I am a huge J.L. Drake fan so when I got review copies, I giggled like a little girl. She is truly one of my favorite authors ranking up there Denise Grover Swank, Emma Hart, and Harper Sloan when it comes to romance. It took me a while to get this review up thanks to power outages and a double dose of the flu, but I'm glad to finally get to share it.
Review Score: 5 of 5 stars.
When I read Trigger the first time, I was in a dark and twisty place. The book fit my mood perfectly. At first, I wasn't sure I'd like it, since I'd never really read an MC romance before. I've seen MC shows on TV and hadn't really clicked with them because of the way they treat their women, so I went into this with one eye partially cracked in fear of what I'd find.
What I found was two twisted, emotionally battered and brutal souls searching to find a little peace.
Trigger was the ultimate alpha male and fit the role of an MC president perfectly. He was everything you imagine when you think of the badass MC bikers. He was also so dark and tormented, it broke my soul a little bit when I read about the things that carved him into the man he was.
Tess was just as emotionally brutalized by her family as Trigger and in some ways, perhaps a little more because she understood why she was the way she was better than Trigger did.
When they met, neither understood why they bothered with each other, especially since they fought the feelings they brought out in each other. But as I read their dark and beautiful story, I started to see them begin to let themselves want more and to realize that maybe they were worth more than they thought they were.
The cliffhanger at the end, had me mad enough to go track J.L. Drake down and demand answers though!
All in all, I loved this book. Trigger and Tess's darkness helped me deal with my own. This book spoke to me on a deep and emotional level. I loved every single word written.
If someone asks me in three years, I'll be able to gush and probably repeat every moment of this book back to them. It's that memorable.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, even those MC virgins like I was.
My review score: 4.5 out of 5
I admit, I stalked the authors social media waiting for this to release. It is one the few books I've actually looked forward to this year.
At the end of book 1, we saw Tess leave because of the things Trigger had said to her in the church, not knowing he only said what he did to protect her from his father. It drove her right back to the place she'd run from into a hell she'd hoped to never visit again.
We get to know her better and all she'd suffered at the hands of her mother and the man she thought she'd loved who'd betrayed her time and time again. It makes her matter to the read all the more for what she suffered.
Trigger is in a rage. He can't let himself feel for her because it scares him and it weakens him, but he can't let her go either, despite everything. She is the only one who can calm the demons rattling in his head. She soothes him like no one else.
This book is a book of truths and breaking down walls, of loyalty and betrayal by those Trigger and Tess both thought of as family.
It was at times frustrating, heartbreaking, and then it made you smile and high five the invisible person beside you because something worked out.
I did love this book, but not as much as the first one. Trigger held my attention from page one and I never put it down until I read it. Demons was good, but there were a few parts that dragged the tiniest bit, but it is still an excellent read.
I recommend reading both books as they are on my top five reads of this year.
It's an amazing series and one I am thoroughly addicted to.