June 16, 2014

Year 3.3: The Hellions Ride by Chelsea Camaron + Giveaway & Character Chat

Hellions Ride
Chelsea Camaron
Contemporary MC Romance
November 30, 2013 | June 1, 2014

One Ride

Delilah “Doll” Reklinger never imagined her life with anyone that wasn’t a Hellion. She never imagined there would be a Hellion that could prove himself worthy enough to her father, Roundman, Hellions Club President. Content in living in the bubble of safety the motorcycle club family has always provided, Doll never thought that danger surrounded her.

Roundman has kept the Hellions contained for the last thirty years by controlling the chaos surrounding their lifestyle. When the dangerous side to their business comes knocking on his door, he realizes his precious Doll isn’t safe. The Hellions code may be that women and children are off limits in any altercation or dispute, but that doesn’t mean their enemies follow that same moral compass.

His only child, now in danger from the association to him and his club, Roundman makes a decision. He sends her away with a charter club member that he trusts, in hopes that the trouble won’t follow.

One ride across the country. One simple ride.

Talon “Tripp” Crews has been ordered to take Doll on one ride away and to keep her safe. She’s off limits. His head knows this, but his body can’t deny the attraction. She’s feisty, fierce, and fearless.

Constantly in close confines together, can they deny the chemistry? Will they give into the desire? Can one ride turn lust into love?

Forever Ride

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?

I love Sons of Anarchy so naturally there was a phase where I gravitated towards MC books. But then one can only take so much angst, cheating, and objectification. Eventually I steered clear of these types of books because I don't like how the male treats their females. Sure they love them to death, will take a bullet on their behalf, but some of these biker dudes have an emotional quotient of a toddler and can't handle love shit like grown men. 

So it's with great trepidation when I started Chelsea Camaron's The Hellions Ride series. I was psyching myself to have an open mind and to be thankful that the lives demonstrated in the books aren't mine and there's comfort in knowing that my life isn't imitating art at this point. Also it's quite hard not to read both ONE RIDE and FOREVER RIDE back to back because the heroines of both books, Doll and Sass, are besties and their respective romance stories overlap in these. 

ONE RIDE: This has some romance MC markings all over it; morally conflicted characters, double standards between the sexes, loyalty, brotherhood, lots of cussing, cheating, and the standard hook-ups. Doll and Tripp's story started okay but turned into an exhausting odyssey like literally because Doll and Sass were the target of the "bad guys" and in an effort to be kept safe, they have to go almost cross country to get away. It's during this trip that Doll and Tripp got close, hooked-up and fell in love. What complicated things are (1) Doll's The Hellions Princess so she's off limits and (2) Tripp's EQ is in the double digits so he handled his attraction to Doll like a child! He'd play with her a little bit but when she got too close, he'd push back and get ornery. And it's this constant push and pull from Tripp that had me frustrated. Men!

FOREVER RIDE: Sass and Tank were close friends until they hooked-up and Tank got shot in one of their runs and went on a coma. For half of the book. Although the book is told in dual POV, with Tank thrashing and contemplating his life while on a coma, it's not the same as when the hero is actively pursuing his chosen mate. As for Sass, after the evens in ONE RIDE, she's hell bent on leaving the MC life. And that she did, got engaged to a tycoon, transformed herself, lived the life of a "proper lady", unfortunately Sass' life outside the MC wasn't what she hoped it would be. Not only was her fiance a jerk but truly, Sass belongs in the MC.  When Tank woke up, things fast fell into place and they lived happily ever after. 

Here's my constructive feedback on The Hellions Ride: I love that the men were a little bit more respectful to their women. Even if angry words were exchanged in the heat of the moment, it didn't go extreme and the females remained cherished and protected for the most part. That said, I feel like there were important scenes that were skipped that could've intensified Sass and Doll's respective HEA's. Like for example, Tank being on a coma for half of his book? That's slowed down the pace and dulled the tension between him and Sass. Also the moral corruptness of these gang members were glossed over and its absence made a lot of difference. One thing that I find addicting in these types of books is they make us root for the bad guys and have us contemplating being in the wrong side of the law and all that. 

