Monday, 17 February 2014

Book Blitz: Bella Jewel's "Angels in Leather (Rebels on Bikes # 1)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Book Blitz for Bella Jewel's "Angels in Leather (Rebels on Bikes # 1)."
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A girl on the run.

Her father gave her one task before he died. To deliver a package.
Now she has the baddest biker in the state after her.

He wants what she's got.

Secrets in both the past and the present threaten to destroy what she is working so hard for.

He threatens to ruin her heart.

Two worlds will collide to make something explosive.


Review: Surj Harvey

Bella Jewel, this has got to by far your be your best book yet... it was freakin' amazing and I just loved the roller coaster ride it took me on. I was constantly on high alert from the minute I turned the first page and it kinda stayed that way for the most part as I read the cat and mouse game that played out before my very eyes. "Angels in Leather" was fast paced, exciting, thrilling, heart breaking yet heart warming all at the same time.. jeesh my emotions were tugged left, right and center but it was worth it all for the story that unfolded.

"I know how it feels to be surrounded by darkness Cricket. But don't you ever... 
ever let it consume you."
"I have nothing," trembling, I whisper a hollow, "There's just nothing left."
"There's always something left. You just have to fight to see it." 

This book definitely had much darker undertones compared to Bella Jewel's previous MC series, delving much deeper into the biker way of life. From family and loyalty to criminal activities, treachery and betrayal, Bella definitely wasn't backwards in coming forwards when giving us details and that's what held my attention. There was a rawness to the story line, a grittiness that more often than not made for uncomfortable reading but it made me feel... really feel what the characters were going through and that to me is a sign of a bloody good book.

By day he's a monster, cold and deadly. I see nothing but a darkness when I look into his eyes.
But by night, he's just a man desperately seeking something to fix the hurts that haunt him."

Axel's character was such a tortured soul and I could sense the pain and anguish he suffered yet hid from the world. The situation he found himself in years back made me sick to my stomach and really helped me understand the man he was forced to become. Unfortunately, years later, Axel still hadn't come to terms with it all, seeing himself as a monster and not a victim which is exactly what he was. Not many people tried to understand him but Meadow.. well she wasn't giving up. Despite the chase, despite everything he had done, she knew the boy she had known all those years ago was still in there somewhere.

I loved the sassiness, the stubbornness, the fight in Meadow's character... it was brilliant and made for very entertaining reading.

"Heroes are for the weak, Axel. If I escape, it will be all on me."

She was persistent if nothing else and she was determined to get the USB to it's new owner and Axel and his crew.. well let's just say they were no match for a woman who was not only scorned but who was on a mission. I absolutely loved the cat and mouse game these two played. Each time he got close to catching her, and even when he did catch her, she'd somehow find a way to escape but trust me, the chase... it was HOT!!! I swear, my heart was pounding, the adrenaline pumping as I read those pages. But the bonus...I could see those scenes playing out in my head clear as day and I couldn't get enough.

In terms of their relationship, Axel and Meadow had history.. that was obvious but not in a romantic way. Unfortunately, a betrayal had meant these two had become enemies and on the surface there was anger and bitterness. Peel back the layers though and there was something so beautiful but so tragic, I could have cried. There was so much both characters would have to go through, there were sacrifices each of them would have to make but ultimately, it was about love, honesty and trust and I wasn't sure whether Axel was ready to go there. Physically, the cat and mouse game may have come to an end, but emotionally, it was still in full swing albeit the roles being reversed.

"You can't fix something that's as broken as me, and you sure as shit can't love it. I'm the 
meaning of damaged, and you're not putting me back together, so stop fuckin' tryin'. Just stop."

The sex in this book was definitely a little different... but OMG did it make my temperature rise. Honestly, I wasn't sure whether I should like it or not, but I did... like it... a lot!!! It made for very entertaining reading.

In terms of secondary characters, I can't wait to get more from the brothers of the MC. Jax, Cobra and Colt sound hot to trot and the ground work has already been laid for their potential stories. And Lady Matilda.. that woman had a heart of gold and I really hope to see more of her.

