Beautiful Outlaw

Emily Minton
Beautiful Outlaw
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Publisher
Amazon Digital
Release Date
November 2014
Series
Book 1 of Savage Outlaws Book
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
After ten years of surviving as a walking, talking, living doll, Laura feels dead inside.

She has sacrificed everything for her family, marrying a man she could never love. Her husband doesn't beat her, doesn't berate her. He transforms her, forcing her to live as a stand-in for his long dead wife. She stays silent as piece after piece of herself disappears, willing to do anything to protect the people she loves.

When his demands go too far, she finally tells her brother the ugly truth.

Wanting to protect her without putting the rest of their family at risk, he sends her to the one place he knows she'll be safe. He places her into the hands of his best friend, Vice President of the Savage Outlaws MC.

Once again, she is transformed into someone new; Shay.

Bowie has spent many nights dreaming about his best friend's little sister. The reality is so much sweeter than his dreams. He wants to be more for Shay, needs to protect her, but he's not sure if he knows how.

Can an Outlaw show her how beautiful life should be?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jan 07, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
115 people found the following review helpful
4 "Promising Debut to Another MC Series" Stars.

I have to say I'm a total MC romance lover, but what really intrigued me about this read was the unique setup for this story. Namely, the heroine's flight from a controlling, psychotic first husband, who was attempting to turn her, one piece at a time, into the splitting image of his dead first wife. In particular, I wanted to see how Emily Minton would weave this auspicious start with the romance, as presumably, a woman fleeing a controlling ex would likely fight falling straight into a controlling, alpha MC biker's arms. Interestingly, Ms. Minton makes it all work, and also introduces us to some very interesting secondary characters along the way, who will no doubt form the basis of Savage Outlaw books to come. I, for one, hope we will get to hear Lock's and Tag's story soon!

Laura gave up everything, including her innocence, at the tender age of 18 for her family. When her father's boss threatened to fire him, and along with that loss terminate her parents' healthcare, Laura knew she had to cave in to his demands that she marry him if her mother was going to have any chance to fight her Chronic Kidney Disease. What she didn't understand was just to what extent Marcus, a man twenty-seven years older than Laura, expected her to go to live up to his perfect wife demands.

After undergoing numerous surgeries to change her appearance to look more like his beloved "Gwendolyn", Marcus' first wife, Laura has had enough and knew she had to get away before he insisted on even more drastic measures for ensuring her transformation. So after years of isolation from her family at Marcus' demand, Laura finally reached out to her brother, Jeremy, with her sad story.

Jeremy "Lock", a police officer, entrusts Laura to the only man he would trust with his own life, Bowie. Bowie is now the VP of the Savage Outlaw MC. Although they work for different sides of the law now, Bowie and Jeremy became friends in the military where they depended on each other daily.

Bowie reluctantly takes Laura, but determines he is going to have nothing to do with the rich "ice" queen while she is in his care. So he sends her off to live with Nina, a woman who while she may not have birthed him, has been the only mother he has really ever known. Additionally, Laura is forced to assume a new alias, Shay, for her safety. It is at Nina's, that others, including Bowie's Savage Outlaw MC brothers, begin to take notice of Shay's special charm, as her purported icy facade (forced upon her by Marcus) slowly melts away as she acclimates to once again regaining control over her life.

Bowie had at one time filled his nights in the military with dreams of Laura. Although he initially thought that his dreams would never be met, once she starts warming up, he begins to see her again for who she really is. Soon his need to protect, and Shay's need to be cared for, ignite a passion between them. But can Bowie keep her safe from her psychotic ex-husband who has unimaginable resources and is clearly obsessed with his perfect "Gwendolyn" replica? As if that weren't bad enough, Bowie will also have to fend off danger from an unimaginable source in his own backyard and who has set his sights on punishing Bowie via Shay. Moreover, as Shay begins to learn what it means to be "claimed" by a MC biker, will she be willing to hand over control of her life once again to another man?

I found BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW to be a truly enjoyable read. Both the "club business" and psycho ex-husband suspense aspect of this read kept me engaged and eagerly reading to see how this story would end. Additionally, the passion/romance part of this novel was also generally well developed.

I can't wait for the next book in this series which will recount Tin Man's story!
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