Title: Knuckle Down
Author: Chantal Fernando
Series: Cursed Ravens MC
Publisher: Netgalley Pocket Star
Release Date: 7/9/2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 250
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A single father struggles to change for his daughters and the woman he loves in this second book in the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club series from New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando.
As a single father of two girls and the sergeant at arms for the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club, Jack “Knuckles” Chester doesn’t have much free time. And having earned his road name from his reputation as a fighter, Knuckles isn’t one to back away from a challenge.
But what he’ll never admit out loud is that his two daughters have changed him irrevocably, softened him even. And these two girls are the only women who will ever hold his heart forever. That is, until he meets the cousin of another biker’s old lady.
Celina is nothing like the women Knuckles used to date. She’s a journalist for the local newspaper, dresses well, and basically just has her life together. And the last thing she wants is to be involved with a Cursed Raven. But when the ripped, badass biker worms his way into her heart, she has trouble remembering all the reasons they would never work.
But when a scandal at her newspaper breaks the thin trust she has with Knuckles, will she walk away for good? Or will Knuckles fight to keep Celina in his life?
I love when Chantal writes about the MC world and then she combines characters from past books into all her stories. If you read the first book in The Cursed Ravens, then you know that’s where we met Knuckles. He is the sweet down to earth single father of two beautiful girls and the Sergeant of Arms in the MC. We met Celina at the end of the first book and she is Erin’s cousin and journalist for a paper. When Knuckles and Celina meet for the first time their attraction is intense but Celina fights tooth and nail to keep her walls from crumbling down. Knuckles takes on the task of integrating himself into Celina’s life to get to know her. She finds it funny and irritating because she is an independent woman. Celina has another agenda and that is to write a story about the MC. When she finds out the MC aren’t who she thought they were she puts a stop to the story while someone may be causing trouble in the background. Celina and Knuckles are becoming close all the while there are people trying to keep them apart. Celina has trouble letting people into heart and they both have trouble trusting. When trouble brews Knuckles, and Celina must fight to keep what they have or risk losing out on something special.
I love that men in the MC can be sweet and protective when it comes to family and those they love. This second book was better then the first but still the was some drama in places that there didn’t need to be. I loved Knuckles and when he girls were in scenes they were so cute in their interaction with Celina. Both characters are stubborn and that can cause a lot of drama to unfold. I do love the story line and each scene flowed into one another and never lost momentum. There is an intensity to the men in the MC and when they find a need they will do anything to fight for it. Love that kind of story and Chantal knows how to write those kinds of stories. This one has all the characteristics that she loves to write about and that is why she is one of my favorite authors to read about. We must tone down the dramatics though Chantal and maybe find a happy balance to the drama. Keep on writing though because I love all your MC series and have never missed a book.