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BITTER SWEET HELL (Hell Night Series, #2)
The Hell Night Series continues with JW’s story!
A sexy sheriff and the gypsy girl that demands his attention.
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As the Sheriff of Malus, Texas, JW takes his oath to protect its citizens very seriously. Born from a ugly past, he swears no child, woman, or man will ever endure what he and his brothers have. As he seeks retribution of the ones who wronged him, his past and his present finally collide. Secrets are laid open. Ones that are so heinous, they’ll rock the very foundation of JW’s life.
When Eden blazes into town, hot with her own threatening troubles baring down on her, JW steps in as her protector. It’s not only his duty, but a need he can’t ignore. The chemistry between the two is instant and all too tempting.
Giving in was easy, but the consequences were high.
Little does JW know, the disturbing destruction that would rain down on Malus and its people by getting involved with the red-headed gypsy.
Danger lurks just around the corner—it’s dark, terrifying, and malicious.
JW is bitter because of his gruesome past. Eden is sweet despite hers. Together, will they create a beautiful future, or will it all end in bitter sweet hell?
Alex Grayson was a new author for me last year, and I just grow more and more impressed with her with each book that I read. This series is dark, gritty, and very much a far cry from your typical town.
The town of Malus springs from a past so dark that it has left scars on everyone who has ever stepped foot in that town. JW and his brothers came back to the town that stole their innocence to rebuild a safe place for those who have suffered the way that they have suffered. They came back to dole out justice to those who can’t be rehabilitated in order to keep their town safe. Outsiders aren’t welcome in Malus because trust is not given easily after the townspeople have lived what they lived through. So when Eden comes speeding through town with a troubled past on her heels, JW struggles with letting Eden in, but being unable to turn her away.
I loved how Alex told us this story. It was dramatic, suspenseful, and kept me guessing with every turn. She is definitely not afraid to punch you in the gut before healing your heart. The flashbacks to the past helped explain why JW was the way he was. This was a very well written book and I could not be more excited to see where the author is going to take us next.
JW is an intense character who lives his life by protecting others the way he wished someone had protected him when he was a child. When Eden barrels into his life, he can’t help but want to protect her and keep her safe. She is unlike anyone he has ever met and he is determined to figure out what this feeling is between them.
Eden is a sweet, unique woman who shows compassion and love toward a man who did not have a lot of that growing up. I loved her fierceness and her beauty despite what her own past brought her. I absolutely adored these two together and loved the strength they showed together.
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars!
Charli has been raving about Alex Grayson for some time now, and urging me to read her books. I added them to my never ending TBR, but it wasn’t until last week that I finally picked up Trouble in Hell, the first book in the Hell Night series and I was instantly hooked. I’m kicking myself for not taking her advice sooner, and waiting so long to read this series!
Bitter Sweet Hell is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone, but I highly suggest reading book one first. It will give you a deeper understanding of the town and JW’s past. Also, this book comes with a ton of trigger warnings, and is extremely dark, so if that is something that bothers you, or you aren’t comfortable with, it’s best to avoid this one.
The town of Malus doesn’t welcome outsiders, and as the town sheriff, no one knows that better than JW. With his three brothers, they rule the town with an iron fist, making it a safe place for its citizens after the hell that they’ve been through. So when JW comes upon Eden, it is completely out of the norm for him to take her under his wing and offer her protection. It’s simply not the way things are done in Malus, and there’s a very good reason for that.
Like the first book in the series, Bitter Sweet Hell was absolutely fantastic. Alex Grayson’s writing is so incredibly well done, and once I started into this one, I couldn’t put it down. This book is solid writing, solid storytelling, and both broke my heart and healed it at the same time. JW’s story is dark. Darker than that of even his brother Trouble’s book, and parts of this book were hard to read. Like other readers, I feel a bit weird talking about how much I enjoyed this book, due to the subject matter, but the plot was incredibly engaging, full of twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat. Plus, I really liked the characters of JW and Eden. Alex Grayson has an excellent talent in making characters feel like I’ve known them my entire life. I already harbored a love for these four brothers that have been through so much, and after reading this book, that love has only grown. I cannot wait to see what other surprises Alex Grayson has in store for us regarding this series and this dark and gritty cast of characters!
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AFTER LEAVING REMI AND GRACE at their places, which were on our way to Judge’s, we walk up the steps to Judge and Jenny’s house. All of Judge’s women have a place of their own. Most times, he’s with one of them, but every so often, he’ll stay in his renovated childhood home. When my brothers and I came back to town ten years ago, we all had our homes gutted and refurbished, not wanting anything from our pasts to invade our futures.
