★★★★ 4 stars!
Bella Jewel has done it again. Once again she's created an awesome, riveting, deliciously dark biker romance. Still, it wasn't your regular/typical biker story but instead it was original, captivating and I could not put it down once I started it.
Meadow is a young girl on the run. Ever since her father died over a year ago she's been running from the man who killed him in cold blood. A man named Axel. A man she once used to adore, one she used to know so well. All of that changed though the moment he shot her father right in front of her. The moment before he died, her father gave her a USB stick with valuable information and made her promise him to never let Axel get his hands on that information. And so she ran. Never staying in one place for a long time, she's been traveling around the country trying to get away from Axel. But he's never far away and time and time again he's been able to track her down. It's becoming harder and harder to escape him but she's determined to guard the USB with her life and never let him win.
"I know how it feels to be surrounded by darkness, Cricket. But don't you ever…ever let it consume you."
Axel himself has a dark past as well. No one knows what happened to him that one time when he went missing for almost six months. When he came back though, he was a changed man. He'd always been dark and moody, a bit unapproachable even. But when he showed up again after he'd been missing for so long, he appeared even colder and more merciless than before. Now he has built up an unpenetreble shield around his heart and emotions. All he cares about is succeeding the task of gathering the USB stick Meadow's father had given to his daughter right before he died. It information that might bring down his club and get him sent to prison. And he's willing to do whatever it takes to prevent that from happening. He's ruthless in his attempt to chase Meadow and capture the much needed evidence on that stick before it falls into the hands of the wrong people.
“People don't change, Axel. They simply take paths that lead them down roads which are sometimes damaging. It doesn't change who they are, it merely adds to it. You're there, somewhere, past all that darkness and brooding.”
At first I wasn't sure what to make of Axel. He seemed a bit cruel in his actions toward Meadow but at the same time his rare kindness showed that he did have a softer side. He was a very intriguing character and his history made me feel all the more sympathy for what he went through. Meadow on the other hand was a very strong heroine, albeit a bit reckless at times. But I liked the fact that she stood up to Axel and didn't let his darkness push her away or make her cower in fear. Their history made the development of their relationship all the more interesting. They're both stubborn and determined to not let the other one win and it was fun trying to figure out which one of them would give in first.
Overall, Angels in Leather was a thrilling, captivating story and it wasn't just another "biker romance" since it focused more on Meadow and Axel's relationship and past instead of on the usual "club business" of an MC. From the moment I read the intense prologue I could not stop reading this story and it managed to keep me hooked the entire time with it's many twits and turns. A highly recommendable read and I'm already looking forward to the next part in the series!