Slay Ride (Saint Brothers Book 1) by Davidson King

"Who knew that a book full of murder could also be full of love?" Angel read Davidson King's Slay Ride.

From the blurb:

Christmas is a time for joy, family, and friends to gather around the tree and fill their hearts with love. Unfortunately, there are some people who don’t deserve happiness during the holidays.

Mason keeps to himself. His best friend, JJ, is the only one he chooses to be close to, plus his job keeps him busy. Excitement isn’t something he needs or wants in his life. One night, that all changes when he’s cornered, and his life is threatened. His saviors? Well, they turn out to be just as dangerous, and the mysteries surrounding them soon flip Mason’s world upside down.

Gabe and his brothers spend their lives making sure those who deserve death get what’s coming to them. The one person they never see coming is Mason. What for them should have been a simple rescue turns into even more chaos than they ever thought possible.

Enter the Saint brothers’ dark and twisted world on a slay ride that will have you on the edge of your seat, swooning for the bad boys, and trying to survive the fall of revenge.

**This was originally a short story that was part of the Christmas Anthology O Deadly Night Vol 1. It has since been expanded to a full-length novel. No Cliffhanger!

Angel's Review:

When I started Slay Ride, I didn't know for sure what to expect, other than the fact that I have enjoyed Davidson King's other books. I wasn't expecting the feel good found family moments, nor the love that was poignant across the pages of this story.

Yes, it was full of vile people who hurt others, and took advantage of their positions in the town they lived in; but it was also full of revenge, redemption, found family, and most importantly love. And I don't just mean love between the two MCs, I mean love between the brothers, the love JJ and Mason share, along with the love and care that eventually develops between all the brothers and JJ and Mason. They became a family, and while the way they met, wasn't great, they still gave each other a chance. They let themselves get to know one another without the rumors completely clouding their opinions. 

I have so many things I could share about this book, like the writing for example. The pacing of this book was truly fantastic. It kept you wondering what was going to happen next, or if one of the characters you're going to get attached to is going to get hurt. I also found the pacing great because while Gabe and Mason had chemistry from the get-go, their relationship did slowly develop, it wasn't insta-love. Which I enjoyed. I really liked watching all the bonds and connections form between all of these men. Now onto the characters! All the brothers were great. The way Davidson wrote their characters, you could feel the bond, love, and protectiveness they all have for one each other coming right through the pages. JJ and Mason's characters were also great and well written. And even though I despise the evil men and women who are in this book, they were well written as well. 

Andrew and Heather's characters were a pleasant surprise. I did not expect them to be what they ended up being. If you want to know what I'm referring to, you'll have to read the book yourself. Or else it will spoil the story for you. 

While this book was full of tragedy, loss, grief, anger, abuse, and.. murder. It was also full of happiness, love, healing, and making the most of what you've got. These men were brought together by death and tragedy, but they didn't let that tear them down. They helped hold each other up and created a family all of them are proud to be a part of. 

I truly hope you read this book yourself. I couldn't recommend it enough. Also, I'm really hoping Shep's story is next!

Rating: 5 Stars

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