Unbeloved by Madeline Sheehan

Posted July 8, 2014 by Kate in All Time Favorites, loved it, Review / 0 Comments

Unbeloved by Madeline SheehanUnbeloved by Madeline Sheehan
Series: Undeniable #4
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Love Triangle, Motorcycles, Romance, Second Chances
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Dorothy Kelley is a born romantic, searching for her prince. Instead she finds herself pregnant at fifteen, and a in a loveless marriage by the tender age of eighteen. 
Then hope comes riding into her life on a motorcycle and within weeks, Jason “Jase” Brady, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen motorcycle club, sweeps Dorothy off her feet.
But nothing is ever simple for Dorothy. Jase is married with children. And as Dorothy patiently waits for Jase to give her the happily-ever-after she’s been dreaming about, James “Hawk” Young, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen with secrets of his own, sees an opening into Dorothy’s life and takes it.
Carrying on two secret affairs is no easy feat. As Dorothy tries to dig herself out of the mess she’s created, covering one mistake with another, tragedy strikes, nearly costing Dorothy her life and that of her unborn son.
What follows is a long and painful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, as Dorothy comes to realize that home was exactly where she’d left it, and the love she’d forever craved had always been within her reach.

This is the story of Dorothy, Jase, and Hawk.

So I picked up this book after reading another motorcycle club book and decided I wanted to read another with the same theme. Someone recommended this series, and this synopsis just kind of spoke to me, there just seemed to be a lot going on even with the synopsis that I just had to know how it turned out in the book. I have to say this is completely not at all what I was expected, it was way more, and I loved it.

So from the synopsis I kind of got that there would be some time passages within the book, but I was expecting the book to be told from a young girls perspective, but the story is actually told from basically everyones perspective after the fact. So Dorothy was married young and was having an affair with married man (with kids) Jase and then she starts sleeping with Hawk behind his back. This situation is obviously more complicated then that, but when the book starts it after every relationship has imploded, years in the future. I was really worried about how that would play out, I mean I wanted to be in on the action! I wanted to experience the whole love triangle thing. But it totally worked for this book, and in my opinion it actually came off more authentic. I mean everyone has relationships when they are young that kind of form who you are as a person, and it’s not really until you are older and can look back that you get perspective and like in this case are given the opportunity to kind of fix things.

I actually don’t have super strong feelings about Dorothy, she made some mistakes in her past and she’s doing her best to be a good mom. She’s been through some tough stuff, but even though she doesn’t see herself as strong, but she really is actually a strong person, she had to be in order to come back into the motorcycle club when things hit he fan with Hawk.

I did however have strong feelings for Jase and Hawk both, I thought they were strong characters. I thought that Jase’s hole that he had put himself in with his drinking and depression, it was some times hard to read, but it was great too. There were moments that my heart kind of broke for him and moments when I was actually was proud of him. Hawk though was a just steamy to me, I get the appeal, like totally. But he had a lot more depth than I was expecting, he had backstory and he has real emotional bonds to the other characters.

So the main reason I loved this book was because while I wasn’t head over heels for any one character (generally I liked them all), but I LOVED the way they interacted. The scenes that were powerful were the ones where a bunch of characters come together and you can feel the tension and you feel like you’re just in that moment with them. When I read I always feel something about a book, I get annoyed at character, sometimes my eyes get misty at an emotional event, butterflies happen when romance two characters have been building takes that first step, and I laugh out loud a lot. This book takes the CAKE though. I very rarely full on ugly cry at a book, but there is this goodbye scene in this book that had me going like hardcore, and I think it comes down to the fact that it was about family, not just too people in love saying goodbye, but a whole group of people, who cared and loved one another trying to fit everything into these fleeting moments, and we are talking big bad bikers here, that just had me going. Serious props for getting that kind of emotion out of me.

Long story short (think this is my longest review ever) this book is just emotionally powerful. It shows love in a real a light, that spans years, a lifetime really, not just a couple months in college or a year of adulthood, you really get a glimpse into the whole life of these great characters. The motorcycle club theme is done really well, I love the family dynamics it created. But I think most of all I loved that no character outshines anyone, the best way I can explain is this (forgive me I’m a sports girl): no one player wins the game, only when the players completely work together do you end up with something amazing, and that’s what this cast of characters did. So go buy this book. Seriously. Or maybe start with the beginning of the series, but read this one for sure.

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About Madeline Sheehan

Fantastical realm dweller Madeline Sheehan is the USA Today bestselling author of the Holy Trinity Trilogy and Undeniable Series.

A Social Distortion enthusiast, lover of mud and anything deemed socially inappropriate, Madeline was homegrown in Buffalo, New York, where she can be found engaging in food fights and video game marathons with her husband and son.

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