Hell’s Knights Review

Hey guys,

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend. I was super busy and didn’t get a chance to read much but I did find the time to read Hell’s Knights by Bella Jewel and I am so so glad I did!
As always this is a Spoiler Free review.
I had been in the mood to read an MC (Motorcycle Club) Romance for a while and this one was recommended to me and was on Kindle Unlimited to I just had to give it a shot, and I like I said – beyond glad that I did.
Anyway, let’s jump into the review.

* Trigger Warning! *
This book is has a lot of 18+ content including Rape, Sexual Assault, Drug Abuse, Suicide Attempt, Sex and Torture

Title: Hell’s Knights
Author: Bella Jewel
Genres: Romance, Motorcycle Club, Dark, Erotica, New Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: August 18th 2013
Pages: 211
When I Read It: July 24th 2021
Goodreads Rating: 3.93 Stars

Goodreads Description:
A modern day biker romance.
Addison has had a hard life. Her mother is useless, and her father hasn’t been in her life for years. When her mother dies, she’s left with no money and an angry man after her. She goes to the only person she knows can take care of her right now – her father. She knows her father is the President of an MC club, but she doesn’t quite realize just how much she will come to rely on that club.
Cade is everything she knows she should stay away from, and yet she can’t seem to keep herself from wanting him. He’s the club VP, gorgeous, rugged, charming and he makes her feel again. She should be running, she should be escaping the demons of her past, but instead she finds herself falling for the gorgeous biker.
Come on this whirlwind romance with two broken people, who figure out how to put each other back together.

It’s been a while since I picked up an MC (Motorcycle Club) romance and boy was this the perfect way to jump back into it!
I have never read anything by Bella Jewel but you know for sure I will be adding more of her stuff to my TBR because this book was amazing.
TW: Rape, Sexual Assault, Torture, Drug Abuse, Suicide Attempt

What I liked…
SMUT/SPICE/SEX – The dirty talk in this book was otherworldly. Seriously, I cannot begin to describe how incredible it was, especially in the first half of the book. It was so smutty but also done kind of tastefully if that’s even possible. I actually have no words to describe it, if you want a book with some fun and realistic but adventurous sex then this is definitely a good shout.
THE PLOT – It was dark, as you can tell by the trigger warnings. This is definitely an 18+ read. Usually, I am not a big fan of jumping between past and present but it worked so so well in this. You need to see what Addi experienced in order to understand so much of her motivations in the present section of the story; the fact it worked so well was a testament to how brilliant her character and development were. I loved that Jewel went dark with her backstory because it added some much-needed darkness to an MC storyline where things were seemingly on the tamer side. (But that could have been because Addi was kept out of the runnings of the club entirely so you never really see that side)
THE WRITING STYLE – I loved the writing style, the mix of humor and banter between characters really lifted the heavy subject matters up and just made it so readable. Genuinely I nearly missed a night out with my friends because I was reading and lost track of the time because it was so all-consuming.
ADDISON – She was incredible. By far the best and most developed character. Her backstory was tragic but she was such a fighter and a survivor and I loved reading her POV. The way she acted in the book was always so logical and when people chastised her for it, it made me so mad because she was genuinely in the right almost always. She was funny and took no crap and was so badass and strong and I loved her.

What I didn’t like…
THE SUBPLOT – The whole Cade/Spike thing was so dull to me. It was basically all just set up for the second book and to give Cade some sort of sad backstory…only this failed that because it in all honesty wasn’t that sad. Plus, until that point there was so much focus on his guilt about it, when you found out what happened it was so anti-climatic because he was guiltless. This was an MC romance and I wish he had had a genuinely guilty or evil past because if there is any kind of character that could have pulled it off it would have been Cade.
THE RELATIONSHIP – The relationship was toxic. It was Cade’s way or the highway the entire time. Addi preaches the whole book about wanting freedom…and runs straight for a guy who wants to cage her, boss her around and have him follow his every rule but refuse to listen to her? WTF no. I was so mad. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Cade, he was a fun character to read but I just don’t think they worked as a couple. He was too possessive and she was too much of a Freebird for anything to actually work between them. The writer played it off like Addi actually enjoyed the control he gave but come on there is no way after what she’d been through that she would enjoy that. Definitely peeved me.

And yet…I gave this 5 stars because guys – for Addy. For the plot and backstory. For the smut and dirty talk. Despite the flaws, this book blew me away. If you like books with darker themes then this is definitely a great shout. I loved it despite it’s flaws so I couldn’t help give it a 5 stars.

Overall Score = 9/10
Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

That’s all for today’s review folks.
This was such a great read. Like I said in yesterday’s TBR, I have been in the mood for grittier romances recently and this really satisfied that for me because of how dark and twisted Addy’s past was. Definitely not a book for the faint of heart but if you are into Dark romances and MC then you will probably love this! Anyway, I hope you all had a great day, see you on Wednesday for my Word of the Week!

Have you read this?
Have you read anything by Bella Jewel?
Do you have any good MC Romance recommendations?

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