Monday, July 21, 2014

Unbeloved by Madeline Sheehan Review

Dorothy Kelley is a born romantic, searching for her prince. Instead she finds herself pregnant at fifteen, and a in a loveless marriage by the tender age of eighteen.

Then hope comes riding into her life on a motorcycle and within weeks, Jason “Jase” Brady, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen motorcycle club, sweeps Dorothy off her feet.

But nothing is ever simple for Dorothy. Jase is married with children. And as Dorothy patiently waits for Jase to give her the happily-ever-after she’s been dreaming about, James “Hawk” Young, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen with secrets of his own, sees an opening into Dorothy’s life and takes it.

Carrying on two secret affairs is no easy feat. As Dorothy tries to dig herself out of the mess she’s created, covering one mistake with another, tragedy strikes, nearly costing Dorothy her life and that of her unborn son.

What follows is a long and painful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, as Dorothy comes to realize that home was exactly where she’d left it, and the love she’d forever craved had always been within her reach.

This is the story of Dorothy, Jase, and Hawk.

We are all born pure; it is our journey that burdens us and leads us astray. Our mistakes that beat us down and cover us in guilt and shame, burying us a little more with each passing hardship. It is up to us to dig ourselves out, to come to terms with our faults, to embrace not only our imperfections but those of the ones we love, and to once again find the path we strayed from.
This was not my favorite book in the series but was definitely worth the read. I went expecting more excitement and angst, but I didn't get much of that. Unbeloved was definitely on the relaxed and grown up side. I'm used to Madeline's characters to be a little unpredictable and in your face. Dorothy is the total opposite from the other main girls in the series. It's probably because she's older when the story takes place and we already know most of her story with Jase and Hawk. But even though she was not what I was expecting I did end up loving her.

The beginning of the book drags a little bit, but it gets better towards the middle of the book. There is some going back in the past and Madeline handles that beautifully. We get to know more about each of the main characters and how they met. I was kind of surprised that I enjoyed Jase's story so much. I hated him in the other books but he totally redeems himself in Unbeloved.

To me the best part of the book was the ending. It was kind of a cliffhanger but maybe I should call it an opening to ZZ's book. And holy sh*t! I'm dying to read that book. I feel like it's going to be the craziest in the series.

If you haven't read this series yet then, you should do it soon! These books are not for everybody, though. They are not your usual love stories with selfless and perfect heroes. So be prepared!



  1. I am glad that you ended up liking the main character in the end, it can be so hard to love a book if you don't connect or like them at all.
    Great review!

  2. OMG. What a mess! How were you able to get through this?! It sounds like something that would put me in a fit of rage. You have such strong stomach for these books! :)

  3. I LOVE these books. I have no excuse for not having already read this one (*whispers* or book 3), but I WILL. But maybe not until the next book is out, so I don't have to suffer the cliffhanger. Is ZZ the guy that chickypoo from book 2 was seeing, but not really into? Glad you loved it, Bethzaida!

  4. Who wants a perfect hero? I mean really? Characters are sexy because of their flaws, not in spite of them. I hate cliffhangers though...


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