sneak preview of ZZ’s book Undying was a daunting temptation. After reading an epilogue through tear filled eyes (brought on by admiration more than sorrow), I didn’t know if I had it in me to absorb anything more. After a breather, I built up enough bravado to continue reading. Glad I did, because sometimes the unknown is by far worse than knowing.

While some aspects to the story were predictable, there were other plot twists I didn’t see coming. The storytelling of the how’s and why’s sustained my intrigue. Like Eva, I wanted to rush through in search of the facts. My thirst for knowledge was quickly pushed aside as I became lost in the tale, not wanting our time together to end. The true beauty in Undeserving was the poignant conversations shared between father and daughter as well as the humour interlaced during the brief time sunshine filled Preacher’s world. It transcended Eva’s initial hurt and frustration leaving her with an overwhelming validation she was surrounded by unconditional love.

5 Unequivocal Stars

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