The Price of Forgiveness by M. L. Nystrom

The Price of Forgiveness

Posted on November 5, 2022 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 5 Comments

The Price of Forgiveness by M.L. Nystrom is the second Dutchman MC novel and a wonderful book. On learning this would be Railroad’s story, I couldn’t wait to dive in. Also, I needed to know the fate of the Dutchmen MC after the explosive ending in the previous book. Nystrom upped her ante in this installment by delivering an attention grabbing story designed to take readers on an emotional journey filled with romance and suspense.  


The Price of Forgiveness by M. L. NystromTitle: The Price of Forgiveness
Author(s): M.L. Nystrom
Series: The Dutchmen MC Book #2
Also in this series: The Price of Redemption , The Price of Peace , The Price of Atonement
Published by Hot Tree Publishing on April 22, 2022
Pages: 251
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

When does sin become unforgivable? Find out in bestselling author ML Nystrom’s gritty The Dutchmen MC series, where you’ll meet a darker breed of bikers.
Rail has the impossible task of leading the Dutchmen MC through a long and chaotic transition. His life is spinning out of control, trying to live up to club expectations. Some want revenge for crimes against the club, some are ready to move on, and some want to continue their former lifestyle. It’s tearing Rail apart. The only family he’s ever known is his dying grandmother and it’s more than he can handle.
One night, he meets Gretchen, a deaf woman who reminds him of past sins. She brings back painful memories of where he came from and what he’s done in his life, but he can’t stay away from her. She is the light, he is the dark, and his former transgressions demand payment. Can he afford to pay the price?

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The club has a new president, Railroad, who struggles with personal demons while managing the club’s affairs. The club is divided, with one side wanting to legitimate and the other wants to continue dabbling in criminal activities. In addition, the members are searching for Piglet, a former club member who betrayed the club. The search for Piglet led Railroad to his half sister, Gretchen. Now their first encounter may not have gotten off to a great start, but it left a lasting impression on both of them. Railroad doesn’t know how to handle his growing attraction to Gretchen. She brings back memories of a past he wishes to forget. He knows he should keep his distance, but how can he stay from the woman who brought light and peace to his life…..



I had a wonderful time with this story, even more so than book one. First off, Railroad intrigued me from book one and I looked forward to learning more about him. There were so many layers to his character, but peeling them away proved to be an enlightening experience. A tough biker with a soft spot for the first woman to show him love. The woman who raised him and whom he called Grams. Throughout the story, we see hints about his past and the horrors he faced as a child. However, the details of his experience came to light late into the story.

Gretchen’s character brought diversity to the story. She is an editor who is deaf. Nystrom did an excellent job bringing to light the challenges and prejudices Gretchen faced because of her disability. The author portrayed her as a strong, sassy, and independent woman.

The romance was pure delight. However, it had its fair share of challenges with Railroad running hot and cold. He had moments when he acted like a jerk in his interactions with Gretchen, but then he would own up to his actions. The revelations of his past shined light on the reasons for his actions and insecurities. He believed he was not good enough for Gretchen. I enjoyed most of their interactions and the manner in which they related to each other. 

The suspense arc added another layer to the story. It delivered twists I never saw coming. Within this aspect of the story, Nystrom introduces subject-matter which may not sit well with some readers.  A subject-matter which highlighted real life harrowing situations.

I found The Price of Forgiveness to be a delightful mix of chemistry, a love worth fighting for and enough suspense to keep you glued to the pages. This story will pull readers in and leave them smiling in the end. A wonderful addition to the series.

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Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

About M.L. Nystrom

I’ve had stories in my head since I was a child.  All sorts of stories of fantasy, romance, mystery and anything else that captured my interest.  I’m a voracious reader, and have spent many hours in my life devouring books, therefore it’s only fitting I should write a few myself!  I’ve spent most of my life as a performing musician and band instrument repair technician, but that doesn’t mean I’m pigeon-holed into one mold.  I’ve been a university professor, belly dancer, craftsperson, soap maker, singer, rock band artist, jewelry maker, lifeguard, swim coach, and whatever else I feel like exploring.  As one of my students said to me once, “Life’s too short to ignore the opportunities.”   I have no intention of ever stopping so welcome to my story world.  I hope you enjoy it!

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