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