Thia is prim and proper.
Bear is leather and lawless.
It will never work between them.
It’s a lie they almost believe.
I fully admit that I have not read King’s story (King and Tyrant). Although the Goodreads blurb says it’s necessary to read King’s story first, I was able to get the gist of what had transpired previously and never felt I was missing any key points of the story.
Lawless does need a warning though: contains possible trigger. One of the first few chapters includes a fairly detailed rape scene. More honesty: this is not my thing.
Also not my thing: stupid heroines who run to the hero when something bad happens instead of the cops. I mean, really? Why is a heroine’s first instinct to go look for the guy she met once, when she was a child, and hasn’t seen in almost a decade instead of calling the cops; one of whom is a friend? I get it – it’s a plot contrivance to get the heroine and hero together. But seriously, I hate stupid heroines. Yes, she explains why she did it later in the story (even asks herself why she didn’t go to the cops), but it colored my view of Thia’s character from the get go.
So…all that negativity, is Lawless worth reading?
Yes, but it obviously depends on your reading preferences. Some people are going to love this book, some are going to be ambivalent, and others are not going to like it. It all comes down to personal tastes. If you like hard-living, bad-boy redemption stories, you’re going to love it.
I personally liked Bear. He’s damaged and has been betrayed by the only people he ever considered to be his family. Yet, he’s still willing to sacrifice everything for Thia.
Aside from the stupid decision not to go to the cops, I liked Thia too. She’s young but she’s been responsible for her family since she was a child, so she’s mature. She’s not afraid of Bear or of his history. Weirdly, they work together.
The fire pit scene…whew! That is a fan-your-face, don’t-read-in-public scene. I honestly think it was hotter than some of the other steamy scenes that came later.
The characters are well developed and the story progresses well. Even without having read King, there is enough back story to understand where everyone is at and get a sense of what happened. Lawless ends is an cliffhanger as it is part one of a two-part story.
☆¸.•*¨*★☆About the Author☆★*¨*•.¸☆
T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids.
She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.
In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.
It only took her twenty years to start the next one.
It will not be about hamsters.