Helpless by AJ Adams
A self-standing complete novel
First in the Belial Disciples MC series
Fracas Macintyre has been in and out of trouble all her life but this time it’s worse than ever. In debt to a loan shark, she’s caught up in a war between the Alistairs, nicknamed The Irish Mob, and Belial’s Disciples, England’s nastiest MC. Kidnapped and at the mercy of Caden Winslow, Fracas is convinced that life is going to get very nasty indeed.
Caden Winslow is an ex soldier used to taking care of business. When an Alistair henchman steals his beloved Busa, he simply takes one of theirs hostage and expects a simple trade will solve the problem. However, Caden is about to be pulled into a war.
Note: Helpless is a dark romance and there’s lots of violence, but it’s also a love story. It’s not a “lock her up and rape her till she loves him” plot so if you’re not sure, give it a go.
Caden is the illegitimate son of an English Baron. Although raised by his father and his father’s wife, he was not given a title the way his younger brother was. He’s ok with that, he’s the one with the money anyway and he and his brother are very close. Caden had been in the British Army until recently. In a short period of time he lost the mother who raised him, his father, his best friend and this biological mother. By the time he left the army he was ready for something new.
“(he)might have had a nice face, but the rest of him screamed hell-raiser”
“..he had a massive scar just where his heart would have been if he’d had one.”
Fracas has had a rough life, but that life has made her strong. I won’t tell you what has happened to her, but it is terrible. Through a series of unfortunate events, Fracas is mistaken for a working girl by Caden and taken by him as a means to an end. The story gets very interesting from that point.
“I’ve liked you; now you’re mine.”
I enjoyed reading this story. It is most certainly NOT your average MC book. I’ve never read of an MC being run like the Belial’s Disciples, but I liked it, something fresh for this sub-genre. The story has its hot moments but sex is not a main focus. Many times the author simply implies that sex has taken place, but other times it’s a steamy read. I found this nice as well, again, something different. Being an American I had a hard time keeping up with the British slang and references. I think it would be beneficial to have a glossary in the beginning of the book as I spent A LOT of time on google. This is the second book by AJ Adams that I have read, and I enjoy her work. I give this book 4.5 stars and recommend as a good read.
“We’re one of the rickets nations on this earth, nobody in our country should be that poor.”
I opened the boot, and at the sight of the girl, Crush began grinning. “Hey, is that for me, too?”
“You can go fuck yourself!” The little tart blew up instantly. “You evil bastard, let me go!”
“Whoo! I like her!”
Crush is a man who enjoys performing to the stereotypical outlaw biker image. This time I could see he meant it, and so did the girl. She opened her mouth, spotted Crush’s cut and went very quiet.
“You can’t have her. She’s my collateral.” I pulled her towards me, snapped through her ankle ties with the box cutter and threw her over my shoulder. She muttered furiously, but she’d stopped fighting. I could feel her raise her head and look over the crowd of gathering Disciples. She shivered and went limp. I guess she didn’t like the look of the party.
Crush was still curious. “Collateral for what?”
“Alistair’s man took my Busa.”
“You’re shitting me!”
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AJ Adams is a Scottish-Dutch author currently living in Malaysia. In her regular life she is a columnist and feature writer. She works from home, where she is closely snoopervised by cats, Target and Guido.