Melancholy by Bella Jewel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review and must stress that you should read the first book – Precarious – before you read this book to get a feel for some scenes and people in the books.
We were introduced to both Maddox and Santana in Precarious. Maddox is the Club President of the Jokers’ Wrath MC. He saved Santana a few years back, got her off drugs and cleaned her up and protected her, all the while keeping his love for her hidden from her.
In Precarious, Maddox… the man slut that he is… does something stupid that a house “bunny” rats out to Santana that causes Santana to leave the compound.
In Melancholy, Maddox and Santana’s story is told in flashback paragraphs.
Santana is in denial of her feelings for Maddox and believes she loves a “good boy” who, well, in my opinion, is a scuzzbucket (is that even a word?). But once again, Maddox comes to her rescue. He always comes to her rescue.
Melancholy is the journey of a hardcore biker who has a soft spot for the girl he watched grow into a young woman that he rescued from the streets who must admit to her about a lie that he’s had her believing since she got cleaned up because he was afraid she’d leave.
It’s also about Santana. We see her struggle with her love for Maddox and her resolve to find something that belongs to her that’s been missing.
As Maddox and Santana come to realize that the other is what they want, they must battle outside forces and human trafficking to get what they want and survive.
A fight or two, a gunfight, and lots of sex are included.
We are treated to some Krypt and Ash scenes and interactions with Maddox and Santana and crew.
I found myself enthralled with this second book and cannot wait for the next.
Thank you Bella Jewel for the gifted copy and for writing characters that make me want to come back for more.
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