Review: Vendetta Road by Christine Feehan
Wow, this series gets hotter and hotter with each book. I wasn't sure how this series was going to go because it touches the Drake Sisters and Sea Haven series. There has already been magic and psychic ability covered. This additional element of a motorcycle club definitely kicks up the dark intensity a notch or two. This book can be read as a standalone and will entice a reader to promptly try to read all the other books in the series.
This one features Ice. How does Ms. Feehan come up with the tortures for these guys? Wait, I don't want to know. The sick and twisted abuse Ice suffered at the hands of his "orphanage" is horrendous. That he is able to function as well as he can is incredible. For him to be able to have a relationship with a female is surprising. Yet he does, when Soleil walks into his party.
Both Soleil and Ice are strong headed (read stubborn) characters who stand up for what they believe in. Their whirlwind romance could be seen as a rebound fling for Soleil, but it isn't. Their chemistry together is off the charts and I love their interactions. I also appreciate how Soleil gets herself out of a bind with a little help from a "stranger". From a philosophical perspective, I find this story providing a few morals - with the support of friends and family, anything can be accomplished. A kindness provided to a stranger in a time of need can be a catalyst towards healing. I love these concepts played out with a group of people usually viewed as criminal or bad. There are many grey areas where judging a person by their occupation or affiliation is a bit too simplistic. Ms. Feehan does an excellent job of blurring the lines and providing "what-ifs".
This dark and at times depressing tale is well balanced by hope and loving support. Witnessing Soleil and Ice work through their past issues as well as plan for their future together is heartwarming. This paranormal romance is recommended to readers who enjoy a walk on the dark side.