Melancholy : Joker’s Wrath

  • by Bella Jewel
  • Narrated by Stella Bloom, Charles Lawrence
  • Series: Joker’s Wrath
  • 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"There's never been a time I've cared about anything more than my club. Today that all changed. Today I got you."
Maddox is the president of the Jokers' Wrath MC. He's hard, he's determined, and he's never had to give his heart over...until the day he found and saved Santana. Sassy and headstrong, she's given him a run for his money for a solid five years. Their tension has built, and both of them have danced around a passion that's burning so deep in their souls, it's all consuming. They want each other - they're just too stubborn to admit it. Heat, lust, and sassy natures will have them fighting against what's real. She's feisty, he's stubborn. But everything will change the moment she gets her first taste of the rugged, broody biker.
There's one problem with this story...Maddox has a secret. A secret he knows will crush Santana. It will take her life and spiral it out of control, sending them into a world of danger that will risk not only their lives but everyone in the club's, too. Will their love withstand the battle? Or will Maddox lose forever the only girl he's loved? This story is the second book in a series.


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Maddox is the President of the Joker's Wrath MC which he loves and that comes with responsibilities and hard decisions but what's pushing him over the edge isn't Club business it's the other love in his life..... Santana, the young junkie he saved all those years ago. And now the feisty woman is making his blood boil, his pulse pound and his libido go into overdrive because he's living under the same roof as her and desperately wants to let her know how he feels and claim her but he daren't have her.... because he's keeping secrets - secrets that he's sure will destroy her, him and their relationship.

Santana had a terrible and tragic past but Maddox was her saviour but now she's an adult she's confused and sees him in a whole new light.... he's handsome, sexy, has a body to die for and his mere presence makes her tingle and become aware. But aware of what because all they do is verbally bicker, bitch and fight and just when she thinks there's more between them Maddox, once again, turns to the Club's Whores. However, just when she rebels and rejects, her life is suddenly plunged into danger, bullets fly, the deadly threats increase and tempers rise but so too does the unquenched passion between them until it ignites and finally explodes.... but then she unlocks Pandora's Box and the awful heartbreaking secrets come tumbling out.

You can feel the tension and fired-up sexual chemistry build between Maddox and Santana as they verbally spar, throw hurtful looks and taunt each other which isn't really meant to wound the other and yet it does as their relationship spirals downwards. Then comes the final straw that breaks Maddox's tightly held back raw gut-wrenching feelings that he has for Santana which leads to an all too brief time of guilt-ridden euphoria when finally they share their thoughts, their feelings and their bodies. But all too soon he's suddenly plunged into a deadly gang nightmare which leads to a daring rescue that'll lead to betrayal, torture, death, destruction and a fight, on foreign soil, not only to win but to stay alive too.

Thankfully, I had very few pauses at the times when my own life would briefly interfere and stop all the emotional, sexual and deadly action playing out in my head which totally consumed me and so it was almost a non-stop, exciting, emotionally-packed, addictive and entertaining listen. There's the typical biker lifestyle filled with hot leather-clad Alphas with high sex drives, tempers and a tight brotherhood mentality, plenty of angst and drama and it was a very touching push/pull love story that had its funny parts too. Santana is young but she's no pushover and when she finally knows what she wants she lets nothing stand in her way to get it..... not even stubborn Maddox but she'll eventually have to try even harder to keep it. Dual POV's, good narrators and a full cast of loveable secondary characters.

Worth a credit? I felt involved, invested, wowed and thoroughly entertained.... so, of course it has to be a YES. And Bella Jewel thank you - you did it again... now can I have the next one pretty please.
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- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"

Ugh. Really?

What disappointed you about Melancholy?

Santana, the main character was such an immature, selfish and whiny brat. It was hard to see what exactly anyone would like about her. I really did not understand what the connection between Santana and Maddox was. The petty fighting and pathetic jealousy between them got old quick. It was hard to believe that Maddox was a 30 year old man and a supposed Bikie President yet he acted like a sullen 16 year old.

What could Bella Jewel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made the characters a bit more mature and realistic.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She really emphasised the whiny tone of Santana which made me want to punch something.

What character would you cut from Melancholy?


Any additional comments?

Don't bother listening to this book. It was hours of self indulgent, self pitying tripe.

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- Natasha Zar "Natasha R Zar"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios