Friday, October 10, 2014

Release Day Blitz, Reviews & Giveaway: Merciless Ride by Chelsea Camaron

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?

Merciless Ride (Hellions Ride, #3)
One Ride (The Hellions Ride, #1)
Forever Ride (Hellions Ride, #2)

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.

This is the 3rd book in this series. It is an MC book so I would recommend you read in order. However you can read it as a stand alone. Although this is about Tessie and Shooter you get a little glimpse of them in the other books. I have no idea where to start. Shooter seems quiet yet he will tell you off in a minute. Tessie has been through hell and back. Making ends meet for her and her son. She also tends to her mom who is ill. Tessie is a strong hearted woman who hates to ask for help from a certain someone. OK from Rex. He broke her heart. You learn their story in this book and how those 2 became about. 
I have to say with everything Shooter has been through he handled Tessie's situation pretty well. They both brought light back into each other lives. They made life worth living. Shooter is sweet and honest and holds nothing back. Tessie she will tell you like it is, but she will also shy away. There is some MC action. You see other characters from the other books which is great. You will shed a few tears. I will tell you the beginning of the book is not for the weak. Something terrible happens and Shooter is there to save the say. So if you haven't read any of these books. You need to start. You will love everyone in them. I can't wait to read about Lux.

I want to start by saying if you haven't read One Ride and Forever Ride then please do before you read this book, although it can be read as a standalone. What an incredible story this one is!! What I love about Chelsea’s writing is the way in which you feel drawn into the story, like you are there, a part of it all. Wow!! What a beginning!!!
This book is Tessie’s story. She has a history with Rex but we don’t know what that is yet exactly. Tessie is a single mother, who struggles to pay her bills despite having 2 jobs and looking after her son, the best way she can. She also helps care for her mother.
Enter Shooter, or Andy. Hellion and ex-military man. He seems to help calm Tessie. He is there to protect her after an incident.  I have a big soft spot for Shooter, what a man!!  He’s like a big teddy bear.
At one part in the story I teared up, they were all sharing a very treasured moment, well in my eyes anyway, and I thought, as did Shooter, that Tessie has brought her son up in such a fantastic way, it’s a real credit to her.
The fact that the Hellions found the person responsible for the incident with Tessie and brought him to their way of justice, meant Tessie was important and protecting her, meant doing what they had to do. She is, essentially Shooter’s ‘ol lady!!  The way he told his story and what he blamed himself for, opening up to Tessie was an important thing for him to do.  Likewise Tessie telling him her story.  It cemented their relationship.
We do find out what Tessie was keeping from Rex, you can understand why she kept it from him. That’s all Ill say on that though.
Shooter and Tessie are so good together!!
 There was another couple of times where I shed tears, but all in all this was such a wonderful book. Somewhat different  to the first two books in the series, but great in its own right. This book is more about Tessie and Shooter’s feelings, family and important things in life as well as overcoming their past to have a better life for their future.
Another great installment Chelsea and I look forward to reading Rex’s book!!! 

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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