Unattainable by Madeline Sheehan
Series: Undeniable #3
Also in this series: Unbeloved, Undeserving, Undeniable
Published by Madeline Sheehan on September 20th 2013
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Warning: This is not a virtuous and tender love story. It’s chaotic, ruthless, and tragic. This story takes love and kills its innocence, steals away the pure moments, and crushes the hearts of the broken. A story born in childhood, tying one girl to one boy, leads to a destructive path—that hurts more than it doesn’t, that shatters more than it heals—testing the love that binds the two through a lifetime.
Tegen Matthews is the daughter of Dorothy Kelley, a club whore in the Hell’s Horsemen. A plain little girl, Tegen falls into the gritty world of the motorcycle club. When she meets a sweet, caring boy, she embraces the warmth and affection he shows her. Cage West is the son of the president of the Hell’s Horsemen. Tall and blond with deep brown eyes, as he grows up Cage realizes the power of his dimpled smile and smooth drawl. With one chance encounter, Tegen becomes forever tied to Cage. Following is a wayward journey that is filled with regrets, mistakes, and heartache, pulling at the threads that hold them together. Cage and Tegen fight hard but love harder, and in the end, what matters is where the journey takes one girl and one boy, who have been twined with one another since the beginning.
This is Tegen and Cage’s story.
Love doesn’t erase a broken heart, and it sure doesn’t change people. But no matter how old, how flimsy, how frayed the rope of love is, it keeps you tethered to the people you love.
Another edgy, raw and compelling addition to the Undeniable series which must be read in order. The first time I read Unattainable I did so as soon as it was released back in 2012. At the time I wished I’d reread the first two books in the series to get me in the right head space before I greedily feasted on this as a new release. During the first couple of chapters, I struggled to get my head back into the Horseman’s MC but then all of a sudden I was there! That lost feeling was absent this time having binge read the series, with this being my third Undeniable book in as many days! Such is the calibre of the storytelling that I was unable to move beyond the series up until this point. Why am I able to step away now before devouring the next book in the series? It’s because I see the first few books as focussing on the new with the following ones having a more reflective feel to them. Now I want to set aside a weekend to devour the next books as I have with the first three.
Not a lot seems to run smooth for Deuce and that’s especially the case when it comes to Cage, his son and heir to the gavel. Cage is paying the price for the wrath and hurt Tegan still carries from his throwaway line to her all those years back. He on the other hand just sees it as a glitch on his radar— a glitch he has little memory of. He is sick and tired of her holding the one time he let her down against him. Mind you, he picked a massive moment to be off his game and when you add her experience to the life she has witnessed her mother live through, you can understand her pain.
Both attempt to block out their emotions, sometimes successfully, other times not so, at the same time trying desperately not to be the person they each dread becoming.
I cracked up at the humour and sarcasm that breaks up the serious drama from time to time surrounding the club. And there sure is some drama! In essence, there are at least two storylines interweaving between chapters. both situations worked well together and I was totally invested in each of them.
The other man to find the woman who will turn his world upside down or rather the right side up is Dirty. Both he & Ellie focus on their past struggles while trying to exist in the present. Dirty shocks them all when he decides to go above and beyond his usual hygiene routine, scrubbing up rather well!
Cage & Tegan can’t stand to be together and can’t stand to be apart and Deuce does as much as he can to keep that distance happening. It’s the polar opposite with Dirty and Ellie relying on each other, lost when they are apart. The common thread for them all was they were all trying to find themselves. The road to love is not easy for these guys no matter which route fate takes them on.
I paid heed to ZZ and the talk around him, desperately searching out clues as to what may be in store for him down the track. Again he plays a pivotal role in this story and I have the feeling maybe it will be third time lucky for this guy. I am beyond desperate for his story at the same time freaking out because I doubt when we get it he will have calmed down. Not that I blame him, but gee, while my heart bleeds for him he certainly doesn’t go out of his way to build up a fan club.
The plot thickens as each book adds to the complicated world that runs with clear rules that for whatever reason are being flaunted in the name of love. When life gets serious for these guys, it gets SERIOUS and the unfolding drama is in no way sanitised. The straight talking, witty dialog between characters is delivered with finesse, but be warned, nothing is sugar coated!
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