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Tattered on My Sleeve (Lost Kings MC #4) (Volume 4) by Autumn Jones Lake (2015-08-28) Mass Market Paperback
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Be prepared, because this one will give you a FIERCE amount of feels! And if you’re anything like me, it will haunt your dreams. It is also the longest installment yet at forty-three chapters spread out over three parts. Additionally, it is much more detailed than any of the previous books within the series. This one will take you some time to get through and understand in its totality, but it is worth the effort I promise you! Because not only does it provide needed insight into Wrath and Trinity as individuals, it also touches on some extremely brave and important topics, especially where Trinity is concerned.
It is a powerful, necessary installment, and honestly, it altered my initial impression of Trinity completely. Because, where I at first, saw only a minor, incidental character, someone who was merely a club girl rewarded by Roch for her loyalty to the club, grew a deeply complex woman born of immense trauma and life tragedies. This book opened my eyes, ripped me bare, and gave much needed soul to her, and to Wrath. Who, just like Trinity, I wasn’t sure about when I first encountered him in “Slow Burn”. He was an enigma to me, because for all his concern for and about Roch and his MC brothers, he outwardly appeared to be an angry, reactionary, judgmental jerk not worthy of attention. Yet, he held my curiosity. And here, as with all the other series installments to this point, Lake’s masterful storytelling planted questions and embedded feelings into my brain that have honestly traipsed wildly through my dreams every night it took to read this story.
I must warn you, “Tattered on My Sleeve” will get under your skin. It will make your soul itch for understanding and your heart burn for revenge against the wrongs done to Trinity. It will also make you weep for Wrath as you begin to see the little boy lost to a different set of abuses, but traumas just the same, affecting him just as deeply as those Trinity is forced to endure.
Once again, Lake’s storytelling is exquisite, her portrayal of Wrath and Trinity's journey, both as a couple and as individuals, powerful and brave. As someone who suffered similar abuse as a child I found this book irrevocably soul piercing. I grew up in the Midwest where bikers are plentiful and attitudes toward woman such as those portrayed in the earlier parts of this book, eerily similar. It gave me chills, and led me to have to stop at points throughout to catch my breath and wipe away tears. The overwhelming number of revelations Lake puts within the pages of this installment, giving insight into Trinity’s behavior and self-sabotaging obedience, unnervingly familiar.
This book is a testament to how exceptional of an author Lake truly is. As here she portrays elements of souls broken in both body and mind, deeply pained from past trauma and the demons that come with them. She unapologetically illustrates how such shattering of soul’s leads to misunderstandings, subconscious misdirection, fear, and false beliefs in one’s own worth. And she honestly portrays Wrath’s reactions to it all and his journey from anger to understanding, as well as, the work needed to learn how to prove his love to Trinity, and prove to her she is indeed worthy of love.
Their story will violently bind itself to your heart as you read. It will touch you in ways you won’t immediately comprehend, and it will haunt your dreams days after you’re done reading it.
When she meets Wrath, they have an instant attraction, but they both keep messing things up because of a lot of misunderstandings and frankly, piss poor communication. It take them 8 long years to finally get to their HEA (or as the author says HEAFN = Happily Ever After For Now). There were times when I wanted to really kill Wrath bc he can be so tender and loving toward Trinity but then he let his temper or jealousy get in the way and say some really mean things to her. Trinity wasn't above doing dumb stuff either but I had more sympathy for her bc she really has been through A LOT. I've read a LOT of MC romance novels, and Trinity and Wrath's relationship is one of the most complex ones I read - at times you don't know who to root for or who to be pissed off with, which is why I LOVED reading their story!
The other secondary characters are also great: not sure how to feel about the Heidi, Murphy, Axel triangle. Part of me gets that the heart wants what the heart wants and part of me is creeped out about the fact that Murphy is in love with an under aged kid, even though as I think about it, back in my day (the 1970's), it wasn't that unusual for a 24 year old man to have for a 17-year-old young woman; and it definitely wasn't called statutory rape back then. I have a few friends from back in high school who were dating men in college and some of them are still married. But it makes me a little leery because I know I would have had a conniption if my daughters had wanted to date someone who was that much older than they were when they were 17.
I think I love this series because while its an MC romance, its not dark; sometimes the level of violence, particularly toward women in these books is too much and it feels almost abusive to read it, even though i know its fantasy. There are hot, steamy sex scenes but they don't take over the plot and they don't diminish the ROMANCE, which I think some authors forget. Ultimately, I read these books for the romance, not the sex, and too much sex can get monotonous after awhile. This author has a great balance between richly drawn characters, complex, intriguing plots, and spicy sexy romantic scenes. Can't wait to read the next series, in fact; I've been telling myself I might as well go ahead and buy the entire series.
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Another superb read from AJL.... 5 shiny stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is Wraths & Trinity's story and I freaking loved it! From the first time Wrath is mentioned in Slow Burn I've wanted to know his story, same goes for Trinity - and what a story!!
Really happy that Autumn went back in time so we got the full picture instead of just snippets of memories!
Once again, I have fell in love with the main characters and if you read this, you'll understand why! But be sure to read from book 1, it would be a sin if you didn't!!
I'm hoping we get everyone else's story!!
Excellent and a massive 5 stars rating!!
Trinity is the club Mama, this means she looks after the men in a variety of ways - housekeeping, cooking and anything else they want. She originally came to the clubs attention when she met Wrath, they had a quick intense relationship and while he was on a run, trouble came calling, misunderstandings occurred and Wrath who always loved her, had to take back seat to her living at the club house and her antics. He was just as bad. After eight years things come to a head.
The story's told with some flashbacks as well as occurring at the same time as Rock and Hope's story. It's cleverly done, you don't feel you're reading the same story at all. It's just a different viewpoint.
I loved it and can't wait for the next. I'd like it to be Murphy's story with something for Teller thrown in. It was interesting reading the author's piece at the end talking about her writing and why she wrote, deleted and changed the story.
Suitable for older readers due to content.
Failure to to communicate lead Trinity and Wrath to spend 8 years apart, but what makes a change from the normal in most books where it the male who has been the one to do the hurting both are equally responsible. It was very refreshing to see not only was Wrath doing the skanks but to see that Trinity was sleeping with some of the other brothers, we see that both are hurting see the other doing this.
Trinity has had a horrible childhood and it has left her with a low opinion of herself, so when her Wrath do come together it was nice change to see that it was the female instead of the male that need time and patience to accept the relationship and feelings. This a great storyline that will keep you hooked so make sure you have nothing planned for a few hours.