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5 one of a kind stars for Washed in Blood
“In our world, you pay for your sins in blood.”- Priest, Washed in Blood by Ashley Lane
I honestly don’t even know where to start! This book! Holy moly! Ok, so, usually I take a little time after I’ve read a book to process how I want to review it- a day, a few hours…but I simply have to write this review NOW! LOL! I literally just finished this book minutes ago.
Yes, it’s seriously that good! I’m not just saying it! I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! This is Ashley Lane’s debut novel and boy, does she get your blood pumping on this one!
**On a personal note- I’ve never seen Sons of Anarchy. And this is my first MC (motorcycle club) romance novel…Peeps! It definitely won’t be my last Ashley’s Lane novel or my last MC at that.**
With that being said, this book is HEAVY! There is violence, mentions of rape, drugs, beatings, cartel, sex-trafficking, etc. so if those are triggers for you then reader discretion is advised, but in this day and age of shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, etc. it’s not quite as intense as all that, in my opinion.
Trust me when I tell you this book is SO worth the read!!!
Anyway, for the review:
So, Kingston Blake, aka “Priest” was literally killed along with the woman he loved when they were merely sixteen years of age. Only…Priest didn’t stay dead. He got a second chance at life for sacrificing himself to save an innocent life. He was sent to meet the Angel of Death who explained to him that it wasn’t his time to go and that God had a plan for him.
Fast forward twenty years, Priest is now the President of the Heaven’s Guardians Motorcycle Club. A club he’s built with blood, his own as well as his four brothers, who have histories as skewed as his own. This MC is unlike others in that they save innocents like the one Priest did all those years ago and punish the wicked who prey upon them. As the Prez and “Priest” of the group, King is judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one.
Enter Willow, one of those sweet lost souls, who literally stumbles onto the grounds of the clubhouse, seeking refuge from simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She’s got a secret she’s keeping, the reason she’s running, and she’ll do everything in her power to keep it protected. She ends up in a rotting tree in the snow for three days before she’s found and the minute Priest rescues her and holds her against him, he knows he’s found his own personal salvation.
His draw to Willow is possessive, protective, and so endearing. He’s so swoony with his knight-in-a-dark-cape super hero vibe and takes his guard over Willow very seriously.
But there are many forces at play here that will literally alter the paths of both of their lives. Priest and Willow have lost so much over the years, what more can they bear to lose and will it end up being one another in this dangerous game they find themselves caught up in? Will Priest’s past continue to play over and over again like a time continuum he’s helplessly caught up in? Or is Willow the angel he’s waited on his entire life to absolve his sins?
You’ll simply have to read it to find out!!! Sorry, I don’t like spoilers, so that’s all you’re gonna get from me. Just know that this book is intense in its emotions and action. It was super suspenseful and I got super sucked into it right away within the first page with the whole premise. I cried, I laughed, I swooned, but mostly I cried. This is one of those diamonds in the rough, and you’re gonna love the plot, the characters and the twists, twists, twists.
So, if you’re looking for something different to read that breaks the mold and draws you in, then get Washed in Blood and prepare to read all day because that’s what I did!
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna enjoys a good book that thrills, chills, and warms her heart...especially ones with swoony bad-a$$es like Priest ;-)