Series: Death Dwellers MC #4
Author: Kathryn Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 4 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay
A biker: Lucas “Mortician” Banks stopped believing in love after a bitter betrayal. As Club Enforcer, the Death Dwellers MC is his home, where no rules exist and brotherhood rule. He never expected to fall for the daughter of K-P Andrews, a biker from the old guard, who is now deceased. Is love enough to survive secrets, brutality, and betrayal?
A beauty: Bailey Andrews was fascinated by the biker from the first moment they met. She seized the opportunity to have his phone number and, somehow, ended up married to him when she accompanied Mortician on a run to Las Vegas. She uncovers the connection between her father and Mortician’s father and the horrible betrayals it led to within the MC. Can she leave the secrets stay buried? Or will she expose them and ruin her marriage to the only man she’ll ever love?
A bet: Smug in his assumption he’d never fall as hard for as woman as his Prez fell for a girl, Mortician put his money where his mouth was and made that bet. With 20Gs on the line and two weeks left before he wins or loses, Mortician has to decide if Bailey and their marriage is more important or saving face and keeping his money. Having only ever seen the destruction of love gone wrong, what will Mortician decide?
A baby: Now, Bailey’s pregnant with his baby and hiding another detrimental secret that she, herself, recently discovered. Will she have to choose between her life and the baby’s? Or will she find a way to save both herself and her child’s?
I’m gonna be honest. The first part of this book was difficult for me. I attribute this to there being too much Outlaw for me. I know all of you Outlaw fans are wanting to scream at me right now but tough shit, I’m not an Outlaw fan. He’s a horrible person. I know he loves his family and his club but otherwise he’s a complete psychopath. I realize that he and Mortician have a fairly long and complicated past. I also realize that we as the readers needed to know about Mort’s past but it almost killed me.
Lucas “Mortician” Banks is the Enforcer for the Death Dweller MC and he’s very good at his job. He handles what needs to be handled, no questions asked. His job is never pretty and at times it’s downright horrifying to read about. Mort did not have a good life when he was younger. His father is a corrupt, deplorable minister. He had to live with that kind of horrible influence growing up. His mother’s death crippled him emotionally and then he fell in love with a true nightmare of a woman. Her head games were cruel and she took that cruelty to even higher levels. Through all of that, he still loved her. When he made his jump to the MC, the camaraderie of the club and the woman’s continued cruelty finally became too much for even him to bear. Mort has a wonderful relationship with a long standing club member, named KP. KP was very much a mentor to Mort. A father figure when he so desperately needed one. As Lucas grew up,he became the epitome of an outlaw biker. Alcohol, weed, doling out punishment and pussy. Those were the things he wanted, so he took them all in abundance. He loves women and therefore pussy. He loves it so much but after his heartbreak at a young age, he vowed to never give his heart to anyone.
Then he meets KP’s daughter, Bailey.
Bailey is a young and beautiful girl. She is also so very sweet and innocent. The more time she spends with Mort, she falls head over heels in love with him. And in all of her love’s innocence, she knows he’s the one for her. She sticks around the MC not only to be near her dad but to still be a part of Mort’s life. Mort tries to fight his attraction to Bailey but his cock wins the battle. He has sex with her, taking her virginity that she so sweetly gave him. He’s guilt ridden over this but I Think even then, his soul new it’s mate when it saw it. I’ll give Mort an E for effort though. He fought it hard. He even made a bet with his club brothers that he wouldn’t ever fall in love and get addicted to young pussy like Outlaw had with Meggie. And he’s determined not to lose this bet. Just when he thinks he has it made, Bailey finds out she’s pregnant. Mort still denies his addiction to Bailey even as he marries her. Bailey tries to be everything he wants her to be but Mort is a douche.
When I finally got past the beginning, I loved this book. Bailey was so precious and Mort (damn it, I love him) was a total prick to her. He took her love for granted and damn near shattered her heart. There were times when I wanted to punch him in the throat! It was like he refused to acknowledge his feelings until she was in grave danger. Even then, he faltered. He was so undeserving of her and her love. Kathryn Kelly writes wonderfully flawed alpha male heroes. You want to kiss and kick them at the same time. This book gave you a complete history of all things Mortician and a tender look at first love. A look at a man who needed the very love he denied himself.
This is a great addition to this kick ass series that I whole heartedly adore. You even get a glimpse of what the other characters are doing. How Outlaw is handling Meggie’s pregnancy, how Zoann and Val are handling theirs, Digger’s what the fuckery and Johnnie’s descent into douchebaggery. I was glad to see Kendall show up but I still hope she makes Johnnie grovel. I can’t wait for the next book!
Book given by the author in exchange for an honest review.