Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Unbeautifully (Undeniable #2) by Madeline Sheehan--Interview, Giveaway, Review & Excerpt


 Warning: This is not a story about fate or destiny. This is a story about pain, sorrow, and suffering. This is an impulsive whirlwind romance between two lovers that are not meant to be together. Theirs is not a world with sunshine and roses. Instead, their love blossoms in a secret world full of crime, violence, and death. Their story is about what can be born from nightmares.

Danielle “Danny” West is the daughter of Deuce West, President of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. A sweet and beautiful girl, she loses her way, searching for things that are always out of her reach. Erik “Ripper” Jacobs is the Sergeant of Arms in the Hell’s Horsemen.

Once a man who always had a smile on his face, his life takes a turn for the worst when a tragedy befalls him, leaving him scarred and broken. During a midsummer night, Danny and Ripper’s paths cross, forever changing their lives. Hastily, their lust turns to love until another tragedy forces them apart. On a journey that is marred with ugliness and chaos, Danny and Ripper must discover if their unforeseen connection can find the beauty in their world. This is Danny and Ripper’s story.

Everything has beauty. Even the ugly. Especially the ugly. Because without ugly, there would be no beauty.

Bitch. Can. Write.

This is Ripper and Danny’s story.

It’s not paved in yellow gold, butterflies or roses, but is told in a raw all-consuming way that drags you into this crazy-ass biker world and has you dreading turning that last page.

Ripper is real.  He’s a man whose past follows him every time he looks in the mirror.  He’s scarred…badly scarred.  His face mutilated by an ass of a man who got his kicks doing it.  But the scars on the outside are about as thick as the ones on the inside.

“Baby,” he said gruffly. “Man like me got no business with a girl like you.  You’re nothin’ but fuckin’ beauty and I’m a whole lot of fuckin’ ugly who’s already halfway to hell.”

Danny is the biker princess being Deuce’s baby girl.  She grew up in the MC and knows her way around knowing what these bikers are like.  Ripper is also older, by more than a decade, but these two together send shockwaves and explosions off in their path.

They are raw, hungry and mouthwatering all over each other. 

Now, this is a motorcycle club and dating the biker princess is one thing, but dating the biker princess behind the biker king and clubs back…….well that’s a whole nother story.

Add to that, crazy ex’s, club drama, guns, ‘runs’, fights, alcohol and business gone bad,  you get a petri dish of wonderfulness that is Madeline. 

Oh how I loved this…. It may have been Ripper and Danny’s story, but we also get a continuation of Deuce and Eva’s story!

“You’re my reason, Deuce,” she whispered through her tears. “You always have been.” (EVA)

We learn the fallout from that fateful night in Undeniable and the repercussions of it.  It was hard gut wrenching and pissed me off.  I LOVE Eva’s backbone to stand up to such an alpha male and put his ass in his place. 

We also get to see a special moment biker style!  LOVED THAT!

Overall, HIGHLY recommend reading this book!  Madeline is an auto-buy for me. If you love alpha males, who ride bikes, stand up for what they believe in, fight for what they want, demand respect and love with every fiber of their being, you will love the Undeniable series.

Favorite Quote:        “Perspective is a bitch when it slaps you in the face, after the fact.”

Series Order
Undeniable (Undeniable #1)
Unbeautifully (Undeniable #2)

Unattainable (Undeniable #3)

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The first time I fell in love it was with a pair of blue eyes and a wide dimpled grin. “Your old man loves ya, Danny girl,” He whispered. “You never ever forget that, yeah?” I never did. And I never thought I could ever love any man as much as I loved my father. But as we grow, we change, we begin to make our own decisions and thus become independent and self sufficient and start turning away from our parents and turning to others. We form friendships, strong bonds and ties and begin experiencing life outside of the bubble we grew up inside of. And we fall in love…a second time.

The second time I fell in love it was with a badly scarred face, the stuff of nightmares; the sort of disfigurement that mothers steer their children away from. Ugly, jagged slashes marred the skin from the top of his skull, down over his right eye, an eye that had been dug out of his face with a serrated blade. The scars continued across his cheek, over his lips and down his neck, ending at the top of his shoulder. His chest was a hundred times worse; scar tissue as far as the eye could see.

“Baby,” He said gruffly, “Man like me got no business with a girl like you. You’re nothin’ but fuckin’ beauty and I’m a whole lot of fuckin’ ugly who’s already halfway to hell.” But he was wrong. Everything has beauty. Even the ugly. Especially the ugly. Because without ugly there would be no beauty. Because without beauty we would not survive our pain, our sorrow, and our suffering. And in the world I lived in, the world he lived in, a secret world within the world, a world of of constant crime and cruel, cold, death, there was almost nothing but suffering. “You may not be beautiful the way you were before,” I whispered, placing my hand on his hard chest. “But you’re still beautiful. To me.

We've read that you've been writing since you were seven, what was the name of the first story you wrote and what was it about?
My very first story I wrote at the public library on a piece of orange construction paper, it was about fish and why I hated them. Hated them because mine had just died and I was crushed and getting that out on paper, writing it down, was a therapy of sorts, transferring the pain, turning it into something else. It was only about one paragraph long but in my defense I was only seven. My next story was written at the age of eleven about a beautiful girl who was driven to school every day in a limo. It was only a couple pages and mostly sucked, but I was eleven and apparently wanted to be driven to school in a limo. LOL.

What is your favorite scene from Unbeautifully?
The epilogue. Hands down. I was just right there with them. I read some review where someone called it a "wham bam thank you ma'am ending, but for me, I poured my heart out. That was Danny and that was Ripper and that was THEM and it was all just...there.

What was the hardest to write?
Ripper's flashback scenes with Frankie. I actually toned them down a lot of the book, didn't include everything that happened, because I figured if it was hard for me to write it, it would be twice as hard to read it.

What song sums it up?
Angel Wing by Social Distortion. 

Will the story Unattainable with Cage and Tegan be the last book in this series? If not, which other characters have stories you would like to tell?
No, Cage & Tegen will be number three, after them Dorothy/Hawk/Jase get their story and after them it's ZZ's turn :)

Five words you would use to describe yourself?
I couldn't answer this so I asked my brother and my mother to give me five words to describe me and this is what they said: Impulsive (brother), Opinionated (mother), Sensitive (also mother), Detail Oriented (brother again), Vulgar (<=== I added this one) LOL. 

What are 3 things you can't leave your house without?
My son... Everything else is just stuff...

You have a raw writing style. In the Undeniable series you seem to not be afraid to push boundaries and lay it bare for readers to see. On top of that you have extremely raw, yet flawed characters which leaves readers in a love-hate head space. Is it a challenge to get yourself in to a certain mind set to write these characters and tell their stories?
No, it comes actually really easily to me but I will say that it is tough to stay in that mindset for an extended period of time. It can wear on a person trying to live through the eyes of a person in pain 24/7.

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