Merciless Ride (The Hellions Ride, #3) by Chelsea Camaron
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?
*This book contains violence, rape, adult content and language and is not suitable for readers under the age of 18*
Emma - 4 Crowns
Book 3 in the Hellions Novel series. This book could be read as a standalone however I do recommend reading books 1 and 2 to give you a little more of the characters' back stories.
I am going to cut to the chase before I go any further into this review. This is NOT Rex's story. To fellow fans of the Hellions series I am sure this will disappoint you as much as it did me. Let me assure you though that this story does feature our Crews' cousins quite heavily as we are back at the Catawba Chapter of the Hellions MC and it is another adventurous ride of love, secrets and hope.
This is Shooter and Tessie's story; Tessie you will remember from Forever Ride as the barmaid at Ruthless, the local hangout for our Catawba bikers. Having had a long sexual relationship with club VP and infamous man-whore Rex; when her car fails her Tessie finds herself stranded and unwilling to contact him for help. Reaching out to Doll, Tripp, the club President and Rex's cousin's Ole lady, she soon realises that when club member Shooter arrives that once again she has been turned over and let down by Rex in favour of whoever is warming his bed tonight. It reinforces her belief that the relationship they have or lack of as the case maybe is at an end and its time to move on for herself, her family but most importantly for the son she works so hard to provide for single-handedly due to the lack of a father in his life.
Shooter, club member, mechanic and ex-special forces floats through life haunted by the ghosts of his past. When he comes to Tessie's rescue once to often, he finds himself feeling protective of this amazing single mother who has had a shit hand dealt her in life and who has been disrespected and let down time and time again by his club's VP. When he steps in with his club offering her his protection, both their lives may change forever and when secrets come to light will his loyalties be with his club brothers? or with the woman that has lighted up his life?
So After my initial disappointment at this not being Rex's book, I have to say I really enjoyed the third instalment from our Hellion friends. I was confused at the start as to why we weren't reading about the infamous VP; having now read this book, I completely understand why the author has written this book first. It answers many questions, fills in a lot of gaps and certainly sets up the next book brilliantly. Don't mistake my previous statement though, this book isn't a filler; it is an important stepping stone in the rides we are taking with the Hellions.
Once again I found Chelsea's skill at creating interesting characters and having you the reader invested in them exceptional. Tessie is this strong woman who is selfless but has certainly made mistakes over the years. Shooter, well he is the bomb... I loved him. Seriously effected by events in his past, he becomes a rock for Tessie and a important male role model for her son, Axel. In return she bathes his life in a light that was switched off many years ago.
To hardcore MC fans, your not going to get real deep grit and darkness, but you will get a great love story with a backdrop of Alpha bikers and their women. Once again she introduces characters from other author's series' and these one's are upcoming, so I will look forward to jumping on them when they are released.
So onto Rex, it's gonna be a goody and I am super excited to see where Chelsea takes him. Wherever that maybe it's certain to be a wild ride.