I've read all of Bella Jewel's books now and can honestly say, she has developed so much as a writer. "Angels in Leather" was so well written with excellent character development. I couldn't help but connect with the story which was engaging from the outset and the characters.. as I read their chapters, I felt as if I had crawled into their hearts and minds, experiencing every single emotion they went through... and that (at times) was exhausting!!! lol.

"You know, I figured something out today."
"And what is that?"
"That I'm in love with a self righteous pig who refuses to let me into his heart,
even though I've fully accepted the darkness there." 

On the most part, I loved how the story line unfolded. However, the last 25% was a little disappointing. When Axel bared his soul, I felt it was just a little rushed. I wanted more of a build up to it and I wanted to feel more heart break, more angst.. I wanted to feel more shattered for him but because it happened so quickly, I didn't get the chance.  And the situation he found himself in towards the end of the book... I wanted more.. maybe chapters from his POV so I could feel what he was going through. Instead the story came to quite a quick conclusion after this.

If you're looking for a rollercoaster ride of a read that is jam packed full of drama, action and twists and turns you'll never see coming, then this is for you. Overall, a brilliant read that I couldn't put down. I rated "Angels in Leather" 4.5 soul destroying Hearts. I can't wait for the rest of the series!!!

He's the kind of damaged most people would run a mile from,
but for me, he's the reason I breathe.


“Fight me, don’t you stop,” Axel breathes into my ear. “I won’t hurt you, Cricket,” he murmurs, running his finger down the side of my face. “But I need you to fight.”

So, that’s what I do. 

I start by squirming, trying to twist my body around. He presses his body against mine, and reaches up, tangling his fingers into the fence. He thrusts his hips, ramming both out bodies harder into the wire. I groan, and throw my head back, hitting him in the face. He snarls, and takes my hands, quickly uncuffing me before pulling them harshly behind my back and jerking my body back into his. 

I hear the cuffs drop onto the ground. 

I guess he’s letting me play this fairly.

“Stop that,” he rasps into my ear. “I’ll make it hurt if you do that again.”

“Maybe I want it to hurt,” I hiss, fisting my hands together and shoving them backwards into his stomach. 

He stumbles off me with a grunt, and I spin around, ducking to the left and attempting to run. I don’t get two steps before Axel lashes out, taking my ankle and pulling me so hard I go down into the dirt. My face just misses being smashed into it by mere centimeters. Axel flattens his body over mine, and takes my head in his hands, jerking my head back by my hair and breathing down on me. “You’re being a bad girl,” he husks, running a finger down the side of my face. 

“You’re not letting me play fair,” I whisper. “I was cuffed before, it wasn’t a fair chase.”

I feel his weight lift off me, and he jerks me up, pulling me into a standing position. 

“Run, then. I’ll give you five seconds, and if I catch you again, Meadow, I’m going to f**k you,” he murmurs, then his eyes grow lusty. “Hard.”
I turn without answering, and I run into the trees at the back of the lot. I hear Axel counting loudly, and my body shivers. I am sweating now, and my breathing is hard and ragged, but the chase is so worth that. I hear Axel take off after me, and I squeal with delight as I weave through the trees. It’s dark, but I can see enough because of the lights surrounding the club house. 

“The minute I get hold of you,” Axel yells. “I’m goin’ to rip your panties down and put my d**k so deep inside you, you’re goin’ to scream.”
I shiver, and swallow. I make my way to the fence line again, and I press myself against it for a second, letting my eyes scan the trees. 
“Then I’m goin’ to kiss you so hard your lips will bleed.”

Oh my. 

I take off, using the fence line as a guide to get back to the other end of the lot. I can hear Axel to my left, and I know he’s gaining on me, but if I run, it’ll make a lot of noise and he’ll figure out where I am. 

“Come out come out wherever you are,” he sings. “You know I’ll make you come so much your legs will give way.”

I feel a smile on my face as I keep moving along the fence, keeping my body plastered against it. I can feel my own arousal dampening my panties, and now I’m eager for him to get his hands on me. I want to know what he’s got to give. 

“You can run, Cricket, but you can’t hide.”

Author Bio:

Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She's crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell's Knights was released in August 2013.

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