Title: Forever Ride (The Hellions Ride, #2)
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Genre: Biker Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2014
Events happen in life that can awaken our truest and deepest desires. They also show us our greatest fears. Sometimes we are forced to face those fears, other times we build walls that can't be broken to protect ourselves.
A profound connection these two once shared. A strong friendship once formed was shattered. Fate has stepped in and shaken both their worlds.
The danger, the wild, the chaos, and the lifestyle of the Hellions world has become far too much for Savannah 'Sass' Perchton. Swearing off bikers and attempting a 'normal' life, she has settled. She's committed to Nick, her country club, pretty boy. She's found a way to be content.
Things aren't always what they seem. Wrap an empty box in pretty paper and a bow, it may look amazing, but it's still a hollow shell.
He's a Hellions playboy. A different chick in his bed, off on a different ride, and always something new. He's Frank the 'Tank' Oleander, Haywood's Hellions Road Chief. Throttle down and life is good.
The fast pace of the Hellions life catches up to him. At a crossroads, he's forced to face some life changing thoughts or succumb to the darkness of death. Teetering on the brink of giving in, her voice is all he's holding onto. The coma he can't pull himself out of, but her voice is the light in the darkness. He wants the girl who pulled him through when his life was literally in the balance.
She's sworn off bikers. Can he pull through? Can she ever see past the lifestyle to the heart of the man behind the cut? Will they find their Forever Ride?
Forever Ride by Chelsea Camaron is book two in her The Hellions Ride series. This book picks up around the same timeframe as where the first one leaves off. While I enjoyed book one (One Ride) in this series very much, this book sadly fell a little short for me. One woman determined to leave the biker life behind her for good and the one man who is unwilling to let her go.
We meet Savannah “Sass” Perchton and Frank “Tank” Oleander in book one. Sass is a biker princess through and through. Born and raised in the biker world, Sass has known no other life as the daughter of the Vice President of the Haywood’s Hellions. However, Sass has reached a point deciding that the biker lifestyle and all the danger and chaos that comes with it is no longer for her. When events that put Sass in the crux of danger unfold, she makes the heart-breaking choice to walk away from all she knows and understands to start a new life with her upper-class and “safe” boyfriend, Nick. She may not be comfortable in Nick’s world but she is determined to make things work. What Savannah soon comes to realize is that love is something that cannot be forced but she is willing to trade in all that fire and passion within her to live within the confines of safe surroundings. However, sometimes safety is an illusion and greater monsters hide behind pretty façades.
Sass and Tank have developed a strong friendship, something that was shaken when they decided to give in to their fierce attraction. Sass wanted more and Tank was too afraid to give her all that she needed. As the Haywood’s Hellion’s Road Chief, Tank is a biker to his core and he is all about the lifestyle, including the unending amounts of available club whores to satiate his base needs. Now Tank lays in a coma after one horrible night changes everything. He is slipping away and he never got to tell Sass how he truly feels. With Sass moving forward with her life, cutting all ties to the club family, can Tank break through and come back to claim the only woman he has ever wanted to claim as his?
While the whole idea behind this book is fantastic, the execution of the storyline did not work for me for many reasons.
1. I was expecting a book about Tank and Sass, one where we would be able to watch their connection deepen and grow. These two had some explosive chemistry in book one and I was looking forward to watching Tank and Sass navigate their way to a happy forever. Instead what we get is a hero who is a coma for almost the entire length of the book. We experience Tank more in a deep coma and completely unable to communicate with anyone than we do as a coherent and strong biker beast that we all got to know in book one.
2. Sass herself drove me up the wall in this book. I loved her spit-fire attitude and no bullshit ways in book one. What we get in this book is a scared little rabbit who somehow seemed to be scared of her own shadow. In her strive to be exactly what her boyfriend, Nick, wanted, she lost herself along the way and this did not make sense. I can understand her fears and the fact that she wanted to get away from the dangerous biker world that she was a part of; however, I did not get her radical transformation. How can the high-spirited and feisty woman we got to know turn into someone so completely withdrawn and different. I did not understand how she could let Nick dictate her life in the manner in which he did. She cut ties to all the people who were important to her all to be what Nick wanted. Yet, every time she found herself in any bit of trouble, she would hightail it back to her biker family. I didn’t buy it. It simply did not fit with the character we got in book one.
3. The lack of interaction between Tank and Sass for a great portion of the book made it hard to become invested in their relationship. Sass is with her boyfriend Nick for most of the book and giving me sex scenes between the heroine and someone other than the hero is not going to help me become wholly devoted to seeing the hero and heroine get a happily ever after. By the time Sass and Tank do finally get together it was almost as if it was too little, too late. I wanted so much more of them being together and working things out. While I appreciate the fact that much of this book was about Sass’s journey and her internal struggles with the biker way of life, I would have appreciated more romance and passion. Further, when Sass and Tank do commit to one another is was so lackluster and anti-climactic. There was no fire, no passion, no fighting. Tank walks back into Sass’s life with relative ease and everything is resolved rather quickly.
All in all, Forever Ride was a book that I did enjoy reading but I wanted so much more. I wish this author had chosen a different direction when it came to the overall story arc. This book was definitely not as gritty as a lot of other biker books out there. It was more of a slow burn focusing more on Sass’s inner struggles and path to deciphering exactly what she wants and needs in her life. In the end I simply wanted to see more of Tank and Sass together.
One Ride (The Hellions Ride, #1)
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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.
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