Book Review: Rake's Redemption (Wind Dragon's MC) by Chantal Fernando

Rake's Redemption is the fourth book in the Wind Dragon's MC series by Chantal Fernando. I have not read the previous books in the series but was able to fully enjoy the story. Those that have read the other books will get more out of the story because of their prior knowledge of the characters and the conflicts and interrelationships. 

Rake is known for being up for anything, in and out of the bedroom. He’s wild, he’s deadly, yet behind his womanizing facade, Rake hides the pain of losing his first love, Bailey. He hasn’t loved anyone since, and doesn’t think he ever will. Seven years after their split, Rake and Bailey run into each other at the MC’s favorite club. Old wounds resurface, secrets are spilled and passionate feelings are awakened. But they’ve each done things to hurt the other, hurt them too badly to get over it—haven’t they? Only when Bailey’s connection to Rake puts her in danger from another Club member does he realize that there’s nothing he won’t do to protect her—and claim her as his once again.

Rake's Redemption is a complex second chance story. Rake and Bailey parted on bad terms, and when they unexpectedly run across each other those hard feelings rise hard and fast. However, it takes a long time for the conflict that broke them up as high school sweethearts seems to take forever to come to light. I like that Bailey has a small support system and where her daughter is while she is alone is actually explained- too often in romances featuring a single parent the kid is just magically with a sitter that they really cannot afford or that we never meet. I also liked that the characters are complex, even the secondary characters. No one is completely good or bad, rather shades of gray like real people. Although, I have trouble getting past the motorcycle club culture as it is represented in this subgenre- mostly because everyone I know that rides (even those in clubs) are law abiding and spend most of their 'club' time raising money or participating in charitable things rather than dealing in violence and turf wars. I do not doubt that there are, or have been, groups like this and appreciate the suspension of disbelief- but I just cannot do it.

Rake's Redemption is a solid second chance romance with endearing characters. Although, I think I have discovered that the Motorcycle club/ outlaw romances are just not my thing which made getting lost in the story a little harder. Those that love the subgenre will adore the series.
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