Depraved (American Street Kings, #1)
Obsession. It’s an ugly thing. It consumes you. Controls you. Dictates your every move. You can try to fight it, try to resist. But its stronger than you. It always wins. The day I first saw her, obsession took root inside me. Suddenly there was nothing else. Just her. My obsession left me no choice. I had to have her. No matter the cost. No matter the risk. In the end she will be mine. Until then…I wait. *DEPRAVED is a dark MC Romance with scenes that might offend sensitive readers*

Depraved (American Street Kings, #1) Details

TitleDepraved (American Street Kings, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 17th, 2019
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Dark, Suspense

Depraved (American Street Kings, #1) Review

  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rating 'DEPRAVED' is the first book in Bella J.'s 'American Street Kings' series. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives. This genre is my go to genre over any other, so I was beyond excited to jump into this one as soon as it arrived on my kindle. So I kind of went into this with high expectations because this genre is generally where authors have free reign to unleash as much darkness and grit as they possibly can on us readers and that's what I was generally expecting. This wasn’t as dark as what I 3.5 rating 'DEPRAVED' is the first book in Bella J.'s 'American Street Kings' series. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives. This genre is my go to genre over any other, so I was beyond excited to jump into this one as soon as it arrived on my kindle. So I kind of went into this with high expectations because this genre is generally where authors have free reign to unleash as much darkness and grit as they possibly can on us readers and that's what I was generally expecting. This wasn’t as dark as what I had hoped, but it was gritty enough to keep me invested until the end. You could feel the build up in the background as you neared the last few chapters so I’m hoping that’s what this author has install for us as the two rival clubs go head to head in the next book.The beginning was a wee bit slow but then the pace picked up and was easier to get into the storyline and connect with characters though it did feel as though pieces of the story were missing as background characters and events were introduced which I had no prior acknowledgement with.All in all I'm still looking forward to the next book..      
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  • Snow
    January 1, 1970
    He wasn't a romantic Prince Charming who wanted to spend happily ever after with his princess in some far away land. He was Granite, President of the American Street Kings, a ruthless, savage motorcycle club who ruled the underground of New York. And he set his eyes on her, Alyxandria Green, a Police Commander's daughter, a ballerina and a deeply emotionally tormented by her mother...and all she wanted was to escape, somehow, somewhere, someday...she wanted to be free of weight watch, critici He wasn't a romantic Prince Charming who wanted to spend happily ever after with his princess in some far away land. He was Granite, President of the American Street Kings, a ruthless, savage motorcycle club who ruled the underground of New York. And he set his eyes on her, Alyxandria Green, a Police Commander's daughter, a ballerina and a deeply emotionally tormented by her mother...and all she wanted was to escape, somehow, somewhere, someday...she wanted to be free of weight watch, criticism, cruel, harsh, unloving words, and constant control...and ever since she saw the tall, intimidating man coming to her home to meet with her father, she kept a silent wish, for him to "save" her...Little did she know...and one day came...but it wasn't how Alyx would ever imagine it to be...Suddenly she's taken, then saved only to be thrown into a higher game, she's a pawn, a crucial chess figurine...and nothing is as it seems...as she becomes a part of a rival war of two motorcycle clubs...She's torn within, feeling a turmoil of emotions boiling inside - fear, anger, betrayal, desire, need, confusion... and she's not ready to have her notions shattered, and her "savior" is now her "captor", it's not what she wanted, what she imagined, what she hoped for...BUT it's also a fact she can't escape from...he IS what she NEEDS, even though the preconsived image shatterd, she met a darker side of her own desires and wants and compulsions... This was my stranger in the dark. The man I'd always wanted. BUT he was also a shattering whirlpull of ruthless, uncompromising, unapologetic actions...and those actions slowly make her tear apart... I was no fucking Prince Charming. And this wasn't a fairy tale. She needed to learn right off the bat that the world she came from and the world she was currently in could not be compared...Learning the concept of "adapt or die" was something we needed to grasp early on in our lives. She needed to do the same, as this was her new world now. The events that follow, make Alyx finally aware that this is far from any fantasy of sweet romance or escape...freedom was far out of reach...it was raw, sexual pulsating need, an animalistic attraction, wrapped up in an illusion of safety and yet...she knew nothing at all....but she would not sucumb to his power again...This was the moment I realized that my life would never be the same, forever tainted and ruined by blood and metal...Granite was never letting me go. Never.I was his obsession...and not even death would be able to change that.Like I've said many times before, when I find an author whose writing style fits me, she/he can write about anything and I would be immersed in that world without any hesitation...MC trope is not my fave, i admit, and when I learnt that Bella J one of my fave authors out there decided to try this topic, i was both eager to see what she'll do with it, and where she would take me, as much as I was nervous and a bit wary...BUT her writing was/is the constant that always makes my heart palpitate with extra speed...I am that much thrilled and involved...And ths story, this story is not about romance, no, it's about the impulse, the unexplicable need of one man to be close to another soul. His own is tarnished by bloodshed and cruely, but the very sight of a fragile beauty made his hardened heart beat again, in one moment the need became obsession...and her destiny became his priority...his essence...It's not your classical outlook on intercourse, relations, human contact, it's even more heightened by diversity of these people, they are not cliche-ed in their portrayal, they are complex and vivid...I can't wait for the second installment...to see how Alyx will either fall or rise above and maybe Granite more...hmmm, we shall see...*wink*
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  • Kim Whitehead
    January 1, 1970
    Holy moly!! What a slow burn! Raw , gritty and edgy!! Talk about obsessed!! Exciting and riveting!! Fantastic introduction to a gritty MC book!!
