Review: Cursed

Cursed Cursed by Lexie Davis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Romance Review
Survivor and fighter Josslyn will do whatever it takes to save her son. New-to-me author Lexi Davis introduces me to a different kind of motorcycle club (MC) erotica. This is the third book in the series and it is recommended to read the first two books. Full disclosure, I read this one as a standalone and it was fine. For erotica readers romanticizing bad boys on bike, this is not the book for you. Granted I am just branching out into reading books with a MC element, but this one made me feel a bit ill at ease.

The MC series I have read so far contain anti-heroes who are honourable. They are dangerous boys with a heart of gold. This is probably considered the "fluffly" MC books which hardcore MC lovers smile at indulgently. In CURSED, there is no fluffiness. The MC men are law breakers who are horny, abusive alcoholic druggies. The worst stereotypes of bikers are realized in this book. What is most heinous to me is how a father treats his daughter.

Josslyn grew up in the MC lifestyle when her father abducted her at the age of three from her mother. Living in the club house, Josslyn is a sexual collateral at a young age for her father's shady deals. Because of this messed up childhood, Josslyn is determined to keep her son away from this life. When her son at the age of three is taken from her, she goes on a rampage. First one she tracks down is the sperm donor to her son. Tank is part of a rival MC and did not even know he had a son.

The character building in this story is good. Both Tank and Josslyn are developed characters with more flaws than not. The secondary characters are all a bit vile. I honestly didn't like any characters in this book other than Josslyn's son. Even Josslyn is a bit hard for me to like. I felt badly for her, especially as each new horror is revealed from her childhood. I never warmed up to Tank.

The overall feel of this book is gritty and desolate. This world the MC live in is shady and definitely slumming it. For the most part, I kept thinking the two rival MC should start a war and slaughter each other. Even the sleazy women used only for their sloppy holes are not innocent and should be exterminated. This crass world makes the crude and obvious conflicts less impactful because the reader may just want everyone to be wiped out. Ms. Davis does a very good job of capturing this lawless coarse world. She paints a somber world with little hope. The little boy and Josslyn's motherly love are the only light which is constantly in danger of being extinguished.

The conclusion came fast and furious. The repugnant father receives his just rewards. This is a satisfying ending with a happily ever after. After all the darkness, it seems, Josslyn finally gets her chance at a life she wants. This will appeal to romance lovers. Recommended for erotica readers who enjoy motorcycle club themes.

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