Monday 26 March 2018

Review: Trigger by J.L. Drake

I was raised by the Devil himself. 
Formed into a man who was unreachable. 
I went from the boy with bruises to the man with a trigger. 
Killing is the only thing that calms the itch. 
The demons inside were a constant battle… 
…until she changed everything. 
Problem is when you spend most of your time in the dark, is it smart to step into the light?

*Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour for book two, Demons.*


Full-length novel.

Alternating first-person.

Yeah, it's possible.


Yes, but it's not a 'OMG I'm going to die!' cliffhanger.
Still infuriating though.

Book one in a trilogy, so I guess if there is going to be a HEA it'll be in book 3?

Trigger does have sex with someone else after meeting Tess but they were not in a relationship or anything close to it at that point.

Lots of bloody violence.

MC romances seem to have a scale from light to truly dark and grim. 
This one was toward the dark and grim side. 
There's violence, death, killing, drug taking (though not from the main characters), drug running, sleazy sex, sex without condoms (and any mention/thought of being clean), women galore with no self respect, asshole bikers who treat women like shit and grim childhoods. 
The characters were rough, prickly, harder to like than you'd expect. They're definitely not people who you'd want to meet out at night, nor would you be likely to want to be friends with them because their backgrounds, the lives they lead, are so foreign, so alien, to what most would be comfortable with.
It sounds pretty miserable, right?
But, here's the thing, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. 
I read well into the wee hours of the morning to finish it in one reading.
I was hooked on this book from the first couple of chapters.
I thought it was well written. It made me think of Sons Of Anarchy a lot (which I liked!) and over the course of the novel, I began to really care about these characters.
I loved the dynamic between Trigger and Tess. 
I want Tess and Trigger to work. I want them to live a happy outlaw life until they are old and pass onto the next life... They totally worked for me even though they were no ones idea of conventional;.

By the time I finished the book, my only thought was 'holy shit'. 
It was then followed by 'I NEED the next one'.
All the grim realities of this biker world, all the things that made me uncomfortable, they didn't matter. My only bitch at the end was that I still didn't know what Tess's big secret was from her past and considering everything that happens in this book? That means I ended up thinking it was pretty damn awesome.

I like the bikerness of but the cover model doesn't fit with Trigger in my head so, blah.



  1. I love a good biker romance even if it's on the grittier and darker side. I have never read this author but I'll definitely check her out!

  2. I'm not a biker romance gal but every once in a while I'll read one and get hooked anyway lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. They are hit or miss for me, very rarely are they 'meh'.

  3. LOL it's so funny when that happens and you're like omg all the things wrong but I cannot stop reading!! I had that with Madeline Sheehan's early ones before MC became a huge thing in romance.

    1. Oh, I think I have a Madeline Sheehan one on my kindle somewhere... May have to bump it up the read list. :)


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