  • Rukaiya M.
    January 1, 1970
    Depraved by @bellajauthor was something totally unexpected. First of all, I have read each and every single book by this author and rightfully devoured them all. But this story, you ask? It was fantabulous.A true MC hero has been dictated with an audacity of Obsession with a little ballerina. He watches her every move. And finally steals her. Robbed her of everything. Every virtue. Every thought. Every nightmare. GRANITE has been an enigma, a force to be reckoned with.For MC TROPE LOVERS, this b Depraved by @bellajauthor was something totally unexpected. First of all, I have read each and every single book by this author and rightfully devoured them all. But this story, you ask? It was fantabulous.A true MC hero has been dictated with an audacity of Obsession with a little ballerina. He watches her every move. And finally steals her. Robbed her of everything. Every virtue. Every thought. Every nightmare. GRANITE has been an enigma, a force to be reckoned with.For MC TROPE LOVERS, this book is highly recommended. Some of you may feel the situations forced but trust me, this is what you want! An intense battle of feelings. A dark and gritty tale of Obsession and Infatuation. Of heart and brain. A strong hostility towards your own club members just for one girl? Yes, Granite will bet his soul upon Alyx. She's hers, no matter what. She's her, willingly or unwillingly. This is the first book in this duet.5 Obsessive Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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  • Paula D
    January 1, 1970
    Intense, dark, raw, dirty and so much more. Granite is totally obsessed with Alyx. To the point Granite knows everything single thing about her. Granite is the president of his club and they end up helping Alyx then kidnapping her! I couldn’t stop turning the pages reading this story wanting to know more and more. I can’t wait to read book two and find out everything that’s going on! 5/5 stars
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  • Nikki Malan
    January 1, 1970
    Granite knew the day he laid eyes on Alyx he had a problem. Obsession had hooked its claws in and he was going to have Alyx, his imperfect ballerina, one way or another, he just had to bide his time for the right moment to take her. Alyx had been infatuated with the dark, burly, biker until her kidnapping and her nightmare began. How could she have ever thought that Granite could be her prince charming, when in reality all he was, was a dark and depraved man? Alyx may not have had a perfect life Granite knew the day he laid eyes on Alyx he had a problem. Obsession had hooked its claws in and he was going to have Alyx, his imperfect ballerina, one way or another, he just had to bide his time for the right moment to take her. Alyx had been infatuated with the dark, burly, biker until her kidnapping and her nightmare began. How could she have ever thought that Granite could be her prince charming, when in reality all he was, was a dark and depraved man? Alyx may not have had a perfect life, but the life she found herself in now, was terrifying, evil, and filled with ruthless characters. How did she find herself as the pawn in the middle of two rival clubs that were ready to go to war? Would she ever survive and more importantly could she ever forgive or understand the behaviour of the President of the American Kings? One thing was for sure, she would always hate him, or would she? Ms Bella J has knocked this one out of the ballpark. It is dark, gritty, raw, evil and she holds no punches back. She has given us a character that you will hate and yet you will be rooting for him to redeem himself. Whether he can ever do that, is yet to be seen. The cliff hanger was gut-wrenching and gruesome. Alyx is a complex character that has allowed someone to dictate her life, but I have faith in her that she will learn to stand up for herself and challenge the President of this merciless MC. This talented author has a reputation as being the queen of darkness and I think this book will make everyone agree. If you like DH Sidebottom, Ker Dukey, Pepper Winters or LJ Shen, then you will love Ms Bella J style of raw and gritty writing. Be warned this is not a love story; this is a true obsession in a world where the ruthless are hell-bent on protecting what they consider theirs, even when those, who are the object of their obsession don’t agree.
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  • Debbie Swanepoel
    January 1, 1970
    Bella J is one of my absolute favorite authors. And I’ve been waiting for Depraved in huge anticipation. She did NOT disappoint. I was left engaged with the story to the point where once I realized I was done, I wanted to scream with frustration. I need more, and I need it now. I got involved not only with Alyx and Granite, but every single one of the other characters. It doesn’t happen very often that an author gets you invested in more than just the main characters, but Bella did just that. De Bella J is one of my absolute favorite authors. And I’ve been waiting for Depraved in huge anticipation. She did NOT disappoint. I was left engaged with the story to the point where once I realized I was done, I wanted to scream with frustration. I need more, and I need it now. I got involved not only with Alyx and Granite, but every single one of the other characters. It doesn’t happen very often that an author gets you invested in more than just the main characters, but Bella did just that. Depraved is a must read, end of story.
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  • Sherri Maughan
    January 1, 1970
    Depraved is the story of MC American Street Kings President, Granite and Julliard ballet student Alyx. Granite is obsessed, determined, ruthless and very dangerous. He will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. And he wants Alyx. He needs Alyx. His obsession with her and his need for revenge combine to make a lethal plan that is high risk for his MC, and for Alyx. When the tiny ballerina finds herself in a f*#kload of trouble, she is more than overwhelmed. She doesn't understand what is hap Depraved is the story of MC American Street Kings President, Granite and Julliard ballet student Alyx. Granite is obsessed, determined, ruthless and very dangerous. He will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. And he wants Alyx. He needs Alyx. His obsession with her and his need for revenge combine to make a lethal plan that is high risk for his MC, and for Alyx. When the tiny ballerina finds herself in a f*#kload of trouble, she is more than overwhelmed. She doesn't understand what is happening around her. She's tough, but can she survive this? Will Granite "save" her? Or will Granite's depravity destroy them all?
