Monday, June 1, 2015

REVIEW: Ink (Haven #1) by Torrie McLean

Life on the MC frontline isn’t all bikes, booze and broads, especially for one of the most notorious Fallen Brothers. Even in the tiny town of Haven, Nevada, it can be beatings, blood and even bullets. And for Colton Greene, that’s more than reason enough to keep his personal life on lockdown. In his mind, letting someone in only makes them a target and gives him a weakness. And he’s probably right. 

But if one person can get under the biker’s skin, it’s bound to be his pretty little tattooist – saving a man’s life will do that. 

Surviving on her own since she was sixteen has made pretty little Callie Delaney tougher than she looks and, while she learned early in life that few people - even family - are worth trusting, there’s still a soft heart underneath the bravado. Too bad she's spoken for. And, unknown to the club, by none other than their hotshot lawyer. 

Bikers don’t trust lawyers, but sometimes letting them close is a necessary evil. Betrayal once makes for a swift life lesson. There can’t be a second time. 

But, with the club still living under the shadow of past indiscretions, is history destined to repeat itself? 

For Callie, those MC ties could mean a life of trust and loyalty – or, thanks to someone else’s betrayal, suspicion and death. It’s ultimately Colton’s choice. Keep her close ... or cut her loose.

5 "ONE DAY" Stars

First of all, a shout out to Irene and TeriLyn for their rave reviews of this book,
that's what had me adding it and moving it to the top of my TBR. They'd introduced me to the Signal Bend series, which rocked my world so, I knew that I HAD TO READ THIS!

HOT DAMN! This book made me feeling so much...
...and I absolutely loved it.

I'm having a serious book hangover from how GOOD this book was!!

This story takes place in a small town, Haven, Nevada and focuses on the Fallen Brothers MC, a one percent club. It's told in third person POV and works really well at letting you into the minds of so many diverse characters. The plot is complex and rich with layers of tension, emotion and possibilities. There's a lot of history that's covered through flashbacks and the viewpoints of several members of the Fallen as well as others; all of it's important to the current story.

This is a riveting tale...“…life was constantly balanced on a knife edge. The life that came with the patch, the life he and his brothers had freely chosen for themselves, may have seemed like one big show of strength. But really, it was a daily lesson in fragility. They knew that no one was indestructible, no plan was ever bulletproof, and there was no situation that couldn’t get fucked up in a heartbeat.

The main characters are...

“That fearlessness. A confident swagger in his step that oozed danger and yet held a certain air of invincibility.”

Callie…seeming to retain a certain level of something innocent-like yet holding none of the naivety of her youth.”

There is so much going on with Colt and Callie at the centre. These two...I struggle to adequately describe how I's a rare gift when the H/h and the chemistry between them is seamless, transcendent and believable. For me, Ms. McLean achieved that with Colt and Callie.

“…she knew he was still deeper under her skin than any ink could ever be…”

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“Sometimes the blood on his hands weighed heavily on his shoulders, yet she had always been able to give him a little bit of something as close to peace as he supposed a man like him could hope for. Somehow she’d gotten under his skin like no one else ever had and, more importantly…He just fucking wanted her.”

I can't say anymore without giving things away and truthfully, I don't feel I could truly convey how wonderful this book is. If you love MC books and don't shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly, then you will LOVE this book!

What I will say is that the ending was bittersweet and hopeful. It wasn't a cliffhanger but rather the end of this chapter and it certainly has me anxiously wanting the next book!

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