Book Reviews

Broken Wings (Broken Chains MC 3) by E.M. Lindsey

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Bikers / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 11-May-2022

Book Blurb

The one thing Kicks doesn’t need in his life is to fall in love…

The night Kicks woke in the hospital with fresh scars and a missing eye was the night he promised he would never, ever let himself be vulnerable again.  And as the Road Captain of the Broken Chains MC, he managed to keep that vow for five long years.  But the universe has different plans for the biker when his President sends him on a mission to escort the rabbi, Jude Burns, who is now under the protection of their club.  Kicks doesn’t want a babysitting job, but he’s not sure what to think when he’s faced with a mouthy, stubborn man who seems far more sinner than saint.


Kicks has never in his life felt more tempted to break his promises, because with this man, his vulnerability feels like power.


Jude Burns’ world is turned upside down when his brother gets involved with a motorcycle club, and by proxy, he finds himself in danger of being killed.  And after being shot at on the road, and just barely escaping a fiery death, Jude isn’t sure where he belongs.  He’d spent his entire adult life dedicated to his service as a rabbi, after all, even when the temptation of life outside called to him louder than ever.


And Jude knows the decision would be easy if it weren’t for Emilio—the dark-eyed Road Captain who makes Jude question every vow he’s ever made.  Jude was pretty sure he wasn’t destined for love the way his brother was, but when Emilio falls to his knees and asks him to stay, he finds it’s almost impossible to tell him no.


Even if it means walking into the line of fire to save a man with ragged, broken wings.


Book Review

I am not much of a one for MC stories as oftentimes they’re insanely ridiculous and/or the description talks about characters having dubious morals, etc., when in reality they don’t. The ‘Broken Chains’ series by E.M. Lindsey is not the standard. There are no outwardly good or bad people, everyone struggles with their pasts, things they’ve done, and lack of remorse about “evil” deeds is pretty much the way they roll. I will strongly recommend that these books be read in order and that the author’s trigger warnings be taken seriously. 


“Kicks wasn’t afraid to die, but he was afraid to give in to the madness he sometimes felt clawing at his edges. Stronger men had been taken down by a lot less, and he knew that there were days he was hanging on by the skin of his teeth.

It was really only a matter of time before he cracked—before his threadbare hold broke, and he descended into the darkness. But he wasn’t giving up.

At least, not yet.”


Kicks is the first character I’ve come across in this club that didn’t grow up in a club or have any experience prior to joining. Kicks was an Army brat and joined up when he came of age. His childhood was dysfunctional with a father who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD, an uninterested mother, and an older brother who was an addict. Kicks was smart, though, and the military pegged that early, teaching him computers plus the not-so-legal things that can be done with them. Kicks was on a weekend leave when he ran across the wrong bunch of good ol’ boys and ended up losing an eye and being burned significantly. This resulted in an honorable discharge, massive emotional trauma, and a decided lack of options for what to do with the rest of his life. Running into Smokey and Gunnar was the best thing to happen to him.


Jude is Eliah’s (from ‘Backfire’) twin brother and a rabbi who is feeling pretty lost. He still struggles with his guilt over his brother’s accident when they were teenagers even though it wasn’t Jude’s fault. When Eliah calls him to tell him that his life is in danger and a guy will be coming to pick him up and bring him back to the MC, Jude doesn’t know what to make of it all. Here he thought his crisis of faith was his biggest current problem. Unfortunately, it turns out some biker named Hydra is a challenge Jude couldn’t have begun to imagine.


“Maybe he just needed to be himself, because this was the one place he’d found that seemed to mold itself to what everyone else needed. And he didn’t think there was anywhere like it in all the rest of the world.” ~ Jude


I struggled some with this story and it wasn’t until near the end that I realized what my difficulty was. Primarily, it’s because this story runs very parallel to ‘Backfire’, and I kind of felt that after the excitement of Jude rescuing Kicks from being burned alive, and Eliah shooting Hydra, everything that came after was very watered down. I love angsty characters so I know it wasn’t that. It just seemed very milquetoast while some things were being established within the club and the search for Hydra continued. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed Kicks and Jude’s love story, but it lacked something for me.


I am going to jump straight into the next book, though, because I’m very interested in reading Hawke and Jax’s storyline. If you like realistic main characters with strong characters with flaws, then I can wholeheartedly recommend this series.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 235 pages
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Publication Date 04-May-2021
Price $2.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
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