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5 Star Review: Unbeautifully by Madeline Sheehan

Unbeautifully  - Madeline Sheehan

 

There are only a handful of authors who consistently hit my elusive reading G-Spot and Madeline Sheehan is one of those said authors. She totally blew my fucking mind in Undeniable and once again this bitch has given me a good and thorough mind fuck with UNBEAUTIFULLY. Like with the first book in the series, Unbeautifully brings you through the highs, lows, and downright ugly mess that come with having a whirlwind romance set within the world of the Hell's Horsemen. You won’t find stories about rainbows and unicorns when it comes to Madeline Sheehan’s books. Instead she gives you it to you raw, barebacked and uncut with a no holds barred attitude when it comes to her storytelling. It’s a good change of pace from conventional romances and I truly appreciate that she gives you the good, the bad and the ugly but in some fucked up way it all makes beautiful sense.  

 

 

“Everything has beauty. Even the ugly. Especially the ugly. Because without the ugly, there would be no beauty. Because without beauty, we would not survive our pain, our sorrow, and our suffering.”  

 

 

UNBEAUTIFULLY picks-up right where Undeniable left off. While in the previous book we were left with Deuce’s thoughts of his happily ever after with Eva, Danny takes the baton and runs  off with her own raw and emotionally gripping story. The last time we saw Danny, she was still Deuce’s young, beautiful and perky daughter known for wearing an excessive amount of pink and talking a mile a minute. But as we all know, growing up can be a bitch and life has dealt Danny a few crappy hands. Long gone is the young, innocent, and sweet Danny, instead she is replaced with a young woman who had suffered heartache, loss, grief, and guilt in only a matter of a few years.  

 

 

I was curious as to how Danny would transform to fit the angsty and gritty world Sheehan has created because in all honesty frou-frou pink outfits and Hello Kitty doesn’t exactly fit in with the Hells Horsemen. But with Madeline’s writing talents Danny fit in quite perfectly and as it turns out the apple didn't fall very far from the tree because Danny’s life turns out just as fucked up as her Old Man’s. All the bullshit Deuce and Eva went through in Undeniable and lengths ] it took to get that couple reeled in had a profound effect on sweet little Danny leaving her feeling lonely, jaded, and lost amongst all the havoc that is Deuce’s life and his club business. So when one night Ripper shows Danny the attention she'd been deprived off it was no surprise that things quickly turned heated between the two.  

 

 

He was an incredibly beautiful man. The scars just forced you to look a little harder to see what was still there, and what was still there was the squared, strong, bone structure of a Greek god, the heavily muscled stature of a boxer, and a deviously sexy smile."  

 

 

Eric "Ripper" Jacobs is the type of guy that defines a true flawed, damaged and tortured hero. Exactly my kind of hero. For those who are familiar with the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Ripper would be the equivalent of Zsadist. His mind and body is marred with scars from the torture he endured in the hands of Crazy Frankie during Undeniable. Even with his scars and other disfigurements not once while reading this book did I find Ripper to be ugly. Although Ripper doesn't understand why Danny would find someone like him beautiful he's still very much the kind of man that's very desirable. Finding out about the brutalization he endured and heartache he's suffered in his past only makes you love him more. Seriously, I was jonesing really bad for this bad ass biker.  

 

 

"A man like him, a girl like her...Ripper knew there would be no going back for him. Not after her. He'd hit the fucking jackpot and no bitch that came in her wake would ever measure up."  

 

 

Danny and Ripper's relationship was totally unexpected to both characters but once things got rolling these two were setting the pages on fire! Fourteen years apart and on different spectrum's on the beauty scale, Danny and Ripper were an unlikely couple from the very beginning. But aside from the age difference and looks the chemistry between these two were off the charts. Their relationship goes from zero to sixty in a matter of seconds and definitely hit some major bumps on the road. While Danny and Ripper's story doesn't take as long as Deuce's and Eva's it definitely doesn't happen overnight for them. It takes months and years for them to get their shit together and there was a smidgen of a love triangle and some decisions in both Danny and Ripper's part that infuriated the hell out of me but in the end shit worked itself out. Eventually.  

 

 

Madeline gave her fans of this series a fantastic treat by shedding light on Deuce and Eva's hellish road to happily ever after. I was actually surprised Deuce and Eva were given more page time but I wasn't complaining one bit. When Undeniable ended we were left with a pretty fuckin sweet epilogue. I was happy where these two ended up but we never got to see the long path these two went through to get there. As much as I loved, loved, loved Danny and Ripper, Old Man Deuce was still able to get me all excited like a crackhead waiting for her next hit. Even with the all-consuming love Deuce and Eva felt for each other they still didn't have their shit together. Deuce is struggling with all the bullshit in his head Frankie had left which had turned his family upside down. It was heart wrenching watching Deuce and Eva try to put the pieces back together and I shed even more tears for these two.  

 

 

"You're my reason, Deuce," she whispered through her tears. "You always have been."  

