The only thing sacred than the Anathema MC is the vengeance of a wronged man Excommunicated Exiled from the Anathema MC Brew Darnell escaped the bullet only to face the unforgiving solitude of the road With no future before him Brew battles his past and vows to protect the one he loves the only way he can—by hunting the man who destroyed his family devastated the Anathema MC and betrayed every promise he ever made Saved Trapped in an abusive relationship with a sadistic biker Martini Wright learned to manipulate controlling her boyfriend’s temper with a wink and a smile until she’s traded as collateral to a rival MC Her captor Brew has never trafficked a woman before and Martini intends to exploit his guilty secrets to escape Caught in the middle of a gang war Brew and Martini fight a dangerous attraction—a second chance to heal from the mistakes of their past if they can confess the terrible truth Redeemed Brew failed his family before but Martini can still be saved With redemption delivered at the edge of a blade Brew must choose who to rescue—the one he already lostor the love he never deserved

10 thoughts on “Exiled Anathema #2

  1. says:

    My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book for visit Punya ReviewsI had picked up Lana Grayson’s Anathema MC series on a whim not really expecting much I thought it’d be one of those tiny novella type uick read with some hot sex scenes and zero plotting But damn I was so wrong I have to say that not only this debut series has hot sex but also it has a tight knit plot with some seriously damaged and dysfunctional characters who’d leave you intrigued and wanting for The installments of Anathema MC are not your average 30pages novella Each has 150pages with book 2 having almost 300pages This series revolves around some key members of Anathema MC and their seriously fcked up lives The ex VP of Anathema MC Blade Darnell who’s been rotting in prison for the past couple of years had left a legacy of sht on his wake before the law got hold of him His 2 eldest sons Brew and Keep real names Brice and Tristan are now holding important posts in the MC under the new President Thorne Radek They have a rival MC gang The Temple who wants to destroy anything and everything in the wake of their supremacy by which I mean any competitors to their shady business You get introduced to these MCs in book 1 I found the whole intro confusing at first It took me a while to get to know them better the who’s who of it all but it was worth it When I was finished I could see the story arc uite clearly and was anticipating the next installmentTBH I wasn’t a big fan of the author’s writing style and thought sometimes the dialogues read ridiculously melodramatic for my liking It grew on me however and I was glad for it too that I just didn’t give up Just finished book 2 which was much of an improvement IMO as I found the writing style much clearer and concise Have to agree that it was pretty darn goodIn book 1 Warlord we meet Rose Blade’s daughter trying to make out a life sans her MC heritage because of the stigma and fear that surrounds the whole MC lifestyle But there was another much darker reason for her reluctance She wanted to be away from anything that reminded of her of Blade Her brothers Brew and Keep would keep track of her no matter Rose had financial problems and wanted to carry on with her musical endeavors She didn’t want her brothers’ help yet there was no backing off when those two were determined to have their wayBrew is like Blade in looks and temperament with dark eyes and hair already sprinkled with grey having a big muscled body while Keep is a junkie He might’ve been very handsome once before the addiction took hold of his much lighter features Now he sports a bald head which used to have blonde hair Rose has dark eyes and auburn hair and she resembles Brew than KeepSometimes ago a couple of Anathema members split and created a new MC called the Coup This in itself is a violation of Anathema’s code Then the Coup was corrupted than Anathema ever had been The President is a total sleazebag who was also involved with the rival Temple for leverage and cut in the drug business Unfortunately no one knew that Blade was trying to get out of prison thru his secret shady dealings with TempleCoup and Brew was helping him with it the devoted son that he was He wanted his father out and so he was willing to go to some extreme lengths Even if it meant keeping Keep in a drug induced stupor; drug that came from Temple thru him Even if it meant that once the word got out he’d be good as dead to Anathema because a traitor only gets one thing in return; death which might or might not be pleasant depending on his sinsRose gets entangled with the MC war sht completely by mistake She had no idea that the guitar shop she went to belonged to someone from the Coup Thus she also becomes a target Brew and Keep had to move her to Anathema’s club house so when Thorne commanded that Blade’s daughter should be kept safe Under him Literally if you get my meaning Then we learn that Rose has known Thorne uite young uite obsessed with him Because he was uite a bit older much closer in age to Brew and Keep he never gave her second look Or so Rose thought because Thorne noticed her alright But out of respect for the VP and his MC brothers he never laid a hand on the girl with baby bunny eyes The girl who’d also been the center of his obsession for a long time Now that she has grown up and he has a chance given to him on a platter Thorne is going to use it to its fullestNote that their relationship wasn’t all flowers and rainbows Actually there was nothing of that sort because early in the story Thorne me too figured out that there’s something uite wrong with Rose She’s scared of Blade for some