Tour Stop and Review – Craving Resurrection by Nicole Jacquelyn
CRAVING RESURRECTION (Aces #4)
By Nicole Jacquelyn
Release Date: January 26, 2015
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Patrick Gallagher’s future was mapped out—and it didn’t include Amy Henderson or the IRA.
She was everything he’d never wanted. Too young. Too naïve.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t help but be fascinated by the girl who took refuge in his old bedroom, staying with his mum more often than not.
She looked like a Renaissance painting and argued like a solicitor. He couldn’t resist her, and before long he didn’t even want to.
Instead, he loved her unreservedly… then he married her.
But he couldn’t have prepared for what happened after.
Actions, no matter how large or how small, have consequences—and when the IRA comes knocking, he’s sucked into a life that he’d never anticipated.
Choices were made.
Hearts were broken.
Trust was shattered.
Lives were lost.
Through it all, he loved her.
It was a love that spanned decades.
Up until this point, we only know Poet as Brenna’s father, and the VP of the Aces Motorcycle Club. He’s Irish, and there are indications that he had a muddy past before coming to the US. But he was relegated to the sidelines, as a father/father-in-law/grandfather and as the second in command of his club. Craving Resurrection is the story of Patrick, the man before Poet, a son and a husband pressured into a life he wanted no part of.
I am a big fan of MC books. And even though almost every male character prominently portrayed in the four books of this series is a member of the Aces, it is never about the bikes or the club whores or the potentially illegal dealings…the story is always about the people. In other series, the club itself is almost its own character, and the operations and business of the club play an integral part of each storyline. I don’t find that to be the case with the Aces series. The club lends itself to characterizing the kind of men who are the leads in these books, but it is also a means to an end, the common link connecting these individuals and their stories.
As I have read the books of this series, Brenna and Dragon’s story from book one (Craving Constellations) remained my favorite. Now that I have read Patrick and Amy’s story, I seriously have to reconsider that. I think Poet has become my new favorite Ace, though. Don’t get me wrong, he’s by no means perfect – he does some stupid sh*t and so does Amy, and there are situations that they each handle poorly. But knowing his back story and seeing him in action before becoming a member of the club has me looking at him in a completely different light.
My only cause of frustration came from the lack of some information. Anything we already knew about Poet and Brenna’s mother would have appeared in book one. I think it might have been helpful to the story to have a little more connection to what we’ve already been told – not to be retread, but just as a gentle prod to the memory. I’ve read a LOT of books in the time since I read CC, so a little refresher would have been nice.
Because so much of this story takes place in the past (the book spans about 30 years), I think it could probably be read as a stand-alone. But the series itself is a good one, so it is worth reading them all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom. When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, when people asked her what she wanted to do with her life, she told them she really wanted to be a writer- but the odds of that happening were so slim that she’d get her business degree “just to be safe”. Her dreams stayed constant. First she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year- with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, she sat down and wrote a story.