ORIGIN, By Ana Jolene
Book Two in the Glory MC series
Release Date: March 14, 2017
One drunken kiss ignites an inferno of burning desire. Sworn enemies, Lucky Winters and Seven Douglass struggle to forget the kiss that shouldn’t have happened. Then Lucky’s past comes back to bite him and he suddenly disappears for months, leaving Seven wondering where they both stand.
When Lucky returns, he is a changed man and his prolonged absence means he must once again prove himself to the club he’s sworn his life to. Except Lucky can’t seem to shake off the recent events as much as he wants to.
Seven is no stranger to this feeling. Her own mysterious past threatens to disrupt her future and when neither of them are able to stop the ghosts of their pasts from resurfacing, the only person they can turn to is each other. Suddenly, hatred morphs into love. And where there is fire and ice, there’s bound to be some steam . . .
O.k., I must begin with the confession that I wasn’t really sure what I would think of this book. However, once I had read the first page I was completely hooked! My reluctance was based on this being based in the future, a dystopian society suffering from solar flares. Things are now divided into Wards, and this Ward is ruled/governed by a motorcycle gang, Glory MC. This initially seemed a little on the cheesy side to me but I quickly dropped and forgot about those preconceived notions once I was into Lucky and Seven’s story.
Lucky is a sexy beast of a man and part of the Glory MC, whereas, Seven is a young woman that challenges huge biker dudes to drinking contests and works in a textile mill a few Wards over after the solar flares destroyed her dreams of becoming a chef. They refer to themselves as fire and ice because of their normal hate-filled banter, but then one night as Lucky drives a drunken Seven home, they share an incredible kiss. Lucky then disappears for 2 months to deal with a family situation, and when he returns he finds himself without an apartment and forced to room with Seven. Their typical fighting continues until they finally stop fighting and actually get to know one another. Once enemies, Lucky and Seven soon begin to realize they are both tortured by their pasts and soon face the feelings they truly gave for each other.
I must admit that it only took me a few paragraphs to fall in love with Lucky. Yes, he’s a bad-ass biker dude, but also has a serious soft spot for his little sister and starts displaying an enormous caring side for everyone. Seven took a little more warming up to then Lucky. Seven is beautiful and obviously mesmerizing to men, but also seemed to almost cheapen herself a little in the beginning. As the story progressed, however, I came to love her strong and independent character. I can say that I did want Lucky and Seven together from the very beginning and loved as they began to show their softer sides.
Origin is jam-packed with tons of conflict and drama, being that this is a future kill or be killed society, especially with neighboring Ward leaders. The characters worry about attacks from other groups, worry about having enough food and electricity, and so on… There’s definitely never a dull moment in this book and again, I thought it would be kind of silly at first, but that was not the case at all. The author did a fantastic job blending future world issues with real-life heartache and trauma that can stem from someone’s past. Ana Jolene’s writing is flawless and she provides excellent characterization so that it’s easy to become invested in the characters and their struggles.
Origin embodies a perfect balance of the believable and the unbelievable, making it an absolute pleasure to read. As I’ve already said, this book completely drew me in and I was soooo disappointed when I realized I had reached the end. Note that this book does have a cliffhanger ending but it’s not directly related to the main characters Lucky and Seven. However, it made me absolutely crazy with anticipation to get my hands on the next installment in this series! I am so happy to have read this and sincerely hope author Ana Jolene contacts me again in the future for further reading and reviewing!
*Many thanks to Ana Jolene for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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Ana Jolene is the author of the Glory MC series and the Contemporary Romance series, Moonrise Beach. Growing up as a rebellious kid didn’t allow for much reading time. It wasn’t until she was in university that she found her passion for books and has since then devoured every book placed before her. Ana holds a B.A. in Psychology and has worked in both IT and Administration. But she’s had the most fun in the bookish world, working as a reviewer, columnist and assistant to multiple sites and authors. Ana currently lives in Toronto with her family and an extremely lazy Shih Tzu whom she adores. To learn more about Ana and her books, subscribe to the newsletter to be notified of the hottest new releases and giveaways!