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Book Review: Iron Goddess by Dharma Kelleher

Iron Goddess by Dharma Kelleher

 
Iron Goddess by Dharma Kelleher
Title: Iron Goddess
Author: Dharma Kelleher
Paperback: 269 pages
Publisher: Alibi(June 28th 2016)
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Gay and Lesbian
Read: eBook
Stars: ★★★☆☆
Buy On: Amazon US

 

Summary:

(Goodreads)

Shea Stevens is biker royalty. Her father was the president of the Confederate Thunder Motorcycle Club. Under his watchful eye, she learned how to pick locks, disable alarms, and hot-wire cars like a pro. But all that is ancient history. Or so she thought . . .

After a stint in prison, Shea has worked hard to make a quiet, happy life for herself in Arizona. She spends her time bonding with her big-city girlfriend and running her bike shop, Iron Goddess Custom Cycles, with her dedicated team of misfits. But when one of her employees is shot and three of her specially commissioned bikes are stolen, Shea’s new life collides with the criminal underworld she tried to leave behind.

Shea knows better than to trust the police. So, with her Glock on her hip, she takes the investigation into her own hands. Shea’s search for the bike thieves leads her straight to her father’s old gang—and her estranged sister, whose young daughter has been kidnapped by a rival club. The last thing Shea wants is to be caught in the middle of a war—but if she learned one thing from her old man, it’s that when someone comes at you, you push back. Hard. And that’s exactly what she’s going to do.

 

My Review:

Note: I received this book from Alibi (a Random House Imprint) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cover: Grunge and rugged.

Paper and font: Easy on the eyes.

Readability, language: Easy on the mind.

Being a biker myself, the story of another female biker instantly appealed to me and I picked up Iron Goddess. I thought it would be a good insight into the biker culture of America.

Shea is an ex-motorcycle club member who now custom builds bikes for women and is happy in her new life. Until suddenly the old world comes calling when her shop get burglarised, her estranged sister turns up and her niece gets kidnapped. Will Shea be able to get her bikes back? Can she rescue her niece? And keep her sanity and distance from the old life of violence? That’s the story.

Apart from being the name of Shea’s bike shop, Iron Goddess the title is also a metaphor for the strength she must find in herself. I quite liked the cover with its rugged colour tones and graphic. The blurb is a good test of what to expect in the book.

I found the plot new and different, I haven’t read a story like Iron Goddess before. Dharma Kelleher surprised me constantly, I kept guessing what would come next but she always had an ace up her sleeve. I like books that keep me on my toes.

I’ve never been to America or Arizona where this story plays out but the descriptions of the mountains, valleys, city roads, traffic, sudden rains and more, made it all very real for me.

Shea’s strength and will to fight was something I admired but her stubbornness to not stay out of trouble got to me a few times. And then there was her sister and the chauvinistic men who really got my goat. Iron Goddess has a varied cast of characters and I enjoyed the diversity in the book. The characters of Iron Goddess feel real, their emotions and reactions easy to associate with.

Dharma Kelleher uses simple language that makes for fast reading and the story is fast paced too. The climax is good but unexpected and took me a while to accept.

Overall, Iron Goddess was an enjoyable read and I recommend it if you are looking for a fun, action-packed diverse book. I learned a thing or two about American Bike Culture too!

Buy On: Amazon US

About the Author:

Dharma Kelleher
 
A biker chick, Dharma Kelleher writes gritty tales about renegades, outlaws, and misfits. She has a degree in journalism and over the years, has worked as a news director, a construction worker, a goldsmith, a caregiver, and a web developer. Some of her favourite authors are Lawrence Block, Elmore Leonard and Jim Butcher.

 
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