Friday, October 10

***Release Blitz, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway*** Merciless Ride by Chelsea Camaron

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Title: Merciless Ride (The Hellions Ride, #3)
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Release Date: October 10, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / B&N 
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Synopsis
Mercy is no friend of mine. Karma, she has yet to show kindness to me. The hits just keep on coming for Tessie Marie Harlow. She has never had an easy life. Her mom disabled, her dad long gone, and a single mom raising a rambunctious little boy, that’s Tessie’s world. Her childhood aspirations to be a nurse long since disappeared after a college spring fling both blessed and burdened her with a baby boy. Dropping out of school, she returns to her hometown and begins to settle in. Getting the only job she could as a bartender she spends her days caring for her son and nights serving the Hellions Motorcycle Club and their affiliates.  Tired of waiting for Rex to grow up, she’s faced with the bane existence of her life until one night changes everything. In the darkest hour of her merciless ride through life, she’s saved by a quiet, laid back Hellion. Andy ‘Shooter’ Jenkins has always been around. Too wrapped in Rex she has never really noticed him before. He has never been loud or known to have the girls hanging all over him. He is a mystery. A chance encounter brings him to her rescue not once but twice. The Desert Ghosts Motorcycle Club are in town and bring their own brand of chaos right to Tessie’s door. Forced into her day to day life, Shooter is doing everything he can to shelter and protect her as lines are crossed and a war between two clubs begins. Secrets revealed putting two brothers in the Hellions Motorcycle Club at a serious crossroads in their lives. This is not a ride for pleasure. This is not a ride for safety. This is not a ride for love. This is a ride for endurance. Mercy has never once shined her grace down for these two, but in the midst of the danger and lies can they learn to rely on one another and ride it out together?    Hellions Ride series
One Ride (The Hellions Ride, #1)
Forever Ride (Hellions Ride, #2)


Review
I devoured Tessie and Shooter's story and was so sad it came to an end. Every moment of Merciless Ride was satisfying to read. This book is the third instalment in the Hellions MC series and it was definitely my pick of them all. The author took her writing to a whole new level in this one, that much is evident. It was exceptional, and even though this book was the shortest of them all, it held the most emotion and passion. The issues in Merciless Ride were very relatable and very real, I feel as though this, along with other elements of the book, is why Tessie and Shooter's story very quickly became my favourite. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series but this story blew the others out of the water. The storyline captivated me from the beginning and the quality of writing drew me in further. 

For those of you who have followed the Hellions from the beginning, you all know a little about Tessie as she has always been a secondary character. Shooter however, isn't mentioned until the second book, Forever Ride. 

So Tessie, she's a hard working, single mum working her ass off to care for her child and pay the bills to keep them afloat. Along with a ill mother to tend to, Tessie struggles to make ends meet. Everyone knows Tessie has a son, however she is so protective of him that none of her hellion friends have ever met him. She doesn't want him to grow up around the dangers surrounding the club, but there's also another reason Axel has always been kept hidden, it's just no one knows about it. One night, Tessie suffers a traumatic event at the bar she works at, Shooter luckily arrives soon after and comes to her rescue. Along with staying safe seeking revenge for the attack, Tessie finds herself, Axel and her sick mother thrown into a situation thats mostly out of her control. With Shooter by her side she feels a sense of safety, peace. He calms the constant nerves and takes away the agony residing inside of her from the memories of hat torturous night at the bar. Will Tessie finally find a man willing to step up? Is Tessie capable of letting Shooter in to take care of her and her son, to love them and build a life with them?

Andy 'Shooter' Jenkins is an ex-army special forces soldier. He has served his country proud, but not without suffering the post traumatic stress that allows monsters to visit his nightmares. Unfortunately, these monsters aren't just in the form of bad men that needed to be killed because it was an order. No, Shooter lives with a burden deeper than ghosts of the men he's killed. It's why he doesn't believe he deserves the love of a good woman, it's why he can't sleep at night without suffering night terrors. 
But then there's Tessie. A good woman who deserves it all, Shooter has been watching her from the sideline for years, he knows he can't have her, but she brings out a part of him that he thought was long gone. She helps ease the pain, her touch and warmth beside him ceases the nightmares, can he convince not only her, but himself, that he is worthy of her love? 

My only issue with this book along with the first two, is that I still want more dialogue rather than 'telling'. Not as often as the first two books, but still on occasion I found myself reading the recap of something that's occurred and thinking, damn! I would of loved to read that scene as it actually happened! The relationships between Tessie and Shooter is beautiful. It's respectful, it grows slowly, and I couldn't help but love their dynamics. Shooter really is an amazing man, I completely fell in love with him, the way Miss Camaron has portrayed him is just superb. Their story is very emotional and I felt it all. 

If you enjoy MC romances than this series is not to be missed. The hellions are a crazy bunch of badass alpha male bikers that live hard, ride hard and love harder. And beside them, you will find their amazing, sassy, strong and stubborn old ladies who you can't help but adore. 

*Please note, although this is a standalone novel, to gain the full experience that is this amazing story, I highly recommend reading the first two books in the Hellions Ride series.*

★☆★ 4 Little Hellion Stars! ★☆★
Reviewed By Bel Burgess


Excerpt

Tessie
Ugh. Ouch. Everything hurts. Every centimeter of my body is in pain. Slowly, I start to stretch, attempting to open my eyes. They are tight, though; they won’t open. Panic fills me as I reach up and touch my face.
Tentatively, I feel around to find my head wrapped in what feels like gauze and bandages on my left cheek. My mouth feels puffy, even on the inside. The taste of old blood mixes with my saliva as all my senses go into overdrive. My anxiety grows as my breathing becomes more erratic. Why does everything hurt?
“Breathe, baby. I need you to breathe.”
“Shooter?” I ask, recognizing his voice.
“Yeah, I’m right here.” His words are soft, somehow soothing as the fear continues to escalate.
“Shooter, where am I? What happened?”
“You’re at my house.”
“Wait, your house? Where is Axel?” 
Oh, my goodness, was I in an accident in Shooter’s car? Is Axel okay? Is he worried about me? Does my mom know where I am? Has someone called her? Who would know to call her? She must be worried sick. 
I am reaching around into thin air around me as I still can’t open my eyes. Large hands come around my wrists gently, pulling my hands down onto my stomach. I’m still lying flat in a bed.
“Axel is with your mom and your aunt. They know you’re okay,” he calmly answers me as he releases my wrists.
“Why am I here?” I question, needing to know what has happened.
As he sighs, a delicate, soft hand squeezes my right hand. Instinctively, I jump. How many people are here? I strain to hear more of what is around me. Aren’t your other instincts supposed to be more in tune when you lose your sight? Why can I not figure out what is going on? Damn it, I need answers.
“It’s me, Tessie. What do you remember?” Doll asks, as she starts to pull her hand out of mine. Knowing it is her, I squeeze, pulling her hand back into mine. 
Think, Tessie. Last night or tonight—I don’t exactly know what time it is—I went to work. It was busy. Rex was there. He was being an ass. The bar closed.
The bar closed…
I suck in my breath, my body starting to shake uncontrollably as the memories invade. The smell. My God, the smell of that man: oil, cigarettes, whiskey, and leather. 


About the Author
 Chelsea Camaron 
Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming. Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice. Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works. When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in. She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.  
 
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