Thursday, March 6, 2014

Redemption by Stephanie Tyler [Review]
Redemption (Defiance #2) by Stephanie Tyler
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Carina Press through NetGalley
Date read: December 18, 2013

1. Defiance
2. Redemption - Kindle

Stephanie Tyler
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Matthias Robichaud is looking for an alliance. The Defiance motorcycle club is a stronghold in the dangerous world that’s become the new norm and he’s driven to prove he’s tough enough to be sworn in as a full member. But when he sees a beautiful, spirited girl abducted by a rival MC, rescuing her jeopardizes all he’s worked for.

Politician’s daughter Jessa Everson knows what’s expected of her—obedience, loyalty and silence—but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t fight when she’s kidnapped by the Lords of Vengeance. Having Matthias save her is like gaining an avenging angel in leather and tattoos. But Defiance is known for brutal justice, and she may have just traded one bad situation for another.

Matthias’s urge to protect is too strong to ignore, no matter how much trouble Jessa brings to Defiance’s gates. There’s no room in the post-Chaos world for weakness so if Matthias and Jessa have any chance of surviving, they’ll need to put their full strength behind the MC…and hope that the MC will do the same for them.
Thoughts on Redemption: Good gravy. I liked Caspar and Tru's story but I LOVED Matthias and Jessa's. Actually, I loved Matthias and Bish. Their bond gives me the happies. They've been a team since they were children and it comes through loud and clear in everything they do. When Matthias falls for Jessa (and he falls hard and fast, people!), Bish isn't threatened. He makes room for her in their lives. Man, I sort of love Bish.

Honestly, the biggest draw here was Matthias and Bish. I really liked the chemistry between Matthias and Jessa and I LOVED how she realized the two were connected in a way she could never separate. Not that she wanted to separate them, mind you, but she realized pretty quickly their bond was one that couldn't be broken without destroying one or both of them. So she found a way to fit into their lives. She accepted both of them and the violence that's so much a part of them.

Well done, Jessa. Well done.

Jessa also introduced another element to the overall world -- things might be bad for those that survived Chaos, but there was the potential for it to get so much worse. We got to see the dark underbelly of political maneuverings and they are nasty.

Good thing Jessa, Matthias and crew have a dark side of their own and are willing to push back when things get tough.

Enjoyable entry into the series. And might I just say.. Oh, Bish! I can't wait for your book. I'm all aflutter at the ending and... and... OH, BISH.

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