Book Review: Joy by Lilly Atlas

Title: Joy
Series: Hell’s Handlers MC
Author: Lilly Atlas
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: December 10, 2019
Life, death, trauma, healing; the Hell’s Handlers have been through it all over the past year. They’ve conquered old enemies, acquired new ones, and struggled through devastating upheavals. So far, they’ve come out on top, knocking down challenges by focusing on one essential ideal: family above all. With Copper at the helm, the Handlers are a patchwork family of bikers who will fight to the death for what they’ve created. 
And after all they’ve survived over the past three hundred and sixty-five days, the Handlers are ready to lay down their weapons, pick up their drinks, and coast through the holidays with nothing but joy in mind. But as often happens with life in an MC, Christmas takes a back seat to club drama.
As the year rolls to a close, the men and women of the club will experience new life, new chapters in love, and plenty of new beginnings. But not everything is sparkly and bright as dangerous enemies threaten the tight-knit group of rough and rowdy bikers. Will twenty-nineteen end in tragedy, or will the club once again emerge victorious in time to find a little joy for the holidays?


It was such a joy reading this book! In the Christmas period there are many books with a festive theme that are able to bring the love and Christmas spirit in our souls, as readers and to be completely honest, I didn’t know what to expect from an MC group. For those of you who are familiar with the Hell’s Handlers, you know already they are tough guys and their “old ladies” have been through a lot. Well, despite all the things happening in “Joy”, this is the perfect book for the season.

One thing is for sure, in order to better understand the book, you should read at least a part of the stories in the Hell’s Handlers Series. We have multiple POVs, as each member is struggling with something. We see their fears, their pain and the support they give to each other. With a new threat in town, Copper’s revelation, Viper and Mama V’s problem and so many other things, this book doesn’t allow for a respite. I spent my night (literary) reading it because I am addicted!

I am addicted to this series and I am afraid at some point it will be over. This thought scares me, because every time I go back to any of the books in the series, it’s like coming home. Yes, they swear, they cuss and lead a less than polite social life. They may not be role models, and many would argue that the MC life is no life to raise a child. But the comfort they always find in each other and the way they come together in need is fantastic.

Lilly Atlas has given us a present. We see all the guys working together, we see the MC family coming together for one another. The feeling of “home”, the Christmas presents exchanged (especially the ones Mav is giving to his woman), the cookies, the kids, everything blends so well and pushes away all the bad memories or worries. I cried in the end – I let my emotions out. I was happy to see them together, stronger than ever. I spent so many hours reading about each MC member, what they’ve been through, about their ladies and now a feeling of happiness washes over me. Seeing one’s family around the table at Christmas is always cause for emotions. And Lilly Atlas made me, a reader, be part of this family she has created – it’s amazing 😊


Lilly Atlas is a contemporary romance author, proud Navy wife, and mother of two spunky girls. By day she works as a physical therapist for a hospital in Virginia. Lilly is an avid romance reader, and expects her Kindle to beg for mercy every time she downloads a new eBook. Thankfully, it hasn’t happened yet, and she can often be found absorbed in a good book.



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