Monday, June 11, 2018

Release Blitz: Ace of Hearts (The Cursed Ravens MC) by Chantal Fernando (Review)

Title: Ace of Hearts
Series: The Cursed Ravens MC #1
Author: Chantal Fernando
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 11, 2018


The New York Times bestselling author of the “swoonworthy and addicting” (Kim Karr, New York Times bestselling author) Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series is back with more bad boy bikers in this first novel in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series.

Erin Dawson had the perfect life growing up in a perfect home with a perfect family. Her parents gave her and her sister everything a child could want. But after learning that the man she’s called “dad” her whole life isn’t actually her biological father, Erin is determined to find the man who is.

Armed with her original birth certificate, she finds her father, but begins questioning if her mom had been right all along to keep this information buried. It turns out he is the president of a motorcycle club, which could not be further from the life Erin leads. But, she’s determined to get to know the man who she gets her striking blue eyes from. Despite getting what she wants and finding her biological father, it’s the slightly older, much rougher but incredibly sexy biker Ace that catches Erin’s eye.

As the new “princess” of the Cursed Ravens, Erin is learning a whole new world, but her father has made it clear she is off limits. Will Ace follow his President’s orders or will he put his heart ahead of his duty? A sizzling tale of family and passion, Ace of Hearts features Fernando’s signature “snark and sass” (Booklist) and is perfect for fans of Kristin Ashley.

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Disclaimer: While I love being a reviewer and have no intentions of taking a hiatus from it, there are times when RL seems to take its toll and begins to color my perspective (something I’m sure many people have gone through). Sometimes I find that a theme, genre or trope starts to blend together with all of the other stories similar to it that I have read. Unfortunately, this leads to me not really being in the right mood to read a particular story. That being said, I am a huge fan of Chantal Fernando’s Wind Dragons MC Series so my opinion of Ace of Hearts is not a reflection of Ms. Fernando’s talent but of this specific story. I do, however, have plans to put this one in my “TBR again at a later date” pile in hopes that I will feel differently then.

Ace of Hearts

3 Stars

I am all about MC Romance and it’s always fun to read stories that take place in different regions of the world. Having enjoyed Ms. Fernando’s Wind Dragons MC series, I was pretty excited to dive into a new series. I was definitely in the mood for some new prospective book boyfriends or husbands and I was sure at least one of the Cursed Ravens would fit the bill.

Erin has learned that the man she has spent the past 22 years calling Dad is not her biological father. The idea that she is missing something important in her life takes its toll and she sets out to find the man she actually shares DNA with. Who’d have thought he’d be the President of the Cursed Ravens MC?

Her biological father isn’t the only person Erin finds, though. There’s also Ace, who she can't quite resist. As the new “Princess” of the Cursed Ravens, she is off limits. But there is no denying the growing feelings between Ace and Erin. Will Erin be able to navigate this new life and what it means to be part of this unconventional family?

What I Loved: I really loved Ace. I found him to be a sort of breath of fresh air from the overly dominating, rough (aka jerk) Alpha bikers we sometimes see, while not being the watered down, saccharine sweet man who happens to own a Kutte and ride a Harley.

What I Liked: I enjoyed the writing and thought the story flowed quite well. I liked the buildup of sexual tension leading to Ace finally giving into being with Erin even though his Prez said she was off limits. I also enjoyed the relationships that Erin seemed to easily develop with her father and the brothers. I really loved Knuckles, Rogue and Gage, too (I'm anxious to read their stories next). I’m not giving up on the series or the author.

What I Didn’t Like: Well, once again I find myself not liking the female lead in the story. A lot of my issues most likely had to do with her age and her immaturity but also had to do with her attitude towards the man who raised her, Brock. Brock was there the day she was born and raised her as his own alongside her mother. Erin admits he was a good dad. But I felt like the way she spoke and acted especially in the beginning, made it seem as if she had a horrible life. I didn’t like that his place in her life got thrown to the wayside just because they didn’t share blood.

Secondly, I thought she was overly dramatic and it bothered me. There were too many times her reactions and interactions seemed over the top and had me rolling my eyes. One minute she was all tough and badass and then, the next moment, she was all innocent and vulnerable. She was almost a caricature of the stereotypical MC Romance heroine which unfortunately made her seem less unique and likable in my eyes.

Overall, I’m sorry to say that this was just an okay read to me. I wanted to love it, I might’ve had I enjoyed Erin more. However, it might just be another case of it’s not you, it’s me and others will love it.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

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Author Bio

New York Times, Amazon & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is thirty-one years old and lives in Western Australia.

Lover of all things romance, Chantal is the author of the best selling books Dragon's Lair, Maybe This Time and many more.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

Chantal loves to hear from readers.

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