TRACKER’S END (Wind Dragons MC #3) by Chantal Fernando is the first MC romance I’ve ever read. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, and like the heroine Lana, I was curious. Also, like Lana who has a thing for a certain shirtless man on her book covers, I liked this book’s sexy cover. Most of all, I not only liked Lana, I loved her. She’s bookish, down-to-earth, sensible, responsible, independent, smart, funny, and cute. And she’s tough. After everything she’s gone through, growing up without a father, being bullied and ostracized at school, and taking care of her mom as she got older, Lana has learned how to take care of herself. She has self-respect and knows what she’s worth, so even though her attraction to bad boy biker, Tracker, is practically combustible, she refuses to get involved with a guy who isn’t known for being good boyfriend material. No matter how sexy is his long blond hair that he wears sometimes in a bun, lean and muscular tattooed arms, and c*** piercing, Lana doesn’t want to be just one of his girls or a passing interest.
Tracker however does a hell of a job of courting Lana, who is spending her break from her classes at the clubhouse babysitting the daughter of the MC president and his wife. While Lana is there, Tracker takes the opportunity to flirt with her. His flirtation is hot and dirty, and Lana doesn’t make it easy for him, she loves it. After all, she’s an open-minded gal, who writes erotic romance novels for a living–a very good living, which allows her to pay for her mother’s house, buy herself a new car, and put herself through college. I must say, writing porn, as her friends call it, is way healthier than doing porn to make ends meet. And it makes Lana a real fun, curious, and sexually adventurous lady, though she’s only slept with two other men and never been in a relationship.
Because Tracker hasn’t been in a relationship before either, he messes up from time to time, and especially screws up in a big way near the end of the novel. But Lana knew what she was getting into when she got involved with Tracker. She stood up to him, spoke up for herself, and demanded to be an equal partner in their relationship–to be treated with the respect she deserves. But when Travis finds out her biggest secret, he feels betrayed and won’t even let her explain. She’s understandably hurt when he shuts her out, and Travis has to do some serious groveling to get her back. Or, rather, he should have.
I thought Lana let Tracker back in too easily, especially since he rationalized that she had messed up too. But there really wasn’t much more he could say or do to convince her to take him back. Since she wants him back and it was their first real big fight and relationships aren’t perfect, she accepts his apology. When they get back together, she promises not to keep any secrets from him, and he promises never to f*** up again. I loved Lana, she was a great female lead, but I didn’t like Tracker as much in the end. His unwillingness to listen to her explanation was immature, and the way he kicked her out was disrespectful. Not to mention what he did to try get over her when they were sort of broken up.
I liked that the book was fast-paced, but I didn’t like that the setting wasn’t described in order for the book to have a fast pace. I had no idea where the characters were at times, what the clubhouse looked like, what Tracker’s motorcycle looked like, etc. I didn’t know what Tracker and his brothers did when they went out on a “run.” Even though Lana didn’t feel like she needed all the info, I did. I didn’t know what a “cut” was, though I could infer it was something MC members wore to indicate which MC they belonged to. If Lana could tell the readers what she was wearing, I didn’t see why she couldn’t have told readers what Tracker’s “cut” looked like. I thought the epilogue was sweet but not epic, because I was expecting a reaction at the very least from Lana’s girlfriends. Because Lana’s girlfriends were awesome. And I love it in romance novels when the heroine has girlfriends and the women support each other. I actually cried a little when Lana’s best friend was crying in one scene.
TRACKER’S END was entertaining, sexy, and addictive that I stayed up until I finished reading it. Though, I had to totally suspend my disbelief at the behind the scenes activities that may or may not have been criminal. Apparently, MC is a euphemism for biker gang, and I don’t really think gangs are cool. There was a bit of voyeurism and exhibitionism going on, which was absolutely sexy, but the sex scenes were not explicit. Tracker was a hot, dirty-talking alpha in bed, and on the couch, and in an SUV. I believe that he is going to stay true to Lana, but as the story progressed, he should have too, improved and developed character rather than regressed.
*I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.