reason And she sports some sexual skills so good almost inherent that Thorne didn’t know what to think She wasn’t a virgin yet she wasn’t comfortable with sexual activities either As if she was used to turning off something inside her Thorne had to know what was wrongI just knew something really bad had happened to Rose while she was growing up Her mother who passed on leaving her young wasn’t much of a mother even if she’d loved her She was almost always drunk Blade wasn’t a father material either Too bossy too entangled in Anathema Family never mattered to him; a man who thought of his children as nothing than possessions His sons were either already mixed up with Anathema then either a junky or serving time while the daughter practically grew up alone Rose being a girl was basically useless to him Or was she?Ironically Thorne too at one point wanted to use Rose to rat out the betrayer he already knew was inside his MC His prime suspect was Keep being the junky he was But things change when they started living and sleeping together Somehow after all she’d gone thru Rose manages to create a close bond with Thorne who instinctively knew that she needed his protection because no one protected her from whatever the hell happened to her Somewhere along the way he had a change of heart about Rose as they start falling for each other in their own twisted way For Rose it was a God given that she could actually enjoy sex with Thorne because she thought that part of her will always remain buried I couldn’t blame her when I got to learn about itWhen sht finally hit the fan with the Coup and Temple then Rose gets kidnapped There’s a big war where members of both MC get killed including the sleezy President of the Coup A guy named Knight Luke takes over the Coup It seemed that he wanted to create an all around bond with all the MCs when they split from Anathema but the plan obviously backfired Though he seemed like a decent guy Knight was the one who betrays Rose’s trust and helps the Coup kidnap her There’s always those double edged situations that these people couldn’t seem to escapeThough the war was finally over to some extent at least trouble was still brewing For now Temple had backed off the Coup is completely scattered Rose is safe with Thorne and she should be basking in the love they share Yet the Darnell family is destined to have problem follow them one by one Brew finally confesses that he was the one who betrayed his MC to help Blade But the bomb dropped when they saw how pale and sickly Rose looked and it wasn’t from her recent brush with death That she doesn’t want Blade out of prison In fact she doesn’t want Blade anywhere near her It was so horrible even to imagine that a father sexually abusing his teenage girl until he went to prison that my eyes were wet Brew and Keep were dumbstruck because they had not a fcking idea that this is what she’d been going thru while they were away chasing their own demons or women for that matterIt was because of Rose’s heart wrenching pleas that convince Thorne to spare Brew’s life She didn’t wanna lose any of her brothers Brew is exiled finally from Anathema but he’d have to disappear as they plan to let it be known throughout the MC that he’d been executed A warning for anyone wanting to go down that pathBook 2 Exiled is a direct continuation of book 1 It’s been around 3 months since Brew left Anathema He’d been going around from town to town as a mysterious biker named ‘Noir’ his profession transporting goods from one MC to another Brings good money for his no uestions asked service Brew had been as far away from his home as one can be so that no one recognizes him He’d survived somehow even thru all the pain and misery of Rose’s revelation He’s stewing in the guilt of not seeing his father’s real face the monster that lived almost near the surface He’d been such a devoted son always wanting to be like Blade that he was blind to his faults And now Rose is paying for his sins; their sinsBrew rarely keeps contact with Anathema as commanded Keep is still a junky working at the MC clubhouse when he’s not sleeping off the drug that’s gradually eating him alive Brew had asked his brother to sober up and keep an eye on Rose even though Thorne is now with her 247 She’s now the Prez’s Old Lady aka ‘woman’ or girlfriend so she’s safe Thorne however much a bastard he is loves Rose like no other so Brew is sure that she’s in good hands But Blade will be out very soon thanks to Brew’s ‘help’ So yah there’s no shortage of Brew’s nightmares; most of all it seemed are his own creations But he’s determined about one thing Blade won’t live long enough to celebrate his freedom let alone laying a hand on Rose ever again Brew would see to that it’s doneIt’s one of Brew’s transportation jobs that get him into trouble with Temple once again This time he was transporting something for an MC called Kingdom to another called Sacrilege Sacrilege is a very weak MC with an eually weak old man for President and a big hulking and brainless brute named Goliath for its VP They’d do anything to keep their heads even if it means throwing in the VP’s Old Lady in the deal When he’s called back to Sacrilege for another job back to Kingdom this time Brew finds a beautiful feisty blonde as his ‘courier’ or so to speak Apparently she’s to be collateral to Kingdom until whatever mess they’re in is sorted out No one of course cares about the girl’s well being in all theseEven though he tries to think of it as just a job the irony and the similarity isn’t lost on Brew It strikes something deep within him He’d failed to help one girl is he going to do the same with another? It was apparent that the girl Martini was apprehensive Only God knew what those twisted SOB would do to her death would probably be welcome