Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review: Dragon's Lair by Chantal Fernando

Dragon's Lair by Chantal Fernando
Publication Date: October 30, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Amazon Link: HERE
Received From: Purchased

Summary (from Amazon):
The first in a new sexy romance series from bestselling author Chantal Fernando about the bad boys of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and the women who fall in love with them.

When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid.

Or should I say, someone?

Because of that mistake, I'm now stuck in a world I don't belong in.

I'm a law student. They're criminals. He's the vice president of a motorcycle club. I'm a good girl with a strict upbringing. He's my ex-boyfriend's brother.

And I'm screwed.

When Faye walks in on her boyfriend having sex, she's devastated. So devastated that she goes to a bar by herself and ends up having mind blowing sex with Dex. Not only has Faye had a crush on Dex since she was a young girl, but he's also her ex-boyfriend's brother, and not to mention the vice president of a dangerous motorcycle club. Faye doesn't think one night with Dex can hurt, but she's wrong when the condom breaks and she ends up pregnant. Her parents kick her out and now her future as a lawyer seems unreachable. But when Dex shows up, angry that Faye didn't tell him about the baby, she's surprised that he wants to remain part of her life. He brings her back to his motorcycle club house, where she'll live for the next several months. And while at first Faye is nervous about living with a bunch of men who live for partying and sex, after getting to know them, she realizes they're not so bad after all. It tears Faye up, though, to see Dex with all the women he's slept with in the past, even though she knows she doesn't have a right to be jealous because they're not exactly dating. But spending time with Dex makes Faye realize that she wants something more—a family. But will Dex be able to put his fast lifestyle behind him and focus on the best thing that's ever happened to him?

This was the first novel I read by Chantal Fernando, and it definitely won't be my last. Dragon's Lair features a relationship between a good girl, Faye, and a bad boy, Dex. What I really appreciated about the book was that the author didn't make the story all about the happily-ever-after but instead added grit and realness that made the characters relatable and the story much more realistic. I also loved both Faye and Dex. I liked the fact that Faye stood up to Dex and the other men in the clubhouse, even though she obviously wouldn't have been able to physically defend herself. And I also appreciated her humor, which Chantal Fernando wrote perfectly into the story, and which I found myself laughing out loud several times. Dex was also likable even though he kept making mistakes. He never cheated on Faye, which would have been unredeemable to me, and always tried to make it up to Faye. Although he was rough on the outside and inside, there was still a caring side to him. I also loved all of the secondary characters, which Chantal Fernando did a great job of developing for future stories.

Overall, I couldn't put Dragon's Lair down and recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary romance featuring a motorcycle club, pregnancy, and a good girl/bad boy relationship.



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