I received this book for free from Pocket in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Knuckle Down by Chantal Fernando
Also in this series: Ace of Hearts, Going Rogue
Series: The Cursed Ravens MC #2
Published by Pocket Star on July 9 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle Clubs
A single father struggles to change for his daughters and the woman he loves in this second book in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series from New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando.
As a single father of two girls and the sergeant at arms for the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club, Jack “Knuckles” Chester doesn’t have much free time. And having earned his road name from his reputation as a fighter, Knuckles isn’t one to back away from a challenge.
But what he'll never admit out loud is that his two daughters have changed him irrevocably, softened him even. And these two girls are the only women who will ever hold his heart forever. That is, until he meets Celina.
Celina is nothing like the women Knuckles used to date. She’s a journalist for the local newspaper, and basically just has her life together. And the last thing she wants is to be involved with a Cursed Raven. But when the ripped, badass biker worms his way into her heart, she has trouble remembering all the reasons they would never work.
But when a shocking story is published her newspaper, it breaks the thin trust she has with Knuckles. Will she lose him forever? Or will Knuckles fight to keep Celina in his life?
Knuckle Down is the second book in this MC series by Fernando and I really liked it, although not my favorite from this author. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book, since journalist/reporter heroines aren’t my favorites and so I was curious to see how Fernando would handle this type of character since most authors never handle them that way I like. I will say that it wasn’t quite as bad I was expecting, since there is a certain story line that comes from a journalist/reporter character. But let me lay out the story out for you.
Celina is a journalist and she is looking for a front page story, she is good at what she does, and she likes being able to be the voice to help others when its needed. And it is her passion. So when her cousin has a birthday part at the MC that her father and man are a part of, Celina is invited and she thinks that this is the perfect opportunity to get an inside look to do a feature. But then she drawns the eye of “Knuckle”, a man who is divorced and raising two girls, but is very involved in the MC. Celina has had to close herself off because of her profession, but Knuckle is the first man to make her want to open her heart but doing so might have dangerous consequences.
I really liked having Knuckles book, because he is one of my favorite characters. He is a bit of a bad boy, but deep down he is such a great hero. He is strong, capable, a sweet dad and boy the way he is with his girls is so sweet. I mean he sings Disney songs…..yeah me heart caved because of the hero. The complication with Celina wasn’t quite as bad as I was thinking. And I was really relieved that it wasn’t handled in the typical way you normally see in romance when you have a heroine that is a journalist. But it did have the “secret” element that I didn’t like.
I found the dynamics to their love story quite endearing. There was this sense of chemistry that was powerful, you feel it from the beginning, but we also get to the heart of the relationship and seeing Celina face up to her past and seeing Celina battle with herself and coming to terms with what she has become and what kind of life she wants where love changes her and opens her up to new things and ways of looking at life differently.
I found Knuckle Down to be charming, engaging and a sweet yet wild ride that you find in a MC love tale!!