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?
I want to start off this review with a warning. In Merciless Ride there is an assault scene that really for me was hard to read and I know that is a spoiler but I don’t want anyone who has triggers to go in blind with this one. You all know I really try hard to not spoil something but I never want anyone who has these triggers to not know.
Tessie is done with Rex and the fact that he never will settle down with her. She has not had a good life. She struggles to make ends meet for her and her son. She sure as hell doesn’t need Rex throwing a fit when she stands her ground with him. Tessie deserves happiness, especially after what she goes through. If she didn’t have Shooter I don’t think she would have ever began to work past it all.
Shooter, he will make you swoon, sigh, and wish he was your man. One word and he would have me for life, that one word is baby. When he would say “Baby” I swear I felt my ovaries cry out for him to have his babies. He is an amazing guy who has a past that is full of pain. While Shooter may have rescued Tessie, she rescued him as well. He goes above and beyond for her and risks getting in trouble with his club to protect her, even though it’s not his story to tell.
I am totally hooked with this series now. I want to do nothing but read the books back to back to back. Each book is emotional in it’s own way but it’s not over the top. It balances perfectly with the biker lifestyle and I love how each of these men love so fully when it comes to their ol’ ladies. I wish I would have read these books sooner but I am just happy that I am reading them now.
USA Today Bestselling author Chelsea Camaron is a small town Carolina girl with a big imagination. She is a wife and mom chasing her dreams. She writes contemporary romance, erotic suspense, and psychological thrillers. She loves to write blue-collar men who have real problems with a fictional twist. From mechanics to bikers to oil riggers to smokejumpers, bar owners, and beyond, she loves a strong hero who works hard and plays harder.