Review: EPIC by Adrienne Wilder

August 18, 2017 Review 0

Review: EPIC by Adrienne Wilder

Andrew Atler has learned the hard way, fiction is far better than real life. In his romance novels the world is safe, predictable, and there is always a happy ending. Best of all, he can safely fall in love and the person will never know. There he can weave a tale of perfect passion plus pay the bills.

Matt Grim flies the colors of Hell’s Legion. When he’s not riding his chopper, he’s working as a bouncer for the Six. Matt’s life consists of drinking, playing in a band, and burning the midnight oil in the dungeon. He lives hard, plays hard, and rides even harder.

Two people who would never be a part of the same EPIC love story.
But sometimes those fairy tale clichés have a way of working magic.
And sometimes…sometimes those happy endings do come true.

Title: EPIC
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The First Three Rules, Rule Four and Five, The Final Rule, Complementary Colors
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: June 15, 2017
Genres: M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance, Motorcycle Theme
Pages: 319
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: five-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Epic

 

I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this book. Epic had quite a few pros and cons for me. First off, I’m not a huge fan of biker stories. I’ve tried them and found them to be not my cuppa. Too much testosterone and violence. However, this is Adrienne Wilder and every book I have read by this author has either blown me away or left my jaw on the floor. So despite the MC theme, I knew I had to read it.

The next thing I had me unsure of, Andrew and Matt. I found Andrew to be a bit pathetic and too much of an (I hate to say it) doormat. In the beginning of the book, his time with his soon-to-be-ex had me screaming. And Matt with that chip on his shoulder, all anger to his brother, Jerkface! These were definitely not the type of characters I normally want to read about.

But then it all began to change. I get why Andrew is the way he is, why he has no self-worth. As well as Matt, the rejection of his family hurt him and he found a way to cope. What started out as just sex, well, really hot smutty page burning sex, slowly turned into something more. A relationship built out of two opposites and the story of how they got there pulled me in. At times it was sad, others quite funny. I LOVED how Matt finds out about Killian and Matt’s dirty little secret. Hee-hee!

There came a point where eventually I forgot why I wasn’t too happy with the beginning. Epic needed its beginning and while I’m not a fan of it, it did serve its purpose. It gave me a basis of what stage these characters were in their lives, how they could evolve and how much they deserved an HEA. Okay a little bit of it was predictable (Hello Phillip!), and some not so predictable (O.o Todd you have some explaining to do!) but I enjoyed the ride the other took me on. All and all Epic was a great read.

 

EPIC

Amazon buy link http://amzn.to/2tSwDr3

Goodreads link https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35412625-epic

 

Bio

 

Email: Fourpaw at windstream dot net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adriennewilder

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Adrienne_Wilder

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Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/AdrienneWilder

 

Georgia born and bred, I am an artist, a writer, and a general pain in the ass.

 

I spend most of my days working on my next book or designing cover art for other writers. For stress relief I do Olympic lifting and occasionally run (but hate it). I have been in love with writing since I was very young but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to pursue it as a profession.

 

I have experimented in several genres and found that since I identify as male, male romance has been the most comfortable for me to write. I don’t discriminate in my books. All characters are fair game. I do however, prefer a happy ending at some level.

 

I don’t write the standard romance book. Some might even argue that what I write isn’t romance at all. Personally, I think of them as love stories, where even in a fantastical world, there are realistic outcomes to the obstacles the characters face.

 

Many of my books have dark turns and twists where the characters fight for the light at the end of the tunnel. I write action, fist fights, gun fights, downright dirty evil people who have to be stopped, things catch fire, blow up, and fall in. My characters come in a unique range. They are not all good guys, but the majority of them have very good hearts. Many of them have been through hell in their lives, and many of them have a laundry list of faults. But hopefully they manage to surprise you with their tenacity and loyalty.

 

If all goes well, there will be a myriad of different kinds of books available this year. If I am really lucky, you will enjoy them.

 

WildWilder Adrienne

by Adrienne

Releasing in August 2017

No sane man would choose to live in the Alaskan bush unless he had something to hide. And Keegan Brooks has secrets darker than night, more dangerous than wolves, more brutal than an Alaskan winter. Every day for him was survival until he found August Vallory the sole survivor in a downed plane.

 

It’s no longer just Keegan’s life teetering on the edge of survival.

 

Now it’s his heart.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35569500-wild

 

Buy Wild here: http://amzn.to/2vVfMDJ

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Reader Questions, Answered:

 

Reader: I absolutely loved Complementary Colors, do you think authors are getting better at portraying mental health issues in their characters; are readers more interested in seeing it portrayed and dealt with as realistically as possible as part of a character’s love story or arc.

 

Mental health issues are hard. Especially when they are misunderstood or even frightening. I have a lot of experience with people who are severely mentally ill, physically disabled, or a combination of both. I’ve seen all sides, some of which are terrifying and tragic, some of which can be heartwarming.

 

I don’t really know if I’m qualified to say whether or not it’s being done more in books or even being done well. I can say writing mental illness, the ugly part of it, is very upsetting to a lot of people. It’s difficult to look at in real life and most people are trying to escape real life when they read (especially romance.) And mental illness can be terrifying because people can’t “see” what’s causing the problem. It’s not like a broken arm, or a broken leg. Even when knowing and accepting this, people have a very hard time comprehending how real mental illness is or how debilitating it can be. Most people think they are okay with mental illness until they experience someone having a psychotic break, or a borderline episode. Even seasoned professionals can find these incidents difficult and frightening to deal with. Even more difficult than the episode, is the acceptance that a person who experiences them, can be anyone around you. Even someone who seems unaffected.

 

Personally witnessing an episode throws a wrench in your reality and fight and flight kicks in. It’s why outbursts or episodes of these kinds frighten people and why many react to individuals who are experiencing an episode in an unkind and even violent manner.

 

I have no idea if people are more interested in seeing characters who are protagonists with these types of traits. I know I write them when it’s just who the character is. I’m not trying to infuse mentally ill or physically disabled people into a story to make a statement, I put them there because they are there in our lives, reality, world, and they are people who love, laugh, cry, just like everyone else. They are just people. They aren’t a mental illness. They aren’t a disability. Those just happen to be characteristics like green eyes or blond hair.

 

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