- Read my review of the first book in the Rebel Kings MC series, Devil’s Dance.
This book picks up pretty much where the previous one left off, but with a twist. Now we also get scenes from Saint’s point of view! Though the previous installment did not end on a cliffhanger, it was already obvious that the Rebel Kings MC still had a lot of work to do to stay safe. I was a little unclear on the actual time gap between the first scene and when the meat of this book started, but understanding it isn’t that necessary once the current events now surrounding the characters pulled me in.
The main threat within the Rebel Kings to Cam’s power has been eliminated, but the aftereffect is like kicking over an ant’s nest. Cam, with the help of Saint, Alexei, and his other trusted advisors, must now root out the rest of the rot from when his father was president of the club. In addition, the neighboring MC they had all assumed to be the mere minions previously is under new management and a bigger threat than previously. Alexei’s name may have scared off those pulling the strings before, but the current leaders don’t have the knowledge needed to properly fear him. The various action scenes all of these factors lead to were intense enough to keep me engrossed and realistic enough for a reader (like me) who doesn’t know enough to complain. The actions (and reactions) of the three main characters came across as believable to how Leigh has crafted them so far. Even knowing that everyone has to live happily ever after in a romance novel didn’t keep my heart from my throat during the stunning finale.
Leigh also deftly interweaves the external conflict with the continuing relationship development that occurs between Cam, Saint, and Alexei. One thing I especially appreciated about this poly dynamic was that it never felt like a love triangle. Saint and Alexei are similar enough that they both read like feral cats; Cam doesn’t tame them so much as coax them into allowing him to love them properly. Even when they are still figuring out their relative orbits to each other, the trio is still hot enough to incinerate my Kindle even with the smallest exchanges, never mind the actual steamy bits.
Despite growing up in an MC family, Cam has the most stable background of the three. We learned about Alexei in the last book, which prompts some curiosity about why Saint might be the way he is. Be careful what you wish for, because the bits of Saint’s history we do learn in this book are just as brutal as Alexei’s, even if in a completely different manner. On top of that, Leigh implies (though never explicitly explains) that the two fall on the neurodivergent spectrum. I adored how Cam loves them both so hard just the way they are that he never even notices.
I’m excited that Leigh will be continuing this series with the story of another potential relationship teased in these books. However, this duo more than stands on its own, and I know that I’ll be coming back to them for a full re-read so that I can properly savor the story and writing.