Title: Hyde’s Absolution
Author: Nina Levine
Series: Sydney Storm MC #4
Release Date: June 20, 2017
The Sydney Storm MC are back and war is coming.
Monroe Lee is a handful.
She fights me, challenges me and tries to resist me.
Where I’m jagged, she’s smooth.
Where I’m dark, she’s pure.
Where I’m broken, she’s whole.
I am not a good man.
I’ve hurt everyone I’ve ever loved.
I should walk away before I ruin her too.
But fuck, we are fire together.
And I’ve been out in the cold too long.
At a time when everything is falling down around me, she might just be my saviour.
Nina Levine serves up another fiercely addictive MC romance with Hyde’s Absolution, the newest addition to the Sydney Storm MC series. After what feels like one seriously long wait to hear this mysterious man’s story, this novel did not disappoint. Every bit as intense, sexy and full of feels as I’d imagined, Hyde and Monroe’s journey was utterly captivating. I devoured this book, desperate for more of the Storm MC family I’ve come to love and anxious to unravel Hyde for myself. Hyde and Monroe were absolutely electric, their chemistry off the charts and their emotional connection incredibly heartfelt. Nina Levine not only knows how to write swoon-worthy biker BBFs, but she definitely excels at creating the kind of feisty, strong heroines perfect for her possessive alpha males. Nina’s writing is exquisite, effortlessly demonstrating her growth as an author and making this book one of her most memorable works yet.
“Even though she lived and breathed in my soul, I wasn’t in hers. She didn’t know me, and she had no reason to trust me.”
Hyde was so much more than I ever imagined he’d be. As his past came crashing back into his present, we got to experience an entirely new side to the character. The raw emotion that came with those revelations quickly pulled me under Hyde’s spell and kept me mesmerized for the duration of his journey. I loved how Nina Levine juxtaposed the ferocious and oftentimes vicious side of Hyde with the vulnerable and heartbroken man who was desperate to reclaim and defend his family. Monroe’s complete acceptance of Hyde’s flaws, vices and scars was nothing short of breathtaking and allowed the reader to get an intimate look into this seriously complicated hero. By the time all was said and done I’d definitely fallen head over heels for Hyde. I loved his deliciously dirty and unapologetically alpha side as much as I did his caring and tender one. Nina Levine has truly outdone herself with this badass biker.
“Why God? Why is the only man I want to sleep with a moody asshole?”
Monroe was a woman after my own heart – intelligent, independent and unwilling to settle for anything less than what she deserved. I adored her strength and the fearlessness with which she took on Hyde and his many moods. I enjoyed seeing Monroe with her friends and family. They gave me a glimpse of her insecurities and fears that helped me connect to the otherwise seemingly confident heroine in unexpected ways. Nina Levine certainly knew what she was doing bringing Monroe and Hyde together because the push and pull between them was hot, hilarious and totally unique. I loved their witty banter and the scorching interludes they shared. This couple undeniably sizzled in a way that kept me furiously flipping the pages. I have no doubt that Monroe was the perfect addition to the MC women and I look forward to seeing her really find her place amongst the Storm family in the future.
“At the end, we’d both been like casualties of war who stared at each other through vacant eyes, hurling words intended to hurt the other because that felt like the only way to allow the pain out.”
While Hyde and Monroe’s story absolutely enthralled, it was perhaps the MC storyline that kept me so riveted to this novel. Nina Levine picks the club business right back up and continues it in a way that had me on the edge of my seat, desperate to figure out how it would all shake out. I loved seeing more of Kick, Nitro, Devil and King, as well as the women who drive them crazy. Hyde’s Absolution held the same feeling of family I’ve come to love so much from this series and it took no time at all for me to fall right back into Nina Levine’s fictional world. In true Nina Levine fashion, she left my head reeling and my heart raging for the next book in the series but Hyde and Monroe’s journey was as sexy and satisfying as I could have wished for. Overflowing with vibrant characters, brilliant imagery, genuine emotion and pulse-pounding action, Hyde’s Absolution is Nina Levine at her very best!
I tore my attention from Hyde and gave it back to Tatum when she said, “I’ll call you tomorrow.”
Hyde’s presence had pretty much wiped all coherent thought from my mind, so I simply nodded and murmured, “Okay.”