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  • Jayne
    January 1, 1970
    What a ride this one was! I loved this exciting and well-written read. I started the book and kept at it until I finished it; I just had to see what was going to happen.This the the story of Alyx, the lonely and self-starving ballerina who catches the eye of Granite, the president of the MC, the American Street Kings. Granite is a good name for this very rough man who abducts Alyx in order to fulfill a couple of agendas, one personal and one for the sake of his club.This was such a good story, t What a ride this one was! I loved this exciting and well-written read. I started the book and kept at it until I finished it; I just had to see what was going to happen.This the the story of Alyx, the lonely and self-starving ballerina who catches the eye of Granite, the president of the MC, the American Street Kings. Granite is a good name for this very rough man who abducts Alyx in order to fulfill a couple of agendas, one personal and one for the sake of his club.This was such a good story, the characters, all of them, so well developed, and the ending, leading into the next book quite simply tragic. This is one hell of a story. Highly recommended.
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  • Suzana
    January 1, 1970
    5+ “Obsession vs. Infatuation” stars*ARC kindly provided by the author and I’m leaving an honest review*Dark romance✔Suspenseful✔Gripping✔Gritty✔Raw✔Fast paced✔Revenge✔Slow burn✔Unpredictable twists and turns✔Hot, delicious, damaged bad boy alpha✔ Sassy, strong, vulnerable Heroine✔Off the charts chemistry✔ Angsty✔Passionate✔Intense✔Heartfelt✔Highly emotional✔Amazing and unconventional love story✔Depraved is my first book by Bella J. Certainly will not be the last. This book should read every dar 5+ “Obsession vs. Infatuation” stars*ARC kindly provided by the author and I’m leaving an honest review*Dark romance✔Suspenseful✔Gripping✔Gritty✔Raw✔Fast paced✔Revenge✔Slow burn✔Unpredictable twists and turns✔Hot, delicious, damaged bad boy alpha✔ Sassy, strong, vulnerable Heroine✔Off the charts chemistry✔ Angsty✔Passionate✔Intense✔Heartfelt✔Highly emotional✔Amazing and unconventional love story✔Depraved is my first book by Bella J. Certainly will not be the last. This book should read every dark romance and romantic suspense lover. I liked everything about this book and writing which just flowed and had me engrossed to the story from start to finish wanting to find out what happens next. I enjoyed every minute of it and never wanted it to end. The synopsis is just the surface of what it is really about. It has so much depth, powerful, effortless and dark storytelling. I loved that it was written in dual POV so I know what both characters – Granite and Alyx – were thinking at the specific time or moments. It was well developed, well written and well thought out. The author knew how to develop, create the storyline and make you fall in love with her words, plot and the characters demanding your attention. What I loved about this story is that we got to see an underground MC world - perilous, dark parts of the world filled with corruption, violence, betrayals, fighting for survival and lies - not just an unconventional love story between the two main characters and their background. It was enjoyable read with so many twists and turns, while delivering an intense, dare I say forbidden and passionate romance / love story between Granite and Alyx that I devoured in one sitting. It was steamy, dark, raw, gritty and suspenseful romance. The characters are brilliant and so likeable.Depraved is the first book in American Street Kings series. This is Granite and Alyx’s story. Their story is thrilling, gripping, raw, edge of your seat page turner. It’s also a dark, twisted and a wild ride that I enjoyed from first to last page with effortless and poignant writing and storytelling. The topics are real, important and relatable.Granite is a president of his club – American Street Kings. He calls himself a devil, depraved, a king in his world and his turf is his playground. In his world every day is a fight to survive and he didn’t have an easy childhood. Granite is also an enigma but so alluring. I was drawn to him immediately wanting to know more about him, his background and why he is the way he is. He carries a lot of guilt from his past. He doesn’t like to be vulnerable because in his world that means weakness. In my opinion, he may be a lot of things: a killer, a criminal, wicked, deviant, mean, immoral, sinful, nefarious, vicious, brutal, but he is also so complex and layered character – everything he did is in order to survive in this cruel world and to take care of his club and people he cares about. He is used to get what he wants. Granite is intelligent, calculated, cold, lethal, cruel, controlling, dominating, obsessed, stubborn, mysterious, intriguing, charming, alluring but loving, caring, vulnerable, damaged, devoted.Alyx is police commander’s daughter. She is a ballerina and deeply tormented and tortured by her mother. I loved her immediately. She is sweet, innocent, strong, moral, feisty, a spitfire, smart, stubborn, sassy, proud, but also vulnerable and damaged. Even though she doesn’t think highly of herself, in my opinion, she is also brave, a fighter and a survivor. She needs to be in order to survive Granite’s world. Alyx always dreamed to escape, to find freedom and to just be herself. She dreamt that her stranger would come and whisk her away into sunset. If she only knew that her story wouldn’t be the one made of fairytales.Granite and Alyx are amazing together. I loved their first meeting – sneak glances / watching each other through window - and their immediate physical, fiery attraction and off the charts chemistry. I love their moments and dialogues. They are each other’s match. Loved how they were constantly trying to one up each other and push each other’s limits, even though