Nicole Jacquelyn writes an outlaw MC series that is full of strong-willed, dominant bikers with out-spoken alpha females at their sides.
The first book in the series is Craving Constellations. It features a daughter of the Aces MC who grew up in the club, only to abandon the only family she has ever known while in college. Now she returns five years later, seeking protection for herself and her daughter from her abusive husband, bringing with her luggage full of secrets.
Craving Constellations introduces the Aces MC and sets up several characters to have their own books. It also informs the reader of many of the rules that guide this world; protecting family and the club, keeping loyal to this family and never leaving, the patriarchal rules of respect that guide interactions between members and the consequences for breaking any of these rules. Unfortunately, Brenna has broken most of them and is going to have a rough return to the world that was her home for the first 18 years of life.
“How is it, that someone can make decision after decision attempting to get away from their past and somehow end up right back where they started?”
When Brenna decided to leave the only life she’d ever known, she never thought she’d ever be back. Now, five years later she’s running from her clean cut husband straight back to the motorcycle club that raised her… and the man she left behind. She left with a secret, and as soon as she returns the truth will break her carefully constructed life wide open.
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I loved the poetry of this novel. The idea that Brenna sought to extricate herself from the oftentimes violent world of an outlaw motorcycle club, just to end up in greater danger in an emotionally and physically abusive marriage that sends her running back home for safety is intriguing. It brings to bear the idea of destiny and whether any of us can escape our pre-determined fate. Brenna felt that she kept making the same mistakes, no matter how many times she thought she was choosing differently, which has been a recurring theme in my own life the last several years.
Jacquelyn weaves complicated tapestries throughout her novels, and takes the time to allow her characters to grow and mature. Every time I felt that I knew these characters and their stories, something else will bubble up that takes the reader by surprise. One revelation, which the reader learns with Dragon, settled a hard pit of sadness and anxiety in my stomach. It is at this moment that you realize just how screwed up life has been for Brenna and her daughter and it tears apart their little family and the safety and security she thought they had found.
I highly recommend checking out this series. It is more complex that many other MC books on the market and limits the “club business” aspect of these stories to a minimum, a bonus if that isn’t your thing.
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