Book Title: Lawless
Author: TM Frazier
Series: King #3
Release Date: December 8th, 2015
Genres: Dark Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Thia is prim and proper.
Bear is leather and lawless.
It will never work between them.
It's a lie they almost believe...
It is necessary to first read King and Tyrant to fully enjoy Lawless.
After pretty much binge-reading King and Tyrant, I was pretty anxious to see what TM Frazier would do with Bear's story. He was always around in King and Tyrant- sometimes in the shadows and sometimes graphic front-row center in the horrific drama that took place. That being said, Lawless shouldn't be read as a standalone as you need the background of all the characters to fully grasp and move forward in this story.
Bear is a shell of a man, living on drugs, Jack Daniels, and local whores. After the events in Tyrant, Bear disappears off the radar. Knowing that the motorcycle club, the Beach Bastards (run by his father), is out to kill him, he lives day by day in a crappy hotel completely shut-off from everyone including his closest friend, King. Nobody removes their Beach Bastard cut and lives...BB or death.
Bear met Thia (short for Cynthia) 7 years ago when she was just a ten-year old kid watching over a party store. They had a pact that if she ever needed him, he'd return a favor. He'd never thought the day would come this snarky kid would need him- it was a joke more than anything- but one day the call came in and Bear jumps into action to save this girl.
”This ring? It’s a promise. In my club, when we give this to someone it represents a promise.” “A promise for what?” I asked, starring down at the ring, amazed, as if it were hovering mid-air. “A favor, whatever you need, It means I owe you.”
I'm not going to go a whole lot further into their history and this whole favor thing but let's just say Bear wasn't immediately so nice to Thia. She took their pact seriously- like a kid that age would- and he smelled a rat. Could she be trusted? Is this a ploy to draw him out so his father and the MC club can put him in the ground?
Here's the thing- everything Bear did and said was pretty true to his brooding character considering the shell of a man he was after the awful "Eli events." Did I like him much? Not really. In fact, he had the tendency to be a real d*ck to Thia at times but I had to reel myself in and realize he wasn't going to be some Casanova after all the events that took place in Tyrant. Shoot, he wasn't a Casanova before then either! That being said, Thia is now an adult and I was also kind of taken back by how much she counted on a perfect stranger she met seven years ago (when she was a child) and took him for his word...his promised favor he'd return. So with all that, I had a bit of a hard time grasping their connection for a fair amount of the book. They were strangers and she expected a heck of a lot out of Bear. He wouldn't even answer a phone for King or Doe yet "Bear to the rescue" for a girl I'm amazed he remembered. But she kept his ring...
In time, my connection to their gradual love story grew. Thia seemed to get a bit more independent and not want to take help where it appeared help wasn't available. Tables turned and the progression of Bear and Thia the couple captured me. They were both lost in this world and they grabbed onto each other like a life raft. I finally got it...
We were two tortured souls…But we found each other. We needed each other.”
Lawless has a fair amount of King and Ray in it which I found myself grasping onto those scenes whenever possible. I loved seeing the progression of their love story, yet even with his newfound family unit, King never thought twice but to support Bear in any way possible- usually outside the law. And King''s brooding jealousy where Bear was concerned- that was epic. Again, the author stuck to his true character.
"Holy shit, you let your bitch tat you?" I asked, reaching up for the gauze.
"Fuck off. You call her a bitch again and I'm drowning you in the fucking bay,"
Preppy- Ah...what can I say? Any dialogue from him was always a highlight for me in the book. We got too little time with him is all I can say.
Lawless was an all-around enjoyable read for me- full of suspense. Did I like it as much as King and Tyrant? No. But I am curious where the author will take us in the next book...
Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author
T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids.
She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.
In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.
It only took her twenty years to start the next one.
It will not be about hamsters.