on January 1st 1970
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Series: Assassins of Youth MC #1
Book 1 in the Assassins of Youth MC series.
Gideon Fortunati isn’t happy to be in the barren landscape of Utah. Exiled from his club by the President, he is set with the task of setting up an arms trade with a local Mormon sect leader, Allred Chiles. He may well have been messing with his Presidents old lady but being sent to this back water with the club VP, who has seriously lost his marbles, is a fate worse than death… Or is it! Determined to get the job done and be in and out, he soon finds that not all is as it seems and that he may need to be the hero and not the passer-by.
Mahalia wasn’t born into this life; unlike many of the other followers of the Prophet. She once had a happy and fulfilling life with a husband who she loved and her daughter, but that all seems like a distant memory. She now lives her life trying to follow the rules of her husband, Allred, being his dutiful 40th wife. That is until a mysterious biker arrives in Cornucopia. The biker makes her want to break the rules and dream about a life free from the shackles of the faith and marriage she has been forced to accept. But her biggest hope is that he will help her save her only daughter from the dreaded fate that the prophet has set out for her. He becomes her hope, her dreams and maybe her salvation.
If you have read any of Layla Wolfe’s other titles then you will know that she writes with a gritty edge and explores biker life at its darkest. This book in some respects is no different, except now she has decided to explore life within a cult as well. As with all her books, the attention to detail is so evident in the way she constructs her story, alongside the atmospheric way in which she describes the characters, the backdrop and of course the drama. She really writes beautifully.
What I particularly liked about this book was the humour that was subtly littered throughout the book. It ensures that the story doesn’t get too bogged down with the darkness that you would expect by combining bikers and cults. Gideon was a great hero and he grew on me very quickly. He is a total badass biker on the outside, but he has a soft inner and a real need to be a protector and saviour; not just for Mahalia but also for Dingo. As for Mahalia, well her story is a sad one, but she comes alive when the rumble of pipes unsettles the dust in Cornucopia, as indeed it does her life.
A good start to a new series. I now look forward to seeing which direction Layla takes going forward and which characters will fight to find their HEA.