EPIC by Adrienne Wilder #mm #review @Adrienne_Wilder

Andrew Atler has learned the hard way, fiction is far better than real life. In his romance novels the world is safe, predictable, and there is always a happy ending. Best of all, he can safely fall in love and the person will never know. There he can weave a tale of perfect passion plus pay the bills.

Matt Grimm flies the colors of Hell’s Legion. When he’s not riding his chopper, he’s working as a bouncer for the Six. Matt’s life consists of drinking, playing in a band, and burning the midnight oil in the dungeon. He lives hard, plays hard, and rides even harder.

Two people who would never be a part of the same EPIC love story.
But sometimes those fairy tale clichés have a way of working magic.
And sometimes…sometimes those happy endings do come true.

When I was asked if I wanted to review this book, I was warned Epic did not fall in the normal plots from this author.  I am so glad I took the chance and read it because this goes way beyond a novel, it is a voice for all who have felt abused, abandoned, ignored and ridiculed.  It is a story of dreams can come true and risks can be worth taking.

To look at Matt and Andrew, you would laugh at the thought they could be what each other need, but Matt, the rough looking gay biker saw something in Andrew’s eyes that drew him to learn more and ask him to keep the door unlocked.  Andrew was the quiet, “normal” looking man, who was easy to overlook and ignore.  His talent in life was writing stories, poems, lyrics for hit song performed by rock bands.  He was everything a man like Matt would not notice, but thanks to a bet with his brother Todd, those two will be brought together for epic chemistry that will have the reader melting as they read.

Andrew’s life was based on loss, the death of his brother, the abandonment of a man he thought loved him…..the only safe thing for Andrew was to live through his fantasies, writing and learn to accept that not all were meant to be happy in life. Matt while on the outside appeared to be a hard core, cocky, jerk, he had a heart that was crying out for the same thing Andrew was afraid to hope fo…….acceptance.

I didn’t think this author could blow me away any more after Bound Gods series, but I believe this one is my favorite under their label.  Epic screamed out the pain of the silent majority that just wants to be seen, loved and accepted by society and loved ones for who they are.  To know they are enough just as they are, and respected for their talent and craft they bring to this world.  I loved how Matt and Andrew’s life intertwine professionally as well, even before they realized the connection.  That aspect of the plot brought in some suspense and angst that I wasn’t predicting.

I found it hard to put the book down till I had finished, this went way beyond an enjoyable read.  This became a mission on my part to make sure Andrew and Matt received what they deserved in life and I found my momma bear instinct come out and wanted to protect them from the evils of society and family.  I also finished this book feeling closer to the author because Adrienne Wilder gets it, they understand the unspoken pain of the silent who fear to speak out what they need.  Adrienne paints the picture of this sadness that a reader can’t ignore and I challenge the reader not to feel it.  This was a total five star read and I hope the author produces more books like this.