Giana Darling-Good Gone Bad

I fell in with The Fallen Men MC back in the last book in the series. It was the second book in the series, about Zeus Garro. The first book was about his son, King. Good Gone Bad is about Harleigh Rose, Zeus’ daughter and Fallen Men Princess. I know that her name probably has more to do with Harley Davidson motorcycles than Harley Quinn, the comic book character, but as I’m currently watching Suicide Squad for the 1897439849th time, I’m kind of stuck seeing Harleigh as Harley, mostly for the BAMF factor.

Anyway, I fell in love with Harleigh Rose during that book. I thought that she was fierce and loyal. If she loves you, she will have your back, always, and will go to the mat for you in a fight. She will do anydamnthing she has to in order to make sure that her family is safe, and for H.R., family isn’t just blood. She grew up as an MC princess, and the Fallen Men are part of her family as well. And frankly, when I say anything, I am not exaggerating.

So, H.R. is now just about to finish college to become a nurse. She no longer lives in the same town as her family so that she can go to school. She’s also dating Cricket, a member of the Berserker MC. Or at least, she was dating Cricket. Right up until she put a cleaver in his neck for trying to rape her after spending years of abusing her. She’s been hiding it from her family, because she feels ashamed that she has spent years being abused. (Protip: no one should EVER feel ashamed of being abused. It’s not your fault that it’s happening. It can be hard for you to realize that you are being abused until something big happens, because the abuser rarely starts out by beating you bloody. It starts slow and gets worse. If you are in an abusive relationship, there are places you can go for help. /steps off soapbox)

When she realizes that she’s killed Cricket, she has so many options as to what to do. She could call Zeus or King who would make it disappear like it never happened and then take her home and make her feel safe. However, that’s not what she did. Instead, she calls the man who has been her savior since she was 6 and says Lion, I’ve done something wrong.

Lionel Danner was there to help Harleigh Rose on one of the worst days of her life, the day her daddy got shot when he was saving Louise. She was 6 that day, and many, many times over the intervening years, he’s been there to save her, including when her abusive mother ODed one more time, and he and his family took H.R. and King in so that they would be safe until Zeus got out of prison. Four years ago, he had to separate himself from Harleigh Rose because he’s 10 years older than her and he was starting to feel all the things for her. Now, he’s a cop, and when she calls him and needs him, he drops everything to be there for her. Of course, because he’s the police, Cricket’s death doesn’t just disappear like it would have if her family had taken care of it, but her Lion is still there to stand in between her and the rest of the police and to hand her to her family so she can be safe.

When Cricket’s funeral comes around, as an MC princess, she knows that she has to go to Cricket’s funeral. As his ol’ lady, it’s expected. And that’s when she gets a huge surprise, Lionel has patched into the Berserkers. Not only that, he’s hanging with her best friend. And, his road name is Lion, the name she’s used for him all his life.

I like Lion for so many reasons. One reason is that he’s willing to go toe-to-toe with Zeus over what he thinks is the right thing to do. And he’ll do it, even if it pisses people off, including the giant MC prez. He’s also willing to stand up to and for his Rosie when she needs it. He turns into her dirty Dom when he needs to and when she needs him to. You wouldn’t think that H.R. would be any kind of subbie girl, but being strong and fierce and a BAMF doesn’t mean that you don’t have a subbie streak too. And that’s what Lion does for Rosie. He gives her the safe place she needs in order to get her needs met, and he’s there to lift her up and give her strength when she needs it. But, he’s also not trying to control all aspects of her life and realizes that she’s strong and there are things that she’s going to do, so it’s better to go along with her and support her than to try and tell her no and make it so that she is going to do it anyway, without him there to help her. Remember, this is Harleigh Rose, daughter of Zeus, sister of King, princess to the Fallen Men MC. She has grown up in an MC and while her dad may have kept her out of some of the club business, she’s still absorbed this stuff all her life, and she’s never going to be willing to have someone stand as her shield. She’s going to need someone to stand with her, and that’s what Lion does. He stands with her and supports her and makes sure she has a safe place to go and loves her.

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OK, I got so fucking pissed at Zeus for the way that he wrote off Harleigh Rose. I mean, as her father, and knowing how loyal she is to him and her family, he should’ve known that she wouldn’t ever betray the Fallen Men. He should’ve trusted her and understood that there was something going on and some reason that she would have backed off from talking to everyone. He made things even harder for her and took more of the light that she needed away. Of course, he didn’t know what he had done, all he knew was that he had cut off a traitor. I cried. It was sad. I kind of hated Zeus at that moment. In my head, LouLou smacked him upside the back of his head when she found out the entire story of what was going on.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say about this one. If you like MC with a touch of dark, dirty, and taboo, check out the entire series. Happy reading!

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