Sunday, July 26, 2015

Emmy's Review.. Healing Gabe

From the day he was 18, Gabe’s life changed drastically. He lost both of his parents in a tragic car accident and had to raise his 8 years old sister, Nicole. All he wanted to do was party and enjoy his teenage life and go to college. Instead, he had to mature really fast, find a job that would allow him time with his sister but also bring enough money to keep a roof above their heads, pay the bills, feed them and make her happy.

As if things weren’t bad enough, Gabe finds himself in the middle of two clubs at war. On one faithful night, he meets the one woman that will hold his heart forever, becomes the target of the most vicious MC around Louisiana and becomes a prospect for the Last Hangman.

What happens when the love of your life is taken from you and you have to witness her horrible demise?

Things aren’t always what they seem.

Vivian had to keep a low profile after running away from home twelve years ago. She lost everything that same night and has been left empty and feeling scared for years, but she’s done feeling scared. She wants to be happy again and for that, she comes back to New Orleans.

What happens when Gabe and Vivian see each other again?

Both of their past catches up with them, bringing down innocent people. Betrayal, new found family, love and hate.

Gabe never thought he could love again, Vivian only wants to heal him and make him feel whole again.

Can they find their happiness together or will their past be too strong and tear them apart forever?

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First off, many thanks go to Muriel Garcia, who provided a copy of this, and her other Last Hangman works in exchange for an honest review.

I’m was looking forward to Gabe; he seems like the strong silent type with a tragic past and had caught my attention from the first book on.  I wasn’t disappointed, this is easily the best book in the series so far.  

Gabe has a little sister, Nicole.  Their parents died in a car crash when he was 18 and she was 8.  He dropped everything and focused on raising his little sister best he could.  On a rare night out for his 21st birthday, he stepped into a fight defending a woman who was being harassed by some bikers.  Little did he know, the bikers were from the Hades Kings MC, and some seriously dangerous dudes.  Our guys from the Last Hangman were there, and broke up the fight.  By stepping in Gabe unwittingly allied himself with the LH, and made himself and his little sister a target for the Kings.  Cabe convinced him to join the MC for their own protection.  

The woman that he defended was not just a random victim of the Kings.  Vivian (along with her twin sister, Annie) were the daughters of one of the Last Hangman’s original 9 members.  Due to their parents deaths, the sisters were forced into the custody of their Uncle Trent, the President of the Bastards from Hell, another MC.  The Bastards were trying desperately to ally themselves with the Kings, and Trent had no problems with using his nieces to do this.  Trent had arranged for Vivian to marry Jared, who was then the VP of the Kings.  Vivian was of course not happy with this, and made no bones about it.  Annie was faced with a similar fate. When Annie and Gabe met, sparks flew, and before long they were seeing each other on the sly, a real Romeo and Juliet story.  Like that story, sadly, their situation ended badly, with Trent and Jared finding out about the couple.  Annie was killed before Gabe and Vivian’s eyes, and they barely escaped with their lives.  Vivian took to the wind, never to be heard of again.  Gabe was scarred for life, physically and emotionally.  

Now, we skip forward to present day.  This book starts out about a month after the events in the previous book, Teaching Aleck.  

In the past few years since Vivian blew town, Gabe has been in a holding pattern.  His life is normal from the outside: he works at the shop, and the LH has become more and more like family to him.  He’s done a great job raising his little sister, who is now in college.  But what you don’t see at first glance is that he burns with desire for revenge, the destroy the Hades Kings, and all involved in Annie’s death.   He is not in any way ready when Vivian roll back up into town, tired of running and just wanting to see a friendly face.  You see, she has loved Gabe from the very beginning, and only stood aside for the sake of her sister.  When they are reunited it’s not long before the two are tangled up together.  Vivian worries that Gabe is using her to replace Annie, and it’s true he still has nightmares of her death.  Gabe has a secret of his own, a secret that has caused him pain and guilt for years: while he dated Annie, and came to love her over time, it was Vivan that truly captured his heart first of all.  But can he convince Vivan of this?  

Vivian’s reappearance could have been heralded with a sonic boom, because it sure set off a storm in the Hades Kings.  Jared is just as obsessed with her has he ever was, and wastes no time letting Vivian know all of the depraved plans he has for her.  That’s not the only pie that Jared has his fingers in: the Hades Kings have taken to kidnapping and trafficking women, using them as leverage against other clubs.  The Last Hangman is approached by another club, the Fallen Angels.  The Hades Kings has kidnapped some of their women, and they hope to team up with them and their current (for now) allies, the Bastards from Hell.  LH still has a detective, Jason Sanders, feeding them information from his plant inside of the Kings.  Sanders’ wife is still being threatened by the Kings as well.  The clubs agree to operate together in the hopes of rendering the Kings a death blow.  From there on out the intensity ramps up to an unbearable pace, with the Hangmen trying to protect their own from an enemy that has no problem using the lives of their women against them.  Jared was just…. reprehensible.  I have no words for how disgusted with him I was.  There is a MASSIVE twist that makes the reader and the characters question everything that they thought they knew about the past.  I DID NOT see that one coming, and that doesn’t happen to me often.  

The action in this series just keeps getting better and better.  It was so well put together that I found myself trying to read while doing things that I really shouldn’t have been reading while doing. (like walking, lol, I have the bruises to prove it!)  Also, just as a side note, this author must really love red velvet donuts.  They have been in every book so far, and sound so good that I keep wanting to lick my Kindle.  **shakes my head** You are SO not helping my diet, lady!

I had the honor of receiving an advance copy of Trusting Nicole, the next book in this series.  I dove immediately into it right after finishing Healing Gabe.  If Healing Gabe can be compared to anything, it is the opening salvo in a vicious war.  The Last Hangman is in for a battle.

Till next time!

About the Author:
Muriel Garcia was born and raised in Belgium. She started writing a little over a year ago and never thought she would ever publish; reading and writing weren’t her favorite things to do in high school.

After one of her friends gave her a challenge – the next time they would attend a book signing, she would be a signing author (it did happen!) – she started to take writing a lot more seriously and never looked back. She’s enjoyed every second of it and the friends she’s made along the way.

She loves music, tattoos—especially on hot men, traveling, and cooking. She has always had an overly imaginative and creative mind but never thought of putting words to paper. Now she couldn’t imagine not writing stories that are near and dear to her heart.

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