Granite was better at that. Granite is trying to protect her from the mess and dangerous situation and he is determined to keep her safe and protect her whether she wants it or not. He made one point clear: he is obsessed with her and he wants her. They know they shouldn’t feel attracted to each other, but they do, it’s unavoidable. Maybe they don’t make sense but when they are together – they are just perfect and in my opinion, exactly what they need in order to heal and move on from the scars of their past; even though they aren’t aware of that yet. Alyx has preconceived opinions about Granite, who is such an enigma to her. She doesn’t know what to think about him because he is showing her so many masks/layers. They are slow burn, raw, gritty, edgy, intense and dark. It’s a battle of their feelings, right vs. wrong, head vs. heart, obsession vs. infatuation, choosing the club or the girl. This is not a fairytale – so don’t expect unicorns and flowers - it’s dark, real, raw and twisted. Deep down I think they are just two scarred people who seek love and are trying to let go of the past and start living.Secondary characters are intriguing, engaging, funny and incredible. I just love their camaraderie, friendship and the way they have each other’s back and treat each other like a family.INCREDIBLE! Completely adored Depraved! I can’t wait for the sequel and to see what happens next. I kind of need Alyx and Granite to have their HEA. It was sinfully sexy and intense, heartbreaking, poignant, heart pounding and action filled story, emotional and enthralling, with a lot of twists, turns, shocking secrets, lies, manipulation, fight for the turf, real characters and a lot of heart. I highly recommend it.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    A very dark and disturbing book that shocks and horrifies. The addictive characters though will have you glued to the pulsing action and terrifying assaults that our heroine encounters. Granite is a tough and very complicated man. His obsession with Alyx has gone on for a long time, he’s just been waiting for the right time to make his move. As his name suggests, Granite is a demanding man, hard as stone, he expects his requests to be followed with out question, but his actions towards Alyx seem A very dark and disturbing book that shocks and horrifies. The addictive characters though will have you glued to the pulsing action and terrifying assaults that our heroine encounters. Granite is a tough and very complicated man. His obsession with Alyx has gone on for a long time, he’s just been waiting for the right time to make his move. As his name suggests, Granite is a demanding man, hard as stone, he expects his requests to be followed with out question, but his actions towards Alyx seem very unpredictable and they are causing unease in the club.Alyx is a fighter, but she’s lost in confusion, she has no idea what’s going on and why. It’s a deep story and intense. The emotional and physical violence was constant throughout, nothing held back, keeping the thrills and terror high.It was a terrific read, kept me on the edge of my seat. I’m now ready for the next book “Defiant”, I’m really looking forward to this one.
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    Depraved by Bella J is the First book in the American Street Kings Series. This is the story of Alyxandria 'Alyx' and Granite. Alyx is a innocent young women who is also a ballerina who life looks somewhat perfect. But things for her aren't perfect at all with her own personal issues that have been drilled into. When Granite starts coming to visit her father who is the police commissioner, she starts to think he may be her hero/prince...but she soon learns that isn't going to be the case. Granit Depraved by Bella J is the First book in the American Street Kings Series. This is the story of Alyxandria 'Alyx' and Granite. Alyx is a innocent young women who is also a ballerina who life looks somewhat perfect. But things for her aren't perfect at all with her own personal issues that have been drilled into. When Granite starts coming to visit her father who is the police commissioner, she starts to think he may be her hero/prince...but she soon learns that isn't going to be the case. Granite is the President of the American Street Kings an is a tough bad man that isn't a night in shinning armor at all. But when he sees Alyx, she becomes his obsession one that he fully plans on taking when the time is right. Loved this first book and can't wait for the next installment in this series~!
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  • Kylee
    January 1, 1970
    Depraved is the first book in the American Street Kings series and also my first introduction to this author. Granite is the President of the MC and a man with a heart as hard as his road name. Alyx is a ballerina living the life of perfection, one everyone would want. These two have things in common, a connection, an obsession and also the fact that all is not what it seems. Their story is gritty, dark and it will leave your mind reeling as to what is the truth and what is the lie. Riding with Depraved is the first book in the American Street Kings series and also my first introduction to this author. Granite is the President of the MC and a man with a heart as hard as his road name. Alyx is a ballerina living the life of perfection, one everyone would want. These two have things in common, a connection, an obsession and also the fact that all is not what it seems. Their story is gritty, dark and it will leave your mind reeling as to what is the truth and what is the lie. Riding with this club will have you on the edge of your seat, your anxiety levels high and your heart racing. This sinful, twisted and at times brutally raw story will draw you in. It will capture you unaware and hold you hostage to their chaos awaiting the next time you get to cross paths with the American Street Kings for the answers that you will crave.