As she and Nitro walked away from us, Hyde moved closer. His scent almost hypnotised me, if that was even possible. Looking down at me, he said, “What are you drinking?” The husky tone of his voice was like the final nail in my coffin. He could lead me down the path to sin with that voice.
“A Cosmo please.”
He turned to the waiting bartender and ordered drinks before shifting his gaze back to me. His body was so damn close it almost pressed against mine. His eyes dropped to my chest. “You weren’t made to be subtle, were you, sugar?”
“Can’t say that word’s in my vocabulary, no.” The way he was devouring my body told me I’d made the best decision when I bought the black dress I wore tonight. Knee length with a plunging neckline and accentuated with a belt around my waist, it clung to every curve I had. My girls were up and proudly out, just the way I liked them. I mean, if you had it, flaunt it, right? And I’d had the red in my hair touched up that afternoon. It hung in lazy vivid red curls to just below my breasts. I wasn’t sure which part of me he thought wasn’t subtle, but I guessed it had something to do with my dress by the way he seemed unable to draw his gaze from my body.
Finally he found his way back up to my face. The heat flashing in his eyes shot a round of lust through my veins. Good God, this man, though. I wondered if he had any idea of the storm he caused within me. “Don’t ever add it.” If what he said didn’t make my legs sway a little, the forceful, gravelly way he said it did.
The bartender placed our drinks on the counter, distracting us from each other. Hyde dropped some cash on the bar, took a mouthful of his whisky and looked back at me while I got down as much of my drink as I could in one mouthful. God knew, I needed it. I could stand my ground with any man, but Hyde had a way of catching me off guard.
“You calm down after that thing about owing me money this morning?” And there he went, flipping my feelings about him on their head.
I fixed him with a look that let him know I wasn’t impressed. “I didn’t have anything to calm down from.”
“You seemed all worked up about it.”
I threw some more of my cocktail down my throat. “I wasn’t.” But I was getting there now, that was for sure.
He drank some more whisky, keeping his eyes steady on mine. “Okay.”
Okay? Oh no he didn’t. He didn’t get to end a conversation with that bullshit. “Okay? Seriously, you’re going to end with that?”
“It seemed pointless to argue.”
I finished my drink and placed the empty glass down with some force. Sliding off my stool, I said, “We weren’t arguing. I was simply telling you like it was.”
“Yeah, I’ve picked that up about you.”
My eyes practically popped out of their sockets. “Picked up what about me?”
“That you like to tell men like it is.”
“I do not! You just have this way of pushing my buttons. I feel like it’s you, not me.”
His lips twitched. “Sugar, if I knew which buttons I was pushing, I’d push them some more. I never said I didn’t like the way you told me how it was.”
I snatched my bag off the bar. I needed a moment to get my thoughts under control. In the space of seconds I’d switched from wanting him to wanting to smack him to wanting him again. My mind needed a break from the whiplash. I took a step away from the bar and said, “I’ll have another Cosmo.”
Without waiting for his response, I headed in the direction of the ladies room. I’d almost made it there when a hand slid around my waist and I was pushed up against the wall in the dark hallway. A hard body pushed against mine as the hand around my waist slid down to settle on my ass and warm breath whispered across my cheek. “My cock likes that attitude of yours. Surprised the fuck outta me, but I can’t deny I want more of it.”
The proof of his statement ground against me, sparking need all over me. Every inch of my skin blazed with desire. I gripped his shirt with both hands and found his eyes. “You and I weren’t made for each other, Hyde.”
“I’m not saying we were.”
My body went to war with my mind. It fought me kicking and screaming, desperate for what he was offering, but I didn’t want to surrender. “So what’s the point of starting something?”
He pushed his cock harder against me. “I came here against better judgement tonight. Nitro told me you’d be here and I came because I couldn’t, for the fucking life of me, get you out of my head. I want my hands on those curves of yours and my dick as far inside you as you can take it.”
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
Relent (Sydney Storm MC #1)
Nitro’s Torment (Sydney Storm MC #2)
Devil’s Vengeance (Sydney Storm MC #3)
King’s Wrath (Sydney Storm MC #5) – Release Date TBD
King’s Reign (Sydney Storm MC #6) – Release Date TBD
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