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Heath (Roughneck Shorts Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Heath ‘Hitman’ Thomas (or Hotman as I call him!) works his days on the rigs but he also fights for cash. That is until he ‘wins’ Annie from his knockout fight, he was expecting cash but the forlorn woman turns up on his doorstep as payment.
Annie is really LoraLeigh but she has become this non person called Annie being passed from one man to the next as payment. She has lived a tragic life, that is, until Heath comes into her life and saves her.
This was a great short story and I liked this much better than Maverick, the first book in the series. There was a touching back story which highlights a reality that is happening to women of abuse.
I loved Heath with his hardman outer shell but his caring and sensitive side and the way he gave LoraLeigh back her self-worth. I would have loved for this to be a full length novel as the storyline was intense. A great addition to the series.
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This was a sweet and tender story with some rough edges...some content that might upset a few readers but basically just a gripping tale of learning to cope with your losses and fighting to stay alive.
A short novella that packs a powerful punch!
***** 4.5 ***** "he's got both our lives in the palm of his hand" stars
Heath is book 2 in the Roughnecks short series. It was another intensely emotional ride from author Chelsea Camaron, and a bit different than what I expected was going to happen :)
We first met Heath in book 1 of he series, and now we get to hear his story. Heath works on the oil rig by day, and is an underground fighter by night. But the unique thing about Heath as a fighter is that he doesn't do it to make money for himself… no, he does it to make money for an amazing woman's shelter. When his opponent, Professor, loses to Heath "Hitman" in a fight, he owes him a good chunk of change, and Heath expected to be paid the money he was owed. What he did not expect was Professor to send a girl as his payment.
LoraLeigh grew up with a drug addict mother. When her mom passed away when LoraLeigh was a young girl, she was left with no family or friends to care for her. Being that her mom had a debt with her dealer, LoraLeigh was then sold off to repay her debt, and this began many years of being passed around from owner to owner. She suffered from abuse and was forced to perform sexual acts which she wanted nothing to do with. With no way out she many times contemplated, and even tried, suicide, but each time was "saved". When her last owner, Professor, loses a fight to Hitman, she is once again used to pay off a debt. What she didn't expect was to find her first bit of hope in a dark, dark world when she meets Heath and his friends.
The relationship that forms between LoraLeigh and Heath was absolutely heartwarming, and I LOVED it.
There were a couple things in the story that we a little hard to believe for me personally, which I found hard to get over. One was that Heath was talking to LoraLeigh about starting a job the day after she tried to take her life. I felt like this was rushing things a bit and that if someone just attempted suicide you would at least give them a little time to recover and become more comfortable with the situation they are in.
The second was that when Heath found her in the kitchen with her wrists slit and bleeding out, I would have figured he would have reacted a little differently. He didn't seem as freaked out about it as I would imagine someone would be….he actually seemed pretty calm considering.
With that being said, I felt Chelsea did a great job with the story and look forward to the next book in the series! I absolutely love these Roughneck men, and can't wait to get my next fix. I really wish these stories were a bit longer because you do become quite a bit attached to all the characters, and I would love to hear more about their stories BUT I think it's amazing how Chelsea has been able to make you feel so attached in such a short story!!!!!
Dear Ms. Camaron,
I've never read any of your books and I wonder why. Heath was...turbulence in writing.
I wonder if you knew the emotions it would generate when you wrote it. Did you know I'd cry over LoraLeigh's plight? Did you know I would understand how welcoming death would be? I wonder if you'd seen inside my head when you wrote this, because how else would you know how much of a blessing suicide would be to a person drowning in despair?
I can't claim to have ever walked in LoraLeigh's shoes. I wasn't born to an addict, wasn't used as payment for her debt or anyone else's. I don't know what it's like to be used like I'm nothing, like I don't matter because I really don't. By all accounts, my life was normal compared to hers. But the darkness you depicted in her... I understood that. I knew that.
And it was so frightening to see it on paper.
But I love your redemption plan. I love how you brought her to Heath when you did. The timing was perfect. At the time, it probably didn't seem like it to LoraLeigh, but hindsight is twenty-twenty, you know? He was strong enough to inflict damage on her like her former "protector" but he didn't. She wasn't the payment he wanted but she was the payment he accepted. His acceptance opened a door for something unexpected, and that turned out to be the best thing for both of them.
Watching LoraLeigh heal under Heath's fierce protectiveness, caring, and admiration made me smile even as I cried. The tears weren't out of sorrow this time. I cried because recovery is a beautiful thing to witness. Seeing someone come back from the brink of despair and destruction to step into a present and potential future filled with possibility... That's amazing. And you... You did her healing justice. Thank you for that.