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  • Melissa J (Book Addicts Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 twisted stars!! This is the first book on the “American Street Kings” series. And it can not be read as a stand alone. The book leaves you a little hanging at the end. I can’t wait for the next book “Defiant”!!This book is about bikers, dirty police, lust, and lots of secrets. Alyx has no clue the world she just fell into. Or maybe for dragged into.... Anyway, she has only seen this shit on TV or she has watched the mystery bad ass walk away from her house for years, but didn’t know this was 4.5 twisted stars!! This is the first book on the “American Street Kings” series. And it can not be read as a stand alone. The book leaves you a little hanging at the end. I can’t wait for the next book “Defiant”!!This book is about bikers, dirty police, lust, and lots of secrets. Alyx has no clue the world she just fell into. Or maybe for dragged into.... Anyway, she has only seen this shit on TV or she has watched the mystery bad ass walk away from her house for years, but didn’t know this was no knight in shining armor. “..We no longer lived in a world where anything was innocent. Not even fantasy and dreams of love were innocent anymore. Everything was corrupted. Everything was wrong.”I love Granites character. Those type of men are my type. They are my loves. Mean and deadly with a soft spot for the people he loves. But don’t worry he is not that soft. I am in love. He did make me feel like maybe homeboy is loosing his marbles but I think some of the twists rectified that. Oh man so many secrets and half truths. I can’t wait for the next book!!**I received this book as an ARC and in return gave my honest review**
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  • Gin
    January 1, 1970
    What the hell did I just read? I'm shocked! The OMG event at the ending left me reeling and with so many questions. What is this really about? It's certainly about obsession. Granite's obsession with his ballerina girl, Alyx's obsession with the mysterious MC President, and a mother's obsession with her daughter's ballet career. All are damaging and leads to startlingly events and causalities. It's also about two MCs fighting over territory and the restart of a war between the two. The story sta What the hell did I just read? I'm shocked! The OMG event at the ending left me reeling and with so many questions. What is this really about? It's certainly about obsession. Granite's obsession with his ballerina girl, Alyx's obsession with the mysterious MC President, and a mother's obsession with her daughter's ballet career. All are damaging and leads to startlingly events and causalities. It's also about two MCs fighting over territory and the restart of a war between the two. The story starts out slow for me with a build to the romance between Granite, the hardened MC lifer following in his father's footsteps, and Alyx, the innocent ballerina that's a pawn in the war between the American Street Kings and the Pythons. The story ramps up around the middle when the romance takes a turn and the war escalates. The story was rocking along without too much drama for a MC story and then WHAM, everything goes to hell and I'm left wondering what just happened and what's really going on. It turned so ugly so fast. Ugh! I hated the ending just when the romance was coming around. Waiting to find out if this couple will survive the war is torture. Bella J gave us a bloody good MC story with a group of terrific MC brothers and a heroine with a spine.I'm still not sure about Granite after that ending. It's a love/hate affair at this point for me but there has to be more to the story and I can't wait to find out what it is. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.
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  • Kari Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Bella J freaking did it too me again!!What does the word Depraved mean? Morally corrupt; wicked. Synonyms: corrupt, deviant, obscene, and vile are just a few more. Depraved by Bella J is just that and it was freaking awesome!! We are introduced to the men of the American Street Kings MC. Men who are feared and yet also revered among numerous citizens. They live by a code, by the streets and nothing would get in their way. We ran our own little corner in hell, doing what we had to in order to sur Bella J freaking did it too me again!!What does the word Depraved mean? Morally corrupt; wicked. Synonyms: corrupt, deviant, obscene, and vile are just a few more. Depraved by Bella J is just that and it was freaking awesome!! We are introduced to the men of the American Street Kings MC. Men who are feared and yet also revered among numerous citizens. They live by a code, by the streets and nothing would get in their way. We ran our own little corner in hell, doing what we had to in order to survive. But who didn’t? It was an eat-or-get-eaten world out there, and we fucking devoured whoever got in our way.Aly is the sweet and innocent ballerina we are introduced too. She’s the daughter of the NY police commissioner. So pretty, posed and has to be perfect according to her mother. But she’s also the girl who hides her true self in order to satisfy others. She’s tired of not being Alyx, but being everything her mother demands of her. Her two guilty pleasures are her best friend and the man who comes to her house in the middle of the night, to meet with her father. Everything about him screamed business. Determination. Danger. Every step he took was calculated, confident, and undeniably dominant. He was the alpha, the leader—even I could see that. She craves those moments to just catch a glimpse of him. She loves the fear and excitement she feels when he locks eyes on her briefly each time. But who is this man?Granite is dark, dangerous, deadly. He’s exactly like his namesake cold as stone. Some would say a psychopath, a criminal and he doesn’t give a shit. He’s the president of the American Kings MC. He’s grown up in this life, seen and done a whole lot, but he’s not sorry for how his life works. The thing about Granite is once he wants something he will do whatever it takes to get what he wants done. He has set his eyes on Alyx Green. Tomorrow I’d continue what I’d been doing for years. Watch her. Mark her. Protect her. I wasn’t delusional. I wasn’t in denial. I knew my fascination with her was toxic, but she made it impossible for me to fight it. She was mine.Infatuation turns into obsession is easily a way to describe the feelings with these characters. I found myself easily sucked into the dark and gritty side to the story. It’s a slow burn that will leave you flushed and fanning yourself over this alpha male. He’s dirty, and broody and hella obsessed with Alyx. Alyx starts to come out of her shell and I easily felt her struggle. She hates him, but she’s drawn to him. He makes her feel alive for the first time in her life. Will she go willingly or will he just take?Gah this was intense! Depraved ends a huge cliffhanger. I found myself watching the percentage on my kindle and getting angry because it couldn’t be over. I was in deep and didn’t want to stop. But Bella J ended it in a big way and found myself cussing. I need to know where she’s taking it. This is more than a love story. It’s a story of obsession, of loyalty, of family. It’s intense, raw, full of passion and secrets. Yep lots of secrets. Bella J why oh why are you making us wait? Please give me Defiant like now. 4.5 Stars!!
