Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink, #1)

by Christine Feehan

3.5 of 5 stars 5 ratings • 4 reviews • 10 shelved
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Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink, #1)

by Christine Feehan

3.5 of 5 stars 5 ratings • 4 reviews • 10 shelved
#1 New York Times Bestseller

An outlaw motorcycle club sets up shop next door to Sea Haven in the dangerously sexy new series from New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.


A brutal education in a Russian training facility for assassins has taught this group of men one thing: It's a long road to redemption...

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford--until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin...

Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.

Anya's touch is everything Reaper doesn't want--and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club--his heart and his soul.
  • ISBN10 0451488512
  • ISBN13 9780451488510
  • Publish Date 23 January 2018 (first published 17 January 2018)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Imprint Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
  • Format Paperback (US Mass Market)
  • Pages 464
  • Language English

Reviews

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Judgment Road is the first book I’ve ever read by Christine Feehan, and now I’m adding the previous series the author has written to my TBR list on Goodreads. One of the many reasons is due to two of the characters that appeared in the first book in the Torpedo Ink series, actually already had their book and I’m going to make time to read the other books Christine Feehan has written.

FAIR WARNING ahead of time that this book is not for the faint of hearted and it’s not suitable for anyone underneath the age of 18. There were times I was uncomfortable with certain parts of the books, but it is due to some of the dark violence and topics that were mentioned or happened in the book when reading it. All I can say is the Torpedo Ink Motorcycle Club is not a motorcycle club you want to mess with, especially since they all have their way of killing someone. This is due to how harshly they were trained in Russia. No other motorcycle clubs know about the Torpedo Ink team, and the team would like to keep it that way. Unfortunately, something is happening to other clubs that will start to impact Torpedo Ink where other clubs will ask for their assistance.

Judgment Road is a good introduction to the Torpedo Ink series with quite a bit of characters being introduced and worldbuilding that is happening in the first book. The first couple chapters alone I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when reading the book. Don’t get me wrong I’ve read motorcycle club books before, but never in the PNR genre and like I stated in the previous paragraph this book involved some very dark sensitive subjects to it.

Reaper is the main male character in the book, and I didn’t know if I was going like him in the book because how he was already treating one of the female characters. He’s the Enforcer of the club, and he’s very lethal and scary. The way the author described him made me want to stay away from him and not look back at all. Christine scarily described the other characters too. Although, I’m intrigued by some of them, especially after getting to know their abilities. Reaper’s abilities though are downright awful though. He has it out for the new bartender at their bar and wants the Czar to fire her. Something about her is throwing him off.

Anya Rafferty is the new bartender at the biker bar, and she’s trying everything to keep her job, even though the scariest member of Torpedo Ink has it out for her for some reason. She’s trying to keep her head low because she has her secrets and they come rearing forward sooner than later. Anya ends up falling into the club pretty drastically. I felt for her in the story because she didn’t want to be a part of it.

There is a lot of dark times in this book, and after finding out what happened to Reaper, I can understand why he’s the way he is now. There’s also the big issues that are happening in the book that will show off some of the other Torpedo Ink club members. I’m interested to read more about Absinthe, Code, Steele, Savage, etc. There are so many different characters that are mentioned briefly in the book, but those stuck out to me in this book the most.

Overall, I give the first book to the series 3.5 stars and recommend it to fans of Christine Feehan’s other books and readers that love a mixture of PNR/motorcycle club in their books. This book may not be my favorite, but that is due to certain elements that bothered me. I did enjoy the book though it just took me a while to read this book.

Will, I read the next book in the series? Yes. I want to find out more about the other club members and find out about their troubled pasts and find out who they will fall in love with in their stories.

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There were moments where I liked the story and even Anya and Reaper. But more times than not I found myself wondering why I was continuing on with the story. With what Reaper and the Torpedo Ink crew went through, I expected some really angsty stuff. But when those angsty moments happened they seemed to be easily fixed with sex and everyone forgetting (for now) what had happened.

Then there were the skills of the MC. They were alluded to and used during some missions, but as a reader, I felt left out of the club because I had no clue what was going on. A little backstory would have been nice.

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Minx 4 of 5 stars
I wanted to read Judgment Road because it was a spinoff from the Sea Haven series and I rather enjoyed a few of those books. Although, I was not drawn to the motorcycle club idea because honestly it just doesn’t appeal to me but I was willing to give it a try because I am a fan of Christine Feehan’s works. At the start of Judgment Road I was thinking that I made a mistake because the main character Reaper basically worshipped his club and well……. meh, but as the story progressed I found that there was more to this club than met the eye (which is also something I remembered from the Sea Haven series) and I began to like where things were going.

