* New Release * Road to Ruin (New Orleans Nights, Part 1) by Callie Hart & Jonny James * 5 Star Book Review *

Posted May 2, 2017 by Maria in Book Recommendation, Book Release, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

* New Release * Road to Ruin (New Orleans Nights, Part 1) by Callie Hart & Jonny James * 5 Star Book Review *by Callie Hart, Jonny James
Also by this author: Rebel, Rebel, Hell's Kitchen, Deviant * Fracture * Burn * Fallen * Twisted * Collateral, Violent Things, Savage Things (Chaos & Ruin Book 2), Vice, Wicked Things (Chaos & Ruin Series Book 3),
Genres: Dark Romance
Format: eARC

Malicious Destruction of Property.
Two counts of breaking and entering.
Two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Four counts of assault.
Three counts of illegal gambling.
Three years served in Orleans Parish Prison.

Tommy ‘Havoc’ Kendrick’s rap sheet reads like a recipe for disaster: one part mayhem to three parts chaos. There’s no arguing the matter; he’s a bad guy, or at least he used to be. For the past five years, Tommy’s been on the straight and narrow, keeping his head down and staying out of trouble. He left the French Quarter behind, along with the New Orleans crime syndicates and underground fights that used to pay his bills. Trading in the high-octane thrill of earning money with his fists to work in an auto mechanic’s was hard, and yet somehow, despite everything, he’s made it work.

Until now.

Tommy hadn’t planned on seeing his brother again. When David Kendrick turns up on his doorstep with a bag full of money and four broken ribs, Tommy finds himself heading back to the place he swore he’d never return. Back to the fights. Back to the drinking, the drugs, and the women.

Back to a life he thought he’d left behind for good.

Nikita Moreau has lived in New Orleans all her life. She learned to drive there, lost her virginity there, bought her first house there, and she’s damned if she isn’t going to die there, too. As a prison psychologist at one of the country’s most dangerous facilities, she runs the risk of dying in the state of Louisiana on a daily basis, and yet she wouldn’t give it up for the world. There’s nothing more satisfying than helping those everyone else has given up on. Nothing more rewarding than fixing something everyone said was broken.

The day she meets Tommy Kendrick, however, she learns a painful lesson: sometimes a person is too broken to be fixed. Sometimes a person is beyond reach and cannot be saved. The tall, dark and handsome, tattoo-covered devil is danger personified. She knows this. She knows he’s bad news. So then why can’t she stop thinking about him? Why can’t she stay away from him?

And, most importantly, why won’t she save herself?

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~ Maria’s Review ~

This book! Floved it. Deliciously dark and twisted. Authors Callie Hart & Jonny James had me from page 1. I could not read fast enough. That ending left me wanting more.

Tommy Kendrick and Alexander Bastien are hot, dangerous, scary and sexy. I’m thinking Tommy is the true hero in this story but Alex makes a perfect anti-hero. Throw in Nikita, a beautiful, sexy, fearless, strong badass independent woman with ties to both and BAM! I was hooked. Not to mention Genevieve and all the secondary supporting characters that completely enhance the story and keep the plot moving. Callie Hart & Jonny James created an amazing character ensemble. I want to know more about all of them.

The story is told in alternating POV which I love. It allows you to get inside each character’s head and lets the reader be privy to thoughts and information other characters may not know yet.

I love the interaction between Tommy and Nikita.  The tension is thick. The attraction is palpable. No insta-love but a hell of a lot of heat and sizzle. Both characters have been through a lot in their lives. They don’t trust easy and have things they keep to themselves. She knows more about him than he does her, thanks to her job. But there is a connection between them.

I loved Alexander Bastien, too. Cocky, arrogant, lethal. You get the feeling he could just as easily kill you at dinner as he could pass the salt. Maybe even pour it in your wounds. Cunning and controlling. I keep wondering what his end game really is. That prologue!? I can’t even. Just wow and OMG. He is no joke.

The story is raw, gritty and dirty. No rainbows and butterflies here. It’s filled with darkness, violence, passion and threats. There are twists and turns that take you full speed to the end and leave you thinking WTF! It can’t be over! I need more. It is everything I expect and love from author Callie Hart. Add author Jonny James, and, together, they give us a fantastic story. Fans of dark romance and Callie Hart won’t want to miss this.



About Callie Hart

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.

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