Iron Goddess by Dharma Kelleher

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A new LGBTQ thriller: a biker decides to take the law into her own hands, with usually disastrous results!

Shea has turned her life around since her tumultuous childhood and subsequent car-thieving days. Now she owns a motorcycle shop specializing in bikes for women and employed by fellow ex-cons she’s given a second chance. Despite the steps she’s taken to separate herself from her past, it seems to catch up with her when someone robs the shop and leaves one of her employees for dead. Suspecting her father’s old gang and rather than waiting around for the police to solve the case, Shea sets out to reclaim her bikes for herself. However, she may just get herself caught in the middle of an all-out biker war.

Definitely an exciting read! I will say right now though, there’s a lot (a lot) of graphic violence in this book so if that’s not your thing it’s probably best you skip this book. It almost reads like an Expendables movie (I know I’ve already used this comparison but it applies here too), except with a more diverse cast and more of an understandable plot.

The “DIY detective” genre has been done many times over but, as opposed to this book, it’s often an open-and-shut case. Not so with Shea. She seems to leave chaos in her wake whether she has a plan or not! It’s certainly a unique take for this genre and makes for a much more exciting and unpredictable story!

As mentioned in the blurb, Shea comes from a dysfunctional background. While we can’t know this history as readers, since this is the first book, the author has a nice way of seamlessly integrating memories into the story so that we can understand the full picture.

This is one of the first books I’ve read with predominant LGBTQ characters and I think the author does a great job of introducing them in the story. As she said in an interview, she didn’t want the main focus to be on their sexuality, just as straight characters in action roles avoid this focus. Instead, they’re given their own book and get to be an action star in their own right.

My faults with this book were really just that it’s not to my taste. I’m not a motorcycle enthusiast and not a big fan of big action either. I have no doubt there’s an audience for this book though; just look at all the action movies that come out every year! If you’re looking for an action-filled read, and especially if you’re a rider, check out Iron Goddess on sale now!

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


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