Reaper was not a character that I was drawn to initially, especially with how he was such a creeper around Anya Rafferty. I will admit though that I was drawn to the mystery of why she got under his skin so easily. As the story between them played out I began to like Reaper more and more. He may not have said all the right things, like ever, but his actions spoke volumes. I loved that he cared so much about Anya’s well-being and happiness. I wasn’t the biggest fan of how domineering he was with her in the beginning but given his history and that it was something that he was willing to try and deal with so that he could be safe for Anya, well that did melt my icy heart a bit for him. I think that Anya and Reaper together was a great pairing and their relationship was both steamy and swoony.

Some of the subject material in Judgment Road was very hard to read because just the idea of what had taken place in the lives of these characters when they were children was just disturbing but I loved that they bound themselves together and developed their own family. I also loved that skills that the club members learned for nefarious purposes, that they turned those skills around for the purpose of good. The scenes where they went to take down the bad guys, absolutely epic. I am a fan of vigilante justice and everything that was done to the villains in this book set very well with me. By the time I was done reading Judgment Road my personal judgment on this series had also changed and I can’t wait to continue reading the Torpedo Ink series!

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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Judgement Road is one of those books that will keep you up all night. At first, I felt a little confused. Like perhaps there was a prequel or something that I missed. But, you catch up pretty quick, and the story makes sense! Anya was a heroine I loved from the start. She is a kind of 'boot and rally' girl. Down on her luck but determined to make a better life for herself. You can't help but root for her. When the girls were mean to her, I cried. Like Anya, I think many women have experience bullying from other women and it always is so upsetting. Women face so many issues that when we turn on each other, its even more crushing. I was glad to see this was addressed and rectified.

If you are sensitive to certain topics, you might want to check out the trigger warning. While I think Feehan handled the topics with appropriateness, this book is full of tragic events that could be upsetting to some readers!

Reaper is exactly what I expect when I hear motorcycle club. He is hardened and will kill without compunction. The club is 'clean' in the sense they don't run drugs or anything,  but they are hired assassins. You get some of the backstory about how all these men grew up and its so sad. The abuse they went through is heartbreaking. Even though Reaper was cold and, at times, cruel, it felt true to his character and understandable.

There are some people in the club with some unique psychic abilities. There is a turn of events where these abilities are used on Anya and I was like "Oh hell no!". I was so enraged! Trust broken!! It was this huge violation and I could not believe it. Its such a huge turning point in the story. The action really picks up after this and the focus becomes saving the wife of another MC president as well as Anya. There is also a few bumps in the 'relationship road' for Anya and Reaper. The man is totally clueless and takes advice from other, equally clueless men. The ending felt a little off to me. I wasn't expecting THAT to be the end of the book. A little anticlimactic perhaps? I'm not sure what exactly felt off, but it just felt unfinished to me.

Ok, y'all know I love my maps. So, initially the author mentions Highway 1 up the coast. So, I instantly think California. But then she mentions Fort Bragg and I think North Carolina. So, I turn to Google and discovered there is a Fort Bragg in California. And also, the city the club is in is a real place! (I'm a geography nerd. I could stare at maps for hours! When I was little and we went to vacation, we had an atlas of all 50 states. I spent hours just looking at that thing! Directionality is my superpower too. I can tell you which way is north, south, east, and west from just about anywhere I happen to be. Pretty lame 'superpower' but whatever!)

So, here is the area the book is set in. The club resides in Caspar, CA. Next, I have expanded the map so you can see where it is in relations to other places in CA.



 

Judgment Road has rocketed to one of my favorite reads. It is a sort of spin off of the Sea Haven series and I am totally going to binge on that series next! I might just change my Author Love Challenge to Christine Feehan!!!

  • POV: 3rd

  • Tears: yes, parts of the story are so emotional it just made my eyes leak!

  • Trope: MC club

  • Triggers: Reaper and the other guys in the club experienced horrible physical and sexual abuse. Feehan handles is with delicacy but what they went through is very horrible.

  • Series/Standalone: stand alone

  • Cliffhanger: no

  • HEA: yes





Beautiful Killer by Sherilee Gray, Rocco by Sarah Castille, Fear the Beard by Lani Lynn Vale...then you will probably like Judgement Road!

 


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