Title: Whiskey Renegade
Series: The Kings of Texas
Author: HJ Bellus
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Publisher: Crave Publishing
Publisher: Crave Publishing
We used to be kings on top of the world, but it all went to hell...
My money and power are worthless.
All I want is blood bathing my knuckles, their soulless bodies dead at my feet.
I’ve never felt the need to take someone’s life until now.
They will pay.
I will sacrifice everything to protect my family.
To save the beauty that’s been haunting my dreams.
I don’t even know her, but the fear dancing in her eyes will be my worst nightmare.
It’s a game of death, and I’m all in.
There’s dirt embedded under my nails. My skin is coated in sweat and my clothes are filthy. I’ve slept very little while cracking the code of the southern cartel and Jordan’s family. I’ve found the people he’s crossed and am building a master plan to bring down all of his loved ones.
Emerald eyes and swirling raven hair haunt my sleep when it comes. Rose. Her slender arm sliding through my grasp and me not being able to save her will always and forever be my demon. Hell, I don’t know her from a stranger on the street. All I do know is she’s being held against her will.
It doesn’t go unnoticed that I gave J.J. hell for years for being a saver, and here I sit in a cockroach-infested hotel in Mexico, risking my life for a woman I don’t even know. It’s so much more than that…I hunger to save them all, rid the world of evil, and I won’t stop until it’s done. Whether my heart is beating or dead, I will get the job done.
The woman between my legs bobs her head up and down my hard dick. I grasp the back of her head, guiding her up and down, waiting for my enemies to bust in. It’s an intoxicating sensation: the anticipation, the exhilaration of passion, and the immediate danger looming all around me.
The door to the stale hotel room swings open, clanging off the wall and leaving a hole in the cheap plaster where the doorknob careened into it. Five gun barrels face me, coupled with words firing in every direction in Spanish. I take a sip of my whiskey neat with my free hand and smile back at the slimy bastards.
“Game on, fuckers.”
Whew. What a book. Whiskey Renegade is a mind swirling novel. The story is rough and gritty, but the characters are loveable. I really enjoyed this book. I will put the disclaimer that this book does discuss in detail some pretty heinous activities so this is definitely a book you don’t want to read if you have triggers. This book can be read as a standalone as I did, but there are books that come before it.
The plot of this book was interesting. Those used to power fallen from the top. Revenge and vengeance the name of the game. Getting back all that you have lost? That just sounds like a great book. Add in all the action going on in this book and it is the perfect story.
I really liked the characters in this story. Kemp is the definition of protective alpha. He will do anything for those that he loves even if it means getting himself killed in the proves that point. I love that about him. Then you have Charlie. She irritated me at times, but she is a strong character. Even knowing what she was facing, she still went and did what she needed to do. She didn’t shy away from danger. That is great.
The heat in this book is amazing. This story is dirty and raw. The grittiness of the story mixed with the heat between these two characters adds a layer to this story that it needed. I mean just the way these two started brings the tension out in the story. Add that tension into the high intense situations and the chemistry between the characters and these two were meant to burn up the pages.
I really liked the writing style in this book. The pace of the story is steady. The story is told from a dual point of view. The story itself was written wonderfully. I really felt transported into this world. My heart ached for these characters. This story is full of tension, but it was just perfect for this story.
Overall, this is a wonderful story. I really enjoyed the plot and characters. I would recommend this book to others. I plan to go back and see where this story began by reading the other book in the series.
Writing Style: 5/5
HJ Bellus is a small-town girl who loves the art of storytelling. When not making readers laugh or cry, she's a part-time livestock wrangler that can be found in the middle of Idaho, shot gunning a beer while listening to some Miranda Lambert on her Beats and rocking out in her boots.