Book Reviews

Hellion (415 Ink 3) by Rhys Ford at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Officers of the Law / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 19-September-2019

Book Blurb

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. 


Book Review

“Because I promised someone one day I’d dance in them for him,” Ivo whispered, his face going pale beneath the odd glow from the streetlamp. “Tonight was that night, and I wasn’t going to let any fucking asshole who thinks his dick is a gift from God stop me. Not tonight. Not ever.” ~ Ivo Rogers

I didn’t know what to expect of Ivo’s story. It would be so easy for me to gush about how much I love him and that he’s always been a favorite from day one but, in reality, I didn’t expect to have anything in common with him. Imagine my surprise when I could so totally relate to his feelings about being the youngest of five, the fact that he’ll always be the baby, and how overprotective his siblings are. Granted, they had every right to be, but sometimes trying to make your voice heard in a roomful of strong personalities is just an utter sh*t-show.

“Just don’t forget what I said. If this guy can’t celebrate your weird, he doesn’t deserve jack shit from you, and any one of us will be more than happy to show him the door.” ~ Gus

The fact that Ruan and Ivo have issues to work through didn’t come as a surprise. I mean, I’ve read the first two books in the series and these brothers all have trauma of one kind or another. Add in that Ruan is a cop who is older than Ivo and wasn’t raised in a warm, comforting, “it’s okay to be gay” home, and I knew the tone of this book from the moment I began reading. In no way, shape, or form, however, did that detract from my enjoyment.

“Loving Ivo meant loving all of Ivo, exactly as he was, however he presented himself on any particular day, because it didn’t change the man inside. His appearance simply was what he was feeling, and sometimes maybe gave him a bit of armor on the days he needed it the most.” ~ Ruan

I expected the feels from this story. What I didn’t anticipate was the slow-moving warmth that infused my entire system as I read their love story. It was so much more, and a little less if I’m honest, than I thought it would be. I loved revisiting all the brothers and the author has truly packed this story full of some wonderful Easter eggs that were a constant delight to find. She also left me salivating for the next book with a lovely little teaser at the end. Until next time, Rhys, thank you.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 201 pages/84871 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-September-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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