I don't know if you'll read this, Ms. Camaron, but if you do I hope you know how much this story means to me. I've read stories that have touched my heart, some that have touched my soul. But this one resonates in both places. Thank you for this amazing story.
(Received from Love Between The Sheets for an honest review)
Heath “Hitman” Thomas had worked in construction until the economy went to hell and now works with Maverick on an oil rig. Every day he comes home exhausted, dirty and relieved to have made it through another day. Heath’s daily life consists of f@#king, fighting and working. He could have gone professional, but fate had other plans for him. Now he trains with his mate, Wendol and fights in the underground circuit whenever he needs to.
LoraLeigh Riffel or Annie as she’s known to her captors, is counting the days. Its 2188 days since her mother’s dealer sold LoraLeigh to the highest bidder. But she never knows when that will change again. LoraLeigh writes in a notebook each day as a reminder of where she’s been and to give her strength to survive another day.
“One day, I will be more than an item to be bought or sold, won or lost. One day, I will know what it is to be a human being.”
“Daily reminder: I will survive another day. I will find hope. One day, I will be free. One day, I will be me.”
It’s now 412 days with her current owner, Pete “Professor” Charleston, another fighter. This night she is told to dress up to attend his fight. Will she be traded again tonight?
Heath is at an abandoned warehouse and warming up for his first fight of the night. It’s all a lottery, the fighter’s names are drawn out and may or may not be matched evenly, but that’s the luck of the draw. This night he wins his rounds and goes into the final round. Why does he have to fight?
LoraLeigh is told to pack up her stuff, she prays and sobs. What if the next place is worse than her first? How much more can she take? When will it end? Will LoraLeigh ever be free?
Heath comes home after a long hard days’ work to find a redheaded woman on his front porch. He’s in no mood for company and his patience is running out. All he can get out of her is, “I’m your payment”. What will Heath do?
There is a lot more to Heath than I originally thought from Maverick. He is definitely underestimated in his kindness to others and women in particular. As is the norm with Ms Camaron’s books, Heath was spectacularly written and so emotional. It wasn’t as sizzling as Maverick, but I am certainly looking forward to Lance’s story next.
Chelsea Camaron has delivered another gritty and emotional quick read that has you flipping the pages as fast as possible to see what the future holds for these characters! She delves into serious issues that may be hard to read for some, but the fact that she shows that you can overcome hardships and turn your life into something rewarding if you have faith and believe is extraordinary!
Heath works on the oil rig as a derrick-man with Maverick, but he also has another passion. He fights in an underground fight ring with lifelong friend Wendol as a way of giving back. Wendol owns a gym where he trains and together they anonymously support a local shelter for women. At one point in his life, he had a chance at the big times but it got ripped out of his grasp for a decision that he will never regret. No matter what she said, he did the right thing for her in that moment. After never being able to save Wendol's sister, taking care of women and making them feel safe and giving them a second chance at life has become a passion for Heath and Wendol.
Loraleigh, or "Annie" as she has been known forever by those men who surround her, wonders how she got to this point in her life. What happened to the dreams and fairy tales she had as a child? Nothing in her life has ever seemed easy or normal. She isn't even comfortable enough to use her own name. She keeps her possessions in a pillow case as she never knows when she will move again. She's always at the disposal of someone else and never gets to make her own decisions - she's literally a possession - a prize. She writes in a diary to give her some kind of strength, but she can't bring herself to read the entries once she's done writing. She does not know what she's living for anymore.
As Loraleigh's life is once again turned upside down and she's left on a porch of a stranger's how as his "prize", she decides she's had enough of this life. When Heath comes home from a long day at work, he finds a strange woman on his front porch. He can tell she's skittish and in desperate need to get inside. He never thought she'd be his prize - he wanted money to help out the shelter. He never saw what she did coming! How do Loraleigh and Heath learn to trust one another? Will Heath really be the one man that changes her outlook on men and on life? Will Loraleigh really be the one woman the Heath can finally help and save? Will life finally bring Loraleigh the fairytale she always dreamed of?
Enjoy this emotional rollercoaster as Chelsea delivers an impactful story that will leave you breathless! Horrors like this exist in the world and sometimes it only takes that special person to pull you out of the flames. That same person may be the one to build you back up and show you that you are truly important and valuable.
Heath and Loraleigh find their missing pieces through this heartwrenching story...
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