Book Review-Good Gone Bad by Giana Darling

Book Review-Good Gone Bad by Giana Darling

Book Review-Good Gone Bad by Giana DarlingGood Gone Bad by Giana Darling
Also in this series: Lessons in Corruption, Welcome to the Dark Side, After the Fall
Series: The Fallen Men #3
Published by Self Published By Author on November 23, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Motorcycle Clubs
Pages: 392
Format: eBook
Source: Self Purchased
ISBN: 1775233049
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They say one action doesn’t define you. I killed a man. Stabbed him in the neck and licked the blood off my lips after I did it. Still, one action doesn’t define you. I could have called anyone. My father, the Prez of The Fallen MC, our family lawyer, my best friend, Lila, or my brother, King. I didn’t. Instead, I called Lionel Danner, the police officer renowned for taking down the Nightstalkers MC. The man who had been my father’s arch nemesis for decades. The man who hated everything I stood for. A man who had disappeared from my life without explanation three years ago. I called him. And maybe one action doesn’t define you, but killing a bad man and calling in the good changed my life and it sure as hell changed his.
The third book in the Fallen Men series. A standalone featuring Harleigh Rose and Officer Lionel Danner.

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

Good Gone Back is the third installment in the “Fallen Men” series. I have really come to admire this author so far and she just has me hooked into these books. I will admit that I didn’t quite rush into this book, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book since this is the daughter of the MC Fallen President and quite frankly she is a bit too much at times. So I wasn’t sure how I would feel about her or seeing her matched up with a local cop so that was a unique turn of a matchup but honestly after the first page I was HOOKED. That is the talent with this author, is if you are in a book slump or struggling to get engaged in books, she is wonderful in how she writes, I have learned that she is so darling and I love seeing the torment and the heart balanced so well in her books but man they kill me.

Good Gone Bad is a spicy kinky romance which features:

Lionel Danner-police officer, working undercover, raised Harleigh and King, dominant

Harleigh Rose-daughter of the Fallen President, adventurous, working undercover, abused

Lionel Danner has known Harleigh for years and practically raised her since she was little when her father spent some time in prison, and she and her brother were put in his family’s care for some time. Danner has always been a straight arrow, he has heart and soul in everything that he does, but he also sees the grey that exists in the world of morality. He understands that there is good and bad all over and doesn’t like to categorize people by one factor. He has been in love with Harleigh for years, but he knew he was going undercover into a rival MC of Harleigh’s family, and he couldn’t risk putting her in danger from him. And let her pursue a relationship with another man but didn’t know that man had been abusing her for three years. Harleigh has kept silent from her family on her abuse, she was raised to be strong and kickass in such a dangerous world, but what she didn’t expect was that she would be pushed to her greatest limit when she would be forced to take a man’s life when he tried to rape her with his gun. But Danner came on his white horse to rescue her, and work together to bring down the rival MC who wants to destroy her family. But Harleigh might have to break the heart of her family in order to see that they survive this war and that may cost her everything good she has left in her soul…

“You aren’t a victim here, Rosie, you aren’t letting life catch you up in this fierce fucking storm. You are the storm, this is your set up, these are your choices, and you’re strong so you’ll blow furious and true until you see this thing through.”

Good Gone Bad is such a heart breaker of a read, I just can’t believe how much this author is tearing me apart, and even though I love the experience overall, it is KILLING me. But sometimes you need the books that will tear your heart wide open, break it into pieces and then somehow see it woven back together. Apparently Giana Darling has never heard of Humpy Dumpty (haha) Because she puts these broken pieces back together. Now I will give fair warning that you won’t get enough of this author but you will also have a hate/love relationship with her. She has delivered on so many great things but what she always does is that she evokes such strong emotions as you read and experience all the good and the bad that these characters suffer through and I LOVE it so dearly. Not too many authors can do this for me.

This was true freedom, giving myself over to the hands of a man who would let me run wild, but keep me safe as I did it.

Good Gone Bad though wasn’t my favorite of the series. I will be honest that really reduced this rating was the kink done in this book. To be honest it just didn’t fit Danner that much. I don’t know because at the beginning he doesn’t give off that dominant type of vibe you normally see in books that have BDSM elements. So it was kinda a weird throw in and quite frankly I felt like it was too much at times. Or maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for this type of BDSM (more than likely that was the case) but the plot was so well portrayed and this author really takes you to all the places in this story. Be prepared with this author, because not all the side characters you love will survive. This is just what she writes. In an interview, I saw HERE she explained how she likes to showcase the good and the bad that people experience in life and its portrayal is so relative. She also handles the MC culture lighter than other authors. So if MC romance is a struggle due to some of the language used, then I think this author would really work for you. The romance that we see between these two is so heartbreaking at times. There is so much forbidden to their romance. I mean they are having to play secret identities, the hero did hurt the heroine when he left her, and also there is this thing called he is a cop and she is part of the MC world. So many factors come into place into this world that is created to show that their romance is packed with conflict. I actually quite enjoyed what we saw here. I was deeply saddened by what we see to a side character, but hope he finds a HEA in a future book.

My good intentions were quickly drowning in a riptide, waterlogged with impossible questions, choking on moral ambiguity as difficult to digest as ocean waves.

Overall I found Good Gone Bad to be quite a action packed book, that will kick your heart up to gear, it will take elements you won’t be expected to see and will bring in a beautiful story you will find yourself captivated by. Its full of heart, passion, and the strength of a fighting spirit and standing for those you love no matter the cost to yourself.


About Giana Darling

Giana Darling is a USA Today and Top 40 Amazon best selling Canadian romance writer who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently lives in beautiful British Columbia where she spends time riding on the back of her man’s bike, baking pies, and reading snuggled up with her cat, Persephone, and Golden Retriever puppy, Romeo. She’s a lifetime athlete, playing and coaching basketball, soccer, field hockey, and softball, so she comes by her competitive spirit naturally. A born reader and self-proclaimed geek, she is enamored with mythology, history and all kinds of literature. Before becoming a romance novelist, she was a food journalist, a food blogger, a coach, a French tutor and the owner of a pie company. For the last few years she has been living all over Europe, mostly in her second home France, but she’s finally settled with the Love of Her Life in her hometown on an island off of Vancouver.

She loves to hear from readers so please contact her at gianadarling@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments.

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