by the time they’re thru What Brew didn’t know that Martini Olivia wasn’t some weak vaporous girl Life has taught her early of the nastiness of this world because though Martini is only in her early 20s she’d seen and suffered much It was true that Martini ‘belonged’ to Goliath the ugly tattoo on her neck would scream as much However she had long since failed to feel anything but loathing for that brute She has been ‘taken’ by men from an early age and acknowledges as much that at an young age she welcomed those rough handlings She’d always been attracted to the proverbial bad boys and got off on being ‘used’ Ever since Goliath came into the scene things changed He just ‘took’ her and no one uestioned it At first she liked his cruel treatments but now Martini wants out More so now that he’s proven than once that he doesn’t care a sht for herMartini’s only solace was her cousin but of a brother than one Red Ryan; the only person who probably cared for her Red had a future he was going to be a doctor until the MC happened He left his studies to become the ‘cleaner’ for the MC messes by that I mean murder scenes There’s certainly no shortage of that kinda occurrences He’s so good at his job that Red makes good bucks doing it for various MCs Martini finds herself attracted to Noir from the get go But she understood that she couldn’t let a man in her life again All she wanted was out and she was going to use him to get there A bat of her eyelashes a uick sway of her hips and a sultry smile has gotten her this far in life so Martini thought Noir would be the same She’d find his weakness and it’d be a piece of cakeHonestly I didn’t like Martini for the better part of the book because she indeed was using Brew to get away until she finds herself falling for him Since they found the Kingdom MC members brutally murdered while ‘delivering’ Martini there they have been on the run Brew and Martini weather a lot together in that hellish journey to get away from both Sacrilege and Temple Since Temple’s members knew him and was hunting for his head Brew knew he’d have to hide Now Martini has also become a target They become close and with Martini’s coaxing touch he relaxes his guard and begins trusting her He confides to her about Anathema and Rose though not why he was so far from home They even end up having sex and that was enough for Martini to poke and prod to make sure Noir who she now knew as Brew would take her with him and keep her safeBrew comes to learn of Martini’s plans in an unfortunate way And he was hurt though he’d probably never acknowledge that part But I understood Martini’s desperation and not wanting to return to Sacrilege as Brew wanted her to And though I didn’t like her I felt the apprehension as much as her It was given that if she returns she’d suffer much worse than what she would’ve suffered at Kingdom members’ hands Goliath would never let her ‘transgressions’ go unpunished And sadly I was right to be apprehensive I wouldn’t recount what she goes thru at the hands of Goliath when they finally catches her and drags her back to their place It was hard to swallow any wayAfter getting Rose’s call on Blade being out of prison Brew knew it’s time to go home and set the record straight He hated leaving Martini alone but he was angry at her betrayal Is that all she wanted from him? Did he mean nothing to her? But Brew didn’t have time to dwell on his own hell and heartbreak; he had to make sure that Rose never suffers thru another hellish moment in her life because of a monster who ruined their family I felt so bad for Brew every time he’d go and torture himself with his resemblance of Blade in everything even his rough and callous handling of women Once upon a time he conuered a woman and was proud of it Now he cringes every time he thought of the things he’d done Though he hadn’t hurt or raped any woman he knew his blood is poisoned because of Blade and he absolutely despised it He didn’t want to become intimate with Martini knowing her abusive past with Goliath and other men but it seemed she wanted the same thing from Brew; like welcomed it From her POV we learn that while Goliath made her scared she craved Brew’s rough touch wanting of it And even though they had this misunderstanding she wanted him to become her protector In the next we find her proving just to what lengths she’s willing to go to help Brew To make him see that she’d fallen in love with him that it wasn’t all just an actAfter a brutal night with Goliath a bruised and battered Martini is dragged down by that ahole to face the members of Temple MC I was scared to death for her because those SOB were the cruelest of the bunch But boy if Martini didn’t show everyone that she’s made of much sterner stuff When they taunt her with the threat on Brew’s life that Blade has paid to kill him because he knew he’s going to get his comeuppance once he’s out Martini knew it’s time for some serious action Oh that girl She makes such a superb escape from their clutches and thanks to Red finally flees that hellhole in search of BrewThe next few chapters are action on top of action plus some really shocking revelations especially the one about Rose’s real relationship with Brew It was such a bomb that I was shaking my head completely flabbergasted Like something totally unexpected But now that I look back Brew’s concerns and continuous show of affection for Rose makes much sense to me Much like her I still can’t get my mind to wrap around this whole matterUp next is Knight’s story which I found rather surprising I was thinking it’d be Keep’s but doesn’t matter I really have to know where this series headed to and what Knight can do to Temple with the information Martini handed over to him I’m kinda addicted to the series right now A solid 4 star

