Publication Date: 6/23/14
Warning: This is not a conventional or predictable love story. It involves one woman and two men bound by a love so destructive it spans two decades, pitting brother against brother, and shattering the lives of those touched by it.
Dorothy Kelley is a born romantic, searching for her prince. Instead she finds herself pregnant at fifteen, and a in a loveless marriage by the tender age of eighteen. Then hope comes riding into her life on a motorcycle and within weeks, Jason “Jase” Brady, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen motorcycle club, sweeps Dorothy off her feet.
But nothing is ever simple for Dorothy. Jase is married with children. And as Dorothy patiently waits for Jase to give her the happily-ever-after she’s been dreaming about, James “Hawk” Young, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen with secrets of his own, sees an opening into Dorothy’s life and takes it. What follows is a long and painful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, as Dorothy comes to realize that home was exactly where she’d left it, and the love she’d forever craved had always been within her reach.
This is the story of Dorothy, Jase, and Hawk.
We are all born pure; it is our journey that burdens us and leads us astray. Our mistakes that beat us down and cover us in guilt and shame, burying us a little more with each passing hardship. It is up to us to dig ourselves out, to come to terms with our faults, to embrace not only our imperfections but those of the ones we love, and to once again find the path we strayed from.
This one took me a bit to pick up and actually read. First, with work being so busy, I had no time. And second, Madeline Sheehan is an author you have to prepare yourself for.
This is Dorothy's story. The thing we really know about Dorothy is that she was a mother hen to the girls and she was in love with Jase but messing around with Hawk. Oh...and she managed to get shot in the head by Jase's crazy wife.
This story takes up with Dorothy rethinking her decisions in life, now with a small child and a grown daughter who is married, she has time to reflect. And come to some really insane clear decisions. In this installation we also see the shell that Jase has turned into. We see him try to find the path to redemption and make peace with the fact that the two women he has loved in his life, he has lost. And then there's Hawk, who isn't quite who he seems.
This leads to a roller coaster of self discovery within these three people, forgiveness and moving forward. Out of all the books in this series, this is my favorite. Dorothy has been through hell and seeing her finally get her happy ending, well that made it worth it.
I give this book 4.5 lipsticks.