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Loved it! By the time I finished reading UnBeloved, I felt as if I had just hopped off a roller coaster. This book had me crying, nervous, laughing, and filled with excitement.
UnBeloved is the 4th book in the saga of Hell's Horsemen Motorcycle Club. I think it's safe to say that this series has moved from just being an MC romance genre to an MC story. This installment deals primarily with the aftermath and dealing with the wounds, both physically and emotionally, from the relationship between Jase/Dorothy/Hawk from years earlier, betrayal from one of the brothers, the spiraling downfall of a former brother, the Russian Mafia, and finding redemption and hope in places that one doesn't expect to find it. If this story feels different than previous stories, that's because it is different. This story doesn't deal with a new love, rather it is dealing with the aftermath of two love affairs that span nearly 20 years.
Before I launch into a full review of UnBeloved, I want to talk about the UnDeniable series as a whole. Only a few books have connected with me in such a way that I want to experience them over and over. The in-depth writing of Madeline Sheehan provokes my imagination and connects me to characters that I never thought I could relate. This series is pioneering because the author has taken a band of outlaws, old ladies, and club bunnies; characters so varied, and gives them each a unique voice. At times their tale is sad and tragic, yet we see humor, loyalty, and undying love. Sheehan portrays their beauty and flaws honestly, never apologizing or pleading with the reader to embrace them. Also trailblazing is that the characters are allowed to age, and it's never been so evident than in this fourth book. Whether or not it was the author's intent, she is breaking new ground because the reader watches as the young, flighty women from the earlier books progress from their 20s and 30s , into their 40s and 50s. *gasp* Book characters having a life and sex after 40; I thought at that age, they were supposed to be lead out into a pasture to wait for the Grim Reaper; never to be seen again in the story.
UnBeloved is the story of Dorothy, Jase, and Hawk, and how the actions of each affected not only them, but the lives of their families. If I could only use a few words to describe UnBeloved, they would be "redemption", "forgiveness" AND "homecoming". In UnBeautifully, we saw how their love turned into an F5 tornado, creating a path of destruction for not only them but everyone around them. Chrissy, Jase's wife, was convicted of first degree attempted murder for shooting a very pregnant Dorothy, Dorothy shunning both men and the club, Jase losing his mistress and family, and Hawk leaving his brothers and going nomad. Seven years later, the trio still haven't addressed the carnage left by their love vortex, until an emergency has everyone coming home, and the trio is finally forced to walk through the broken mess, and assess the damage and rebuild. The story begins with Dorothy being called back to Miles City, Montana due to an emergency. Once she is inside the clubhouse, she is informed that one of the Horsemen isn't who he has claimed to be and has been covering up his past. So the entire club is reeling from this betrayal, and also from one of their own being held hostage. In dealing with the dire situation, Dorothy is forced to a day of reckoning, seven years after surviving the gunshot, she has to deal with the issues from her past. Jase is also forced to come to terms with the poor choices made years ago. Instead of hiding from the issues like Dorothy did by moving away, Jase has hid from them inside a liquor bottle. Jase's road to redemption comes from the most unlikely source. When he finally comes face-to-face, he knows that he has to make amends and stop the vicious cycle. Hawk has literally ran from all the problems from the past, going nomad and seeking refuge in the road. Now all the running and hiding comes to an abrupt halt. As in any family, when there is an emergency and the chips are down, everyone comes together, and this MC family is no different.
Once again I get to see my favorite character, "DEEEEEEEEUUUUUUCCCCEEEE!". What can I say, I've loved him since UnDeniable; even when he was an a-- hole at times. My love for Deuce has not wavered, if anything, it has grown. Deuce is still a force to be reckoned with, and it is never more evident than the scene on the highway between he and Preacher, and when he and Ripper pay a visit to Hawk. Cox and Kami are still fighting as usual, and Cox's humor has grown even more vulgar and dirty, as impossible as that seems. OMG, that one scene had me laughing and gagging at the same time. Eva's influence on the club is evident in how everyone, including the women, views it not as a club, but rather another home. The women have formed tight bonds, and just like the Horsemen being brothers, the gals also have a sisterhood.
*******CAUTION BELOW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK ****
I have to talk about my two favorite scenes: 1. the highway scene and 2. the Vegas arena scene. The highway scene, oh that highway scene, that one is my favorite. Sheehan's writing is pure perfection, from her description of the surroundings to the bantering between the characters, if I felt anymore immersed in that scene, I would have needed to throw on my coat and gloves. The spoken dialogue and unspoken thoughts from each character is profound, beautiful, and insightful. That scene showcases how the men have progressed since the beginning of the series; it's powerful and serene at the same time. The Vegas scene, let's just say that I had goosebumps when Sheehan first walks us through the arena, that scene is dark and scary. I didn't know what to expect. Okay, no more, because I don't want to give away a spoiler......