 

 

Life and love isn’t easy and not always kind and all of Sheehan’s characters have a first-hand experience with that lesson. As far fetched as the Hell’s Horseman’s world might be, the trials and tribulations, and lessons that the characters in Sheehan’s Undeniable series goes through is as true and tangible as “real life” shit.  It’s the journey that she takes you on that had me glued from the first book and will continue on as long as she keeps writing this series. The story is wild and crazy, the characters are utterly flawed and damaged and the turmoil, heartache and tragedy can sometimes be unbearable but if you hold on tight you'll be more than satisfied you stuck around for it all.  

 

 

UNBEAUTIFULLY was definitely another home run for Madeline Sheehan and if you haven’t started reading this series yet all I have to say to you is, “What the mother fucking hell is wrong with you?!?!” If you want a book that’ll leave you utterly discombobulated but then begging for more then you definitely need to read Sheehan’s Undeniable series because you don’t want to be missing out on all this totally awesome hotmessedness.  

 

 

Review originally posted on http://www.talkingsupe.com/2013/05/review-unbeautifully-by-madeline-sheehan_14.html

 

 

5 Star Review: Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan

Undeniable  - Madeline Sheehan

 

 

If you are a fan of the television show, Sons of Anarchy, then Madeline Sheehan's raw, intense, and gripping love story in Undeniable would be something you'll totally love and understand. Like Sons of Anarchy, Undeniable is an adrenalized, fervid, gut wrenching story set in the dirty, ugly, and violent world of motorcycle gangs.

 


Due to the graphic language, sexual situations, rape references and violence this book will not be for everyone. It's not your typical hearts and flowers romance. There are parts where things get downright ugly and totally f*cked up. The heroine isn't perfect and the hero is definitely NOT your Knight in shining armor type of hero. Actually, he's far from it.

 
 
Nothing about Undeniable is pretty. The story is dirty, gritty, raw, and for the most part realistic. The characters are undeniably flawed. Everything that happens is fucked up. The world Eva and Deuce live in is rough and things aren't easy or simple. They go through A LOT of obsticles and people to find their peace and happiness. Other reviewers had mentioned that Undeniable was like a Kristen Ashley novel on steroids. I'd like to think that Undeniable was the love child of Sons of Anarchy and a Kristen Ashley book that went on a 72 hour crack rock bender. Seriously, a lot shit goes down from the time Deuca and Eva meet till the very end when the couple finally gets their own slice of the HEA pie.
 
 
“I am Preacher’s little girl. And I’m gonna be just like him when I grow up. I’m gonna have a Fatboy but I want mine to be sparkly and I want a pink helmet with skulls on it. And instead of being the club President, I’m gonna be the club Queen cuz I’m gonna marry the biggest, scariest biker in the whole world and he’s gonna let me do whatever I want because he’s gonna love me like crazy.”
 

Eva was actually a very likeable heroine. From the time you meet her when she's five years old till she's an adult I really liked her for her braveness, tenacity and spunk. She's definitely not the wilting flower type heroine especially afte being raised around her father's club. She doesn't take any crap from anyone and she can definitely hold her own. She does make some bad decisions in the book that had me screaming at her.She handles her situations as best she can and she loves the people around her immensely.
 
 
Deuce is definitely a far cry from your typical or conventional  hero. Deuce lives his life by his own set of rules with no apologies. As President of Hells Horseman, he's dedicated to his boys and his club. Like Eva, he's grown up in the motercycle club/gang culture his whole life. There are a lot of aspects about Deuce that aren't very attractive. In all honesty, Deuce is one giant deuchebag asshole. He does a lot of things in Undeniable that's downright disrespectful, despicable and hateful. But even with everything he says and does it's hard not to love the guy. He has a very different way of loving a woman but when you see how passionate he loves and cares for Eva it's hard to not swoon over the guy. He endures some VERY painful things for her and it's those moments that make you like him.
 
 
"You respect women you little fuckin' shit. It was a fuckin' woman who carried you around in her fuckin' body, fuckin' birthed you and fuckin' loved you, and it's gonna be a woman who keeps you warm at night, who lets you inside her body and it's gonna be a woman who carries around your fuckin' children. You fuckin' respect that, you feel me? You fuckin' respect women, all of ‘em, or I will end you."
 
 
Eva and Deuce's relationship is one big roller coaster ride from the very beginning. There is a lot of heartache, pain and turmoil throughout the 20+ years it takes for them to be together. Their age difference is a major factor to their relationship but honestly you get over that fact as the years go by and Eva gets older. I can tell you that they do not have a secual relationship until Eva is well over 18 years old.
 
 
Undeniable is the kind of story that will gut you, bleed you dry but then have you begging for more. It's an amalgam of total fucked-upness. Undeniable will suck you into it's crazy vortex and then spit you out leaving you wondering what the hell just happened. Like I said earlier this romance story is not something that everyone will like. It's not pretty and for the most part it's all wrong but the passion and intensity you feel reading about Eva and Deuce's romance is what keeps you tuned in. It's been a couple days since I finished reading this book and I'm still thinking about it. It's the kind of story that sticks with you and definitely something that I will have to reread in the future.
 
 
If you're a fan of love stories that aren't perfect, characters who are flawed, and a story that will have you holding on tight, then Madeline Sheehan's Undeniable will be one book you'll want to pick up. Madeline had me hating every descision Deuce and Eva made throughout their relationship but in the end loving them as passionately as they loved each other.