Knuckle Down (The Cursed Ravens MC #2) by Chantal Fernando
Released: July 9, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Pocket Star
Reviewed by Keyrsten
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?
Celina is fiercely independent and has worked hard for everything she has. She is loyal to a fault and never wants to be the type of woman who needs to depend on a man for anything. Currently she is working at her dream job at the biggest newspaper in the city and she is more determined then ever to get one of her stories on the front page. She can't afford any distractions ... that is till the brute of a man from her cousin's motorcycle club comes barreling into her life, refusing to let her deny the chemistry between the two of them. Celina tries to fight it with everything she has, but before she knows it she is consumed with this man ... but will her loyalty to him cost her the only job she ever wanted?
Knuckles used to be the man that fought now and asked questions later, after all they didn't give him the nickname "Knuckles" for nothing. That all changed the moment he became a father. His girls mean the world to him. No woman has been able to hold his attention in years, that is until he is doing research into the cousin journalist of his bestie before she comes to the clubhouse for a birthday party. The minute he sees Celina's picture on one of her articles, he knows she's the missing piece he didn't know he was looking for. He will do everything in his power to show her that they can be amazing together, but will they be able to make it through when his trust in her falters?
I loved the idea of Celina and Knuckles together the minute he first approaches her at he clubhouse. He challenges her in a way that is endearing and not domineering. Their chemistry is electric and the tension between them is palatable. For the most part he listens to what she has to say, but let's be real we all have our moments where we refuse to listen even though we should. The witty banter they have with one another is just the cherry on the top of what is this Knuckles sundae. This is their second chances at love, and if you ask me I'm glad their first chances failed so that they could find one another.
The relationships between all of the characters were a treat to see. All of the characters felt well developed and their relationships complimented each other in different ways. Celina is able to interact with Willow and Westly in a way that is caring and loving, without trying to be their mother. She in no way wants to replace their mother, but instead wants to be a force they can turn to if need be. I have to say that seeing Celina interact with Akeira and Erin were some of my favorite parts. I don't want to spoil the scene, but be on the lookout for when Celina introduces Knuckles to Akeira cause I was cackling the entire time.
I wish I would have gotten to see some of the story through Knuckles' eyes. We see a glimpses of how he is feeling throughout their entire relationship, but I feel like those emotions could have been more raw and felt easier if the readers could have been with him right in the moment feeling them as he was. It would have given just another facet to his character that would have been refreshing to see.
I'm not going to say what it is, because it'll spoil an integral part of the story, but I did not see that coming. My first thought was ,"What the fuck? How?" because it came right out of left field. When Celina talks her way through it I start to see where it came from, but I feel like the hints leading us there were a little too subtle. When it actually happened it slapped me in the face and left me disoriented.
Knuckles and Celina are the opposites of what they thought they needed, but sometimes we don't always know what's best for ourselves. They are passionate, loyal, and challenge each other in a way that is admirable. Neither of them were looking for their second chance at love, but sometimes it finds you when you least expect it.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.