Thursday, January 29, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Hell's Ink by Nicole Reed


In this Brotherhood you live or die by the three-piece patch. For Hold Dawson, Vice-President of the Hells Highwaymen Motorcycle Club, it’s not just black ink tattooed on his body, but the religion he worships, and the law that governs his life. Nothing else matters. Family by choice and not by blood. More sacred than a shared name. Bound by respect. Loyal to death.
Unity.           Respect.
Love.  Devotion.

But there’s another side to this life. One the President, Hold’s own father, lives and regulates by.

Merciless. Wrathful.
Murderous.  Dishonest.

It’s blood in and blood out and only one man gets to be king.

4.5 Stars by Lisa Kane

Hold is a familiar character in this second installment of Nicole Reed's Forever Inked series. He was the man who considered Kels to be his old lady and he did some horrible things to her before he lost her to ATF agent Luke Carrity.
He didn't do these things because he's a monster, he did them because he believed they needed to be done for the sake of the Hell's Highwaymen MC. But still he lost the girl and he's been bitter ever since Hels left with Luke for parts unknown.

Hold has his hands full. He's the club's vice president and is at war with his father Ward, the club's Prez. Ward carries a vendetta for Hels and made sure Hold suffered for it. The club itself is divided between Ward's camp and Hold's. Hold himself is soulless at this point. He has a club whore, Carrie that has been his main fuck partner for the last few years. She wants to be is official old lady, but he has no interest in that. His relationship with his best friend, Mikey is fragile, Ward made sure to tell him that Mikey doubted his ability to lead the club after the mess with Hels. And it seems Ward is trying to get him killed off, but he can't really prove it, and isn't ready to make his move to take over the MC yet.

Shayla is on her way to Harmony to surprise her Aunt D. Her meth head boyfriend blew through his last chance with her and she has nothing to stay for anymore. But on her way there she gets a flat. Mikey, who works with Hold in the MC's auto repair shop, comes across her and offers help. He's been increasingly restless and wants to put down roots with a woman. Club pussy isn't cutting it these days. Enter Shayla-she's gorgeous, young and smart. He makes no bones that he's interested in her.

Seems Aunt D is Badger's old lady; he owns the shop that the guys work at.

Eventually Shayla meets Hold and there is an attraction between them. But the fact that Carrie, Hold's regular booty call is between his legs at the time, makes Shayla think attraction is nice, but she isn't  interested in going down a one way street.

Mikey goes away on club business for awhile and Hold spends a little bit of time with her. It's obvious that there is a force between them that for some reason seems to soothe each other's souls. Hold opens up to her in a way he never has with anyone before, but the ghost of Hels and the hole she blew up in his heart is not going to let him pursue Shayla. Not to mention Mikey's interest in her will hurt their friendship more than it is now.

But things quickly implode in the MC and Hold's world is shaken to its core. He questions everything and everyone in his life. His relationship with his mother and father are at the center of this shit storm and the ugly truth about things from the past are exposed. Once these things are revealed, life can't go back to the way it was-for any of them.

There is a ton of subterfuge in this story. It is hard to tell who can be trusted and who can't. This one is full of betrayal and hatred and violence. But the story is well told and this series continues to captivate my interest. The only drawback for me was Shayla and Hold's almost insta love connection. Even knowing that Hold was openly a manwhore, there's lots of unprotected sex between these two. Over and over again. I have to admit that bothered me, especially as Hold had been having unprotected sex with Carrie too. (before he and Shayla were involved) That and something concerning Carrie comes in to play and Shayla seemed to be alright with it. It became a non issue (not going to spoil anything here) but that situation could potentially have killed things between Shayla and Hold but she seemed to be a little too accepting of some of Hold's baggage.

In spite of those things, I'm hoping for more stories about these characters. My guess is maybe Mikey will get his own story and hopefully his own HEA at some point.

Excerpt: Meet Hold

He watched her slender artist’s hand caress her taut, tattooed abdomen, instantly jealous that it wasn’t his own blunt fingers that idly drifted across her silky flesh. Her eyes flickered with awareness to where he stood at the end of the bed watching her. It only made his balls draw up tight. His rock-hard erection jutted outward, thick and long. He couldn’t halt his hand from massaging it with slow, steady jerks. His teeth burrowed painfully into his bottom lip. - Hell's Ink

About the Author

Nicole Reed is the New York Times Bestselling Author of Ruining You.  She is a true Southern girl, enjoying life with her husband and three children in the peachy state of Georgia.  As a child, she discovered another world between the pages of a book and that has lead to her dream job as a writer.  In 2012, she self-published her first book Ruining Me, and then followed it with Ruining You, Cake, and Wasted Heart.  Her books have also been listed on the overall Top 100 Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling list.  She is represented by Ginger Clark with Curtis Brown, LTD.

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