“~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
I was pleasantly surprised with Painted Lines. I honestly did not expect it to be this good.
Ms. Betzold is growing to be a better writer with each book she releases. I have read Ms. Betzold’s My Misery Muse and Faith and loved it, but Painted Lines is by far my favorite. It’s was dark, suspenseful but it also had its sweet, sexy and lough out loud moments.
Ms. Betzold has written a book about a young woman (Scout) who is a rape/abuse survivor and now suffering a bad case of PTSD. Her abuse was torture, and my heart just broke for her. The lasting affect of her is just devastating. Fortunately, she has her brother and friends who has been protecting and supporting her through her ordeals. I am in awe with their support, and it has worked all this time, but as Scout grows up to be a woman, such care can be suffocating. Well, that’s when it gets interesting. Scout and her friends are entering a custom bike reality show. It would win them enough money to start their own business. Now, this part was fun to read about being a fan of the TV show American Choppers. I thought it was cool to enjoy it in print and imagine what the bikes look like based on Ms. Betzold’s description. She did a fabulous job writing vivid descriptions and brought this book in HD .
Now back to Scout. Since they entered the contest, well, there will be competitions, familiar faces, new faces and more challenges she thought she would never encounter. The worse part is that her life will be threatened just as she finally finds a life of her own.
I really liked Scout. She is a no non-sense kind of girl and the fact that she is a woman of tools is just too awesome! I love Thayne as well. He is tatted, pierced, a rider and thick (you’d have to read it to know what I mean). And anyone willing to fight for his woman is just down right sexy. This book was heart breaking, but it also had me laugh out loud, a good contrast. The banters between the crew were Hilarious. I do wish there were more on Simon and his wife as a second story. Or maybe, Ms Betzold has plans to write more about them. In any case, I would love to read more of any of them.
As I said, Ms. Betzold is growing to be a better writer each time she releases a book. Not that she was bad to begin with, quite the opposite. She brings great story lines, good plot, amazing build up and a satisfying climax. There were a few things that improved dramatically in this book. My complaints of confusing transitions from the previous books were no were to be found. There is one bit at the end of this book that left me needing more of. There was “cut” on a scene and it jumped right to another POV. Yes, you can figure out what happened, but it would’ve been nice to read it in details and the after info would’ve been nice as well. Scout will have her happy ending, no doubt about that. I hope this is not the last we’ve seen of Scout and her crew.
*Review provided by author for in exchange for an honest review