Author: Lexi Ander
Title: Death Mask
Series: Black Harbinger MC 1
Rating: Five Petals
On the Author's Website:
Grim Misery, the President of the Black Harbinger Motorcycle Club, discovers a wounded warlock and four werepups aboard the club's LSD shipment. And the news kept getting better and better. Not only is the warlock sitting on the edge of death, he's illegally bonded to the werepups, which could trigger a war with the werewolves—and he turns out to be Misery's estranged husband.
Years ago, Griffin turned Misery away to be with another warlock by the name of Marcheso Aldo. Misery left everything behind, even his family, but couldn't shake the heartbreak Griffin caused. With Griffin thrust back into Misery's life, he discovers things aren't as they seem... and everything is about to get much, much worse.
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Misery is the leader of a motorcycle club that collects the misfits and outsiders of the paranormal world. As a misfit himself, Misery is well liked by his brothers and has earned the respect of the rest of the community. That is, until a warlock is found severely injured in the back of a drug shipment, illegally bound to four infant werewolves. That the warlock turns out to be Griffin, a man Misery once loved, doesn't matter when the problems Griffin brought to Misery's doorstep might destroy the club and maybe the entire world.
I had a lot of trouble putting this book down, which is the main reason I gave it five petals. I enjoyed reading it that much. The best part was definitely the characterizations. Misery had so much depth: his backstory was tragic, but he had overcome that and built himself a new life with a new family. I felt his pain and his fears and worried with him for Griffin and the club when things started to get dicey. Griffin's point of view was also interesting and completely distinct from Misery's. Every character was unique, which worked well with the overall book.
I also thought the plot was well composed. Each section was clearly carefully thought out so it flowed from one scene to the next without hiccup. Admittedly, I thought there was something missing at first. The plot came across a little introductory for what I originally thought was a stand-alone book. You have no idea how happy I was to see that it was actually the first book of a series, which I'm thinking is why some things felt a little abrupt at the end. There's more great things to come for this series and I'm really looking forward to it.
I enjoyed reading this story so much I had trouble putting it down. The characterizations and the plot were perfect and the second I realized this was going to be part of a series the bits that felt a little abrupt at the end started to make sense. I definitely recommend this book.
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