The Iron Tiara by Beth Flynn
Published by Self-published on July 18th 2017
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RECOMMENDED FOR READERS 18 AND OLDER DUE TO SEXUAL SITUATIONS AND VIOLENCE.
The Iron Tiara is a spin-off novel from The Minutes Trilogy. It can be read as a standalone, and does not contain a cliffhanger.
Anthony Bear and Christy Chapman are from two completely different worlds.
Anthony's the leader of a motorcycle gang that terrorizes Florida’s West Coast. As a child, he ran away from his family and the Cherokee Indian Reservation to enter a life of crime. As an adult, he leads a multifaceted life managing his two businesses—his legitimate landscaping venture, and his loan shark and underworld dealings. Driven by anger and betrayal, Anthony begins the hunt for Christy’s father, Van Chapman, after he runs out on a loan.
Christy’s privileged life is not as it seems. She has kept painful family secrets and hidden some of her own. She’s determined to find out the truth and expose Van, but her search delivers her right into Anthony Bear’s hands, adding kidnapping to his list of crimes.
Their worlds are as contrasting as the color of their skin. The only thing they seem to have in common is their mutual disdain for Van Chapman…and each other.
They couldn’t be more wrong.
When the beautiful cover for The Iron Tiara caught my attention, I quickly added it to my TBR list for July. It’s a spinoff (and standalone) from one of my favourite series, Nine Minutes. It sat on my Kindle for what seemed like forever as I patiently waited until I had a weekend to read it without the dreaded weekday interruptions!
Diving into the story with high expectations, I cottoned early this was going to be far more laid back and heavier on details than I imagined. The book kicks off slowly and it wasn’t until approximately the 20% mark that I began to settle into the story. As with Nine Minutes, the story was character driven, never sparing the gruesome and sweet moments.
Anthony and Christy were equally attracted to each other and both hesitant about following their hearts. It was obvious a lot was at stake as revelations about Christy and her family emerged. Christy brought out the nurturing and caring traits in him. Then again, she also was behind the reason the angry protective bear surfaced as well! On a side note, for the leader of a pseudo motorcycle club (MC), he seemed to drive rather than ride an awful lot…
Christy was a strong character but she tripped up a couple of times causing me shake my head in disbelief. There is one rule to abide by when faced with trouble and that is not to admit you are alone, or no one is waiting to hear from you. When she admitted this, I wanted to sit her down and ask what on earth she was thinking! Thankfully those moments were far and few between.
From the halfway point, I began checking my progress, detecting a hint of closure and wondering if I was close to the end. I could have easily put the book down and moved on to another story numerous times but I was mindful of the growing details building around the mystery of the Christy’s and her family. At times I encountered a sense of ‘Wait, there’s more!’ and the story would continue. If this wasn’t a Beth Flynn book, I possibly wouldn’t have continued.
There was a lot of going back in time and switching between character’s POVs, enabling the story to be fleshed out well but the downside to this was it drew scenarios out longer than was necessary. Would I have been frustrated if they had been left out? I don’t know.
The Iron Tiara was a mellow story that didn’t generate the heightened suspense I anticipated. Christy’s family dramas were overshadowed by the growing relationship between her and Anthony. I loved the cameo appearances from Grizz and Kit that added a sense of familiarity. There is scope for future books with the hint the Iron Tiara could easily be passed on to the next generation. Anthony and Christy’s romance while dark was recounted in a gently paced fashion, considering the tragic backgrounds and the violent and crazy times they endured along the way.
What I loved:
- The song references – Ms Flynn we must be of a similar vintage and with the same excellent taste in music 🙂
- Breaking the darkness up with sweetness or humour (not always, but nice when it happened!)
- Christy’s financial and practical generousity
What I struggled with:
- The use of X for a name – I utilise the letter X as a notation to remind me to add the word or name that originally escaped me!
- How jealousy could easily manipulate a person to be so callous – especially considering who they were
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