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Written by Lilly Atlas
Read by Noah Michael Levine, Erin deWard
Series: Hell's Handlers #1
Published by Lilly Atlas Books LLC
Publication Date: July 23, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, MC Romance
Length: 8 hours 24 minutes
Source: Audiobookworm Promotions
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Toni knows what it means to make mistakes. She has experienced firsthand how walking down the wrong path can send life spiraling out of control. Fortunately, she had someone in her life to pull her from the gutter and help set things right again. As penance for her past, she pledges to suppress her baser desires and focus on finding a steady, dependable connection with a man, even if that means embracing a boring lifestyle.
Zach is anything but dull. As Enforcer for the Hell's Handlers MC, he embodies the outlaw lifestyle, rife with violence, women, and motorcycles. When Toni moves next door, Zach can't resist the possibility of a quick, hot, fling. He discovers, however, that she's not the easy conquest he's used to.
While Zach works to convince Toni she belongs in his bed, a tenuous relationship with a local gang blows up and threatens his MC family. Zach's world is turned upside down when he's unable to keep the danger from touching his club. As Toni fights to resist Zach's pull, her own peace is shattered by demons from her past. With enemies both old and new barreling down, Toni throws out her rules and turns to Zach for aid.
Before she can help it, Toni finds herself entrenched in Zach's outlaw world. Is it possible for her to curb her desires, or is she doomed to repeat the mistakes of her past?
None of it will matter if Zach can't keep the enemies at bay.
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Zach is probably one of the few MC romances that I have read and I am interested to read more in this genre. This is also my first Lilly Atlas and I got hooked!
The title is deceptive, though. This is because the book doesn’t really focus on him, but Toni, the heroine. Zach is ultimately about redemption – especially Toni’s redemption. Toni returns to her hometown to run sell her parents diner after they passed away in a car accident. It also seems that Toni did not have a good childhood and she had already turned her life around.
One of the things that I liked about this romance is that Toni and Zach are next-door neighbors and actually grew up together. There are sweet scenes in the book that I loved and made me fall for Zach, myself. Zach is an enforcer of the Hell’s Handler’s MC and is currently in the middle of a turf-war with another gang.
What I didn’t like about this was Toni’s ex-boyfriend. I also didn’t like the way she broke up with him. And while it was pretty obvious that Tony’s ex wasn’t a good person, it felt like he went off the rails because she broke up with him. This subplot was also not needed because the main villain was better!
There is a turf war going on between the Hell’s Handlers MC and another gang, who is led by a despicable character. His true villainy is revealed at almost the end of the book and his defeat was epic. Also, Toni is such a kick-ass character!
Zach is narrated by Erin deWard and Noah Michael Levine. This is actually a duet audiobook which actually took me by surprise! I do like it, but it takes a lot of getting used to. If you don’t know what a duet narration is, it’s when all the female voices are done by the female narrator and all the male voices are done by the male narrator throughout the book. It probably took me a couple of chapters to get the hang of it.
Both Erin deWard and Noah Michael Levine had good tone and pacing and I enjoyed both their voices.
I enjoyed Zach and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! The next book features Maverick and I am absolutely excited to read it!
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