Rebel by Callie Hart
Series: Dead Man's Ink #1
Also in this series: Rogue, Badlands, Ransom
Published by Self-published on February 9, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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Rebel and Sophia's story, the first of a three part series.
Sometimes, you don't mean to become another person. Sometimes the choice is made for you, and pretending is the only thing that keeps you going. When Alexis Romera is taken and her kidnappers find her fake ID in her purse, she must become Sophia in order to keep her family safe. Revealing her real identity to the man she's sold to would be easy enough, but can she trust him? Hell bent on revenging the murder of his uncle, Rebel doesn't seem all that interested in playing things safe.
In fact, nothing about the secretive, dark and brooding MC president seems safe at all.
What do you do when the man who raised you is murdered, and the only witness is kidnapped girl who's being sold as a sex slave? You buy her, of course. As president to the most powerful motorcycle club in America, Rebel isn't lacking in power. There are strings the man can pull, and entire criminal organisations and corporate businesses alike would fall to their knees. However, along with such power comes intense interest. The DEA have their eye fixed solely on the MC...and they're just waiting for Rebel to trip up.
Getting Sophia to testify is the only way to bring the Los Oscuros cartel down. The beautiful, dark haired, dark eyed woman is belligerent and uncooperative and unlikely to bend to his will, but Rebel has a few tricks up his sleeve to make her compliant--he'll charm her until she's bending over backwards to please him.
Of course, falling for her might cause a few hiccups along the way...
Wow…what an ending!
Dark start to Lexi’s story…
It’s a cliffy but like a few other books I’ve read of late, that wouldn’t stop me from reading it even if I’d had known what I know now before I started. I’ve read the Blood and Roses series but not the Hell’s Kitchen one yet. I found I was able to follow this book without any problems. IMO, I would recommend reading the Blood & Roses Series before embarking on this book.
Once again, the author brings her characters to life. View Spoiler » I’ll be upfront and say that I was ticked off with Lexi aka Sophia for the way that she had kept Sloane in the dark for so long. Couldn’t help but think of Sloane throughout and the worry she was going through but now I understand Lexi and why she was adamant that she be known as Sophia. « Hide Spoiler And after reading Sophia’s side of the story, it was clear that she acted out of love and fear for her sister.
It’s so unfair, when a good deed finds you in deeper trouble than the poor soul you are trying to help. How would you have known, would it have been better to just call for help? Who knows…
Sophia’s world is upside down, and she finds herself going from one hell hole to another. The concept of not having control of your own destiny is terrifying. Add to that the fear of how your actions and choices may impact on others took the fear factor of this book a lot higher.
Rebel’s the President of an MC and not a man to be messed with. He won me over in the Blood and Roses series, so I was keen to read a story featuring him. He’s a rough diamond and he’s doing the honourable thing, seeking justice for his uncle. To get that he needs Sophia’s help but it’s not that simple. He tries to reason with her to see why it is so important to do so and asks for one weekend for her to consider it.
His good deeds for others were at a cost. To do nothing was not an option. Seeing him work around the impossible made me smile. It saddened me the times that he couldn’t make everything right, but that’s life. And just when you think all is going well, it all looks ominous again. Some should be careful what they wish for…
This book illustrated that there is always more than one side to a story and having read Sophia and Rebel’s account of what transpired has helped clarify why they made the choices they did. The gauntlet was thrown down in the final chapter and a terrifying scenario laid out for next book!
What I loved:
• Rebel’s caring nature
• Leah and her courageous attitude
• Learning the other side of Sophia’s story
• The Butler – I know, but wait until you discover what a difference he made
• Mugs Gallery (lots of photos)! That told Rebel’s past so beautifully
What I struggled with:
• Rebel’s father – he was an arrogant, self absorbed and heartless SOB
• The Cartel and their livelihood
Rating: 4.5 stars
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