Series: Dead Man's Ink #1
Release Date: February 9, 2015
Publisher: Callie Hart
Genre: NA/ Dark Romance
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★ ½
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.RebelWhat 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...
Rebel was not the book I expected. Being that this is spin off of the Blood & Roses series, I had a general idea of what this story might entail. I was wrong. And I'm so totally okay with that.
Rebel is not as raw or as gritty of a tale as you might expect. While the story takes place in the periphery of a very unpleasant world, it barely touches this part of Rebel and Alexis' story.
If you've read Hart's Blood & Roses, you know a small portion of how this story starts. Alexis finds her life uprooted by a murder and a kidnap. What we were never privy to is how she ended up from skin trade kidnap victim to the woman a powerful MC president would risk everything for.
We still don't know the full story, but Hart gives a great understanding of how it all started. Honestly, I'm thankful that she didn't rush this story. Hart lets both Rebel and Alexis / Sophia, slowly accept the situation they are in. The trust has time to build, it's not based on volatile emotions caused by extreme situations.
Sophia is much smarter than I gave her credit for in previous titles. I was never a real fan of hers. I am now. The deeper understanding of her gives some much needed clarification to actions that baffled me. I actually really like her, she has much more moxie than I would have ever expected. I loved that despite her precarious situation, she pitched shit back. She wouldn't just lie down and take whatever came along.
Rebel was absolutely nothing like what I thought. His edges are so much more ... soft. He has this persona to keep up and he does that really well, but underneath all that he's really a tender dude. Who knew?
If you have not read the Blood & Roses series, no worries, you can pick up Rebel and start there. It's really a prequel to B&R anyway. You won't be lost or missing anything.
Once again, Hart has surprised me with the story she told. Yet, completely held up my expectations when it comes to her writing, she has a wonderful way of showing the story rather than just telling it.