Vengeance Duet #1
Author: A.C. Bextor
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, MC Romance
Publication Date: July 15, 2015
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A seemingly innocuous five letter word until you pull back the layers of its meaning.
Imprisoned in a small room within the walls of the Satan's Creed Motorcycle Club compound, Casey Richards struggles to survive the only life she was raised to know. Her mother, a club whore, and her father, an unknown outlaw she's never met, Casey's fate is all but sealed in the eyes of the club.
Foul. Unclean. Undesirable.
Trapped in a loveless marriage, and with no children of her own, Emma Carsen is the only living soul willing to fight for her niece, Casey. She's all but given up on saving her until the one man she's longed to see again unexpectedly finds his way back to town and into her life.
Max Taylor, former-biker of a disbanded MC, has been holding onto reasons to avoid coming back to the small town he grew up in. The same ghosts that drove him away eventually force Max to find his way back. Now that he's home, he may be Casey's only chance for freedom.
Filthy. Hateful. Impure.
In order to get to Casey, Max must find a way to infiltrate the MC. Setting up a meet with Hoss, Satan's Creed's President who's known for this depravity as much as his double-crossing ways, it's clear that forming an alliance is going to be more of a challenge than he expected. Now he must prove his loyalty to the club and in doing so, he's forced to get his hands...
"Her life is worth more than she's living of it now,
and I'm going to give her the chance to change it."
Dirty is raw, heart-breaking and intense. This book was hard for me to review. On one end, I loved the hero and the story was definitely engaging. On the other, there was a kid that played an important role, but not one I'm accustomed to reading in contemporary novels. I'm all for guardian/child relationship growth! And when Max did have these fleeting moments with Casey, my heart warmed so much. But there were a number of parts that didn't sit well for me at all. In the end, I decided to average my star rating but I thought the story itself was great and very well written!
Casey has essentially been a prisoner of Satan's Creed MC all her life, locked up in an isolated part of the compound—her freedom stripped away. Her only comfort is in drawing. As the story progresses, you get the feeling there's a ticking time bomb hanging above her head. She's been neglected by her mother and the only person who still truly cares for her is her aunt, Emma.
Emma has been trying to get Casey out of that horrid place but has found no success. Even the police wouldn't help her. Now she's gone to Max, childhood friend and former MC member, for his help. Unlike most novels where the povs are of a hero and his love interest, the other pov in Dirty is Casey's which is the main reason behind my conflicted feelings. My heart bled for Casey. The poor girl. To be put in such an environment at such a young age. You could easily tell how mature she was from her narrative. Her pov chapters were effective in making me sympathize and see the urgency in getting her out. But I would have personally preferred to have not read them. This was a kind of dark element that I couldn't handle and wasn't prepared for.
There's one antagonist that was so disgusting. If I could, I'd beat him to a pulp! He definitely evoked feelings of rage, hate and even fear from me. Any mentioning of him, brought my reading enjoyment level down 100 notches. I'm grateful that there were wonderful secondary characters outside of Satan's Creed. They brought moments of comic relief in an otherwise severe situation. I also enjoyed the romance between Emma and Max. Max has the makings of a true hero. His sense of justice is strong and I loved how cunning he was, infiltrating the enemy without actually joining the enemy. He was also incredibly sweet and gentle when it came to Em and Casey.
Even though I didn't enjoy this book in its entirety, one thing is certain, A.C. Bextor knows how to make you feel ALL the emotions. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book and a happy ending!!
**ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Pursing her lips, her face gets serious again. "I don't think you should get involved."
"You involved me when you asked help. It's too late anyway. I'm already in."
"Shit," she mumbles.
Leaning forward in my seat, I rest my elbows on knees and focus on her face to keep her attention. "I have an intro to Creed tonight. If this goes well, I could have a job. If it doesn't go well, we will rethink the plan."
Now she looks completely defeated and we've only just started. "I don't have a plan, Max," she states, standing and putting her hand to her forehead. "What I have is a niece who needs my help, law enforcement in this shit of a town that refuses to acknowledge what's happening in it, and the only person I think I can count on is meeting with the man who's to blame for all of it."
"I don't think Hoss is the biggest problem," I inform. "If rumor is true, there's someone else leading this, and that someone is big. Hoss is no one in comparison to who we're really talking about."
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AC Bextor lives in a small town in the Midwest. When she's not writing she can be found reading or watching her favorite sports teams. She enjoys spending time outside fishing, swimming, or camping.
Her first book, Holding On - Lights of Peril, published in October 2013. She's currently working on a new series, The Vengeance Duet, which is scheduled to publish Summer 2015.
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