Rebel and Sophia's story.
The first of a three part series. This novel contains a small snippet which has already been released in the Owned: An Alpha Anthology, however it is followed by a full story installment.
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...
“It’s time for you to tell me your name.” She arches an eyebrow at me. I can just imagine her getting them waxed in some fancy fucking boutique beauty parlor in Seattle, run by Asian hipsters with shaved undercuts and thick glasses. She seems like the type. “Why do you want to know?” she asks, cockiness filling her voice.
“ I’m asking because I need something to call you. And if you don’t tell me your name, I’m going to be forced to call you One Eighty-One. And I’m guessing you won’t like being called One Eighty-One.”
“ Why would you call me that?”
“ Because that’s the reference Hector Ramirez gave you when you uploaded your picture onto his skin site. Hector tags his girls chronologically. The first girl he sold was number one. The fifty-third girl he sold was tagged fifty-three. Using that logic, guess how many girls he sold before he tagged you one eight one?”
“ So a hundred and eighty other women came before me?” She looks like she’s going to throw up.
“ Exactly. And he hasn’t been caught. The police haven’t raided his place out there in the desert. No one has reported his website. No one came to rescue the one hundred and eighty other girls who came before you, and no one is coming for you, either. So if you want reminding of that every single time I call you one eight—“
Sophia!” She screws her eyes shut, clenching her jaw. “My name is fucking Sophia, motherfucker.” She spits out the words like they’re poison. When she looks at me again, I can see the fury burning in the dark depths of her dark brown eyes. She comes alive when she’s angry. A thrill of adrenalin stabs through me, sending mixed signals to my cock; provoking such a violent reaction from her is provoking an entirely different reaction from me. For the first time, I see her. Fucking Sophia. I don’t see her as a means to an end—a potential way to take down the bastard who killed my uncle. I see her. I see her as a woman, and she is beautiful.
“ Alright, Sophia. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”
Rebel (Dead Man's Ink #1) by Callie Hart
I hate when I don't have the same or similar views on high rating books. It makes me think "What did I miss?" This is the first book I have read by the author, even though I have the first book in her Blood & Roses Series. I'm thinking that maybe I should have read that series first so that I would have a better understanding of the characters and the way the author writes.
I get Alexis/Sophia character. I couldn't get a handle on Rebel's character and I read too much into Cade and Rebel's relationship. I thought at one time there was going to be a threesome, then I thought "Is there a bromance going on?" What ex-Marine, MC VP and BFF tells his ex-Marine, MIT grad, MC Pres that women finds him attractive and casually throws his arm over Rebel's shoulder (okay, not in the same conversation but still....I guess I still read too much into it but could there be some underlying feelings trying to surface, okay I'm reaching lets get back to the review)? I also did not get or like the relationship Rebel/Jamie/Jay/Duke had with his father. WTF??? NO self-respecting military schooled, MIT grad, ex-Marine, MC President would put up with ANYONE'S shite and put on a show for appearance!!
At 43%, I realized that who I think are the main characters have not met; are not in a relationship; and have not had sex. Speaking of sex the only scene so far was between a prospect, a crazy female drug lord (would she be called a lord or lady? LOL, okay, sorry I went there) and her bodyguard while Rebel watched. Once Alexis/Sophia and Rebel meet and get to know each other, she reluctantly agrees to what Rebel is asking her to do and at 95% they finally have sex, a hot quickie scene. I'm interested. More drama happens and a cliffhanger leading into book #2.
The set up and plot was detailed and interesting, since I was almost half-way thru the book before I realized that my favorite activity hasn't happened and I'm not living vicariously through the couple. I just got tripped up with the characters, which is recoverable.
Callie has experienced many changes throughout her life, and gone through many ups and downs that have all worked towards shaping and molding her into the person she is today: fun loving, active, social, and hard working. The only thing that has remained a constant throughout her life is writing. Creating characters who will tear your conscience in two is a favorite pastime of Callie’s. There are few real saints and sinners in her books; more often, the denizens of her stories are all very human. Broken, flawed, and always with the potential for redemption.
Despite the subject matter being markedly hot and heavy in comparison to the stories she wrote in elementary school, there will always be an element of fairytale to her work.