Review: Lawless

Saturday 5 December 2015
Lawless Lawless by T.M. Frazier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally, T M Frazier lets us get our hands on Bear and I can honestly say, I won't be letting go any time soon!

We have been teased and tantalised with Bear and his connection to King and Preppy and this story goes some way to further explain how these misfits came to become friends. Bear has been the enigma up until now. He is a diamond in the rough but fiercely loyal to his friends and as we experience in this story, he has a score to settle, with his own father.
“The truth is that I'm not the good guy. I'm the fucking bad guy, and club or not, that hasn't changed."
Having experienced unbearable pain, at the hands of Eli, he now finds himself lost and falling down a deep well of despair and depression. That is until he is saved by a little girl he met years before.
I've been beaten, but I'd never been broken. Until Thia…
After making a loose promise to Thia, Bear doesn't expect to see her again but when tragedy strikes in Thia’s life, she turns to the one man who can help her, Bear. After turning up at the MC club gates though, Thia soon finds herself in even more danger, especially with Bear having thrown down his cut and turned his back on the club, including his father, Chop. Chop soon sees a way of punishing his son in a brutal fashion, by abusing and torturing Thia. Terrified and battered, Thia expects to die a slow and painful death, that is until she is rescued by an unexpected person and taken to King.
He was just a boy who had no clue what he was doing and I was just a girl who had no idea what to do with all the feelings I had swarming around inside of me. I just knew that I wanted him. That I loved him.
Called back from the bottom of a bottle of Jack, Bear can't believe his eyes when he sees pictures of the little girl he once met but who is now all grown up, but battered and bruised. Returning to his apartment at King’s place, Bear is forced to care for this frightened girl who once captured his heart. Unexpectedly though, Bear's feelings for Thia hit him hard and he’s torn between wanting her and wanting her safe.

As the story continues, Bear and Thia try to come to terms with their dysfunctional relationship, which is not something that Bear ever expected to find but with Thia’s help, and love, he slowly starts to accept his feelings for her. But with danger following him around by the Beach Bastard’s who are still hunting him down, and with Thia trying to outrun the law, Bear and Thia fight to stay safe, together and alive.
We were just a normal boy and a normal girl trying to figure out how to love one another.
Thia was an unexpected character who complemented Bear’s edginess perfectly. She is surprisingly strong, despite her young age, but due to her upbringing, has been forced to grow up, fast. She is not one to suffer fools lightly though, and speaks her mind with abandon, which Bear finds endearing. Also skilled with a gun, she doesn't hold back with her emotions, especially when challenged.

I loved Bear’s story, and Thia’s relationship with him, but this story took a while to engage me emotionally. Given that the story is overall relatively short, this meant that I only felt it grabbed me at about 70% and by that time the book was reaching its conclusion. Even though, this was a rewarding read but with a frustrating ending, especially when you read the snippet of the next instalment. I can't wait to read the next book in this series and to see what twists and turns life has in store for Bear and Thia.

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