On the flip side, The Hellions Ride is definitely a different take on MC romances, its refreshing to read motorcycle enthusiasts that are not misogynists. An MC book that doesn't consecrate crimes and turn it criminals into forbidden fruit thanks to skipping the crime syndicate runs. So if you're looking for a soft intro to the rather harsh MC romance, ONE RIDE and FOREVER RIDE will initiate you perfectly in its rather... exclusive... world.

Chelsea's Hellions are quite the characters and I wonder how they interact with their creator. Will there be F Bombs? Are they Chelsea's bitches? I gotta know! So without further ado, here's Chelsea with her badass motherfucker riders!

Hellion’s Compound, 
Haywood’s Landing, NC

“Chelsea, why are you here?” Roundman asks.

He’s sitting at the bar with Danza to his right and Tripp to his left. Rex and Frisco are behind the bar as Tank walks in from the back making his way to join his brothers.

“Well, hello to you, too,” I retort as I make my way over to the guys.

“This ain’t the place for outsiders, CC. You aren’t an ol’ lady, sweetheart, and we don’t patch women in. In those jeans, boots, and black t-shirt, you are a hot piece but you are far from a bar fly or hang around whore. Again, why are you here?” Roundman asks, making his point by not inviting me to join them.

Ignoring him, I settle in on the other side of Tripp.

Talk Supe is celebrating and they asked me to interview the Hellions MC.”

“Braine is a hot piece too. Is she gonna stop by? I’ll take her for a ride.” Rex pipes up as he winks at me.

(Okay, that just got me excited!)

“Oh Mister, hit it, get it, and go, no repeats. Braine’s not with me. I came alone. What will you do Rex? No fresh pussy around.”

(Fuck! I should've gone to NC instead of staying here in boring TN *grumbles*)

The look on his face is one of frustration rather than humor at my joke. Touchy, touchy from the badass biker that refuses to be tamed.

“Caroline has Rex so worked up his nuts are gonna explode. He’s more than ready to bang out his frustrations. You didn’t bring any friends, CC. He’s disappointed, but will deal with it,” Tripp adds.

“Leave Lux out of this,” Rex growls at his cousin.

“Uh oh, Rex has found one that’s not in it for a quick ride with a Hellion. The world has stopped spinnin’,” Danza pokes fun at a clearly distraught Rex.

“She’s innocent to our life and wants better than the likes of me. Can’t say I blame her, but it’s doesn’t mean I don’t want a taste,” Rex defends.

“Rex, it would never work. Let that one go,” Roundman states. “Alright, CC, you got us. What do you want to know?”

“Well, Roundman, readers want to know…did you frame that bullet for Tripp next to Danza’s for Tank?” I ask while giving my most innocent face and trying not to laugh as Tripp shakes his head back and forth beside me.

“Hell no. That shit’s in the safe with the gun I’ll use to shoot his ass with if he hurts my Doll. I’ll go back to prison any damn day if it means keepin’ my daughter safe and happy, remember that Tripp,” Roundman says as he turns his attention to Tripp.

As close as these guys are, there is tension in the air at the mention of Tripp hurting Doll. Changing the subject quickly, I move to a favorite of the original four.

“Frisco, what’s going on with you and Amy? Is she gonna be your ol’ lady?” I ask with a smile.

“CC, I had an ol’ lady once. Tilly took me on a relentless ride. Let’s just say, Amy and me, that’s a story for a different day.”

“You’re off the hook for now Frisco. One day, you and I are gonna share that story, though,” I smile at him. “Transports brought some heat to your door, Roundman. How dangerous is your lifestyle?”

The entire feeling in the room shifts as Roundman addresses me.

“Not goin’ there, CC. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Sass can tell you that my club’s seen our fair share of danger, yes. We stand together through all the chaos, though. We take the good with the bad, hold tight to our family, hug the curves, and enjoy the ride for all it’s worth.”

“That’s for damn sure, Roundman. Thanks for the time. Catch up next ride, boys.”

(*still grumbling*)

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 'Love and Repair' and 'The Hellions Ride' 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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Win not only a signed print copy of ONE RIDE but I've also bundled it up with Jessie Lane's THE FROZEN STAR which is also a signed copy. Open International!

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  1. I am not sure if this would be the read for me or not but the covers sure aren't hard on the eyes. ;)

    1. The tats are always gives that extra oomph

  2. I've been enjoying SOA but haven't picked up a MC book yet.

    1. I can only do either or, cant do both, ill lose my mind!

  3. I think it could be fun to read something like that. I never tried a biker book but I'm quite inrigued because I know it can be very well done! Thanks for the discovery!

