Monday, September 16, 2019

Hellion by Rhys Ford


From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
Finally! Ivo’s book! And it was definitely worth the wait. I’ve loved this series from the start, but it has always been the beautiful, heel wearing youngest brother who has properly had my heart. And Ivo is just as heartbreakingly fabulous in his own book as I always expected he would be.

This book starts with a teenage Ivo defending himself against a would-be rapist while wearing sparkly heels and dressed like a naughty schoolgirl. This first scene is a torturous read but it introduces us to a terrified but defiant Ivo and introduces us readers to Ruan as a beautiful and kind policeman who takes care of the bloodied teenager. I can’t imagine a more perfect first scene and I’d dare anyone not to shed a few tears over these first few pages. Ivo and Ruan’s relationship is a decade in the making but their first encounter is really beautiful.

As with the first two books, much of this story focuses on Ivo growing into himself and coming to terms with his horrific childhood. Readers will remember many of Ivo’s early experiences from Gus’ book but because Ivo is so much younger than Gus, his memories are more fragmented and his experiences in the system are quite different. And while Ruan seems to be older and have himself together, his loneliness is awful and his experiences as a closeted cop are heartbreaking and thought provoking.

Almost surprisingly, this isn’t a depressing read. Ivo’s passion for his art is joyful and Ruan’s enormous cat is delightful. I love catching up with the brothers’ expanding family and I love the way the family is expanding across the series.

As a foster carer myself, this series has hit me in the heart from the start. The brothers’ experiences feel real to me and I recognise many of my own kids in the boys. There is a powerful passage in this book where Ivo tries to explain foster care to Ruan as being similar to trying to teach a dog to live in a tree. It’s a beautifully written passage that explores a brutally uncomfortable truth. I cried through this book as I have through the others – but I also love that this is a hopeful series and the brothers are survivors who create a beautiful family for themselves. This story won’t stand alone – readers will need to start at the beginning of the series – but I can’t recommend this series highly enough.


Also Available in the 415 Ink Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Rebel post.


Book 2
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Dreamspinner Press

For reviews & more info, check out our Savior post.



RHYS FORD admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger Cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep of a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hellion (415 Ink #3) by Rhys Ford to read and review.

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