"There's never been a time I've cared about anything more than my club. Today that all changed. Today I got you."
To truly understand a story; you need to start from the beginning, but to start from the beginning; you have to go back, further than just you. After all, our stories don’t start with us, do they? Our stories start with the person before us, and the person before them. We are created from the stories of those people - from their mistakes, from their achievements, from their love and their hate.
No one’s story is ever truly their own.
I tried to create my own story, my own path, and my own actions. I’ve seen things people only see in their worst nightmares, but I never let it beat me down. I never let it become who I was. I picked myself up, and I kept going. Everything was what it was.
There was no point analyzing what it could be.
Could be’s didn’t matter.
Until Maddox came into the picture. He saved my life. He changed my world; giving me the second chance some of us only dream about. There was only one thing missing in my second chance, and she was the reason I fought so hard to survive.
My sister who is supposed to be dead, well, at least, that’s what I thought.
That’s what he told me.
Now is where my story changes, but to understand this story, you have to start at the beginning…where it all began…and before.
This story is the second book in a series. You can get the first book on all major retailers. (Precarious - Jokers' Wrath MC Book 1)
This contains no cliffhanger and has a HEA. 18+
Melancholy by Bella Jewel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh my. I thought Precarious was good, but Melancholy has surpassed my expectations by 110%. I absolutely loved Santana and Maddox when we were first introduced to them in book one, so I could not wait to dive deeper into their story in this second installment. And Ms. Jewel does NOT disappoint!
Via flashbacks we see how Santana and her sister Pippa ended up on the streets and at the mercy of seemingly good guy, Kennedy. He never physically hurts them but does end up turning Santana into a drug addict, making her (and by extension Pippa) dependent on him. Oddly enough though, he needs them just as much as they need him.
While making a run for Kennedy, Santana gives into temptation and takes some of the drugs in the package causing her to overdose and collapse on the street, which is where Maddox finds her. He immediately gets her help and takes her in under his wing. Upon her waking he learns that she has a sister and sets out to find her, except he’s too late. Knowing that Santana needs to put her recovery first and is in no shape to be out looking for her, he lets her believe her sister is dead. (Not a spoiler, we find out she’s alive at the end of book 1.)
And then the real story begins! Santana finds out her sister is in fact very much alive and so the search for Pippa is on. This was one insanely action packed, roller coaster of emotions type journey. I was completely blown away by the intricate story line, some authors just never cease to amaze me. The drama and suspense combined with everyday club life had me absolutely hooked. I couldn’t put it down even if I wanted to.
Back to Santana and Maddox though, there’s absolutely no denying the chemistry between them, it’s like the big elephant in the room. But neither one thinks they’re good enough for the other so they continue on with “single life” behavior twisting the knife a little more each time. So throughout the book each interaction between them has you on the edge of your seat wondering will they or won’t they finally hook up? And I will guard that secret for now ;)Oh Pippa too, you'll be wondering about her of course. Is she in fact still alive? And if so what has her quality of life been like? All good questions...
So of course I would definitely recommend this series and pretty much anything else by Ms. Jewel. I will be anxiously awaiting Mack’s story in Anguish! (Due out the end of October)