  2. says:

    Wowjust wow I read Warlord the first book in this series and was for the most part pretty impressed with this first time author's workNow with this follow up I am just blown away by the sheer poetry of her writing YES you read that correctlypoetic writing in a violent book about biker clubs at war and found myself re reading passages because there was so much beauty in the words of even the most disgusting degrading and abusive scenes Brew was a dead man walkingon his own taking jobs for money to one day pay back for what he feels were his sins of not protecting his little sister from the horrific abuse she suffered at the hands of their own father While completing a delivery he meets Martini a beautiful bartenderthe property of a vicious rival club member and is ordered to take her to another club to be held as collateral This is the start of a road trip to hell that doesn't go as planned and the beginning of what would be both of their downfalls and salvations Martini desperately wants to escape the cruel man she is owned by and Brew is a hardened shell of manhaving failed to protect the little girl he has taken into his heart and left behind a broken womanand so they both feel like they have nothing to lose when everything starts to go terribly wrongSo much happens in this book it is literally non stop action and one bad thing after another that makes it crazy hard to follow at times that I won't even try to explain or even try to summarizebut just know going in that you will not be disappointed or feel like it is anything you have read beforeThe relationship between Brew and Martini is fascinatinga deep dark connection based on the twisted imperfections of two lonely lost souls who feel they have no hope at love or even deserve to be feeling anything close to happiness The slow build up of trust and feeling and the sexual chemistry that both threatens to heal as it destroys them is also really wonderful and this author took her time to make it very real and believableA HUGE and I mean gigantic OMG and WTH moment occurs about 80% into the book and I pretty much was in shock but thought it made for a very interesting complication and took the story in a different direction but created the basis for some new feelings to be exploredIt ends with an HEA for now and the promise of adventure to come for another brother in the next book Be forewarned though it contains graphic depictions of abuse against women and some pretty gruesome violence in the course of conducting club business as well I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 5 a match made in hell reaches for a heavenly paradise stars

  3. says:

    DNFA bit of spoiler up aheadPicked it up and put it right back downI was really looking forward to this book as I loved warlord Once again I read a book about a man almost 40 and a women in her mid 20's I am really tired of this age gap that are put into MC books I wish the heroine was older then I would have continued At the 4% mark I lost complete interest in this bookI just can't read any books abou grown men falling for girls who are barely old enough to rent a car This is in no way a reflection of how good the book might be I'm sure it's great I just can't get attached to books like this any very disappointing Happy reading to everyone else

  4. says:

    While I like the characters and the story line I found myself finding it hard to absorb the prose in this book just like in book 1 I found myself re reading sentencesparagraphs to make sure I understood and followed the thought process involved Then I found myself skipping pages At about 60% the action picked up and I followed the story better I'm sure there are a lot of readers that will like the writing style but it's not for me Doubt if I'll go for book 3 It's just too much of an effort for me to follow and stay interested in the story

  5. says:

    I received this as a Arc for honest review I thought the first book Warlord kept me on the edge of my seat lol This brings suspense emotions and surprises I'm absolutely loving this series and most defiantly recommend it if you like MC books

  6. says:

    Good storyNon stop action Although it is not my usual sort of story it held my interest to the end Sons of Anarchy fans are likely to enjoy this one Grammatical errors and a need for good proofreading recommended

  7. says:

    loved it can't wait for book 3

  8. says:

    BarbaricTo much senseless violence for me Lots of explicit sex abuse; mental as well as sexual A very dysfunctional family

  9. says:

    a decent continuation same thoughts as the first

  10. says:

    Loved ItWow what a story This book was filled with so much drama I was addicted from the 1st paragraph This definitely had dark matter in it but thankfully everyone ended up in a better place I loved the characters They were so well written and intriguing I am praying that you have a Story for Keep Tristian in the future That poor guy needs a story to heal him