Title: One Ride (The Hellions Ride)
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Publication Date: December 19, 2013
Tour Host: Dreams Come True Promotions
Delilah “Doll” Reklinger never imagined her life with anyone that wasn’t a Hellion. She never imagined a Hellion would come along and prove himself worthy enough to her father, Roundman, Hellions Club President. Content in living in the bubble of safety the motorcycle club family has always provided, Doll never thought that danger surrounded her.
Roundman has kept the Hellions contained for the last thirty years by controlling the chaos surrounding their lifestyle. When the dangerous side to their business comes knocking on his door, he realizes his precious Doll isn’t safe. The Hellions code may be that women and children are off limits in any altercation or dispute, but that doesn’t mean their enemies follow that same moral compass.
His only child, now in danger from the association to him and his club, Roundman makes a decision. He sends her away to a charter club, in hopes that the trouble won’t follow.
One ride across the country. One simple ride. Talon “Tripp” Crews has been ordered to take Doll on one ride away and to keep her safe. She’s off limits, his head knows this, but his body can’t deny the sparks between them. She’s feisty, fierce, and fearless. Constantly in close confines together, can they deny the chemistry? Will they give into the attraction between them? Can one ride turn lust into love?
One Ride by Chelsea Camaron
Reviewer: Kris on behalf of I Heart Books
Rating: 3 ½ - 4
What a ride! I snatched up the chance to review this book because I had never read a biker book and I take great pride in my claim to read pretty much everything! Challenge accepted.
I feel very conflicted now that I have finished. I am keeping in mind that this is not a lifestyle I am familiar with so I let some indiscretions slide. For example the use of the word ‘bitch’ pretty much anytime the men were referring to, or even talking to, a female. I’ve never read a book where it was used so often especially by a club of men who claim to hold women in such high regard. Also, the amount of gratuitous sex; I love a sex scene as much as the next desperate housewife – I just don’t want a book comprised of A LOT of meaningless sex scenes. I want explosive sexy build up! – eek that sounds bad.
One Ride follows the daughter of Hellion prez, Doll, as she is forced to go on a 4 week ride for her safety, with a man she barely knows and has the hots for. Sounds like a fantasy come to life. Only Tripp is far from perfect and fumbled more than once in my eyes. Still he has some redeemable qualities that end up saving him. Tattoos and long hair may have been his saving grace. I am a sucker for that.
By 22% I was thinking that a lot of the narrative could have been better explained by using more dialogue. Don’t tell me, show me. I need more meat to my plot! Somewhere around 30% I was drawn in more, and getting very interested. 50% I had the shakes – “Oh gawd… he isn’t going to – no don’t do that! Please, NO! Shit, I wanted to like the guy, but that blew it.” I only kept going with the hopes that he could redeem himself in my apparently very judgmental eyes, because everyone else kind of just brushed this huge thing off. You’ll know the part I’m talking about… the hallway. In some ways, at the end, I had made up with Tripp. Forgiven, but never forgotten. AGAIN this may all be a part of the lifestyle that I just don’t understand and even so I’m not sure I want to understand it.
I DID like the book! There is a great cast of characters and an interesting life that you can pull many a great plot out of. It was fun getting pulled into club politics and learning about something new for me. The author obviously as extensive knowledge in the subject and it showed. If she doesn’t have extensive knowledge she faked it really well. Lol. There are many characters I’d love to see more of in sequels! There was also a lot of great, insightful lines littered throughout.
My issues were the lack of dialogue, at times it felt like I was reading a manual for a biker club with a smattering of back story. I had my mashed potatoes and green beans, now where is that juicy steak? There was a lot of missed opportunity there. Also, there seemed to be a build up to this great conflict with some rivals that kind of just went away. From what I read at the end there is more detail on that in an upcoming book but I think this book could have borrowed some of that to make it a bit more exciting.
I truly suck at summarizing. Sorry ‘bout that.
Goodreads link - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/834845446
Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.
Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.
Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.
When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.
She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.
Copyright © Chelsea Camaron 2013
The thoughts of having her like this for my lifetime brings warmth deep inside of me. Today, I bring her back to my house. Tonight, I will have her in my bed. Tomorrow, I return her to her world. Tomorrow, I say goodbye to my lifeline. Tomorrow, I say goodbye to my heart because when I leave, I leave it with her. As much as it’s going to suck, I’m going to leave her. It’s going to crush me, but I’m going to walk away. The other thing Pop’s always said, “Don’t give your woman unnecessary pain.” My life would be unnecessary pain for Doll.
I have all of today, tonight, and tomorrow’s ride to make sure Doll knows she’s my treasure. Starting in this moment, when I gently rub the back of my hand against her face. Knowing she’s asleep, I share what’s on my mind.
Whispering to her, “You’re everything, Doll. You’re the good in me. When the days get long, you’ll be what pulls me through. I’m gonna let you go, but I’m always gonna carry you with me.” I watch her breathing.
No longer able to contain myself, I move to kiss her forehead. Rolling her over, I kiss her cheek, then her neck. She’s waking up under me. I take my time trailing kisses over her neck and collar bone. She reaches up, running her fingers through my hair. Our eyes meet. The words are on the tip of my tongue, but unable to come out. I see the love this woman has for me in the depths of those piercing blue eyes. Does she see what I feel for her? Does she see the man behind the bike? Rather than speak the words, I spend my morning making love to her body. Taking in every second of this and committing it to my memory in a way to last me a lifetime.
Tomorrow, she’ll be home. Tomorrow, our ride will end. Tomorrow, I’ll be man enough to walk away. We’re in too deep. I never should’ve let this happen, emotions and entanglements are things I don’t do. Today, I’ll give her all of me. Today, I’ll take everything I can. Today, I’ll let my weakness for her consume me.