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  • TheSassNerdBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Well first of all... Holy FUCK. This is the first book by this author, but it will not be my last. I have heard nothing but amazing recommendations about this author and her work, so when I had the chance to read this and review, I was beyond excited and it certainly lived up to its expectations. It is not for the faint of heart. It is dark, gritty, raw, and it will keep you second-guessing yourself, your own theories and it will leave you obsessing about every little detail of the book. In Depr Well first of all... Holy FUCK. This is the first book by this author, but it will not be my last. I have heard nothing but amazing recommendations about this author and her work, so when I had the chance to read this and review, I was beyond excited and it certainly lived up to its expectations. It is not for the faint of heart. It is dark, gritty, raw, and it will keep you second-guessing yourself, your own theories and it will leave you obsessing about every little detail of the book. In Depraved (Book one of American Street Kings) we have Granite, a dark, dirty, gritty and intense MC that is obsessed with a young ballerina. He is fixated and obsessed and he literally knows every little thing about her, every single move she makes... and he doesn't stop at just watching her, he finally steals her away, steals everything from her. Every thought, every move she makes, every dream and every nightmare. Granite is not a man you would ever want to mess with, he is a dangerous man, a bad man, he lives up to his name, with a heart so hard of stone. Aylx is a Julliard ballet student who is living the life most women want. A life of perfection. She is innocent, kind, and loving... But she had a stalker, a man watching her, and she finds herself utterly intrigued by it, fixated on the dark and gritty stranger... But when this stranger kidnaps her, her life turns upside down and everything she has ever known is ripped and robbed from her. These two together were insane, scary even... It had me questioning my own sanity, I wanted to hate Granite, I wanted to loathe him but I found myself completely taken with this awful man and I fucking loved it. I love when an author can have your emotions, your thoughts and mind twisted and all bent out of shape about a character/s And Bella J did just that with these two. When the book came to an end, I was almost pissed off. I WANTED MORE... I NEED MORE! I am so glad I took a chance on this author because now I am obsessed and need to read every single thing she has ever written! I am going to repeat this,... This book is NOT for the faint of heart. It is intense, it's dark, it's one hell of a ride that I could not put down and managed to read in a matter of a day. Bring on book two!5 Dark and Gritty Stars
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Depraved was a sexy and exhilarating dark romance that I could not get enough of. Bella J is a new to me author but now I am addicted to her words. I love how obsessed and delicious Granite was with Alyx and how he treated her like she was valuable and important to him even when he wanted to keep a much needed distance! She left an impression on him and she could not escape his obsession if she tried. Gah!! Now I need book two!There is nothing I love more than a ballerina story with a rough and Depraved was a sexy and exhilarating dark romance that I could not get enough of. Bella J is a new to me author but now I am addicted to her words. I love how obsessed and delicious Granite was with Alyx and how he treated her like she was valuable and important to him even when he wanted to keep a much needed distance! She left an impression on him and she could not escape his obsession if she tried. Gah!! Now I need book two!There is nothing I love more than a ballerina story with a rough and dangerous MC rider. Granite and Alyx had a connection that spanned years. He knew it at one long glance Alyx would belong to him. This story was filled with secrets, a rough and dangerous MC and is the start to an amazing series! I loved this story so much and that cliffhanger ending was crazy!!! I can't wait for Defiant! 4 stars! ~Ratula
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  • Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely LOVED this book!!! I was drawn in from the first pages, as it really built up a tense story straight away. As you got to know the main character, you knew it was a story that you'd never be able to put down, as he's a guy that really doesn't let go of his passions or give up on the things he wants. And he doesn't want her, he has to have her. God, the amount of tension, pent up passion and utter need just made this book unbelievably good. I loved the character creation. The author r I absolutely LOVED this book!!! I was drawn in from the first pages, as it really built up a tense story straight away. As you got to know the main character, you knew it was a story that you'd never be able to put down, as he's a guy that really doesn't let go of his passions or give up on the things he wants. And he doesn't want her, he has to have her. God, the amount of tension, pent up passion and utter need just made this book unbelievably good. I loved the character creation. The author really gave us an excellent level of detail, with lots of personality and differing traits, so that each character was unique and truly a person in themselves. It meant that there were different people to connect with, whether you loathed them or loved them, and those to really latch on to, like the main character, where you just have to keep reading to know what they do next. I liked the pace of the story, as it leant itself to the style of story and plot. You were given moments to really slow down and take in what was happening and moments to fly through and feel part of the whirlwind. Overall, this was an excellent story. I loved every bit of it!!
