Undeserving (Undeniable #5) by Madeline Sheehan

Warning: This isn’t a love story; it is a tragedy, a cautionary tale about the consequences of forbidden love between two people who tried to defy the rules defined for them and failed.

Damon “Preacher” Fox, vice president of the Silver Demons motorcycle club, has been in prison for club-related crimes. As his release draws near, he begins to reevaluate his choices in life, realizing that if he stays with the club, this wouldn’t be his last stint behind bars. Suddenly Preacher finds himself doubting everything he’d ever known, wishing for things beyond the club.

Deborah Reynolds is a runaway, New York City bound. Living on the road comes with many challenges—fighting for her next meal, seeking safe places to sleep, dodging men with less than honorable intentions, while searching for meaning in a life she finds painful and pointless.

When Preacher and Deborah’s paths cross, in one another they find a sense of peace each had been lacking. But life is about to catch up to Preacher, and Deborah, desperate to keep the one person who’d ever shown her any sort of kindness, finds herself caught between forces far more powerful and deadlier than she could have ever imagined.

This is Preacher and Deborah’s story.

“You might think that you have nothing; you feel empty, unloved, and unwanted, thinking that you can claim nothing in this world as your own. But in the end—and it’s always in the end—you realize that you were wrong. That you had everything, everything you’d ever needed. But by then, it’s always too late."

ellie's $0.02:

The UnD hiatus is officially over.  And Madeline Sheehan is back, stronger than ever, with the long-awaited and highly sought after story of Preacher.  The beginning.  This one was so well worth the wait.  The time for this story to brew and Preacher to get his story told shines through in this book.

I literally had chills and goose bumps the entire story and for days after.  If you even say a key word at this point, I'll break out in a cold sweat and start muttering "Preacher."

From the first word in the prologue, I was gripped, engaged, and stuck in the pages.  I have read this book three times before it was even edited.  It ended too fast and way sooner than I wanted and I know other readers are going to be yelling for more Preacher.  But the story is perfect as is.  It's Preacher.

The perfect dose of Deuce and Eva while they make their appearance as dying Preacher reveals and tells his story to his daughter from his death bed.  The truth of her mom.  Of her grandparents. Of the history that made him Preacher.

I wish I could lie, but I can't.  Tears were running down my face from beginning to end.  Whether it's because of my investment in these characters, their stories, or Madeline's storytelling - it doesn't matter.  Madeline's style of writing, her words, her characters... is pretty damn unbeatable.  

Best book by Madeline Sheehan.  Best MC book written.

Madeline Sheehan is a legendary author.  Nothing more needs to be said.