Wallace doesn’t know why I’m interrupting his nap for a romance novel pictorial. It’s for the aesthetics, Wallace! 

Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan

I have trouble with Feehan because she POV-switches/ head hops from one paragraph to the next in a lot of her books. Either she’s gotten a better editor or I just didn’t notice it as much because Vengeance Road was a real winner.

Breezy is a motorcycle club survivor. She has no plans to ever return to that way of life. But without any other choices, she infiltrates the Torpedo Ink compound to deliver a warning to her former lover, Steele. Her plan is to get in and get out without getting caught, but it doesn’t quite work out that way. And now that Steele has Breezy back in his life, he’s not giving up on her that easily. Even if it means putting everything he has on the line to save her. 

What I like about Feehan is that she is very dramatic, in the best kind of way. Her stories and characters are over-the-top– not just bikers, but former assassins turned bikers. Not just former assassins– but tortured Russian children raised in a psychotic school for assassins by the Russian government. And I’m not even going to get started on the psychic powers.

Feehan also works to bring down and subvert the typical MC romance alpha male. Breezy’s background of abuse and suffering underlines the extremely unromantic underpinnings of motorcycle club culture, and the toxic nature of that much alpha dog masculinity let loose on the world. It also contrasts nicely with the struggles Steele has to try and build a healthy relationship when all he has known is violence and pain. Steele is still an alpha male living in a morally ambiguous world but it’s very clear who the real villains are. 

This is a second chance romance, but since so much of the past was based on lies, and since Breezy has grown and changed so much, there is a lot of newness between the characters. Past hurts linger and both suffer because of them, but also there are opportunities to build new connections. Breezy really shines in this novel– her strength, her resilience, her compassion. 4 stars.