As the characters find reckoning, redemption, forgiveness, and peace during their homecoming; some say a sad goodbye. Like a regular family, sometimes we lose members, and this story is no different: one deciding to take the road that leads to home, one's path taking him to jail where he doesn't pass GO and collect $200, and ZZ's route, let's just call Z's road "psycho path", and a couple of bikers that take the journey on that eternal highway through the Harley Davidson's pearly gates. In the words of Dorothy Kelley Matthews "This is the story of us all...all our fates intertwined, and for that reason alone, pain and death be damned, I wouldn't change a thing." As for me, I wouldn't miss the ride on a rocky road with this band of outlaws, old ladies, and club hookahs for anything. Vroom, vroom!!
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In all my life, the hundreds of books I’ve devoured, I’ve never read such amazing, well written stories. There is no doubt in my mind that Madeline Sheehan was born to write, to tell a story and to create such epic characters you carry them with you even after the story is finished. This is her destiny and I’m so happy she decided to publish all those years ago to share this amazing series with us.
I first fell in “like” with Madeline Sheehan’s UnDeniable. It was everything a love story should be. Real, honest, ugly, terrifying, gut wrenching and raw.
Then, I fell in love with her when I finished UnBeautifully. All that emotion packed into one story astounded me and made me want to become a better writer.
I started reaching stalker status with UnAttainable. Tegan is probably my favorite heroine out of any romance novel in the history of ever. She’s just fantastic and everything I would want in a friend.
Now, we’re at UnBeloved and I don’t even know what to feel. After finishing this phenomenal book only minutes ago, I’m a little bit of everywhere. There’s not one emotion I didn’t feel during the last few hours. I was happy and sad. I was laughing my butt off one second then crying my eyes out the next. I was falling in love with characters I always had a soft spot for and then falling for the ones that I never saw possible.
This is a story about love, forgiveness, moving forward and learning to live with the mistakes of your past. Embracing them and allowing them to guide you, not define you.
“Life is made up of moments, big ones and little, the good and bad. We never remember the grey matter, the space in between, only the moments in time that have the ability to transform us in some way, affect us to completely that the memory would be forever etched upon who we were, who we are and who we would become”
I don’t know about you, but I was a little sad when the release of UnBeloved needed to be pushed back. I felt like I had been waiting on pins and needles for months, salivating over the announcement of a new release date. To get a story this wonderful …. “I will wait for *effing*ever" … for you all to devour and pray to everything holy you didn’t read it … just so you can read it again for the first time with all the wonder and excitement as you will the first time.
Even though this story revolves around Dorothy/Jase/Hawk, you’re going to get characters from novels past, and they don’t disappoint. They give you a greater meaning as to what this series is really about. Family. Love. Loyalty. Honor. Yes, we all love the badboy biker aspect, but if you delve just a little further into the depth of these stories, you’ll see that common thread between them all. You’re getting so much more than “bikers” … you’re getting … everything. Even with that being said, all love triangles must come to an end, and it did end. It hurt, it was painful, but the end result was true beauty.
“But there’s only one that can steal your soul, that untouchable, unreachable place inside of you that exists only in your mind, that warms and cools, flutters and shakes without rhyme or reason, and makes it theirs forever.”
Deuce is very present in this story and his evolution is astounding. I was shocked, but so pleased as what I read. I can’t tell you, but I can promise you’ll see the leader of our fearless gang in an entirely new light.
The other guys … Cox (still the same, but slightly different … hilarious and crude, but with a little maturity behind him), Cage (it’s like watching my own child grow up right in front of me), Tegan (still a smart mouthed spit-fire, but you’ll notice slight changes), Kami (welp … she’s Cami), Eva (who never fails to make me want to be a better woman).
I could go on and on about the slight, almost nonexistent changes in these guys, but you’re just going to have to read it.
My final note … Madeline Sheehan … I adore you. I adore your stories, your characters, your wit, your grittiness, your raw, unscripted emotion, your way of wording a sentence to make it flow like poetry, your angst and your time. With every new book, I’m a little more in awe of you. I’m more than proud to have received an ARC of this book. Even more than that, I’m honored to call you a friend.
I give UnBeloved the most stars possible. If that’s 5, then so be it, but it deserves so much more.