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Simply Gorgeous, The Most Compelling Installment Yet...
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2019
I cannot get enough of this series. There’s just something about Autumn Jones Lake’s “Lost Kings MC” world that draws you in and keeps you there. It is multifaceted, intelligent, and unnervingly relatable. Yet, it’s not over the top as a lot of other MC books are; rather it’s bravely subtle and honest. And “Strength from Loyalty”, is the most compelling installment yet, an emotionally stunning addition to the Lost Kings (LOKI) landscape.
The things Rock and Hope endure in this third book will bring you to tears and have you falling deeper in love with them both. Where book two dealt with what happens when an unlikely pair ignites in love and navigates the difficulties of day-to-day living; this book explores the battles of ghosts past. It’s about dealing with the demons of your past when they rise up to destroy the present, and future. It’s about overcoming the fear attached to showing the person you love the most all of you, good and bad. It’s about the overwhelming insecurities, doubt, and possible terror that come with letting someone fully into your soul and mind. It’s about letting them know your full past, and all of your damage. And allowing them to understand fully what makes you tick as a being and trusting your love is strong enough to endure it.
It's also about having the strength to lean on love and support each other completely and without question during all times in life, good, bad, and indifferent. As well as, maintaining the knowledge and faith that showing those moments of emotional weakness doesn’t make you a weak person, and that it’s okay to need love, support, and reassurance. Ultimately, it’s an unapologetic portrayal of true love, trust, kindness, understanding, and pure, unadulterated loyalty.
Lake’s continued character development is stellar, her humanizing tone, superb. Where other series’ would have stalled, LOKI just keeps getting better. And this third, full-length installment exemplifies just how quietly powerful Lake’s storytelling truly is. As “Strength from Loyalty” is an astonishingly honest portrayal of the work it takes for two damaged people to stay together. It pushes a rollercoaster of emotions through you from the first word to the very last. And at times, it gives you emotional whiplash as it propels you from doubt, to fear, to guilt, to love, to shame, to complete and utter despair, and back again. And, it - is - glorious!
I fiercely related to this book and Hope’s struggle to open up and allow Rock to see and learn all of her. It's a leap of faith I am unsure I will ever fully be capable of as I have never in my life trusted someone enough to be as vulnerable as Hope is here. And the journey Lake takes you on, how she showcases the strength and mindfulness it takes for Rock to recognize the man he needs to be for Hope. How bravely she allows him to unearth her traumas in ways that affords him the vulnerable ability needed to take care of Hope, even when she rejects it and runs away, exquisite. It is a truly wonderful read.