★ 5 Loving Lawless Stars ★
"I was already going to hell. Might as well enjoy the ride there."
Lawless is the dynamic third installment of the King Series. T.M. Frazier has done it again with her complex characters, twisted plot lines, and broken love stories that will bring you to your knees every time!
"Red stains are the worst, expecially in white grout."
Lawless is Bear's story. When Tyrant ended, Bear was left in a dangerous emotional state. Abused and broken, he decided to escape reality and take a trip down the "self-destruction highway". Booze, women, and every cigarette from every gas station (in every county) in Florida cannot help him forget the pain.
"He mad you a promise. He will help you. He can do the thinking for you. You just have to get there."- Thia
Many years before, Bear had made a promise to a young girl. Now, the little girl is all grown up. When trouble barrels in like a shotgun on her doorstep, she takes off to find solace in the man who promised her help. Little did she know that man is long gone.
"Used, spent, hot, useless. Broken. Why was I there?"
While seeking help from Bear, Thia falls into the hands of the Beach Bastards MC. In order to unleash a holy war against Bear, they take great pleasure in roughing Thia up. Physically abused and emotionally broken both Thia and Bear must find their way together. Through the support of King, Ray, and Grace, Thia and Bear begin the journey to healing.
"He cupped his hands around my face and kissed me like he was screaming at me, punishing me for disobeying him, for being in his life, for not being in his life."
"Bear's lips on mine wasn't just something amazing. It was an event. It was downright magical."
Thia and Bear share a significant connection due to their past experiences and present situation. Where Bear is rough and gritty, Thia is soft and innocent. Bear is a master in the bedroom and Thia is as pure as a Disney Princess. And yet, however sweet and angelic she appears to be, we soon learn Thia is tough. She is a true fighter to her core.
"We were at war, a war of passion and lust, and anger and hate and every feeling I'd had towards the confusing man."
The physical attraction between Bear and Thia is instantaneous and yet, their relationship develops at a slow and steady burn. The anticipation that builds only causes their first connection to ignite right off of the pages of the book. The intensity between the two was dark and yet, so beautiful! Thia and Bear find solace in one another and yet, with the Beach Bastard MC and the law closing in on them it is only a matter of time before their happy existence is blown to pieces.
"I'm not stopping at kissing. I'm not stopping until you're mine in every fucking way. I'll try not to hurt you, but this is happening right fucking now. I'm warning you that I want you so much, my version of gentle still might be really fucking hard."
"I was selfish. I was an asshole. I needed to fuck her more than I needed to breathe."
Told in dual POV, Lawless offers a unique blend of strong characterization, a well developed plot, multiple action packed moments, and raw passion that will leave you breathless. The secondary characters (that we know and love from this series) offer a constant reminder that every broken person has the ability to be healed and loved.
"King was a bull who ran in his own direction and Preppy was the wild donkey, running amongst bulls with no direction at all."
The dialogue drives the action with it's rich text and fluid movement. The action takes you right to the edge of comfort before you free fall into the next emotion. Each moment is felt to the core as Thia and Bear navigate their way through the dark together. In true T.M. fashion, we are left with many questions yet to be answered. I have complete faith in this author to bring Bear and Thia through this transformation with perfection and grace and I, for one, am just thankful to be along for the ride!
"He could rip me in two and I still didn't care because it wasn't what he could do to my body that I was worried about. It was what he could do to my heart."
"Never doubt that this has always belonged to me. YOU have always belonged to me."
Overall, Lawless is simply perfect! I enjoyed every second of this read. Returning to these characters was like coming home and I simply cannot get enough. I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a well developed gritty love story. Bear and Thia's story is one to cherish and remember forever. Bravo, Ms. Frazier! And may I also add....Encore! Please....Encore!
"I love you...."
★ BR with my girls Loyda and War in celebration of Shh... IndieSTAR chat with Frazier, Contreras, Keeland & Hildreth: Dec. 6-12!
★ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review via TRSROR for blog tour!★