Unbeautifully by Madeline Sheehan
Series: Undeniable #2
Also in this series: Unbeloved, Undeserving, Undeniable
Published by Madeline Sheehan on May 13th 2013
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Warning: This is not a story about fate or destiny. This is a story about pain, sorrow, and suffering. This is an impulsive whirlwind romance between two lovers that are not meant to be together. Theirs is not a world with sunshine and roses. Instead, their love blossoms in a secret world full of crime, violence, and death. Their story is about what can be born from nightmares.
Danielle “Danny” West is the daughter of Deuce West, President of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. A sweet and beautiful girl, she loses her way, searching for things that are always out of her reach. Erik “Ripper” Jacobs is the Sergeant of Arms in the Hell’s Horsemen. Once a man who always had a smile on his face, his life takes a turn for the worst when a tragedy befalls him, leaving him scarred and broken. During a midsummer night, Danny and Ripper’s paths cross, forever changing their lives. Hastily, their lust turns to love until another tragedy forces them apart. On a journey that is marred with ugliness and chaos, Danny and Ripper must discover if their unforeseen connection can find the beauty in their world.
This is Danny and Ripper’s story.
Everything has beauty. Even the ugly. Especially the ugly.Because without ugly, there would be no beauty.
My weekend with Madeline Sheehan’s Undeniable series began with a comfort read of Undeniable which led me straight to Unbeautifully. This review is a blend of the notes/reviews I have left on Goodreads each time I have read it mixed in with the emotions it evoked during my latest read. Each time I’ve read this, I left scrambled notes. I blame this on the sneak preview of the next book because once I got a taste of what’s to come, I couldn’t hold back from continuing with the story, leaving no time to write a review!
Within each of the books in this series, there’s an overarching story circling around Deuce and Eva and as such must be read in order. Their story continues throughout Unbeautifully but the main focus is on Deuce’s eldest daughter Danny. The synopsis for this book reads as a warning indicating this is far from a fluffy romance!
When a family gathering unexpectedly turns nasty the bloodshed reaches beyond a beloved member requiring a long recovery in hospital. It coincides with an announcement that throws Danny and Ripper into a spin. They do the unthinkable and have to face the consequences. The story of how they all got into the mess they were currently in is explained by delving back into the years that led up to this moment.
Danny and Ripper are up against her father, his brothers and a code of rules that get in the way of a girl’s happiness! Everything that they all had attempted to protect Danny from, she manages to find no matter how much they tried. Ripper breaks the brotherhood code of asking permission before he even looks in Danny’s direction, doing a lot more than looking! His major error in judgment provides the foundation of secrets that up-heave his brothers and almost destroy Danny.
Danny’s life takes off in directions I didn’t want it to go in. I felt for her and the other characters caught up in this turmoil, just wanting it to be good for all of them, but it was not to be. That said, that’s what makes this such a fantastic story. The toll of sacrifice is immense. This is the book where Cage shows more of his caring nature towards the people he holds dear in contrast to his whoring ways that he is more commonly called out on. The moment when he surprises Danny when she needs a lift home is a reminder of him being as much a brother to her as he is her rock.
I can never pick up a book in this series and just read a quote because I am instantly drawn back into the suspense and before I know it I flick to a few more pages, and then a few more until I thought what the heck, might as well just read it from the beginning! Once again finding the same joy within the pages each and every time I read Unbeautifully.
Among the mayhem, angst and f#cking, there’s some wonderful moments when wisdom takes centre stage or that cheeky humour shatters an awkward moment! My favourite was Danny’s reference to the difference between rain and rain storms that was just brilliant.
“Rain was a sure thing, you knew exactly what you were going to get: a clean and crisp, both sweet and refreshing experience. But rainstorms were unpredictable, they were riddled with surprises, messy and wet; they were something you had no control over.”
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