Title: Arrow's Hell
Author: Chantal Fernando
Series: Wind Dragon MC #2
Genre: contemporary romance
Being the younger sister of a Wind Dragons MC member isn’t as great as you’d think it would be.
I can’t escape the details of my brother’s exploits. No one tells me anything. Men who know who I am tend to stay away from me.
And worst of all: The members of the MC are off-limits.
When Arrow catches my eye, I make it my mission to make him happy again.
When I fall head over heels in love with him, I just hope he will be there to catch me. And that my brother doesn’t kill him.
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Arrow's Hell by Chantal Fernando
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“I see no other option for us. You're mine, Anna, that's all there is to it. It's not a choice, it's a fact.”
I really enjoyed this read. I was in the mood for some biker shenanigans, so the ARC came as a nice surprise and catching up with the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club was way over due anyway.
I read Dragon's Lair, the first instalment in the Wind Dragons MC series over a year ago, but fortunately I had a little re-read not too long ago. That helped a lot to make out all the players, and also to remember what happened to Arrow. His story was a major part in Dragon's Lair and made me curious to read his story in the first place. But I'm not sure if waiting a year to publish the next book is the best idea to keep people interested.
“Why the fuck do you have to be so beautiful that I can't get you out of my head?”
Killian 'Arrow' Arrowsmith is part of the Wind Dragons MC and has spent the last few years in prison for killing the president of a rival club, after said club killed Mary, his girlfriend.
The prologue is told from Arrow's POV and gives a little recap on what happened and at what stage he is in his life. To be honest, that first chapter was a complete win. I really liked his voice, the hurt and anger still within him and I was hoping the whole book would be like that, but alas no such luck.
Let's meet the heroine...
Anna is the younger sister of Rake, who is also a member of the MC. She is twenty-five years old and just recently moved back into town to start her PhD in biological science specializing in zoology. Real old lady material, if you catch my drift. It's actually freaking hilarious how all the bad boy bikers score themselves lawyers, PhD students and just generally well educated ladies.
Anna took a little time to get used to. The whole book is written from her POV, except for the first and last chapter. Being in her head is a matter of taste, I guess. As her brother put it very eloquently..."strong-willed, opinionated, and a general pain in my ass, but what sister isn't?"
The moment Anna lays eyes on Arrow she knows he is the one. He feels the same, but has way too much baggage to even contemplate a relationship or hook-up for that matter and on top of that a very protective brother's little sister is OFF LIMITS anyway.
Over the course of the book I really started to like Anna, she came off as a bit whiny in the beginning, crying over her brother's constant oversight, but got a lot stronger and more decisive towards the end. Arrow is a complicated character with a lot of guilt and unresolved problems in his past, and I really felt for him.
I liked the two together, but if I am honest the chase was a lot better than the actual coming together part.
“You were made for me, because you not only take me as I am but make me want to be a better man at the same time.”
What really sold me on this book was the twist at the end. Bloody brilliant. Didn't see it coming, not in a million years. 'It' was a great way to create drama, but without making it feel like inserting conflict for conflict's sake. Felt very organic and plausible and sure bumped my rating up a notch.
I also really enjoyed the side character and the world building Ms. Fernando did here. She laid out some solid ground work for future instalments in the series and I'm really looking forward to get more.
All in all, a good biker read with a few issues here and there, but never the less entertaining and fun.
**ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.