Desolation Road by Christine Feehan
Series: Torpedo Ink #4
Also in this series: Judgment Road, Vengeance Road, Vendetta Road
Published by Berkley on July 7, 2020
Narrator: JIm Frangione
Genres: Paranormal, Biker / MC, Romantic Suspense
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Take the ride of your life with the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club in this thrilling romance novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
Torpedo Ink is Aleksei “Absinthe” Solokov’s whole life. They’re his brothers, his family—his everything. But that doesn't stop him from wanting something that only belongs to him. That’s why the tough biker has spent the last six weeks at the library, reading every book he can get his hands on and watching the prim and proper librarian who makes his blood rush.
For the past six weeks, Scarlet Foley has been fantasizing about the handsome, tattooed man whose eyes follow her every move. She senses he's dangerous. She wants him to get close enough to touch. She wishes she could let him know the real woman, not the one she pretends to be. But Scarlet has a plan to carry out, and she can’t afford any distractions.
Absinthe is well aware that Scarlet is hiding something. She’s a puzzle he intends to solve, piece by intoxicating piece….
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’ve always loved a story about people who rise above their pasts. Who become strong and face their demons and end up kicking ass and taking names, which is why I’ve continued on with this series, despite the violent flashback scenes where almost every trigger I can imagine is described.
All that to say, this book has triggers and if you have issues with those, steer clear. There are flashback scenes where violent things done to children are described in detail, not something I could ever say makes an enjoyable read. A riveting, heartbreaking, soul crushing one at times, yes. Enjoyable, no.
But, again, this series is about a group of men and women who have an unshakable connection with each other as they learn to navigate this world and do their best to make it better despite their terrible childhoods. And that’s what has kept me reading on.
She had been dead. She’d chosen to be dead. She’d shoved the woman in her aside out of necessity and become what she had to be. Now she was simply surviving. Until he walked in.
Desolation Road is Absinthe’s story and the woman who happens to soothe his soul has a violent past of her own with lots of secrets. Some that even crisscross his own. One of the things I loved about Desolation Road is the connection between Absinthe and Scarlet. It’s an almost tangible thing you can feel and believe in.
Needless to say, their chemistry was off the charts. And that first sex scene was hot, sexy, exceedingly well done and it catapulted the story forward. Just how I like them. But then we get introduced to Absinthe’s brand of kink which did absolutely nothing for me. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, just not my thing. Unfortunately, a huge chunk of the story was focused on it which proved a major distraction for me.
It’s good that the action in the story was able to get me mostly past his proclivities. When threatened, the Torpedo Ink crew are like a well oiled machine and they are so skilled the outcome is never in question. I freaking adore how this group always has each other’s backs and how they watch out for each other.
Here though, there were a few things that had me tilting my head and thinking this could all have been solved with a well placed bullet long before it got to the point it did. View Spoiler »Scarlet had planned out and executed several brilliant takedowns, but left the biggest fish out there to come back at her. Since she could have easily gotten away with it, I was left shaking my head. « Hide Spoiler But then again, if she had pulled it off, the Torpedo Ink crew wouldn’t have had anything to do to save her. Shrug.
So here’s my dilemma. Desolation Road was action packed but not necessarily suspenseful. It kept me turning the pages but it’s not a book you can really claim to like or enjoy because of the constant play by play of some seriously effed up situations. It’s a decent book in a good series. But I may have hit my limit with the horrid, detailed flashbacks. Sigh. What a conundrum.
3.5 It was good but… Stars
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