Blog Tour + ARC Review! Rebel (Dead Man's Ink #1) by Callie Hart

12 Feb 2015

I really enjoyed reading this one and meeting Rebel after meeting him in the Blood and Roses series. This will be a trilogy series of Rebel & Sophia's story.


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...



“You think you use your brain when you’re having sex?” 

 Rebel’s pen freezes on the paper. He turns, then, towering over me, my face level with his belt buckle. It’s as though I can literally feel the heat rolling off his body. He’s intimidating and overwhelming, his presence a powerful force to be reckoned with. 

 “Oh, Sophia. I use my brain. Every time I sleep with a woman, I’m using my head to figure out what she likes. How she likes it. What I can do to have her screaming my name until her throat’s raw.”


4 STARS! ★★★★

  "I never thought I'd die on the streets of Seattle. I never thought I'd be the kind of person to wish for death, either."

Being a huge fan of Ms Hart's Blood & Roses series, it's really a no-brainer that I wouldn't get my grabby hands on this spinoff series the moment it was announced! For those who've read the B&R series, the name Rebel will not come as a stranger to you and if you think you've got him figured out back then, the first instalment in the Dead Man's Ink will prove you otherwise. But fret not for those who have not met the infamous MC biker yet, I'll promise you'll find yourself wanting to make acquaintance with him after this one! 

  Rebel kicks off with an intense scene where Alexis Romera finds herself being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Given the unfortunate circumstance, she lands up in the grasp of one brutal cartel named Los Oscuros and soon finds herself entangled up in a vicious world that only one person can rescue her from. Being bought off by Rebel, President of the Widow Makers club with an underlying motive, will she be able to trust him to protect her from the people who vow to kill her if she spilled the crime she witnessed? 


 It's no surprise that the author manages to grip me right from the start and in no time, I found myself once again immersed in yet another world where cartels and MC collide, where vicious crimes go unpunished and the need of vengeance seeps from the pages.
"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."
Rebel's character was one that took me by surprise a lot because he isn't your typical badass MC anti-hero. Sure enough, he's done some bad things in his life but beyond that tough exterior also lies a smart (and I mean, book-smart) MC biker which could whoop your ass in a minute. Also, did I mention dirty-talking? ;) A mix of wit and alpha-male sexy; that my ladies, is almost something you don't see everyday.
"Oh, Sophia. I use my brain. Every time I sleep with a woman, I'm using my head to figure out what she likes. How she likes it. What I can do to have her screaming my name until her throat's raw."
I could really appreciate being able to see Alexis' side of the story with this one as we never got enough closure from her character in B&R. Honestly, I wasn't a fan of her back then but true enough, this series will help to shed some light on her part. We get to see the transformation of Alexis into Sophia as she comes to terms with the unexpected fate dealt to her. Just like her sister, Alexis proves to be a feisty heroine but you can definitely still sense the ever-present fear within her as she never fully gave herself to Rebel. 

 The romance between Rebel & Sophia was a slowburn one which I'd appreciate in these situations as it comes off realistic. However, there is no denying of the sexual tension that runs between these two and trust me, it'll build up and come off explosive!


 Overall, I would say that this book served as a prequel to the series as it allows you to acclimate to the key characters in play especially the charming Widow Makers men and learn some interesting tidbits about Rebel's life. You won't be finding a steamy read here but you'll get a rather comprehensive outlook into this exciting MC-Cartel world that Callie brings to the table once again. It really sets the groundwork for an amazing series to come and throw in that cliffy ending right there, I can already sense how thrilling the next instalments will play out! 

 Rebel is proof that she can put a spin to a typical MC trope and stamped her own signature Callie twist that made it such a refreshing read for me, love it! 

  Rebel is the first of a 3-part series that is a spinoff from the Blood & Roses series. You are NOT required to read the B&R series prior to reading the Dead Man Ink's series. 

  ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

About the Author: 

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.

Stalk Her: 
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

1 comment :

  1. This is such an awesome book! But I expect nothing less from Callie Hart...and she never disappoints. I bow down to you Callie. This is a must read!!! 5★