ARC kindly provided by Helena Newbury in exchange for an honest review.
‘Outlaw’s Promise’ follows the adventures of the fourth O’Harra brother, Carrick, and the fiesty, red-headed Annabelle, who saved him when she was eight.
In all, I felt like this was a very solid and well written work by an author whose works I know extremely well, however I just didn’t get the satisfaction out of reading this particular novel as much I did with the previous novels. I feel that I am growing out of this genre as a reader as it no longer interests or engages me as it used to.
Putting that all aside, here is what I genuinely appreciated about the novel:
1. The author was able to create a very real and compelling setting with the biker gangs and corrupt law enforcement. I felt like the author knew the ins and outs of such a society in which anything can happen and everything does. I was sucked into a mad and dangerous world which was so real and tangible that I couldn’t not appreciate its depth and complexity.
2. The author delivered what was demanded by her readers. If you’re looking for chemistry and some serious sexy times, look no further than Helena Newbury. The passion and romance she forged between Carrick and Annabelle was unbelievable. From the beginning I felt the tension and anticipation between the two as they tried to resist the pull of attraction.
The emotional ties these two forged was also incredibly believable. Carrick as Annabelle didn’t fall for each other straight away. No. They fought beside and for each each other before they realised the bonds they’ve forged.
3. The author also had a very acute understanding of human emotions and past trauma, which again made itself known yet again in this novel. Newbury delves into dark pasts and gripping fears like an absolute professional. She is able to weave realistic and profound histories and personalities for her characters which make these traumas something undeniably true. Not for one second did I doubt the hardships Carrick and Annabelle went through in order to become who they truly are. They had wounds and scars from their battles with everything that life threw at them. They were proud and independent and stubborn. They did the bad stuff in order to make something good. They made mistakes and they did the right things. They fell down, but got back up fighting.
4. A great set of pace and plot. There was movement and progression which I felt constantly as I read. However, this wasn’t enough to keep me interested at all times. I found that I could easily set the novel down and forget about it. I didn’t mind reading the story, but I didn’t absolutely enjoy it either.
5. I felt like the conflicts were a bit too archetypical. Big, burly man saves beautiful, helpless woman. Time and time again. I wanted something new and different. Something that strayed and was wonderfully original yet surprising. This novel attempted to give me all of that and more, but it sadly landed on unsatisfied eyes.
Congratulations to Helena Newbury on publishing her final O’Harra novel!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!