Lone Star by Lauren Gilley
Series: Dartmoor #7
Also in this series: Fearless, Price of Angels, The Skeleton King
Published by Self-published on May 12, 2020
Genres: Biker / MC
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From London, England to Amarillo, Texas, Michelle Calloway – now Michelle Snow – has spent her whole life with the Lean Dogs Motorcycle Club. The last two years, she’s served as the first lady of the Texas chapter, keeping the books and overseeing the club’s expanding legitimate businesses, including the bar named for her husband: Tastes Like Candy. She loves the work, loves Candyman, loves their son, TJ…but sometimes, she misses the work she did in London. Faint restless stirrings.
In Knoxville, Fox has officially patched into the Tennessee chapter, he and Albie both. They’re settling into new routines within the mother chapter, finding purpose, navigating their romantic relationships. Feeling restless.
The Devin Green blood runs strong in all of his brood. They’re clever, meticulous, and built for challenges. They thrive best when there’s a job to do; the more dangerous the better. But when a rash of chilling murders breaks out in Amarillo, the danger hits too close to home.
Book seven of the Dartmoor Series picks up where “Prodigal Son” and “Shaman” left off. The Lean Dogs have never been more powerful, but they’ve never squared off from an enemy quite like this. Filled with heat and heart, family and club drama, this seventh installment focuses on three romantic couples – Candy and Michelle, Fox and Eden, Albie and Axelle – as they face a new evil that stands to threaten not just the Texas chapter, but the entire club.
After devouring Prodigal Son, I went straight into Lone Star. Now a little warning— if you haven’t read the preceding books in the Dartmoor world you’ll be lost if you start here. At the very least, you should read Prodigal Son first but I’d still suggest reading them all in order. You’ll get so much more out of it.
Lone Star is a continuation of the two couples’ stories from Prodigal Son along with Candy and Chelle from Tastes Like Candy. All three couples are having some growing pains. For Fox and Eden, it’s more of a learning how to be an actual couple after years of being apart.
A sense of the sky-this big, clear, blue fathomless Texas sky-bearing down on her, weighting her, in a way the low clouds and smog of home never had. She felt heavy, cumbersome, in a way that had nothing to do with her pregnancy.
Candy and Chelle are still in love, living their lives, loving their son and awaiting their second but poor Chelle has been cursed with the Green offspring version of restlessness. And poor Candy is feeling a wee bit unsure of himself, suddenly. His wife is not sad per se, but not happy and when the club troubles hit, he feels broadsided. He’s left wondering if he’s gone soft. It’s not pretty.
“You’re sweet,” she said. “It’s awful.”
He chuckled. “I can’t disagree.”
For Albie and Axelle, it’s almost like they are back to square one. Which, if I think of it, they never really got off the starting post before she left. But now he’s followed her and without the adrenalin rush of lives being at stake, they aren’t sure what to do with each other, they just know they wanted to. It was endearingly sweet.
So for Albie and Axelle at least, and truthfully Fox and Eden too, who were growing bored in Knoxville, it’s good someone started leaving Candy messages in the form of people staked in his friend and family’s yards with their throats slit. Trust me, there is lots of heart-pounding, edge of your seat action to keep even the most thrill loving of couples happily terrified.
And when I say heart pounding, I am not exaggerating. At one point, things got so intense, my pulse shot up and it set my heart monitor on my watch off. Fun times.
He was at the threshold when Reese found his voice. “I have a name.” Ten froze. Turned back around. “I have a name,” he repeated. “And you only have a number. Don’t pretend you’re more human than me.”
But, once again, the superstars of the book weren’t the characters mentioned in the synopsis. For me it was Ten and Reese, Fox’s two lost boys as I like to call them. Both raised from childhood to be killing machines, but also painfully different from each other. Fox and Mercy will always be favorites of mine just for the way they handle Reese and Ten. And maybe they can give them the means to find common ground so in the future they can face the world as allies instead of adversaries.
She could be afraid of the club; be afraid of what siding with it meant to her father’s memory. She could dislike their code; she could wish things were different… so many things. But she wasn’t afraid of Albie, personally. She never had been.
What I love about this series is here we get true anti-heroes. Criminals really. Rough, hard, unapologetic for their ways, but written in such a way, we and the women who become theirs, fall for them anyway. This is why, once again, I couldn’t put the book down and at 738 pages, that’s saying something. I finally ended up finishing in the wee hours of the morning. So worth the bleary eyes the next day.
It wasn’t perfect. There were a couple clunky paragraphs that I had to backtrack on and read again, including the opening paragraph of the book. But there was mystery, action, suspense by the truckload, and some sweet romance along with a huge dose of emotion. Well done, Ms. Gilley. I can’t wait for what’s next.
5 Flawed but Perfect Stars
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