Title: Merciless Ride (The Hellions Ride, #3)
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: October 10, 2014
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 cursed 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’s 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 survival. 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 strong language, strong sexual situations, violence and is not suitable for readers under the age of 18. Please do not buy if any of this offends you. This is a work of fiction and is not meant to be a true or exact depiction of a motorcycle club but rather a book meant to entertain.
4.5 “Mercy is a Cold-Hearted Bitch” Stars
Merciless Ride is book three in Chelsea Camaron’s The Hellions Ride series. I have been a fan of this series right from the beginning. I love a good biker book and this author has most definitely created an enjoyable series that keeps me coming back for more. I gotta say though, this installment was my favorite thus far. I truly loved Tessie and Shooter! Two lonely souls with no intention of going through the ride of life together, but fate had different plans.
“Mercy, she is a bitch and fails to shine down on me. With everything I have dealt with in my life, you would think by now I would know better.”
Tessie Marie Harlow was once this doe-eyed innocent with aspirations of becoming a nurse and having a happily ever after. Life has not quite worked out that way for her. Getting pregnant unexpectedly meant she had to give up nursing school, returning to her hometown and to her ailing mother in order to make ends meet. Tessie has worked hard for the little she does have and does her best to give her little boy the life he deserves. She is a waitress at Ruthless, a bar and hang-out for the Catawba Hellions MC. Tessie has been pining after Rex, the VP of the biker club, for way too long. Enough is enough. She is tired of being simply a piece for him to satisfy his urges. Tessie longs for so much more and it sure as hell is not going to come from Rex. One night when another biker club is in town and partying it up at Ruthless is when Tessie encounters a nightmare. However, it isn’t Rex that comes to her rescue. Nope. Her white knight is someone who has been in the background for years, someone she never truly noticed seeing as she was all wrapped up in Rex.
Andy “Shooter” Jenkins is a man that is haunted by his past. Serving his country as a member of the Special Forces elite may have been a dream career for Shooter but it was also a decision that cost him much. Shooter has been a patched member of the Catawba Hellions MC for five years now and has always hated the way that Rex treats sweet Tessie. He knows that she deserves so much better than that, but who is he to step in? When Shooter comes to Tessie’s rescue not once but twice, he can’t help but be the man who steps up and claims her for her own protection. She has made it abundantly clear that she is not putting up with Rex’s lothario ways any longer and someone needed to claim her to keep her under the protection of the Hellions MC. It is an arrangement for survival and protection. At least that is what Shooter keeps telling himself.
Tessie and Shooter may have started out as friends but the undeniable chemistry shared between the pair quickly has them turning to one another for more than friendship, particularly with Shooter slowly immersing himself in Tessie’s day to day life. With Tessie being in the midst of danger and with Shooter still trying to push past his demons, can their profound connection survive when Tessie’s biggest secret comes to light? If it comes down to it, a choice between his brothers or Tessie, will Shooter be strong enough to make that decision?
“Baby, you’re worth everything,” he whispers.
This was such a sweet love story. I whole-heartedly related to Tessie. She was so young when things began with Rex and her all-consuming need for him kept her coming back for more despite the fact that Rex never gave her any part of himself that was meaningful. I admired her resilience when she finally decided to step away from screwed-up relationship and hold out for something more. What she endured was painful and heart-shattering yet, once again, Tessie showed her true colors and did her best to push through the pain. After all, she had to be strong for her son and her mother. Shooter essentially came out of nowhere for her. Sure she had always seen him around with the other bikers; however, his quiet ways and controlled aura certainly did not make him stand out. I loved how Shooter stepped up to the plate for Tessie. He proved to her just how much she was missing out on with Rex. He treats her like she is his world. They were the light for one another after living in the darkness for so long.
All in all, Merciless Ride was a wonderful book in this series. This is a book about second chances and taking a jump into the unknown, no matter how scared you are. Romantic goodness at its best. I am definitely looking forward to the next book and sure hope that Rex is given a run for his money. ;)
The Hellions Ride Series Reading Order
Innocent Ride – 25 Jan 2014
Copyright © Chelsea Camaron 2014
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 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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