Eden stops at the screen door and turns to face me.
“Thanks for walking me home.”
Those metal bracelets she’s always wearing clink together as she grabs her braid and twirls the end around her finger.
“It was my pleasure.” I take the end of her braid from her hand and finger the strands myself. “You should go without the scarf more often. Your hair is gorgeous.”
Her eyelids lower and her tongue darts out to swipe her bottom lip, tempting me to run my tongue along the same path and lick away the moisture she left behind.
Her voice drops when she speaks again. “It’s a pain to take care of. I’ve been thinking about cutting it off.”
“No,” I growl before I can stop myself. Her brows shoot up, so I soften my tone. “It’d be a sin to cut off all this stunning hair.”
She smirks. “I highly doubt God would fault me for cutting my hair.”
“You’re probably right. Let me rephrase. It would be an utter shame.”
I step closer to her, my fingers still gripping her braid. I wrap it around my fist. She moves back a step and her ass meets the screen door. I twist the braid a couple more times.
“What are you doing?” she whispers, her eyes darkening to an emerald green.
I close the remaining gap between us. “Showing you the benefits of not cutting your hair.”
Pulling gently on her braid until her head tips back, I dip down until my lips graze hers. They’re soft and sweet. So much fucking better than I imagined.
Her mouth opens when she releases a breathy moan, and I take advantage, sweeping my tongue inside to explore better. My cock swells against the zipper of my jeans, and I want nothing more than to hoist her up and grind myself against her warm center. Preferably with her skirt lifted. Would she be bare beneath her skirt or would she have on a pair of cute little panties? Either would work for me.
Her small hands grip my shirt at my sides, and I wonder if she’s going to push me away or pull me closer. I’d stop if she wanted me to, but I really fucking hope she doesn’t.
When her grip tugs me closer and her tongue shyly meets mine, I groan in relief. I shift closer and encircle my arm around her waist, pressing her flush against me. My dick both weeps and rejoices at the intimate contact. Leaving her delicious lips behind, I trail wet kisses down the side of her neck. The unique flavor of her skin is addicting, like heroine to a druggy.
“Want to know why I don’t want you to cut your hair?” I murmur against her neck.
Her head tips back until it thumps against the door. “Why?” she breathes.
I nip the flesh where her neck meets her shoulder.
“Because I want to feel it trailing over my chest as you ride my cock.”
She shudders out a breath, her nails digging into my sides. I nudge away the thin material of her shirt on her shoulder with my chin and run my tongue and lips over the exposed skin.
“I also want to wrap it around my fist and use it to tug you back as I fuck you from behind. I bet your pussy would strangle my cock when I do that, wouldn’t it?”
Instead of answering verbally, she nods and presses her hips hard against mine. I wedge one of my legs between hers and press my thigh into her core. Surprise and pleasure force a growl from my lips when she wraps her calf around my leg and digs her pussy onto my thigh.
I’m fucking dying. Dying to flip her around, toss up her skirt, and give us the pleasure we both crave. I’m dying to drop to my knees and lick up every drop I know her body has produced. I’m Goddamn dying to have her delectable lips surround my cock and have her suck until she drains me. I’d grip her long hair and help guide her to the finish line.
A throat clearing behind us has Eden stiffening in my arms. I don’t give a fuck who it is, I want to kill them. Eden lifts her head from the door and peers over my shoulder at the unwanted and untimely intruder. My grip on her hair tightens for a fraction of a second before I let her go. Red tints her cheeks, but I’m not sure if it’s from what we were just doing or being caught by Judge and Jenny. Her eyes shoot to me, and she gently presses against my chest. I take a step back, missing her body against mine the second it’s gone.
“Sorry!” Jenny squeaks from behind us.
I shoot Judge a glare over my shoulder. The bastard has the audacity to raise an eyebrow, like he doesn’t care what he just interrupted. He meanders up the fucking stairs, as if cock-blocking me is an everyday occurrence, his hand entwined with Jenny’s, pulling her behind him. At least she has the sense to look embarrassed and regretful for the interruption.
I step back from Eden and pull her to the side, so the two can go inside.
“Payback’s a bitch,” I inform Judge in low tones as he opens the screen door.
“This was payback. For the time you interrupted Layla and me in the back of The Hill.”
“Fucker,” I mutter, because he’s right. That shit was hilarious at the time. It’s not so funny now.
He laughs and lets the screen door slam behind him. “No fucking on my porch,” he calls out.
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Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romances including the Jaded Series, the Consumed Series, and three standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that took a little longer than expected). The rest, as they say, is history.
Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media!
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