Monday, February 9, 2015

Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway & Eliza's Review: Rebel (Dead Man’s Ink) by Callie Hart



“You gonna sit down or what?” 
I sit down. Arguing with him would be futile. We sit there, side by side, staring off down the arrow-straight road, and for a moment I don’t hate him. He pulls a cell phone out of his pocket and taps something into it, and then he turns to face me, frowning slightly.
“You believe in vengeance?”
“You mean like revenge?” 
He shakes his head. “Revenge is a selfish act. Retaliation for something. Vengeance is a different thing altogether. It’s about obtaining justice, usually for someone who can’t claim it for themselves.” 
This is an odd line of questioning but I decide I’ll bite. Maybe I wouldn’t if he were being a jerk like he was a couple of hours ago, but that’s not what’s happening. He’s pensive, the live wire that apparently runs through him dulled for the moment. “I don’t know,” I say. “Probably, in that case.”
“What if I simplified the question? 
What if I say, do you believe in justice? 
“Then, yes, I do believe.”

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...

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I'm a huge fan of Callie Hart's Blood and Roses series so when I first heard Rebel would be getting his own story, it was an absolute no brainier I had to get my hands on it. With that being said, I naively thought that having some of the scene set previously would give me an in. Wrong. Even though it may feature some characters we were introduced to, this is a new story and anyone who hasn't read the B&R series can pick this up without loosing out.

Where to begin? I'll start by saying, I've got to hand it to the Romera's. They raised some kick ass daughters. From the little knowledge I had of Alexis I have to say I straddled the line of dislike for her, but I'm now firmly on the side of like for this girl. She has the same streak that endeared me to Sloane and looking forward to seeing her character develop.

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I'm going to be really lame and not mention anything in the way of the plot. I will say from the get go, Callie sets a vivid scene. It starts of intense and the momentum continues at a great pace. The transformation from Alexis to Sophia sees her take on many forms. Witness, captive, leverage and finally, come to some form of acceptance. It's a thrilling ride littered with a few penny dropping moments amongst the angst and tension.

I want him to mark me. I want him to make me his. I know with a hollow, terrifying certainty that I’m never going to want to be anyone else’s ever again.

Reading Rebel reaffirms Callie can produce the goods, that Blood and Roses wasn't a one series wonder and with such an impressive start, it has the ammunition to be just as good. Although Zeth will always be among my favourite heroes, with Rebel I can feel my obsession starting all over again.

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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.

3 Rebel Super Swag packs
1 paperback of Rebel w/ signed bookplate
1 complete eCopy set of the Blood & Roses series
1 ARC of Callie Hart & Lili St. Germain's upcoming collaboration, Hell's Kitchen 
(to be ready by end of February)
1 MAC "Rebel" lipstick
Signed Gary Taylor Leather Jacket

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