Cherry's life growing up was nothing short of a nightmare. Having an abusive father forced her to fend for herself from an early age. Bruised and emotionally broken, she finally escaped, running straight into the comfort that Lip's arms brought. In the beginning everything seemed to fall into place perfectly. He made her forget the messed-up ways of her life. But secrets can't stay neglected. They have a habit of revealing themselves regardless of the consequences. Lip is no stranger to the criminal life. Growing up among convicts, he wanted nothing more than to show his worth. He'd do anything for the club without question, including serving six years in prison. But now Lip is no longer the man Cherry remembers. After his release, he came out a beast with more secrets and lies than his cage could hold. When a relationship is surrounded by mounting dark secrets, is it possible to survive and come out unscathed?
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This started off a bit rough, story-wise. I didn't buy it in the beginning, but as the story progressed, I tended to gloss over the unrealistic drama that is the major stressor in Cherry's life. However, it slowly developed layers and depth that made it a good MC romance. Even though this is book 4, this was my first intro to the author/series. I do have book 1 in my library, but I've been shelving it because apparently it has a wicked cliffhanger, and I REALLY dislike those. Having liked this one though, now it looks like I will have to break down and get book 2 so I can listen to 1 and 2 together.
Dual POV's with a good, solid narration team. No glaring errors, decent accents and voice differentiation. Each narrator is skilled and good individually which is nice and makes the switches between the two flow pretty seamlessly.
Worth a credit? Definitely, though it's a good deal with Whispersynch (as is book 1 FYI).
As the midnight hour slowly ticked away I kept telling myself that I had to stop this awesome listen at some point soon..... but WHERE and WHEN? At the point where a 17 year old Cherry finds herself pregnant, confronts the douche-bag that took advantage, took her V card and now flatly refuses to get involved. Or maybe it should've been when said douche-bag turns around and does the unthinkable...... oh no no no, I just couldn't stop it at that point. Well, how about when the now homeless Cherry sets a trap that an unsuspecting handsome, tattooed and 'pierced for pleasure' Biker (called Lip) gets his wallet stolen then comes back for revenge. But instead ends up taking Cherry home which leads to some instant lust, sizzling chemistry and sexy times..... nuh uh, nope definitely not here either.
Then more drama, shocks and heartbreak happens when a mysterious MC job goes wrong and Lip takes the fall for it - landing him in jail for 6 long years and the once charming and affable man becomes withdrawn, distant and aloof with the now very confused Cherry? Well there's no way I could leave it at this point..... so on I listened as my hours, and their 6 years, flew by and a very different Lip gets released because he's moody, angry and is hiding some MEGA secrets from Cherry which is weighing him down and the turmoil and actions of this changed man is worrying her. Then Lip finally snaps because his jealousy pushes him down a brutal, bloody, deadly and shocking path..... and he reveals his true nature.
By this time I'm so confused, I'm angry at him, I'm feeling sorry for Cherry and I'm dreading what secrets he's hiding that my heart rate has reached the danger zone so I do the unthinkable and reluctantly press stop.... yeah it's a shocker I know. But I just laid in bed thinking of various scenarios of what's to come - until I can take no more waiting to hear the answers so I happily rejoin the drama but now Cherry has accumulated heartbreaking secrets of her own too and now I'm worried that Lip's going to find out. Then suddenly the poisonous WTF, OMG, jaw-dropping, never saw that coming of a hurtful twist that told the secrets of manipulation and unbelievable truths of a tight web of deceit and deception which all come spilling out and the fallout was devastating, heartbreaking, climactic and epic. And my sleep vs story dilemma continued through countless dramas like a rival gang makes it's move, murder, kidnapping, revenge, gritty passionate sex, chills, thrills, a long awaited reunion, pain and pleasure. Well folks, by this time, dawn's making itself known so it's guilt that forces me to stop this riveting listen.
However, by midday I had finally found the answer as to where exactly to pause and stop this captivating listen..... surprise - it's at the very end - after all the drama, anguish, bloodshed, bullets, heated words, angst, anger, regrets, raw and passion fuelled sex, after the endless emotional turmoil..... and after the wonderful Epilogue. I have no willpower or excuses I know but in my defence this MC listen was very well written, had an awesome plot, was inhabited by interesting characters, had depth and character growth as the tortured Hero and Heroine finally opened up, forgave their lies and let love in. Dual POV's and the narration was great.