I was five years old when I met Deuce, he was twenty-three, and it was visiting day at Riker's Island. My father, Damon Fox or "Preacher", the President of the infamous "Silver Demon's" motorcycle club -mother chapter- in East Village, New York City, was doing a five-year stint for aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon. It was not the first time my father had been in prison and it wouldn't be the last. The Silver Demon's MC was a notorious group of criminals who lived by the code of the road and gave modern society and all it entailed a great big f**k you.
"Never forget the day Eva came bouncin' into my f**ked up life, shakin' pigtails, singin' Janis, wearin’ chucks and sharin' peanuts and straight up stole any decency I had left which wasn't a whole lot but she f**kin' took it and I've been hers ever since."
The rest is history...
Did you read the warning in the summary above? The author gives readers a fair warning about what they will encounter. Readers should heed it. This book is absolutely not for everyone. It doesn’t just touch upon the uglier side of life, but lives in it, revels in it and makes no apologies for it. This is not a fun book to read, nor is it a romantic book – despite the fact that features a romance between the hero and the heroine and is complete with a happily ever after (which readers may or may not buy into). Admittedly, I have a high tolerance for wackiness. I did not hate this book. I’m appalled by a great deal of it, but I could not stop reading it – and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it either.
I heard about this book on Twitter. @jane_l from Dear Author was very upfront about, discussing the fact that it contained rape, a pistol-whipping hero, cheating, etc. I was intrigued by the discussion and wanted to read this one for myself. Given the fact that it was only $1.99, it was very easy for me to decide to buy it. However, had it been anymore that $3.00 I would have gotten over my curiosity and moved on.
So, what can I say about this one? It reads like a soap opera of sorts and feels like a mash-up of “Sons of Anarchy,” Kristen Ashley books and any time period or society where women are treated as commodities and/or male accessories. As @jane_l said, the heroine is raped by her soon-to-be husband, the hero pistol whips her, and everyone cheats on her. But does that even scratch the surface? Not really. Here are some of the highlights:
- The heroine walks in on the hero engaged in sexual acts with other women at least three times. One of those time, Deuce (the hero), kisses Eva (heroine) while another woman is performing oral sex on him. He won’t let the other woman stop.
- Her crazy, quasi-brother Frankie rapes Eva because he can no longer wait for her to become his. After this incident, she marries this psychotic dude. There is a second rape scene with Frankie and Eva which happens while Deuce is forced to watch. (Eva and Frankie are not blood relatives, but Frankie came to live with Eva when she was young).
- Later, Eva allows herself to be blackmailed by her best friend’s husband into becoming his mistress in order to help Frankie while he is in jail.
- She gets pregnant and has no idea who the father is. She obviously had been with her husband (we have no idea if there was any birth control going on there). She and Deuce had a quickie run-in (unprotected-wise). And she was performing her mistress duties with best-friend’s husband (who felt the need to poke holes in his condoms). And by the way, these are the only three people with whom she has ever had sex.
- Frankie is so obsessed with Eva that he actually puts out a hit on her that is only to be carried out in the event of his death.
- All of the motorcycle club guys cheat religiously. Many are married, have their own dedicated club whores, but don’t have any self-control. Or rather, they don’t believe they need to have any self-control.
- Fuck is undoubtedly every character’s favorite word. I believe it was @KatiD on Twitter who decided to search her ebook for the number of times it appears – over 500 times in a 219 page book. And I’m not convinced that this is entirely accurate. When I’ve done searches on my kindle for words (like spurt), I’ve noticed that when the same word appears within a word or two of each other they don’t always get counted (like “spurts and spurts” only got counted once). Either way, if you removed the word fuck from this book, it would be significantly shorter.
- All club members love the word bitch as well. This is universally how they refer to women whether they are happy or mad with them. Seriously, it is used as an endearment a time or two.
- Deuce gives two very heartfelt talks to other men about the need for them to respect women. Each time he does, it is because someone was talking smack about Eva. The second time, it is his son (son is older, maybe late teens – no idea of his definite age) who is discussing Eva’s assets (which are routinely called tits, a word I hate with a passion). The father/son bonding scenes are eye opening. And I’m not sure what Deuce’s idea of respecting women is. I assume it means something along the lines of “don’t talk about my lady like that.”
- Women in this one are either old-lady material or club whores. Club whores have no worth and old ladies are kept hidden away for the most part while their men conduct club business (and bang the whores). One of the fascinating things about this story for me is that Eva doesn’t exactly fit into either classification. She isn’t a club whore, but was raised in the club by her motorcycle-club-president father. When she was five, she told Deuce that she wanted to be the Queen of an MC.
- Just so everyone knows, Deuce does agree to give up other women – finally.
- There is a secondary romance between Eva’s best friend Kami and one of Deuce’s men, Cox. This involves a ménage a trois, a secret baby and tons of fighting.
The most difficult aspect of this book, in my opinion, is the way that the men treat women. They really are commodities. The men do marry, but keep their wives separated from their “work” and club lives. Club whores are kept at the club in order to service the men whenever the mood strikes. These whores have no value other than as sexual objects. As I mentioned earlier, Eva refuses to be an old lady, hidden away and isolated from club business. But, she is not a whore. Her father raised her as a member of his club, giving her an actual room at the club (this fact irks Deuce to no end). She is a part of the club, adored by all. But Deuce has no idea what to do with her. He loves her and can’t stay away from her, but doesn’t want to change his life for her. Neither does he want her with his men and the whores at his club.
What I can’t really understand is Frankie. Why does she put up with him? Why on earth does Preacher think that Frankie is a good choice as his second in command? Frankie is crazy. Deuce looks like a choir boy in comparison (okay, not really). Eva is the only person who can handle Frankie, and she willingly takes on this burden. I guess I can see the symmetry behind the thought that Frankie and Eva could rule the Demons, but I can’t see any way that any person with any amount of brain power could possibly believe that Frankie would be a good club president. And I see no reason for Eva’s loyalty to Frankie – who had absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
Despite all of this, I never once considered not finishing this book. Admittedly, I was hoping that there would be some major growth and redemption for Deuce. There really isn’t. He and Eva work through their issues, and he decides that he will give up other women for her. I don’t know if I believe he is capable of this – and I see their life together as one big clusterfuck. I mean, Eva isn’t an enviable heroine either.
However, “Undeniable” is a very readable story. There is something about it that kept me interested even as I winced or screamed “WTF?” in my head. This makes it extremely difficult to quantify my thoughts in any coherent matter. I wanted to know how this one ended, and this is the reality of why I kept reading this book.
The bigger concern is the mechanics of this book. It is riddled with errors – and I thought the ending dragged on way too long. It should’ve ended at the ¾ mark. I can’t often tell when a book is in dire need of editing (or rather I’m willing to forgive a lot), but in this case, I couldn’t help but notice that better (any?) editing would have helped it tremendously.
Thus ends my somewhat stream-of-consciousness reaction to “Undeniable.” I could probably go on and on and on about this one. However, I need to close the book on this reading experience.
Book Disclosure: Jennifer bought a copy of this one.