  4. lol - Poor Braine missed out. :D I loved the character chat.

    1. You are welcome! Character chats are my favorite GP, we get a view of these made up people outside their world

  5. I LOVE your opening paragraph. I am definitely finding out with my MC reads exactly what you said about the men in these clubs. I ask myself are they type cast or are there some that truly don;t behave in this manner. Do they all, in every MC book have to behave that way, even though they love their old lady. I think in J Wyldes Devil's Game is when I came close to the lad being different. He wanted to be called Liam instead of Hunter and he wasn't so MC towards his woman. I'm glad the lads were a bit more respectful to their women in these books. OO Braine you 'hot piece' you. Giddy Up Rex is onto you :D Great posting!!

    1. Oh you bet imma ride that! LOL

      I think that's part of the biker culture, guys just being aholes coz.their world is kinda vicious, kill or be kill and its the same with everything. Gotta watch your back all the time

  6. I always wanted to watch Sons of Anarchy. All my friends love it. But I am not sure if I would want to read a book about bikers.

    1. I can only do either or, I will go crazy if these types of men permeate my thoughts too much, they have a tendency to turn females into serious nutcases

  7. Hmm I must say bikies aren't really my thing, but they would certainly make for some colourful characters and love interests!

    1. Well said, it takes a special kind of woman to reign them in

  8. Great post. I DO like MC books . . . mostly, and I just one-clicked this a few minutes ago, so I guess we'll see how I feel about bikers that aren't really the accepted type of bikers ;)

  9. Haven't watched Sons of Anarchy so I cannot really relate on the first paragraph... But I like the aspect of the book that the women are still cherished even though some words are thrown...

    Happy Blogoversary!!!

    1. Women should be cherelished and adored... well most anyway coz there are a few that at utter witches!

  10. I am reading my first MC book now, ex-military, and they are a different breed, Great review, I am glad you liked these :)

    1. Is that Stephanie Tyler's new series? Ill look forward to.your review, these bikers are challenging to like sometimes

  11. I'm glad they are a bit less alpha in this series. I admit there was a time that I enjoyed that sort of thing but I can't seem to be able to read it anymore. Your review makes me curious to give it a try.

    The MC thing is obviously becoming a trend but I can never get over that they're criminals. Even with SOA - I love the characters (I find them fascinating) but I don't swoon over them or anything. Even hot Jax lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. True, its hard to like them but they do have that pull. Their skewed morals are fascinating to observe lol

  12. This series looks pretty good! I like mc shows and books, but I really have to space them out and be selective bc of the stress factor. I need emotionally mature men! Glad you liked the books!

    1. So true! These guys are so stressful to be with not only because of what they do for a "living" but their whole attitude towards relationships. Bah!

  13. That one guy has way too many tats

  14. I'm wiping drool from my lip - and not just from having dental work. ;) Those covers are something to look at! Great reviews, Braine. I haven't read an MC novel in quite awhile - not since Madeline Sheehan, actually. But I gotta say I love 'em. Love that interview, too. It is too bad you stayed home. ;)

    1. Bwahahaha! That's so funny, Brandee!

      Yes, Sheehan's are a lot like SOA! good grief!

  15. I read and listened to another series with the same theme, in fact that series made go on a marathon watch of SOA ( a show I love too). I don't know how original I'd would find this after having listened to something similar. I agree, we can only take so much of these "not very nice" guys. But I still going to keep in mind if the mood strikes.

    1. I know, that's Madeline Sheehan you listened to right? I remember your review. This is lighter than that because she didn't really focus on the crime aspect although the attitude is still there.

  16. I actually haven't read a Club book, but I do love SoA... it is fantastic and I am hanging for that final series!
    This series does sound good, and I can see why you are a bit frustrated by it... in Coma for half the book would be hard. Great reviews Braine!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    1. I think I stopped at S3 or S4 of SOA, there's only so much I can take before I start fantasizing about being a criminal's 'ol lady LOL

  17. I like that the characters in this book are adults who know what they want. I'll be checking this out, I think I've only read one MC book but this sounds like a good place to start up again! :)

  18. I've got these on my tbr pile. That would be hard being in a coma for so much of the book. Interesting choice there.


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