Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: Rebel Love (The Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club) by Jodi Linton

She wants revenge...

The Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club is Em Connors's only family, but she's ready to risk everything--both her club and her life--for vengeance. Ten months ago, she was brutally attacked and her lover gunned down by a rival gang member. Now, she's using her position as the Dirty Sinners president to track down the truth and exact her revenge.

He'll risk it all...

With his partner murdered by a local motorcycle gang, Houston police officer Cade Jackson jumps at the chance to go back undercover and bring down the woman the department calls the Motorcycle Princess. But the sexy-as-hell leader awakens a hunger in Cade. Dark desires run deep--and he intends on teaching Em exactly how dirty he can be. But when his cover is blown, Cade must choose to uphold the law or protect the woman he's grown to going rogue.


I'm going to be straight with you ... I had to put Rebel Love in the DNF pile after I was 83% through it. I can count on one hand how many books I've not finished. Unfortunately, this book gets to join those ranks. I wish that it had turned out differently ... the book and my reading experience but it is what it is. Forcing myself to read and experience even more of this book past that 83% mark would have just made me more disgruntled and wouldn't have made a difference in my rating. 

From the very beginning, I enjoyed the premise of this book. I just got hooked on Sons of Anarchy a couple of months ago (totally late, I know) and so I thought that this book would run along those lines and be right up my alley. But that isn't how it played out. As much as I was interested in the book, it was slow and wordy from about a third of the way in. I've read other books by this author and while this slow burn style of writing seems to be her thing, it's never really bothered me this much until this book. The book just felt so ... heavy and dense ... like I was slogging through a boggy marsh. By the time I got to the point where I put it down, I was just so tired of the entire story because it seemed so wordy and ... uninteresting. I just couldn't stay focused, I was skipping parts of a sentence at first, then full sentences and then paragraphs. The need to skip is never a good feeling to have as a reader. I should want to experience each and every word so that I don't miss anything but that just didn't happen with this book.

The meat of the story was good, I liked the idea of an undercover cop going underground to find out what happened to his partner. I even liked the Cade character. I thought that he seemed realistic and I enjoyed most of the scenes that he was in. Em ... the female lead ... was a different story. I didn't like her at all. I didn't like her being wishy-washy, I didn't like how she behaved or what she said or what she thought. I just didn't connect with her on any level. Not even as a woman. I don't know what caused this type of disconnect but it was there and it was very evident. 

Unfortunately, I think this will be my last Jodi Linton novel. I enjoyed the other two for the most part but now Rebel Love has just turned me off of her. A lot of people really enjoyed this one, so you might as well. I hope you do because I wouldn't wish this kind of reading experience on anyone. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

Available: January 4th, 2016

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