Friday, January 29, 2016

Book Review: Pandemonium by Bella Jewel

Pandemonium, by author Bella Jewel

I am the good girl, the one who does no wrong.

Daughter to a ferocious and strong MC President, I know what protection feels like.

Until one night changes everything - and not a single person in the world can protect me from it, not even my dad.

Suffocating. Alone. Desperate.

I let my problems live deep inside until there is no longer anywhere to run.

I need an escape. Anything to make the pain go away.

Trouble comes for me, and I don't fight it.

I tried so hard to believe in what I was,

But nobody understood.

Not until him. Not until Lucas.

He sees me. He believes in me.

He refuses to let me drown.

He’s my way out. My escape.

But Lucas is forbidden. He’s a cop. I’m in danger. And my father is trying to protect what can’t be protected.

There can only be one outcome.

My Review

When I first started this book, I got through the first page and thought “Wait, who are these people?” It had been a few years since I read the MC Sinners series, and went and did a quick re-read of those to refresh. Glad I did! 

For those that remember, Jackson is the head of the Hell’s Knights MC, and he and his wife Serenity have a daughter Ava. She’s all grown up now, and working at a law firm while living on her own away from Dad’s and the rest of the MC’s over-protective nature. She’s aware of her dad’s involvement in all things MC, but he’s been able to shield her from most of the club’s business. Until now.

“Something is going down with the club and that something just caught up with me”

As she’s heading to her car one night, she’s kidnapped, beaten, and forced to make a moral decision that haunts her long after she’s dumped in an alley broken and scarred. She’s found by a local detective out on his morning run, and Lucas quickly takes her to the station to try to determine who she is and what happened to her. She gives her statement but doesn’t tell him the whole truth. Her ordeal was meant to send a message to her father, except, she lies about what really happened to protect him.

The memories of what happened to her and her guilt over her decisions send her spiraling down into depression, using alcohol to numb her pain. Lucas keeps an eye on her, and refuses to let her go down the path he was once on – he has his own demons and darkness. 
These two broken people find their way out, but not without some tension and frustration. 

As a cop, Lucas is not welcomed by Jackson, but he’s the only one that can help Ava. Told is a series of “Then” and “Now” perspectives, you get the back story of Lucas, the ordeal that sent Ava on her downward spiral, and how the two make their way out the other end.

“So much is passing between us, so much beauty, so much pain, so much that only we can understand.”

This was a well written story with a better plot than the prior Sinners series in my opinion. You can tell the improvement that Bella Jewel has developed as a writer. The drama, suspense, and emotional story were intriguing. Ava was a bit immature with respect to managing her emotions, but that’s likely due to her age, and possibly also due to being sheltered from all that goes bad in a MC.

While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, you may find that you get a better perspective of who everyone is by reading at least the third Sinners book with Jackson and Serenity. 



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Author Bio

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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