Title: Merciless Ride (The Hellions Ride, #3)
Author: Chelsea Camaron
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 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?
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.
I absolutely love the Hellions Ride series! Chelsea Camaron has really done a kick ass job with all of these books. I was so excited that Merciless Ride gave us Tessie's story and that a lot of the action from One Ride was brought back. And Shooter….my god he is one hell of a sweet and sexy man!
This is the story of two broken souls who have unexpectedly found their way to each other. It's a story of battling the darkness in ones life, and fighting to rise above it. Love, loss, PTSD, are all topics weaved into this amazing story along with some kick ass action that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Tessie has always had a history with Rex, the bas ass, womanizer biker from the Hellions MC. Ever since she first saw him when in high school, her sight had been set. Throughout the years they had their flings, but Tessie was always just that to Rex… a fling, never anything solid. She continued to hold onto the hope that one day Rex would grow up and claim her as his. But as the time continued to pass, the long line of barflies kept coming and coming. Once the realization hit her that Rex would never change, Tessie had to decide if she wanted to continue on the path to nowhere with him, or end the little they had and move on. She didn't only have herself to worry about… she had her son Axel, and her mother who was ill to take care of as well.
Shooter had a dark past. After his ex took her own life right in front of his eyes, he blamed himself every second of every day. He never thought he would love again, or be worthy of anyones love and affections. He wasn't like many of the other Hellions… sure he had himself a barfly time to time, but hey… a guy still has his needs. He didn't flaunt it, and he didn't make a public display of his actions. When Tessie's car breaks down in the middle of the night, Rex is too "occupied" to come help her. Shooter ends up going to get her, and this is where their ride begins.
When Tessie is attacked after working the bar one night, Shooter is the one to save her and help her mend both physically and mentally. He takes Tessie, Axel, and Tessie's mother under his wing and feels extremely protective of them. He will do anything he can to keep them safe. But only so much can be done without Tessie being claimed as someone's old lady. There is a war brewing, and Tessie is smack dab in the middle.
The characters in this book are by far my favorite of the series so far. They were built up and developed exceptionally well and you can't help but give a piece of your heart to each and every one. Tessie, her mother, Shooter, Axel, and yes, even Rex. Merciless ride delivered more than I could have ever imagined it would have, and I cannot think of one single thing that I would have changed within the story. One thing which I really thought was a clever idea was how Chelsea incorporated a few characters from other authors books (with their permission of course). So even when the Hellions ride comes to an end, you will still feel some sort of an attachment to them while reading the other authors series. I am looking forward to diving into these other books and learning more about the characters which Chelsea introduced to us to.
Chelsea Camaron's development as an author has grown to such extreme heights, and it has been an incredible thing to follow her growth, and be a part of her special ride. Each book progresses to an entirely new level and the stories just keep getting better and better. To say that I am excited to see where the next Hellions Ride book will take us may just be the understatement of the year. If you have yet to read these books, please do yourself a favor and bump them to the top of your TBR lists because these are ones you do not want to miss out on!
Merciless Ride (Hellions Ride, #3)
One Ride (The Hellions Ride, #1)
Forever Ride (Hellions Ride, #2)
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.