**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
Bikers. Russians. Sex. Violence. Romance.
Mix all those elements together with a paranormal twist and you have Ms. Feehan’s debut Motorcycle Club (MC) Romance novel, Judgement Road.
I have read ~almost~ every book Ms. Feehan has ever written so I feel like I can say with confidence, her fans are going to love this series. Now as a disclaimer MC Romances are, by nature, grittier and Feehan really leans into that world. This book is dark, unforgiving, and filled with beautifully flawed characters. In the immortal words of Forrest Gump, Feehan heroes and MC Romance goes together like peas and carrots.
Reaper is a deeply tormented hero who has found solace with the Torpedo Ink MC brothers and sisters he “grew up” with in Russia. By grow up, I mean they were systematically physically and mentally abused together. The group decided to settle in a small town right outside Sea Haven, yes there are cameos from the Drake Sisters Series and the Sisters of the Heart Series. The final SotH novel, Bound Together is actually a bridge to the Torpedo Ink Series and I highly recommend reading that book first. Anya, a former shelter kid running from something or someone, is hired as the bartender at the Torpedo Ink bar. Reaper can’t stay away from her light and Anya falls in love with his flaws. There is a subtle paranormal element which permeates the plot.
As a hero, Reaper is a delightful combination of a scarred assassin and alpha lover. But my favorite character was Anya. Anya doesn’t put up with unfair sh*t from Reaper or the entire MC. When Reaper messes up (big) she really makes him work to get his HEA and really, who doesn’t love a good grovel? It was an extremely refreshing turn of events for long-time Feehan fans like moi.
Is there a lot of sex? Yes (also, it was a little kinky which I enjoyed). But Feehan does a good job mixing up the scenes so they didn’t become repetitive. Due to Reaper’s issues surrounding sex, I always felt there was a strengthening of their relationship through each intimacy, a necessity in my eyes. Of note, everyone walking around naked made me laugh and relate to Anya as a character (read the book, you’ll understand).
Feehan is one of the best in the business at building intense, high-octane worlds with violent and scarred men and women. This genre was made for her and I am excited to see her jumping in with both feet. I wanted to be a member of the Torpedo Ink MC and I am truly excited to see what where this crazy, violence-prone family goes next.
Judgement Road debuts January 23, 2018.