Losing It All by Kati Wilde
Published by Self-published on April 28, 2020
Genres: Biker / MC
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The Hellfire Riders' enforcer, Stone Wall, has just three weaknesses.
Damsels in distress.
But this time, the damsel isn't in distress. She's bait, luring him in with haunted eyes and a sad smile. And Stone should have known better, but he couldn't resist those soft, sweet lips. One kiss put him in a cage, fighting for his life. Fighting not to let winning rip his soul apart...and losing that fight.
So he played the hero. That's over with. The moment he's free, that damsel in distress is going to give him his pound of flesh. Kiss by kiss. Lick by lick.
It's payback time.
We Hellfire Riders fans waited a long time for Stone’s book. Was it worth the wait?… Oh yeah. But OMG, pay attention to the trigger warnings at the beginning of the book because this has it all. Seriously, I was warned, but I wasn’t prepared.
The real world was dark enough when this came out that I actually waited to read it, although I’m not sure I waited long enough. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it, because I did. I should have known better, but I wasn’t expecting the in depth play by play we got of Stone and Cherry’s time in captivity. It was effing rough.
And take Ms. Wilde’s warning that not everyone who dies is a bad guy seriously because there were two deaths that gutted me here. One I already knew was coming from past books and one that came out of left field and left me reeling. I’m not usually a crier but I have to admit I got choked up with this story more than once.
I really liked Cherry. She had a never-quit attitude that I adored. Towards the end, I got a little frustrated with her, but I understood each and every decision she made even if I didn’t agree with them. I’ve liked Stone from the beginning, but there were points in this book where he lost me. I understood his rage, his pain, and his guilt but he crossed some lines with me.
Stone and Cherry definitely had chemistry and a connection, but because of their circumstances, the sex did not work for me at all. Several times I ended up skipping over those scenes because it was too hard to read.
The problem wasn’t that the sex scenes were gratuitous, they actually were essential parts of the plot. But most weren’t sexy, instead they were heartbreaking. Several times I found myself wondering how the heck I was going to rate the book because of them.
Stone redeemed himself… for the most part. What happened to him was horrific but his actions toward Cherry were hard for me to take. But she could have stopped him and didn’t. In the end, I decided these two people were both broken and only together could they hope to pick up the pieces.
If you love dark and gritty MC romances this entire series is a must-read and this last installment is the darkest, grittiest, hardest to read of them all. Again, it was worth the wait, but it might be a while before I venture into a reread.
Rating: 4 Up All Night Stars
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