#ReviewTour Hear Me Out by Lila Rose (Caroline Springs Charter) #5 Available Now!
What caught my attention about this book was definitely the cover. It's awesome and definitely eye-catching. Hear Me Out is my first time reading anything by Lila Rose and with this being the fifth in the series I was a little worried. I do think you would benefit from knowing the back history of the books prior to this one but I was able to understand everything well enough.
Maddox, aka Beast, lost his hearing after a motorcycle accident, but he was never much of a talker anyway—due to a speech impediment—so his quiet, reserved and watchful manner wasn't alarming. Most of the club members didn't even think he could talk, at all, that's how little he ever voiced anything out loud.
He's been in love with his best friend and club brother, Jay, aka Knife, for a long time and apparently, something happened between them one night that turned ugly, afterward, and now they don't talk to each other, usually avoiding one another at all cost.
However, Knife can tell that something serious is going on with Beast but he's too much of a jerk to ask him so he follows him instead. He sees him taking sign language and starts connecting the dots but he's still too stubborn to help his friend. He can't stand it, however, when he sees the instructor flirt with Beast and starts to worry that he may lose his chance.
Things take a huge turn for Knife when his immediate family dynamic is turned upside down and he has nowhere to go and Beast is the first to offer him his home as a refuge. This is when things start to change and they start talking and working on their friendship and relationship.
Knife was such a man whore that he couldn't look past his own pleasure or pride to see what was right in front of him. I never really felt a strong connection between Knife and Beast other than friendship. The sexual chemistry didn't burn down the house for me.
They both have an edge, especially Knife, that comes across "do as I say...or else." I'm sure most of that is being part of a motorcycle gang and having a reputation to uphold but away from the brothers and club—within the walls of their home—it still felt like "Me Tarzan You Jane".
He does try to make an effort to spruce himself up for Maddox creating a hilarious wax scene that will have you rolling on the floor.
The motorcycle club and especially Mena, one of the wives, was at Beast's side from the very beginning always having his back. They all took sign language so they could talk to Beast and vice-versa and I really loved that part showing loyalty and devotion within the club.
Overall, I enjoyed the story but there seemed to be several plots that started and didn't go anywhere. I would have much rather the story focused on Maddox and Jay from the beginning, with an emphasis on working on building a stronger relationship instead of avoiding each other through most of the book.
I can't help but think had Jay's situation not changed to the point that he needed Maddox would he have ever gotten his head out of his ass and over himself.
Hear Me Out lacked the strong, passionate, heady and palpable chemistry I was hoping for. Jay and Knife working together, creating a united family unit, and bonding over the baby were the highlights for me.
3.5 Stars - 4.0
* I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review from the promoter *