Desolation Road (The Torpedo Ink series) book 4 by Christine Feehan
Take the ride of your life with the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club in this thrilling romance novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.
Torpedo Ink is Aleksei ‘Absinthe’ Solokov’s whole life. They’re his brothers, his family and his everything. But that doesn’t stop him from wanting something that only belongs to him. That’s why the tough biker has spent the last six weeks at the library, reading every book he can get his hands on and watching the prim and proper librarian who makes his blood rush.
For the past six weeks, Scarlet Foley has been fantasizing about the handsome, tattooed man whose eyes follow her every move. She senses he’s dangerous. She wants him to get close enough to touch. She wishes she could let him know the real woman, not the one she pretends to be. But Scarlet has a plan to carry out, and she can’t afford any distractions.
Absinthe is well aware that Scarlet is hiding something. She’s a puzzle he intends to solve, piece by intoxicating piece . . .
Publication date 6/7/2020
Excerpt from Desolation Road
Aleksei Absinthe Solokov, loved books. He loved the smell of them. The sight of them. The information in them. He especially loved the places he could go in them. Books had saved his life on more than one occasion. He’d originally come to this place, needing the quiet and peace, needing the scent and the words. And once again, books had led him to find something so unexpected, so spectacular, he still hadn’t accepted the offering, the gift, not quite believing yet, but he couldn’t walk away.
He sat in his favorite place right in front of the tallest stacks. The table was smaller and less inviting, due to the crowded space. He didn’t like being disturbed. He came to the library to get respite from the continual bombardment of other people’s thoughts and emotions. He could command with his voice, and sometimes the temptation to tell everyone to not think or speak for five minutes was sometimes brutally hard to resist. He needed to feel normal when he wasn’t. He wanted to see if he could fit in somewhere, but he knew he couldn’t. He needed to stand on his own, but it was impossible.
His small table, nearly hidden there beside the taller stacks, not only protected him from unwanted company, but gave him a direct view to the desk where the librarian checked out books, recommended reads, and sometimes—make that often—helped teens with their homework. He had been coming for over a month. Six weeks to be exact. And he just watched her. Like a fucking stalker. The librarian. She was so damn sexy he was shocked that the place wasn’t overrun with single men—because she was single. He’d made it his business to find out.
Absinthe has the ability to “hear and feel” lies, he can also suggest things to you, make you do things subconsciously. A human lie detector.
Scarlet is a librarian, loves the job, helps the kids with their school work, and lives a quiet life. After being almost attacked by her college boyfriend and his buddies, Scarlet tries to get the law to punish them. But the boyfriends father is powerful, and Scarlet’s world is torn apart. And now she’s in hiding. But she’s not some shrinking violet, oh no, she’s out for revenge. And one by one, all those who failed both Scarlet and her family will pay.
Absinthe is fascinated with the library, well he loves to learn, but he’s more fascinated with the librarian. For six weeks he’s been coming to this library, reading and watching her. His body reacts without directions (not a normal thing for this biker) he’s almost certain she’s meant to be his. But he knows she’s hiding something or from someone, he just has to figure it out.
Scarlet is well aware of the hunk sitting in the library, reading and watching her, she watches him constantly. She’s drawn to him, but knows she can’t approach him, he’s dangerous but she’s not sure why.
This one had me both chuckling and wringing my hands. We get more background on Absinthe and a few members of Torpedo Ink. As you maybe new to this series (I would urge you to read from the start of the series) Torpedo Ink MC (motorcycle club) is a biker club with a difference. All the members are from a school for assassins. But not everyone made it out alive! And it wasn’t voluntary, and it certainly wasn’t meant for children! Taken from his home as a small child, Aleksei and his brother were beaten, tortured and abused on a daily basis. Along with hundreds of other children. Forming a group/pack their leader Viktor “Czar” honed each child into a killer (he couldn’t shield them, so he had to help them somehow) and now eighteen survivors ride and survive together. There is a spark almost instantaneously. But both are wary, both are hiding things. Both have a dark past. Now each torpedo ink member has a kink! Someone that is unique to them, and I can’t give away Absinthe’s (you’ll have to read it to find out) but it has me spitting my coffee out, and almost choking!! Sex scenes are plentiful and inventive, but so is the action. Torpedo Ink are hunters, they go after sex traffickers, pedophile rings and anyone who thinks themselves outside the law. We get to watch as they plan their attacks, and have a ringside seat as the action unfolds. There is also a new character added to the gang of bikers. Can he be trusted?
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It does state there could be triggers for people who’ve suffered or could suffer after reading. But the subject is treated with respect.
I love this series and the author. The pages come alive with the descriptions. All the characters are well known, and any titbit is welcome.
Looking forward to the next book.
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