Review: Fearless (Dartmoor #1) by Lauren Gilley

Tuesday, September 13
My rating:

Welcome to the mother chapter of the Lean Dogs Motorcycle Club; meet the girl raised by outlaws, and the fearsome man who will always hold her heart.

Ava Teague left for college with a busted heart and a deeply ingrained love for her biker family. She returns home to Knoxville for grad school, just in time for her father to accept the burden of president…and for Mercy Lécuyer to roll back into town, looking to patch into the Tennessee chapter once more.

Felix Lécuyer left the swamps of Louisiana for a life as an outlaw biker named Mercy, but it was his family, and the retribution he dealt because of it, that made him famous within the club. Fourteen years ago he fled New Orleans for Knoxville, to become an extractor and bodyguard within the mother chapter, guarding Ghost Teague’s family, becoming a constant companion to little Ava. When she was seventeen, he finally crossed the line. Now she’s twenty-two, and he’s back in town as an old nemesis rears its ugly head, and puts the entire club in danger. The fate of the club is uncertain, but Mercy has no doubts about his heart; it still belongs to Ava.

Now available as a complete novel, 'Fearless' launches a thrilling new series about the Lean Dogs MC of Tennessee, and the women tough enough to love them. 



What I loved:
Quote…He didn't reply, but he folded her love up tight like a note and pressed it deep inside himself, where no one would ever find it.
- I think Mercy is my favourite ever hero. Everything he did, everything I learned throughout the (really. really. long) story, just made me adore him even more.
- The actual plot had me hooked. There were times where I didn't even care about the romance, I just wanted to know what the club was going to do about their little situation. I was intrigued...
- The prose. I so desperately want to go to Louisiana and see a swamp, and a bayou, and watch someone wrestle an alligator.
- Aidan, Tango, Michael, Walsh, even Collier and Jace. I wanted more! more! more!

What I didn’t love:

- Ava cried all the time. Every conversation she has with Mercy in the first 70% of the book, tears are either tracking down her face, burning her eyes, or welling up, or threatening, or hot and damp against her cheek, or staining her cheeks, or she can taste them, or they're catching her lashes, or they're sliding, or Mercy is wiping them away, or kissing them away... you get my point. Baby girl cries. A. Lot.
- I ended up reading this on my iPhone and it was 3,010 pages long. I won't lie, that put me off starting it a few times.
- Cheating. There is cheating in this book. Of course, the guy that Ava cheats on turns out to be a spy, and the guy she cheats on him with - Mercy - is Mercy, so according to him and Ava it doesn't count as cheating. Also, according to herself, Ava is not a cheat, so she feels just awful the second time she does it. Of course. Cheating main characters make my girl parts shrivel up like the Sahara, so I almost bailed on this book for that.


A long, heavy read, but a lot of great action, awesome revenge scenarios throughout, and Mercy is just the be all and end all of anti-heroes.
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