Sunday, March 23, 2014

Holding On (Lights of Peril Book One) Review!!

Publication Date:  10/12/13

“You are mine. You’ve been mine since you took those training wheels off that pink bike of yours and fell at my feet. Never even cried, you didn’t. Just sat on my lap trusting that I had you. Well I have you now, baby. You’re grown up, you’re a woman, and you’re mine. Mine.” 

That’s Shame. My brothers best friend and the Vice President of Lights of Peril MC. Along with my best friend Sadey, we’ve all grown up together. I don’t have a memory that isn’t surrounded by the four of us. 

Years together as friends and often times in the face of adversity has led Shame, Hem, Mace, and Sadey to share their lives now as adults. 

Sadey and Mace have been best friends since they were five years old. As a child, teenager, and then young woman, Sadey longed for Hem to notice her. As years passed, she vowed to save all of herself for him with the hope that one day he would see her as the woman she was turning herself into, not just the child he remembers. 

Mace and Hem are siblings that grew up in a small town in the Midwest. Sharing the same mother, Mace’s father refuses to accept Hem as his own, leading him to a life similar to that of his biological father. 

Hem never set out to be President of the Lights of Peril Motorcycle Club, but when he left home at 17 to find the acceptance he was so desperate for, he ended up finding Doc. After Doc's passing Hem was determined to lead Peril into a clean existence. 

The story is about love, heartache, and tragedy. 

Sometimes we search our whole lives for something we think we are missing, only to find out what we had with us is what we were looking for all along.

My Review:

So this book starts off with Mace trying desperately to plan her wedding and trying to still maintain a relationship with her brother, while trying to ignore her feelings for Shame, her brother's VP and bestie.  I gotta say I will agree when people say this book is angsty.  It truly is!  I had to really work hard to get past the high school drama feeling of it.  But once I did that, I actually enjoyed the book.

Hem isn't really allowed to be a part of the family, he is sort of looked at as trash by his step-father and his mom being so frail in character and body has little influence to change that.  So he joins a MC that makes him feel like he is part of a family.  His biological sister, Mace, and his mom are the only ties to his old life.  

Mace and Hem's mother becomes ill and we start to see a huge shift from what we thought we knew with these characters, to what is actually truth.  We see secrets and pain and betrayal.  It is rather daunting towards the end, to wrap your head around all that is happening, but at the core is a love story between a man and a woman, and a brother and a sister.

Sacrifices are made...

I give this book 3.5 lipsticks.  It is good, if you can get past the bad editing and angst!


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