A Gorgeous Mess by Layla Wolfe ~ Book Review by Feliz

This book is #2 in the Bent Zealots MC series. It can, however, be read as a standalone.

gorgeousmess Title: A Gorgeous Mess

Author: Layla Wolfe

Publisher: Quicksilver Books

Cover Artist: Red Poppy Designs

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.
ANSON: I was just a mercenary back from fighting the good fight overseas. I was on a quest for my father, my roots, looking for answers. Turk Blackburn, Bent Zealots MC Prez, ordered me on a fresh operation to prove myself, my guts, my valor. Infiltrate the Navajo Rez and find out who is claiming the Zealots’ turf, using kids to cook drugs.

My partner is the famous badge slut, Ormond Tangier, known far and wide for his mad oral skills, his subservience to anyone in uniform. Mercenaries don’t wear badges, but my dominant side soon has me all over that seductive Spanish servant. A man may as well have a few laughs while on a fatal mission. Because these things never end pleasantly.

ORMOND: I was flung into a life-or-death battle against the slimy Iceman, leader of a rival MC. Iceman is running all sorts of questionable ops on Bent Zealots land, and now Anson and I have to prove our street creds just to stake a claim in our own backyard.

I’m a friend of cops, firemen, and soldiers alike, but suddenly I only want one man ordering me around. Anson Dineyazzie, macho half-breed hired gun, has stolen more than just my heart. This was never supposed to happen.

ANSON: I swear I’m never falling for that service bottom Ormond. I’m accomplishing this op and going back to Afghanistan. But I have to wrest control of this Rez land from Iceman and the lethal hit man who has been trailing us. I’d bury anyone who got between me and Ormond. Does that mean I’m in love? God, I hope not. Don’t think I can take that again. Just need to get back onto the open road and blow the dust from my soul.

Publisher’s warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. It contains scenes of gay sex, illegal doings, violence, and forced seduction roleplay. There is no cliffhanger and there is a HEA.

Feliz’sView:

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If you think about reading this book, then seriously, read the publisher’s warnings first, and heed them if you think any of them might come too close to your comfort zone. The warnings are all true. Plus, those heroes aren’t nice people. They deal in drugs – on a grand scale – and use drugs, they kill and maim without scruple in territorial fights or in revenge and think of women as objects of utility.
But they also rescue a truckload of abused dogs (literally; this was the hardest part to read of this book for me); they adopt abandoned babies and fall in love and appreciate the harsh beauty of the land they live on.
The setting was this book’s greatest strength. Arizona, the Navajo reservation are painted in vivid colors; the descriptions transported me right there on the barren, rubbish-strewn plains. I also felt I got a good impression of the people living there, people who are so poor they’d do anything to survive, even connive at crime of all sorts, if they don’t commit it themselves. Powerful and depressingly realistic. Same as the background plot; all those things – the meth labs, rivaling drug gangs, cartel killers, the desperate youths – fit the set and made a great stage.
The romance part, on the other hand…well. If you take away all the swearing, the manhandling and crudity, Anson and Ormond’s relationship boils down to an insta-love, match-made-in-heaven thing. One blowjob and bam! Cupid’s arrow hits the bull’s eye. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but a bit of a letdown as against the awesome background setting.
Anson and Ormond are both deeply flawed men – Anson with his mercenary, PTSD backstory and Ormond with his lack of self-respect and his obsession with figures of authority. They both weren’t exactly likable. The fact that they grew on me despite myself would be testament to skilled writing, though. But their dialogue – I realize they are people in a book, but they talk like people in a book, too. Which, compared with their swearing and dirty talk, just made me cringe.

All in all, if you like a loud, fast-paced read and don’t mind crudeness and violence, if you like your heroes flawed and tough with a well-hidden softer side, then you’ll certainly enjoy this book. Once again I can only confirm the publisher’s warning: This book is not for the faint at heart.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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