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  • She's a Lip Biter
    January 1, 1970
    Multiple Reviews Below5StarsDepraved is a darker MC book about the American Street Kings MC of New York and their long-standing feud with another MC, the Pythons MC. But it is so, so much more.Granite, as the president of the American Street Kings MC, is a force to be reckoned with and everyone knows this fact, well nearly everyone. He is determined, self-assured, single-minded but also protective, loyal and caring. He definitely isn’t your soft-hearted kittens and rainbows deep inside type of c Multiple Reviews Below5StarsDepraved is a darker MC book about the American Street Kings MC of New York and their long-standing feud with another MC, the Pythons MC. But it is so, so much more.Granite, as the president of the American Street Kings MC, is a force to be reckoned with and everyone knows this fact, well nearly everyone. He is determined, self-assured, single-minded but also protective, loyal and caring. He definitely isn’t your soft-hearted kittens and rainbows deep inside type of character, that’s for sure, but it’s still hard not to be intrigued by him and his background. Onyx, his brother, is another interesting character as well as Ink, Dutch and Manic. I look forward to reading about their stories in the future. Alyxandria, or Alyx, is the love interest and is also an interesting character and one I liked immediately. As her character develops and she grows and begins to question things in her life her inner strength really shines. I’m not going to say too much as I don’t want to give too much away.From the very first page, this book grabbed my attention and held it until the very last word and read it in on sitting. All of the emotions are covered in the story even some quick fun one-liners but predominantly there is fear, anger, desire, happiness and heartbreak too. And I will warn you Book one ends without a solution so all I can say is bring on book two, Defiant, quickly, please. Reviewed by Robyn5StarsA great read if you like MC and you prefer a darker read. This book had everything for me that I love in an MC story, the comrades in arms and their fierce loyalty to each other and their club, it had feisty woman who the club men loved to love and it also had a darker edge where obsession and intrigue, and old rivalries combined in this fast-paced, highly entertaining book! I cannot wait to see where the rest of this series goes.Reviewed by Nat
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  • A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book by Bella J that I have read and wow, what an unexpected treat. If you love dark, disturbing, MC reads, then this one is great! It’s an addicting, heavy story, and not easily to put down. It reads smoothly with visually detailed writing that quickly had my attention and kept it throughout the entire book.I’m not sure how I feel about Granite and what he’s doing. His obsession for Alyx is concerning, he knows everything about her, very detailed information; it’s scary. Grani This is the first book by Bella J that I have read and wow, what an unexpected treat. If you love dark, disturbing, MC reads, then this one is great! It’s an addicting, heavy story, and not easily to put down. It reads smoothly with visually detailed writing that quickly had my attention and kept it throughout the entire book.I’m not sure how I feel about Granite and what he’s doing. His obsession for Alyx is concerning, he knows everything about her, very detailed information; it’s scary. Granite’s demanding and expectant, hard as stone, hence the name. He was the reason for my breath-holding. When he walks into a room he’s such an overpowering presence. Alyx feels it too, they all do. She’s tough, a fighter but, also knows when to fight and when to let it go, something I think she learned growing up. I yelled at her but I also cried for her. I loved her connection with Neon. I’m ready for Defiant, ready to see what this author’s next move is as well as Granite’s. There is so much more story still to be told.
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  • Shae
    January 1, 1970
    The MC King and The Innocent BallerinaThe MC king and his ballerina! Granite was obsessed with Alyx from the first time he saw her starting out her bedroom window at him. He has found the 'perfect' opportunity I have her and also get revenge for his club. This story is gritty and raw in some instances. A look at how a MC works and how obsession plays out. It is well written, the characters very interesting. Little snippets give you ideas of how the main characters minds are affected by their pas The MC King and The Innocent BallerinaThe MC king and his ballerina! Granite was obsessed with Alyx from the first time he saw her starting out her bedroom window at him. He has found the 'perfect' opportunity I have her and also get revenge for his club. This story is gritty and raw in some instances. A look at how a MC works and how obsession plays out. It is well written, the characters very interesting. Little snippets give you ideas of how the main characters minds are affected by their pasts and present. As this is book one, I can wait to see how the rest of this story plays out.Reasons I enjoyed this book:Action-packed, Entertaining, Twisted, Unpredictable, Interesting characters
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  • Melinda
    January 1, 1970
    In one word WOW by Bella J. This is far from a romance story and readers beware there are some tough scenes in here but dang. Right away there is a connection between these two one that is hard to explain. This is the first book in this series and have to say Bella J definitely leave us wanting more. Granite is one tough guy to like but he has his reasons. This is more than just a MC aka motorcycle club story it is about secrets, vengeance and a man finally getting his well peace in a way. Bella In one word WOW by Bella J. This is far from a romance story and readers beware there are some tough scenes in here but dang. Right away there is a connection between these two one that is hard to explain. This is the first book in this series and have to say Bella J definitely leave us wanting more. Granite is one tough guy to like but he has his reasons. This is more than just a MC aka motorcycle club story it is about secrets, vengeance and a man finally getting his well peace in a way. Bella J has a new reader in me just getting into this book. Awesome."I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own."
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  • Breen
    January 1, 1970
    “Fierce, murky and dirty. Depraved it’s a story about revenge and danger with obsession on its major expression. What an emotional rollercoaster, Bella writing abilities amazed me. This story kept me on the edge until the very end. Suspenseful, gritty and unpredictable. Such a marvelous story full of U-turns. Granite it’s the ultimate twisted man. Trust me when I say he’s not Prince Charming. Hot and damaged. A life full of violence. Alynx it’s a sassy and vulnerable girl but yet she’s has a str “Fierce, murky and dirty. Depraved it’s a story about revenge and danger with obsession on its major expression. What an emotional rollercoaster, Bella writing abilities amazed me. This story kept me on the edge until the very end. Suspenseful, gritty and unpredictable. Such a marvelous story full of U-turns. Granite it’s the ultimate twisted man. Trust me when I say he’s not Prince Charming. Hot and damaged. A life full of violence. Alynx it’s a sassy and vulnerable girl but yet she’s has a strong side. Their story was extremely emotional and intense. Their chemistry was off limits. Full of passion. A story that gave obsession a whole new definition that you must experience.”
