Judgment Road by Christine Feehan
I received this book for free from Netgalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Torpedo Ink #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on January 23, 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
An outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
A brutal education in a Russian training facility for assassins has taught this group of men one thing:
It's a long road to redemption.
As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford--until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin...
Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.
Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want--and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club--his heart and his soul.
I went into Judgment Road super excited because it had two things I like: written by Christine Feehan and it was a motorcycle club romance. Unfortunately, I think in the end it Judgment Road was just an okay read. I understand some of the themes of a MC romance are going to remain the same for all book like alpha males and slang lingo. I was hoping for something different and this just felt like a rinse and repeat of every other MC romance I have read. I liked the paranormal twist of Judgment Road. It wasn’t enough to really bring the wow factor to Judgment Road and I feel like that was what was missing to really make this a great story.
I felt like Anya was a bit of a copy and paste of the same MC heroine I have read before. You know the heroine I am talking about, the woman who will do anything to fix her broken man. The woman who smiles a lot and uses terms of endearments like honey or sweetie. Plus, she is usually running from something so she needs the big strong man on the bike to save her. So, maybe it was just me, but I couldn’t connect to Anya. I felt like the romance was just okay. It was hot with a lot of super sexy fun times. Once or twice I found myself skipping over the sex scenes to get back to action. It was all stuff I have read before there again wasn’t anything wow or exciting.
Like, I mentioned before the big bad biker is actually broken emotionally. The different part of this book I liked is that this alpha male isn’t afraid he needs help. I like that therapy is mentioned and used because you don’t see too many badass motorcycle club enforcers willing to at least try therapy to work their issues. I really enjoyed that Reaper loves Anya so much that he is willing to work through his issues. It wasn’t like some stories I have read where the heroine works some kind of sex magic and the hero is instantly cured. Anya has to work with Reaper to get him enough to let her touch him and sleep beside him at night.
The part of the story that really drew me in and kept me from DNF’ing this book was, the world Christine Feehan has created. I was really fascinated and drawn to all the members of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. I felt for them, and I mean tears in my eyes felt for them, because they have all had such a tragic past. The things some of them went through are things no one should have to endure. I especially liked that Torpedo Ink also has two fully patched women in their ranks. I am especially intrigued by the romance brewing between one the females and a member of another club. I honestly think I am more interested in the potential of this new romance than I was in the main romance in this first book.
All in all, Judgment Road was not a bad read. There were some good points: like the world, kickass female motorcycle club members, and an alpha male willing to try therapy. But, it also felt like it dragged in places. I felt like the romance was bit lackluster. I have seen this couple a million times already. But, I am now invested in this series because I fell into some major like with some of the other club members. I have to find out what is in store for my favorite Torpedo Ink members next.