Salvation: A Defiance Novel
Carina Press / May 12, 2014 / $3.99 digital
Luna is headed for trouble. She knows exactly what the men who run motorcycle clubs are capable of—the ruthless violence, the grabs for power, the brutal treatment of women. The one bright spot in her dark world is being held against his will by a rival gang after sacrificing himself for the sake of the club—without saying goodbye first. She needs to bring Bishop home to Defiance, both for the good of the MC and for herself.
Keller's mafia has thrived in the fallout from the Chaos and their compound is a city of sin, a world of depraved excess where people live in fear with nowhere else to go. When Luna is taken prisoner, Bishop has no choice but to lie. As far as the enemy knows, she's his. It's the one thing that will keep her safe.
Caught off guard, Luna follows Bishop's lead. And that's where the lines begin to blur, because what's been building between them for real is undeniable. But what Keller's protecting is something he'll kill to keep under wraps and with Defiance unable to come to their rescue, and only each other to turn to, Luna and Bishop may be facing their final goodbye.
When we last left the Defiance MC in Redemption, the second book of the Defiance series, Mathias had found love with Jessa, the Vice President’s daughter. They first met when Bishop and Mathias saved her from being sold into human trafficking. The incident resulted in the deaths of many members of a rival gang, including the death of powerful Paul Keller’s son. To keep Keller and Defiance from an all out war, it was decided that Mathias would pay off the debt to Keller by fighting at his compound for a year, but Bishop takes his place instead. As Salvation opens, Luna is in her car and driving to Keller’s compound with one goal in mind: get to Bishop.
Post Chaos, its inhabitants live in the dark. The sun shines by appointment, and survival depends on with whom you have aligned yourself. Luna had survived growing up in the Defiance MC, but she was also holding on to a lot of secrets, jeopardizing that survival. Bishop and Rebel are two of her best friends. Bishop was always patient and respectful, but she knew, without a doubt, he wanted her. She kept him at bay, and he allowed that, but he was always close by for when she needs him. That day comes when Bishop sacrifices himself to Keller and leaves the compound. Luna goes right after him.
Luna was sexually abused by a respected member of the MC who died when the Chaos happened. She has dealt with the repercussions of the abuse in her own way, but recent violence has brought her issues back into focus. Bishop’s strong, steady patience and understanding was something she didn’t even know she was missing until he left. Bishop understood her so well because he was physically abused as a child for years. This begs the question, can two abuse survivors have a healthy relationship?
As soon as Luna shows up at the compound and is put in Bishop’s care as his old lady, the external challenges start. Bish has been winning every fight, blowing off steam by having sex with many willing partners. But that stops the moment Luna showed up, much to the chagrin of those groupies. Most men would expect that a woman chasing him down and agreeing to be his old lady means that she would be finally ready to officially seal the deal in the bedroom. Bishop makes no such assumptions and continues to go at Luna’s speed. He never pressures her; he lets her lead the way while maintaining his alpha vitality.
Outside the bedroom, Luna and Bishop depend on their trust in each other to navigate the political minefields of Keller’s compound. Keller himself has taken an interest in them both—he sees them as the next generation to come, the legacy of his governance. With his only son dead, Keller appreciates the intelligence, wisdom, and confidence Luna and Bishop have in each other. He sees them as strong leaders and that goes a long way to prove that Luna and Bishop’s backgrounds of abuse have not defined them, but in fact have made them stronger people. They aren’t without their issues; Bishop’s attraction to violence threatens to push him to the point of no return and Luna’s attraction to run when she gets scared threatens the small slice of peace she has found with Bish.
The post-Chaos world is full of secrets. Everyone is holding something close to their chests and in a world where you can’t trust anybody, Bish and Luna lean on one another under the watchful eye of Keller and his mercenaries. Salvation is the strongest book so far in a great series.
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Nicole Leapheart's alter ego is Miss Boxy Frown, and she posts book reviews and TV recaps at missboxyfrown.blogspot.com. She reads and watches everything from romance to sci-fi, but enjoys it even more if some smut is involved. And tattoos.