Kathryn Kelly
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Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Release Date
April 2014
Book 3 of Death Dwellers MC
Action/Adventure Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

John Donovan has been left in charge of the Death Dwellers' MC while the club president is on his honeymoon. With six days left till Outlaw's return and smooth sailing so far, complications bubble up. As the clock ticks, he's determined to bring everything under control.

Kendall Miller, an attorney and the ex-girlfriend of another MC president, is in deep trouble. When her little sister is taken by her ex, she needs to report to a man who is frantic for information on the highest ranking members of Johnnie's club. When she suddenly shows up at the clubhouse and arouses the suspicions of a very handsome blond biker, she finds herself being taken as his prisoner.

Evil is all around them. To save herself and her sister, Kendall has to rely on the man she betrayed. To save his club, Johnnie has to trust Kendall's story. Before it's too late. Because lives will be lost and hearts will be broken.

WARNING: This isn't an easy or light read. Please be advised. The way to Johnnie's and Kendall's resolution involves death, violence, destruction, a sexual assault scene and suicide.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Apr 24, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
121 people found the following review helpful
MISUNDERSTOOD, the third book in the Death Dwellers MC series, is the darkest Motorcycle Club (MC) romance yet. A thrilling, gut-wrenching story with a focus on conquering the past to make way for the future, Misled and Misappropriate (the first and second books in the series) should definitely be read first. Additionally, I will warn you, the path to resolution and absolution in this story is not an easy one. With a style closer to psychological thriller than romance, this story is deeper, darker and more raw, not to mention more emotionally draining, than that which romance readers are typically accustomed to. All that said, if you enjoy dark romances, and the MC sub-genre of romance in particular, then the Death Dweller MC series is a series you will not want to miss!

In MISUNDERSTOOD, we learn a lot more behind the family history that shaped John "Johnnie" Donovan and Christopher "Outlaw" Caldwell into the dangerous MC members that they are today. With an intimate view of the circumstances that could lead to the development of such seemingly cold, heartless killers--who nonetheless are extremely loyal and will do anything to protect their MC "brothers" and the women they love--MISUNDERSTOOD is a fascinating character study.

We also get to learn Kendall Miller's devastatingly sad story. For those of you who have read Misappropriate, Kendall is the woman who was sent to try to seduce Outlaw at his bachelor party, but ended up in Johnnie's bed instead. MISUNDERSTOOD also serves as a psychological study of what would cause a woman like Kendall, a lawyer and at one time confident woman, to suffer such an incredible fall from grace to the point of becoming a pawn in the hands of another MC, which nearly breaks her.

In MISUNDERSTOOD, Johnnie and Kendall's relationship continues to evolve. However, this is not a traditional romance by any stretch, so while MISUNDERSTOOD does tell Johnnie's and Kendall's beginning, at the heart of it, this story is really more about resolving Johnnie's, Outlaw's and Meggie's past, so that Johnnie can move on with a potential relationship with Kendall in the future.

The reason I gave MISUNDERSTOOD 5 stars relates to the incredible psychological thriller aspect of this novel. This book deals with all kinds of scarring traumatic events and psychological conditions from rape, sexual assault, suicide, emotional/verbal abuse, bulimia, the list goes on and on. These are not easy issues to incorporate and Ms. Kelly does an amazing job of incorporating these difficult subjects into her story. However, I would have liked to have heard more about Johnnie's and Kendall's romance. Hopefully, as is typical of Ms. Kelly's style, we will continue to see the development of their relationship, even if it's more in the nature of secondary characters, in later books in the series.

All in all, MISUNDERSTOOD is a captivating read that kept me hooked until the end. I, for one, can't wait for the next installment in the Death Dweller's MC series, Misbehavior, which will be centered around Val's and Zoann's story.
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