Guest Review: Misfit (Death Dwellers MC #6) by Kathryn Kelly
Stretch lives with guilt and pain from the death of his former lover and the injuries he received the same night. For a while, Cash and Stretch worked fine. They’d agreed to choose a woman together to bring into their relationship. Instead, Cash brought Outlaw’s sister in, intending to use her as a shield for Cash’s growing feelings for both Stretch and Fee. The dissolution of their relationship because of Fee’s goading leaves Stretch angry with both of his lovers.
Ghost doesn’t do relationships. He doesn’t have the confidence in himself that he’s equipped for something meaningful. He only knows he loves both Stretch and Ophelia. She wants kids, a house with him and Stretch, and, most of all, an open relationship with them, so open she expects Ghost to go to her brother—his club’s president—and confess all. Even if he did do commitment, he wouldn’t be alive to see it through. Outlaw would kill Ghost, especially after already warning him away. Thanks to Cash’s outrageous plan to throw Outlaw off, he raises the man’s suspicions instead.
Christopher “Outlaw” Caldwell knows Ghost is about fun and fucking. He’s in charge of the Bobs, those women trotted out for pleasure at special club occasions. Outlaw’s little sister wants a family and he refuses to allow her to waste her years on a man who’ll walk away in the end. Outlaw’s life has been quiet recently, with every known club threat removed, giving him plenty of time to focus on family.
A biker from a rival club uses Ophelia to get on Outlaw’s good side, leaving her gravely injured, Outlaw in jail, Stretch admitting how important both she and Cash are to him, and Cash determined to never deny his love again.
Warning: Not suitable for anyone under 18. Contains excessive swearing, graphic sex between MMF, taboo subjects, and…Kendall at her finest.
Reviewer: Shee Reader
Well, this story was just amazing. I hadn’t read any of the previous books in the series (this is the sixth and final one) but it works fine as a stand alone.
As I was late to the party, it didn’t surprise me that it took me a while to get into the book. The writing is clear, engaging, atmospheric and at times gripping, but the huge array of characters did take me a while to get used to. It didn’t help that all the brothers had their given names and road names, and there were lots of scenes with everyone talking and arguing. As I got into it, though and learned everyones multiple names it was easy! The writing style drew me in, even as the stilted spoken style of the bikers took some getting used to. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot which kept me turning the page (well, tapping the screen on my kindle) as this is one of the longest books I’ve read recently.
The story centres round Ophelia (Fee) and the two loves of her life Cash (Ghost) and Louis (Stretch) who were a secret couple before they met her. The story has many supporting characters that are woven together to produce a robust tale, that sees these two very different men come to terms with the fact that they’ve fallen in love with the same woman, and that she loves them right back. The over-arching problem of them being in the Death Dwellers Motorcycle Club, which is run by Fee’s big brother Christopher (Outlaw) and that the relationship Cash and Stretch have would cause them to be killed if anyone found out. Of course, the leading bad-guy in the book (who is in fact a bad-girl, Kendall who is the old lady of the deputy leader of the Death Dwellers), finds out about the taboo relationship and blackmails Fee with disastrous effects. Cash and Stretch are both batting their own demons and have given up on what they really want, a meaningful relationship for both them and Fee together.
The women are strong and feisty, and handle their men with skill. The men themselves were strong, sometimes brash and crude, often violent but still likeable. It is a testament to the skill of Ms Kelly as a writer that I really did like and root for these men, especially Christopher despite him being a scary individual of great power. I think his most endearing quality was his huge love for his wife Meggie, and honest admittance that she had him wrapped around her pinky.
The book had me gripped from the beginning, and I loved that there was drama, intrigue and suspense, but also humour and a kick-ass happy ending. The epilogues were my favourite bit. Each character had their own epilogue and they were all brilliant, answering more questions than they asked, and I even liked Kendall by the end.
Kathryn Kelly is a new-to-me author but I will definitely be looking out the previous five books in the series, and other books by this author.
A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.
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