Title: Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls, #1)
Author: Nikki Groom
Publication Date: April 24, 2017
Sadie Foster is consumed with revenge. The quiet beauty she portrays on the outside disguises the rage bubbling within her. Because on the inside, her desire for retribution dominates her every waking thought, until him……
Ramsey Dalton is an outlaw. A criminal that will do whatever it takes to get what he wants and to keep his MC brothers safe. He didn’t know there could be more to his life than sex, drugs and death, until her…
Their meeting is pure chance. Their connection undeniable. But what neither of them know, is that their relationship threatens to uncover far more than they could have imagined.
Secrets and lies are best left buried, but sometimes they’re too real to stay dead.
“Do you have any idea what you got involved in tonight, little girl?” His voice is low, dangerous, and for the first time since I woke, fear taps at each bone as it trickles down my spine and he moves closer. “I might not know your name, but I do know what you’ve done. What are you, some kind of femme fatale? You on a mission to rid the world of all the bad guys?” He chuckles to himself then stops with his body flush to mine. I hold his gaze, refusing to back off, feeling the fire in his eyes burning through mine. He strokes a finger lightly along my temple and down my cheek. “You got daddy issues?” he whispers.
“Fuck. You.” I shove at his chest, but he doesn’t budge an inch which only increases my frustration.
“Oh, sweetheart, usually I would take a girl up on such an offer, but—”
I bring my hand up to slap him, but he catches my wrist and grabs the other one in a flash, roughly pinning them to my side. “Oh no, you don’t.” He laughs under his breath, but his gaze is anything but humorous. “You got a lucky shot in last time. That kinda luck doesn’t happen twice.” He leans in close, pushing my hair from my face gently with his cheekbone and settling his hot breath over my ear. “Now, we can do this the easy way, or the hard way. I’m not above binding you again—” He pauses, letting a few heated breaths brush across my skin. “So tell me, are you going to bend and comply? Which will make it so much easier for you, or am I going to have to wrangle your twisted little soul into submission?”
4TLOR Review ~ by Lou
I’ve got to be honest, when I first started reading this book I wasn’t really sure where the book was going… It did take me a while to get into the story and become really attached to the characters. But I’ve also got to say, by the end I was totally hooked!!
In this book we meet Ramsay and Sadie. Ramsey is VP of the Steel Souls MC. When Ramsey stumbles upon Sadie, he wants to know more about her and why she’s done what she’s done. He wants answers! I liked Ramsey’s character straight away. He’s a strong, loyal, badass, alpha, mc, who will protect his family and his brothers to the core. But is Sadie going to be a distraction?
It took me a while to warm to Sadie – I wasn’t sure about her behaviour initially, and was a little surprised about some of the circumstances surrounding her. She seemed a little naive and immature at times, but I did warm to her as the book went on. I did like her strength and determination which seemed to shine more and more as the book went on, getting her into some potentially tricky situations. Plus the way she gave as good as she got to Ramsey was great at times, really adding to the chemistry between the two characters.
The book is written in a dual PoV, so we get both of their perspectives and fully experience both of their troubled and traumatic pasts, plus the things that motivate them.
As I said earlier, by the second half of the book, I couldn’t put it down, and although there were elements of predictability for me with a few few clues scattered throughout the book, and with how the book ended, it didn’t take away from the overall enjoyment of the story for me. And I do LOVE a cliffhanger… Bring on book 2!
Overall a really great storyline, with plenty of twists, a good amount of action, plenty of chemistry and heat, great banter, and some brilliant suspense. A great first MC book from Nikki Groom, and I can’t wait to see that she brings us in the next part of this story.
**** 4 Raven Stars ****
Nikki Groom is a hopeless romantic, lover of all things happily ever after and firm believer that love makes the world go around.
In her spare time, you will find Nikki laughing with her very treasured family, walking with her beloved dog in the hundred acre wood or curled up in a cosy corner with words and wine.
She lives in East Sussex with her husband and two children. Having turned her hand to many things over the years, Nikki is now proud to add ‘author’ to that list.
Having always been a dreamer, Nikki’s imagination stretches far and wide, which enables her to get lost in faraway places and imaginary people.
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