Author: Kristen Hope Mazzola
Series: Unacceptables MC #1
Publication Date: June 25, 2015
It’s finally my time.
Time to escape from my mother, her crazy antics and questionable morals. I’m getting the heck out of Dodge, leaving the trailer park, to make something of myself. Everything was fine until I walked into The Unacceptables’ bar and met Abel Hellock. With his gorgeous muscles, tattoos, motorcycle and perfect smile, my knees quaked. My life was about to be sucked back into the seedy underbelly I fought so desperately to climb out of.
Everything was fine until I met my step-brother for the first time.
**18+ for sexual situations, language, and adult themes**
Unacceptable is a quick, easy read that doses out just the right amount of sweetness and steam. Kristen Hope Mazzola delivers this stepbrother romance in a unique and satisfying way that even those unsure about the concept will be able to enjoy. Abel will have you melting in no time. This bad boy is oh so good and I loved every minute of his possessive, protective, and stubborn nature. Combine that with his sweet words and appropriately filthy mouth and he’ll have you ready to ride off into the sunset on the back of his bike. His instant connection to Crickett lights a fire that burns hotter as they get to know one another. When Crickett’s newly free and independent personality goes head to head with Abel’s alpha tendencies, their fire blazes, resulting in sarcastic banter, delicious flirting, and scorching encounters.
“Everyone can tell, Crickett. It’s not just about keeping our mouths shut. They can see it all over my face and yours. You’re mine. And that is that.”
I loved that Kristen Hope Mazzola garnered a feeling of total acceptance from the start. Everyone in this story has a history and not all of them are pretty, but Kristen allows these characters to acknowledge and overlook each other’s flaws. This sense of acceptance allowed me to believe in our couple’s whirlwind relationship. The past Crickett is running from gives her the hard edges and understanding heart necessary to accept the life she finds waiting for her, providing her journey a sense of credibility. Crickett’s character developed nicely over the course of this quick novel, leaving behind the girl who didn’t know unconditional love to find the part of herself that finally just belongs.
“What hurt you so badly, babe? Why are you running from something?”
I sighed into him. “I don’t know if I should put it into words or just let all the bad memories die in the past where they belong.”
This story moved quickly and with purpose. While we got hints of the stepbrother and MC storylines, Unacceptable was unquestionably focused on Crickett and Abel. Kristen Hope Mazzola fixated this story on the growth of the characters and the connection between them. She gave these two an instant connection that burned hot and fast, creating some serious sparks among the pages. The secondary characters were a ton of fun, adding another dimension entirely to this story. Holt, Rave, Raine, and the rest of The Unacceptables have me under their spell, and I hope this is not the last we’ll be seeing of them. Unacceptable is one of those books you can grab when you need a pick me up that you can finish in one sitting. Kristen Hope Mazzola has written a gem that is light, sexy, and engaging with this book.
I have been meaning to read a Kristen Hope Mazzola novel for a while now, so when a hot MC stepbrother was in the description, I knew that I’d jump at the opportunity. Unacceptable was a quick read that I found myself not wanting to put down. I may or may not have skipped a meal and sleep just so that I could devour it!
“I’ll be Prince Charming if you need one, but trust me, this prince has a rough side to him.”
Even though the story is described as an MC and a stepbrother romance, I think both aspects are done in an understated fashion. The stepbrother piece, which I can sometimes be hesitant about, was done in a way that actually somehow felt very normal. It wasn’t creepy or anything of that sort. I loved the MC portion because although there were clear traces of the club throughout the story, that’s not what it became about. Unacceptable had a much larger message and a soft side and I thought Mazzola’s execution was spot on.
“We all got some skeletons, Crickett. As long as we don’t let them define us then we can move on. Stop letting them have a hold on you. Don’t let them win.”
Cricket was one of the best heroines I have come across in a long time. She was searching for something and not afraid to take ownership of her life. She recognized that she deserved more and I absolutely loved that she wasn’t afraid to go after it. From the moment we met Abel, there was something about him that I fell in love with. He gave off this hard, protective shell but once you peeled back his layers, there was something so soft and gooey! These two together were just perfection. From the moment they met, readers could feel the sizzle and pop of fireworks, which definitely helped me to not want to put the book down.
“You’re not the only one that was freaking out. I thought I was losing you right when I finally had you.”
If you’re looking for a quick afternoon read with a little spice and a little action, look no further and pick up Unacceptable by Kristen Hope Mazzola. The characters are perfection, the storyline is not drama-filled just for the sake of a story, and there’s just something special about it. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this author!
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Don’t miss the next Unacceptables MC romance:
Unspeakable (Unacceptables MC #2)
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I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time “day job” and by night I am author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world.
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A portion of all my royalties are donated to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.