Outlaw by Nicole James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Overall rating: 4.0
I really enjoyed this first in series book! It took me much longer to read than I like, but not because it wasn't good, but because life got busy on me.. but when I was away from this book, I was thinking about the characters. That says a lot about how much I enjoyed it!
Cole is a rough and tumble biker, VP of The Evil Dead motorcycle club.
Angel is a girl that was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
When Cole sees Angel for the first time, she's in handcuffs and being dragged behind Chucky. She's been beaten, and he finds out later, raped. He ends up taking her away from Chucky, rescuing her, then taking her back to California on the back of his bike.
Part of me loved the Alpha that Cole could be, but when Angel, so quickly, gave in sexually, I found that a bit hard to digest. But at the same time, I realize that this is a work of fiction and it needed to happen to move the story along.
And move along it did. This was a long book, but it held my interest and I connected with the characters.
Mack, the President of The Evil Dead; I don't like him. He had very few redeaming qualities.
Natalie, Angel's aunt, and a wonderful person. She loves Angel and only wants the very best for her and will do anything to help her achieve it.
I loved how Cole loved Angel, he was purely "Alpha" but with her he wasn't afraid to let his softer side show. While I *love* an Alpha, I can also appreciate the truly human side, the side that isn't afraid to show feelings.
And the sex scenes. Hot. Hot. Hot! Normally anymore, when reading erotica, the over the top drug out sex scenes start to bore me and I end up skimming, but not in this book. The scenes were well done, and just enough to get my attention, and then move on to he heart of the story.
Some of the downfalls of this book:
► The author's writing style. At the very beginning of the book, right at page one, I was lost, had to re-read the first few pages several times, trying to figure out who was who and who belonged where.
► The names of the motorcycle clubs The Evil Dead and the Dead Souls, were so similar (both having "Dead" in them) that it was hard to tell which club was which. But, I pushed through, and was quickly caught up in the story.
► The over descriptiveness of every move/detail. Better editing could have easily fixed this minor issue. And this is the reason this book, for me, is a 4 star instead of a 4.5 or 5.0.
But, this is the first book in the series, and sometimes it *can* be a little bumpy. I have a feeling that the author will improve with each book. She has a great foundation on which to build.
I enjoyed this book enough that I do plan on continuing the series... and I'm looking forward to doing so!
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