Judgment Road Review
Title: Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink, #1)
Author: Christine Feehan
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
An outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He’s a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can’t afford–until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin…
Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she’s desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper’s imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.
Anya’s touch is everything Reaper doesn’t want–and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club–his heart and his soul.
***Judgment Road picks up where Bound Together (Sea Heaven series) leaves off. You do not have to read The Drake Sisters series or the Sea Heaven series to enjoy this book. However, the Sea Heaven series will give you a better background and understanding as to what is going on with the Torpedo Ink Series. Also, it contains dark content like the two previous series do.***
When I finished the Sea Heaven series I was so excited to learn that Feehan would be continuing with some of the same characters. In Bound Together you can’t help but fall for the Torpedo Ink group. And I can’t tell you how excited I was to learn the first book in the new spin off series would be about Reaper.
Reaper is anything but cuddly. He is rougher than rough but is a great character and loves his family. The only problem is he can’t help his attraction to Anya- the beautiful and mysterious bartender. I loved the set up to the characters building a relationship and was so excited to see how Anya would effect Reaper. But I had a couple of problems with the way the story was told.
The one thing that I truly love about Feehan is she is able to depict trauma so well. These characters have such devastating backgrounds and because of that they are a little off... Reaper is shown to be suffering from PTSD multiple times from his childhood abuse. Feehan shows this and with the help of Anya he is able grow beyond his past. He still has problems but he is able to move on with Anya and it is just so BEAUTIFUL!
When men are abused- physically, emotionally, sexually- it is kinda glossed over. People don't look at abused men the same way they look at abused women. I find that horrible. Abuse is abuse- no matter the gender. Feehan gives us a look at how men who have no outside help deal with their abuse. Reaper will make you analyze social constructions and make you rethink how you see the world. And Anya! She is the perfect fit for Reaper. She is so strong and is able to handle his outbursts and his moods. She knows she has to be his strength and she does so without complaint.
There also seemed to be a lot of repetition in the narration. Details or events were repeated multiple times in just a few paragraphs. Or details were just completely over done and constantly duplicated. (example of this would be these last few sentences…). It was constant. I know some people need reminders about who characters are or where they come from but it doesn't need to be stated over and over and over again. I promise- it doesn't!
However, there were some great qualities to this book as well. Feehan is a master at writing plots with multiple characters that have inwoven and complex back stories. I have no idea how she keeps everyone straight. I also loved the fact that Anya did not take Reaper’s alpha male tendencies. She is a strong, smart, and resilient character- that in my opinion- could have been written so much better.
The book is great overall, the plot is good, the characters were strong, but it just seemed to be lacking in some aspects- in the beginning. At first, I had a difficult time getting though this book. I found myself just kinda skimming through it. But then I would also find myself loving it at the half way point- I finished the last half in 4 hours. I couldn't stop.
Apparently, I had mix emotions while reading this book. In general it seemed like the book was rushed. That’s the feeling I got while reading it. It also ended in a very open-ended way. I'm very excited for this series and think it will be amazing. This one starts off a little rocky but then gets so good!
It was not horrible but it was not what I usually see from this author either.