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I must confess that I normally don’t read future-fiction books where the earth and his people are in jeopardy but I do love stories about motorcycle clubs and the blurb left me curious enough to give this book a try. And I’m so glad that I did because I really enjoyed this story and I look very much forward to reading the second book in this series.
The world as we know is gone, in this place there is a world where solar flares can happen when you least expect it. A place where you live with the knowledge that today could be your last day on this earth. Because of all this, society is totally changed. There are now four ‘ward’ (territories). Ward four where India ‘Indy’ Beaumont lives is a place where there grows nothing, it’s a desert where the motorcycle club ‘Glory MC’ is the leader of this ward. Neptune is their clubhouse and it’s there that Indy finds a job as a bartender. She hopes that she can blend in. But that thought comes in trouble when she’s noticed by the president’s son of the MC, Ian Haste. It was never Indy’s intention of pulling the attention of a member of the Glory MC but she did. Ian is fascinated with the new girl working in the bar of their clubhouse. There is an attraction between them that both find hard to resist. Indy tries to resist it but Ian makes it hard for her. So in the end, they give in but Indy has a secret. She has bipolar II disorder. Which make it very hard for her to live a normal life. She tries but it isn’t always easy to hide it. But Ian is no fool and he knows that Indy is hiding something from him. And that gets him very frustrated and that’s not his only problem. The leader of Ward three is looking for trouble and with the way he’s behaving, it means that a war is coming very soon between the two Ward leaders. Can Indy trust Ian with her secret? Will he accept her no matter what or will he destroy her completely?
Like I said before I don’t have much experience with reading this kind of book but I found the world that the writer wrote about very interesting. The fact that there are now 4 sections (territories) and that one of them is lead by a motorcycle club. The writer didn’t really go into real big details about what happened or the consequences about it but that was something that I didn’t mind. My (and the writer’s focus) was on the main couple of this book and their friends and Ian’s motorcycle club.
I do have a lot of experience in reading about alpha men and Ian Haste is definitely one of those! The story is told from both POV’s what I really loved and there is no cheating in it. For the lovers of MC’s stories, I can you tell that this MC’s story isn’t really dark. But it’s definitely my kind of story, where the men are tough and alpha but where they also have a soft spot for their woman. Ana Jolene gave Indy the ‘perfect’ man with Ian, because of her disorder not every man would do. Indy’s disorder gave this story something more.
I’m very glad that I discovered this writer and this series and I can’t wait to read Lucky and Seven’s story (Indy and Ian best friends).
My problem is with the little details that need to be in place if you are going to write a dystopian world book. Set in a time in the world where solar flares has destroyed to world as we know it. The author says more than once that there is no government anymore, no police and the local MC (Glory) is the law. BUT... she has her heroine fill out 20 minutes of paperwork for a job. What paperwork would be needed? There is no police but no mention of crime or lawlessness. The heroine is perfectly fine in her home with her best friend. No weapons are mentioned. There is power and gas stations (where the ruthless MC Glory pays for their gas?). The details of this society is just off for the setting the author describes.
If the setting had been different, my review would have been different.
This is Ana Jolene's debut novel and I think she did a brilliant job of bringing her characters to life. Indy in particular was a complex character whose bipolar disorder affects her greatly. She could be a hard character to understand because she goes from phases of hyper-mania straight into boughts of depression and you never know quite what she'll do next but I felt that was realistic for someone with her illness. I found it frustrating that she wouldn't tell Hastie what was going on with her but at the same time I could completely understand why she didn't want to be judged for her bipolar disorder and was afraid that he'd walk away from her if he knew about it. I liked the way Hastie was so patient with her and so understanding when he did find out why she was blowing hot and cold with him but sometimes I struggled to fit his personality in with what I expect from a scary alpha biker. This isn't a genre I've read a huge number of books in but in my experience MC characters tend to be a bit more badass than the Glory MC members but that's hopefully something that will change as we get to know them all a bit better.
Where the story fell down for me was in the world building, there were definitely some interesting ideas in there and I can see it getting better as the series continues but I felt we needed a bit more background information about how the world came to be destroyed. There were some inconsistencies in the way we're told that there is no government and no police so life is hard but at the same time they had easy access to electricity (when a solar flare wasn't in progress) so the utilities companies are still running. They were also easily able to buy gas for their bikes, Indy owned a car and lived alone with a female friend with no mention of any danger, there didn't seem to be any food shortages or general lawlessness in the area and they were able to contact manufacturers to place orders for supplies when Indy wanted to give the bar she worked in a makeover. Basically I don't understand why the government is gone but everything else still seems to be running as normal and that threw me out of the story a bit.
I'm hoping that the world will be expanded upon in the next book and I definitely liked the characters enough to want to continue reading. Considering this was her debut I expect great things from Ana Jolene in the future.
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