Monday, September 15, 2014

Review of Craving Constellations by Nicole Jacquelyn

Synopsis: "How is it, that someone can make decision after decision attempting to get away from their past and somehow end up right back where they started?"

When Brenna decided to leave the only life she'd ever known, she never thought she'd ever be back. Now, five years later she's running from her clean cut husband straight back to the motorcycle club that raised her... and the man she left behind. She left with a secret, and as soon as she returns the truth will break her carefully constructed life wide open.

4.25 Stars!

Review: I love a good MC book, but it can definitely be difficult to find one that has the story that you get caught up in and want to follow, but also the grittiness and the rawness that I have come to expect after reading authors like Kristen Ashley and Madeline Sheehan. I feel like this author is definitely heading in that direction, however. The Aces are definitely a rough crowd, but Brenna grew up among them. In fact, she was considered to be the princess of the Aces, as her dad was the VP while she was growing up.

Brenna wanted a different, and, in her mind, a better, life for herself, however, so she ran away immediately after college and married someone that was supposedly "normal". When she ran away, however, she was not only running from someone in the MC that she had already given a huge part of herself, but she was taking something with her - her daughter. Fast forward five years, however, and she and her daughter arrive back at the compound, Brenna badly beaten and broken down, and her daughter too scared to talk or move. The person that she was running from, Dragon, knew immediately what had happened, however, and he took steps to right Brenna's wrongs. The people that she had run from also accepted her back and proved to her what family is really about.

I don't want to give too much away with this story because it really is worth reading. Dragon is amazing - he is fierce, he is protective, he is loyal, and he immediately takes to being a father. There is one thing that happens, however, that really put a bad taste in my mouth towards him. In some ways, I have gone back and forth on this event, as some of the other reviews quickly point out that this is an MC book, and it is a rough group, etc. However, this event seems really against who and what Dragon is and Brenna's reaction to it just...doesn't sit well. Especially after everything that she has been through in the past few years. I also find it really hard to believe that Brenna would not have contacted her father at all in the five years - at least after she first ran away. I also find it difficult to believe that her father would not have gone after her. I think I find that the hardest to believe, based on his character. I will step down from my inconsistency soapbox now, though.

Dragon and Brenna have a long way to go in their story, and other people are threatened because of them. Dragon has spent years trying to find the family that he never has, and he takes immediately to Brenna and his daughter. I do like that he takes his punishment from the club, without complaint, for even looking at Brenna to begin with. It somewhat redeems what he does to Brenna. I can't wait to see what happens with the other Aces.


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