Review: Lily Roar by Beth D. Carter

Lily Roar by Beth D. Carter
Series:  Red Wolves Motorcycle Club (# 4)
Release Date: June 30, 2105
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages: 168
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Lily is the link to ending the human trafficking ring. Now Branch and Charlie must do all they can to protect her.

Lily has almost given up believing she can escape from the clutches of the Master, the man who holds her as a sex slave in his mansion of degradation. When she has the opportunity to flee, she races into the night with a crippling fear that she could be captured.

Branch Barrigan, the enforcer of the Red Wolves Motorcycle Club, and Deputy Charlie Earenflight might be on opposite sides of the law, but they don’t hesitate to punish those who hurt women. Branch and Charlie make a pact to hunt down the head of the human trafficking organization. When they find Lily, they are unaware she’s the link they’ve been searching for.
The two men do all they can to protect her. In the process, they come to love her quiet strength. But Lily needs to learn to roar if she’s to survive the pain of her past and confront the evil that can rob her of a future.

 

Review:  This story has a bit of everything, action, drama, interesting character backgrounds and scorching hot sex scenes. Lily’s been through an ordeal most of us couldn’t even imagine. Kidnapped and kept with a group of other woman forced to perform sexual favors, she’s all but given up hope. Until she’s offered a shot at freedom, she takes with both hands. Lily is strong, yet vulnerable, and a functioning wreck at the same time. I appreciated her duality, and the way Ms. Carter made sure to follow through with the fallout of being sexually assaulted and kidnapped. She didn’t sweep the event under the rug; she dealt with it honestly and openly. We saw her healing process, and it was a heartbreaking, but beautiful process to read. When she escapes, Lily ends up on the road with Charlie and Branch.

The heroes, Branch, and Charlie, are two sides of the same coin. An officer and a biker, they live by their codes and have big hearts. I liked the way they handled Lily gently but never treated her as if she was weak. Both men armed her with knowledge that would help her take care of herself. Now that to me, is the sign of true love and caring. The three had a slow burn. Lily was coming out of bad spot, and neither of them was looking for anything serious. Watching them come together was an entertaining journey full of plenty realistic road blocks, misunderstandings, and compromise.

I expected to enjoy Lily Roar more than I did. The story started off slow, which was hard for me because most of her books pull you in from page one. The pace picked up, but I was never as invested as I felt I could’ve been. I would’ve liked to see the time spent on setting up, used to show more of who Branch and Charlie were, and their progression as a couple.