Series: Torpedo Ink #1
Published by Berkley on January 23, 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Sexual Content: Explicit sex scenes, references to rape, references to sexual assault of children
Reviewed by: Kate
An outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford--until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin...
Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.
Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want--and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club--his heart and his soul.
Rough, brutal and intense are three words that come to mind when trying to describe the reading experience of JUDGMENT ROAD. It has an outrageous premise that the reader is expected to buy into, of the horrific past of the members of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, but what I could see for a lot of people is that it would just be too much to take in a romance novel.
This is definitely a motorcycle romance - paranormal romance, not so much. If JUDGMENT ROAD is a lake, then the paranormal aspects of the novel are about a cup of water. First off, you get about a quarter into the book before any paranormal aspect is even mentioned, and the various talents of the members of the club that make up the paranormal aspects felt like an afterthought to give the book the paranormal label.
Putting those things aside, I did enjoy the characters. Anya is a strong, independent woman who has some trauma but not too much in her past (Reaper has the monopoly on trauma in this book). Her reactions to things made sense and I liked that about her character. Reaper...well, he was hard to love, but eventually I came around.
My problems with the book stem from the ridiculous backstory that Feehan has built for the members of the motorcycle club - they grew up in a spy school in Russia where unspeakable (but frequently mentioned in the book) things happened on a regular basis - and from the fact that it was billed as a paranormal romance where there is little paranormal to be found. If this was sold as a regular contemporary romance, minus the minuscule paranormal aspects, I think I would have been much better prepared and enjoyed it some more.Series Titles:
- Judgement Road