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  • D.L. Gallie
    January 1, 1970
    I have no words, this book sucked me and and devoured me. I could not put it down.Alyx and Granite’s story is twisted, messed up and everything in between but it’s also beautiful and chaotic in all the right ways.I cannot wait for book 2
  • Robyn Corcoran
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for She’s a Lip Biter BlogDepraved is a darker MC book about the American Street Kings MC of New York and their long standing feud with another MC, the Pythons MC. But it is so, so much more.Granite, as the president of the American Street Kings MC, is a force to be reckoned with and everyone knows this fact, well nearly everyone. He is determined, self-assured, single-minded but also protective, loyal and caring. He definitely isn’t your soft-hearted kittens and rainbows deep inside ty Reviewed for She’s a Lip Biter BlogDepraved is a darker MC book about the American Street Kings MC of New York and their long standing feud with another MC, the Pythons MC. But it is so, so much more.Granite, as the president of the American Street Kings MC, is a force to be reckoned with and everyone knows this fact, well nearly everyone. He is determined, self-assured, single-minded but also protective, loyal and caring. He definitely isn’t your soft-hearted kittens and rainbows deep inside type of character, that’s for sure, but it’s still hard not to be intrigued by him and his background. Onyx, his brother, is another interesting character as well as Ink, Dutch and Manic. I look forward to reading about their stories in the future. Alyxandria, or Alyx, is the love interest and is also an interesting character and one I liked immediately. As her character develops and she grows and begins to question things in her life her inner strength really shines. I’m not going to say too much as I don’t want to give too much away.From the very first page this book grabbed my attention and held it until the very last word and read it in on sitting. All of the emotions are covered in the story even some quick fun one liners but predominantly there is fear, anger, desire, happiness and heartbreak too. And I will warn you Book one ends without a solution so all I can say is bring on book two, Defiant, quickly please.
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book I can't wait to read the next one
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I always love a good MC romantic suspense and this one did not disappoint. Depraved is dark, gritty, and intense and it kept me entertained until the very end. It is a story of infatuation and obsession complete with complex characters, an interesting storyline, and a fair amount of action/violence. This book is told from the POV of both Alyx and Granite, which I think really made the book - getting to see into the minds of both characters.I loved Alyx. She is young and while it appears her life I always love a good MC romantic suspense and this one did not disappoint. Depraved is dark, gritty, and intense and it kept me entertained until the very end. It is a story of infatuation and obsession complete with complex characters, an interesting storyline, and a fair amount of action/violence. This book is told from the POV of both Alyx and Granite, which I think really made the book - getting to see into the minds of both characters.I loved Alyx. She is young and while it appears her life is perfect, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. For years, she would catch glimpses of Granite as he and his MC crew would visit her dad, the police commissioner and thus began her infatuation with this dangerous president of The American Street Kings. The author did a great job illustrating her struggle with stark difference between the fantasy of him vs. the reality. I did find it interesting how she went from one form of control at home to then under Granite’s control and yet, she fought Granite. That was one of the things that I loved about Alyx - that she found and challenged him.Granite was a tough character for me. He is commanding and calculating with a penchant for violence and is completely obsessed with his “ballerina girl”. For the first 3rd of the book, I couldn’t figure out if I hated him or if I loved him. Granite fell more along the lines of an anti-hero for me - a character that I hate to love. Depraved is a fast-paced novel that will keep you on your toes. It does end in a cliffhanger - something that I normally dislike, but there is no way this story could be condensed into one book. I also hope that the other MC members get their own books. I received Depraved for free and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Claudia Cardoz
    January 1, 1970
    I'M SO GONE CRAZY. GRANITE... ROUGH.. RAW & OBSESSED. 🔥🔥🔥❤. WOW!!!!!! SO MANY FEELINGS GOING ON INSIDE ME AFTER READING THIS ONE. BUT GRANITE... SIGH!!!!!Everytime Granite laid his eyes on Alyx, it was a silent promise of a future. But Alyx, sweet and innocent Alyx was intrigued with her stranger in the dark and she too felt the simmering heat when their eyes would connect unbeknownst to how those moments were gonna change her life. Alyx's world is all about her dance. She hasn't known anyth I'M SO GONE CRAZY. GRANITE... ROUGH.. RAW & OBSESSED. 🔥🔥🔥❤️. WOW!!!!!! SO MANY FEELINGS GOING ON INSIDE ME AFTER READING THIS ONE. BUT GRANITE... SIGH!!!!!Everytime Granite laid his eyes on Alyx, it was a silent promise of a future. But Alyx, sweet and innocent Alyx was intrigued with her stranger in the dark and she too felt the simmering heat when their eyes would connect unbeknownst to how those moments were gonna change her life. Alyx's world is all about her dance. She hasn't known anything else. Yet you can feel her rebellious soul fighting to come out and then life throws her a curveball which she never expected. Although her mind had always been on her stranger in the dark. Yet she was not really ready to face the man himself.Granite.. His name aptly tells us a man whose heart is as cold and hard as they come. He is dominating, authoritative and a strong brute of a man. Yet he is unapologetic about his coldness which in order to survive in his world is a must. But his strong obsession with Alyx is undisputed and when it comes to her, Alyx belongs to him, he owns her. *swoon*!!!!!But life tosses both Granite and Alyx into a storm that might ruin everything. Wars are started, hearts are crushed. AND THAT ENDING... JUST ABOUT RUINED ME TOO. I WAS SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK AND THEN... BAAM........ THIS TURN EXPLODED RIGHT IN MY FACE & I WAS TRULY HEARTBROKEN. 😭😭😭.You'll feel so much while reading Granite and Alyx's story. It's raw perfection with Passion and an Intensity that will ruin you and drive your crazy.I have so many questions and biting my nails feels on what's gonna happen next. I wish I could go in the future and grab book two in the series. 😜😎.CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. LOVED LOVED THIS ONE. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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  • WORLD OF BOOKS 65 Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Not at all your typical MC book - even better!The first book in what is destiny to be a must read series.A well written gritty story about one mans obsession and what he is prepared to do to once the wait is over and his obsession from a distance becomes a reality! And the sacrifice that he has to make So looking forward to the next book in the series
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