8.23.2018

ARC Review: RIDING THE EDGE by Janine Infante Bosco

Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, something extraordinary comes along that knocks you on your ass...

“Wolf”
I’m a simple man with simple values. You either love me or you hate me, but the ones who need me, always got me. I’m the self-proclaimed Wolf of the Satan’s Knights MC, the beast who will fight his way out of any dark alley to defend your honor. The brother you call upon when you’ve lost your faith in humanity.
However, secrets and lies are the cancer of a man’s soul. Exposed, they will eat away all that is good and leave nothing but destruction in their wake. They’ll prove the best intentions sometimes fail and leave you questioning your life’s choices.
Now, searching for a purpose, I find myself facing the ride of my existence with a woman just as jaded as me. As she fights the biggest battle of her life, I want to be the man who stands by her side. The man who ain’t afraid to ride the edge of misery because he knows there is something beautiful on the other side…

“Maria”
I’ve prevailed against the mob, a deadbeat ex-husband and the woes of being a single mother. While someone else may have wished for a different life, I believe I’m stronger for everything I’ve endured. I’m someone who speaks her mind and fights for what is right. A woman who will smack you upside the head with a frying pan and ask questions later.
Terrified of love, I’m an otherwise fearless woman.
Until a doctor solemnly diagnoses me and my strength falters.
Now as fear engulfs me, an unexpected man dressed in leather, holds out his hand.
As a woman who never needed anyone, I suddenly need him.
His assurance.
His strength.
His love

***NOTE: Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, offensive language, and mature topics. Not recommended for people under the age of 18***

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"We're riding on the edge," I rasp, staring into those beautiful soulful eyes of hers.
"On the edge of what?" "Something beautiful," I reply. - Wolf

Riding The Edge was as heartbreaking as it was beautiful. I've loved Wolf from the very beginning. He was truly the heart and soul of the Satan's Knights. It was evident in his every thought and action. When the club was riding high, he was right there reaping the rewards. However, when the club was in trouble, he would be the one to rally the troops, to figure out solutions, and to keep things together. So what happens when a man as devoted as he was to the club becomes disillusioned? This was a story about Wolf finding himself, finding his happiness, and really getting to experience a forever kind of love.

You're not alone. I've got you. It's you and me.

This phrase was a running theme for this story. When Wolf was left devastated by his son being shot, the one person who remained by his side was someone he only knew peripherally - Maria Bianci. Aside from her status of mother to Anthony and Lauren, he didn't really know much about her or have anything to do with her. But she stood by him when he needed someone the most and Wolf is a man who appreciates the heck out of that. Her beauty and her grace were hard for him to ignore. And when she went through her own devastation, he was right by her side, standing strong, standing tall, and holding her down.

There's a man waiting to wipe the tears caused by the men who came before him. He'll be your strength when yours falters and he'll stand tall when life throws you a curve ball. A man who will proudly tell the whole world you are his. His survivor. His love. His everything. - Maria

As a single woman quickly approaching middle age, this story gave me hope. I'm sure that's not really the point, but there was so much hope and love in this book that I couldn't help but draw parallels to my own life. Wolf had dedicated his entire adult life to the MC and sacrificed so much for it. For him to finally find someone who would be with him through the thick and thin after so long was incredible. Same goes for Maria. She was such an amazing character. She raised her children all by herself and learned to not depend on anyone else. So when Wolf came along, she made him work for it and I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved that Wolf never backed down but still embraced her independence and her strength. Their love was tested in the ugliest of ways and they triumphed so beautifully.

There was a point in the book that I got really upset with the author. So upset that I was ready to send her a rant-worthy message. But then she slaked my bloodthirsty ways with a tease for the next book in the series. I'm crossing my fingers and my toes that everything works out for the best for my second favorite character in this MC - Jack. He better come out in one piece! #PropertyOfParrish

Release: August 21, 2018 | Genre: MC Romance | Dual POV - 1st person | Heat: 3.5 | Standalone - Satan's Knights #3

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