Friday, May 1, 2015

ARC Review: Arrow's Hell ( Wind Dragons MC #2 ) by Chantal Fernando

Arrow's Hell by Chantal Fernando

Being the younger sister of a Wind Dragons MC member isn’t as great as you’d think it would be.

I can’t escape the details of my brother’s exploits.
No one tells me anything. 
Men who know who I am tend to stay away from me.

And worst of all:
The members of the MC are off-limits.

When Arrow catches my eye, I make it my mission to make him happy again. 

When I fall head over heels in love with him, I just hope he will be there to catch me.
And that my brother doesn’t kill him.




I read Dragon's Lair about a year ago. I hope Chantal will be able to publish the next book much faster. I don't remember much from Book 1 already beside of the laugh out loud humor. In Arrow's Hell, the humor had been toned down a lot.

When I read the prologue, which is in Arrow's POV, I was thinking 'we have a winner here!'. Arrow had been guilt ridden on what happened to his girl, Mary in the previous book. It had been 5 years and he never able to move on. Poor guy was celibate, mind you. Until the day, his Wind Dragon MC brother, Rake brought his younger sister, Anna into their life, Arrow finally felt desire for the first time since Mary.

Is such a shame that Arrow only got his POV in prologue and epilogue, the rest of the story was solely from Anna's POV. She was back in town for her post-doctorate program and being the sister of a MC brother, she had a legion of scary men watching out for her, much to her annoyance. 

Anna was portrayed as smart, brave and beautiful. Both she and Arrow had shared a special kind of attraction towards each other from their first meeting. However, Arrow still very much moping around with his tattered heart and Anna couldn't help but want to make this sad man smile for once. 

I know I'm suppose to fall for their slightly forbidden romance because Arrow is not suppose to have feelings for Rake's little sister. While Anna was experiencing the whole unrequited love because she thought Arrow is still mourning for Mary.

But I don't feel much emotion towards their romance. To me, all their interaction consist of Arrow being grumpy and cold towards Anna, while she tried to engage with some one sided conversation with him. Then all of a sudden, they both got serious and Arrow had to 'talk it out' with Rake. I just don't get how they get from hardly knowing each other to all those serious stuff. The flow just doesn't feel right to me and there is a lack of actual getting to know each other part. 

It had been mentioned several times (not once) that Anna is a smart, brave and beautiful, but beside of us knowing she got PhD in science, I don't see she portrayed her smartness in real life. She spent the whole book mooning after Arrow, pissed off at her protective brother, pissed of at Arrow when he act like a caveman, jealous of Faye, jealous at Jill,... I mean is okay to be jealous, but I don't see any of her positive attribute that had been stated. I don't hate Anna, I just don't feel much for her. 

As for Arrow, there is so much potential for his character, as per what I had mentioned about his prologue. But he was such a letdown for me as the story progress. First, I felt like I don't know much about him when the story ended. Secondly, the way he was celibate should be a big deal, but by the way he broke his celibacy, I rather he be a manwhore instead. Thirdly, beside of being all protective and one little gift, I don't see any romantic gesture from Arrow.

I had to say by the time the little twist came in by the last quarter in regards to their rival gang, I already lost interest in Arrow and Anna's relationship.

Rating 3/5