Series: MC Sinner's Next Generation

Princess Emma Reviews: Drifter by Bella Jewel

Princess Emma Reviews: Drifter by Bella JewelDrifter (MC Sinners Next Generation, #2) by Bella Jewel
on January 1st 1970
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4 Stars

It's here! The second installment in the USA Today bestselling series, MC Sinners Next Gen. This book can be read as a standalone.
They say opposites attract. In my world that isn’t a good thing. I did everything I could to escape the grips of motorcycle club I grew up in when I turned twenty-one. It wasn’t about fear, or betrayal, or even lack of love. I just needed my own life. I had to know how it felt to stand on my own two feet without their protection. Then I met Diesel. Mysterious, dark, with eyes that screamed to be understood. From the second I met him, I knew I needed to be in his life. There’s just one problem – he’s a member of a different motorcycle club. Two things that should never be combined. Yet I can’t stay away. No matter how hard he pushes. I can see beyond his mask. I need to know who he is and I’ll overcome any obstacle to be in his life. A friendship is born, followed by an epic love. Our relationship is forbidden. But I’ll do anything to be in his life. Anything.
This book contains mature themes.
Editor: Lauren McKellar

Series: MC Sinner's Next Generation #2
Also in this series: Pandemonium (MC Sinners Next Generation, #1)
Also by this author: Pandemonium (MC Sinners Next Generation, #1), Pandemonium (MC Sinners Next Generation, #1)

4.25 Crowns

Book 2 in the MC Sinners Next Generation series. This is a spin-off series from Bella Jewel’s original MC Sinners series, but you do not need to have read that series or indeed book 1 in this one to enjoy this read. I however recommend that you do to get more background on the characters and the environment they live in.

Mercedes has grown up never knowing anything other than the Motorcycle Club that she has grown up in. Her father Spike has been your typical overbearing father and the rest of the club’s bikers aren’t much better. Determined to strike it out alone she decides to go to college in Denver and gain the independence that she craves. Surprisingly she crosses paths with a guy that is as arrogant as he is hot, a guy that stole her first kiss many months before. He is moody and clearly want nothing to do with her, but Mercedes being who she is forces a friendship with him. Everything should work out just fine… Until she realises that Diesel isn’t just anyone. Diesel is everything that she shouldn’t want. He is a member of another Motorcycle Club.

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Okay, so it took me a while to start this book because in all honesty I wasn’t overly impressed with its predecessor Pandemonium. It just didn’t meet the expectations I had from this author. I am however happy to say though that this one did. Not only did we get Mercedes from the Hell’s Knights MC but we also get Diesel from the Joker’s Wrath MC. Oh yes, two of my favourite MC series’ butt heads. Well I say butt heads, Drifter is less of a MC read than you would expect, but that isn’t a bad thing in my opinion. Yes the backdrop is there and of course you have some involvement from both clubs, but primarily this is a college romance. To be honest that was my favourite part. Not all biker kids become biker’s. Some will surely branch out and make lives for themselves, and both Mercedes and Diesel are trying to do just that.

Mercedes is very much a glass half full type of chick. She wants to be friends with everyone, but she is also a biker’s daughter, so don’t cross her as she won’t take shit. Diesel on the flip side is a typical moody musician. Son of Mack and heir apparent to the Joker’s Wrath, the future as club president feels like a noose around his neck.

 

I am so pleased that I enjoyed this book. I thought it was the perfect balance between an MC and college romance, re-introducing old friends I have met along the way as well. For fans of both series it is a must read. And having perfectly set up the next book 3, Manacle, I look forward to what instore for the next Hell Knight’s kids.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Pandemonium by Bella Jewel

Princess Emma Reviews: Pandemonium by Bella JewelPandemonium (MC Sinners Next Generation, #1) by Bella Jewel
on January 1st 1970
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3.5 Stars

I am the good girl, the one who does no wrong. Daughter to a ferocious and strong MC President, I know what protection feels like. Until one night changes everything - and not a single person in the world can protect me from it, not even my dad. Suffocating. Alone. Desperate. I let my problems live deep inside until there is no longer anywhere to run. I need an escape. Anything to make the pain go away. Trouble comes for me, and I don't fight it. I tried so hard to believe in what I was, But nobody understood. Not until him. Not until Lucas. He sees me. He believes in me. He refuses to let me drown. He’s my way out. My escape. But Lucas is forbidden. He’s a cop. I’m in danger. And my father is trying to protect what can’t be protected. There can only be one outcome. Pandemonium.

Series: MC Sinner's Next Generation #1
Also in this series: Drifter (MC Sinners Next Generation, #2)
Also by this author: Pandemonium (MC Sinners Next Generation, #1), Drifter (MC Sinners Next Generation, #2)

3.5 Crowns

Book 1 in the MC Sinners Next Generation series. This is a spin-off of the hugely successful MC Sinners series, featuring the kids of the characters we fell in love with in that series. You do not need to have read MC Sinners to enjoy Pandemonium, however I advise you do, as you will get a better picture of some of the characters and the environment in which the story takes place.

Ava is the daughter of Jackson, President of the Hell’s Knight Motorcycle Club and his beloved wife Serenity. As the Princess of the MC she has been protected her whole life not just by an overbearing father, but also the rest of the MC whom she calls her family. Now in her early 20’s she is ready to gain some independence by moving out of the family home. But protection isn’t always a bad thing, especially when Jackson’s enemies lay around every corner.

Lucas Black is a man struggling to stay afloat. Following the death of his wife in childbirth, his daughter Shylie became his world. Everything was perfect. He has his daughter and a new wife that treated Shylie as her own, that is until tragedy strikes once again. As his world crumbles around him and life reaches depths even lower than he thinks could be possible, it is his work as a detective on the local force that keeps him moving forward.

One evening Ava and Lucas’ lives cross paths. He becomes the only person she can turn to, and she becomes his reason to breathe. But their friendship will cause complications for them both, not just with Ava’s MC family, but also with Lucas’s past. It would be stupid to continue, and utter madness to fall in love…

Okay, so I had really been looking forward to this book because I have been a huge Bella Jewel since the very first MC Sinners book. I loved that series, but it also meant that I had high expectations for Pandemonium. So it seriously disappoints me to say that although I liked this book, I certainly didn’t love it. The storyline worked, as did the characters. But for me the chopping and changing of timelines didn’t, and some of the storyline felt undeveloped and rushed. It just lacked the usual magic that I expect from Bella’s books. I was also left confused at the age difference between Ava and Lucas, especially as he called her Kid throughout; which just felt wrong in a really icky way.

In Bella’s defence, I think often the first book in a spin-off series can suffer with explaining situations, characters, connections and backstory, especially those that have an ensemble cast of characters that will be explored in coming books. I honestly believe that Pandemonium is a prime example of that. So because of the dreaded first book confusion curse, I really do recommend that you read the original series as you could be lost and somewhat confused as to the many different faces that pop up.

A liked, but not loved start to a new MC series by an experienced and talented MC romance author. Will I be reading book 2? Hell yes! I am still a huge fan. One book doesn’t make a series, and I have faith that this could develop into another great series for fans of Bella “MC” Jewel.

 

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