Saturday, March 7, 2015

Review: Storm by Nina Levine

Publication Date: 11/2013
Series: Storm MC #1
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb:

Life can be a bitch but love can get you through any storm.

Madison Cole’s family is the Storm Motorcycle Club. Her father is the President and her brother is the VP. She grew up surrounded by bikers, crime and violence. Two years ago she walked away from her family and the world they live in. Her soul was shattered, her heart was broken and she had an addiction she couldn't shake. She picked up the pieces and put herself back together. Now her family wants her back. The club is being threatened and they send a club member to return her home to safety; the one person that could destroy everything she has worked so hard to build.

Jason Reilly has sacrificed a lot for the motorcycle club he calls family. Two years ago he made the biggest sacrifice of all; he gave up the woman he loved for them. Now he is being sent to bring her back and he is conflicted. He thought he was over her but discovers their connection is as strong as ever. Their love was all-consuming, passionate and fiery. It was also their undoing and he doesn't know if either of them is strong enough to battle the demons that ripped them apart, to find love again.

Madison and Jason are brought back together by a force out of their control; one that pushes them to a breaking point. Can they overcome their past and discover a love worth fighting for or will the harsh reality of their world finally and completely break them both?

Nina Levine’s debut book in the Storm MC series lives up to his name. Storm rolls in on a nice sunny day and brings with it ferocious lightning, thunder and rain, but after it’s all over, the sun returns and the world begins again. The Storm MC club walks that every thinning line between the good guys and the bad boys. When it comes to their families the goodness for the most part shines while their dealings with other clubs and business bring the dark side of the MC world into play.

Club Princess Madison has left the Storm MC world behind in her dust. Madison’s life has finally found a semblance of normalcy and peace compared to her past with the club. She left the club a broken shell of her typically strong self and has finally laid her past demons behind her and fully embraced her new friends and new life. But, the past in the MC way of life never stays buried and she’s being called home for her own protection. As much as she resists, the circumstances rapidly change and in order to protect herself and her new friends she knows she has to sacrifice her feelings and go back to the life she never wanted to live again.  Fate is cruel when the one person she’s spent the last two years dreaming of and that left her broken is the man sent to retrieve her home.

Jason knows that his past with Madison is a darkness that he never wants to relive again. His club has always come first, but what do you do when the club asks you to break the one person you truly loved for the sake of the club? His life has been empty shell much like Madison’s was before she left. Now he has to not only face his past demons and actions, but Madison again. He knows that he must deal with his emotions over their split while trying to protect, but walking that fine line between club and personal business may just start to blur.

I’ll admit that coming into this book I honestly wondered what would set it apart from other MC romance novels.  While the story itself was a great premise will with an interesting plot twists and characters, I feel as if the execution of the novel itself was a little less than I expected from someone who is known for this series. I feel as is that the build up to the meaty action of the stories plot was a tad buried under the weight of the impending relationship drama between Madison and J.  While this debut novel did have its low points from an execution stand point, I will by no means give up on the series itself because I want to see how it will progress in terms of plot and secondary character development. 

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