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Luciana -- All I’ve known is pain and suffering at the hands of men -- even from my father, a man who was supposed to love and protect me. I’ve survived, nothing less and nothing more. When I’m dropped off with a club of bikers, I figure it’s more of the same. I’ll do as I’m told, make sure I please them, and hope one day I’ll find a way to escape. There is only one thing that could ever break me, and I’m scared of what will happen when the club learns my secret. Will they return me to my father? Or will I be used to broker yet another deal?
It never occurred to me the President of Hades Abyss would be my salvation, or that I would fall in love with him. I never knew men could be honorable and kind. He’s all gruff and domineering, but under that rough exterior I can see the heart of gold he tries to hide.
Spider -- Assassin Casper VanHorne, Picasso of wet work and pain in my ass, has asked my club to take in two Colombian princesses. Well, he didn’t use the term princesses, but I have no doubt they’ll be spoiled little bitches. The first time I see Luciana and her sister, I think I’ve got them pegged just right -- until I look in Luciana’s eyes and see the fear she’s trying to hide. Something isn’t right. I know it deep in my gut.
I never once thought a woman nearly forty years younger than me could ever captivate me, but the more I get to know her, the more Luciana holds me spellbound. I didn’t want to fall in love, didn’t want a woman in my life… but sometimes the Fates know better than a mere mortal man, and Luciana is exactly what I need. When her father demands her return, I vow to keep her safe. No fucking way I’ll let the sick bastards who hurt her get their hands on her again. Now that she’s mine, I’ll march into hell if need be in order to keep her by my side.
WARNING: This book contains bad language, graphic sex, violence, a heroine who has been physically and sexually abused, and an alpha male who will get vengeance at any cost.
Praise for Spider (Hades Abyss MC 1)
"Spider is one character who has intrigued me... The story of Spider and his love is one I have been waiting for quite some time. And the wait was well worth it. Spider is quite a bit older than Luciana. And reading this story was a blast. The heat and chemistry are present between both of them... the climax and prologue surprised me but reading this story was well worth everything."
-- 4 Stars from Sorrel, Long and Short Reviews
"A captivating, suspenseful, and endearing journey to go on with Spider and Luciana. There was an age difference, but it didn’t matter at all between them, in fact it was not even noticeable. Luciana felt safe and cared for, that was all that mattered. What Luciana and her sisters endured was horrific but this story was written with respect and understanding. Makes you believe that you can find love no matter what your past was like, or how old you are. I loved every single moment of this story."
-- 5 Stars from A. Fernandez, Amazon Review
"Luciana... Spider kindles something in her that she didn’t think possible. Yeah, Spider is a lot older than Luciana but he treats her like she is the best thing in the world and she is. These two have a connection that is undeniable. I love that we got to see the other MCs too. There is a craziness that happens when her father wants her back. You know down the line more evil will come to the group. But for now, they are building strength and love."
-- 5 Stars from Jan, Amazon Review
"This books has triggers... but it shows that with the right man anything can happen. Spider and his lil' lady went through some major things, but came out [at the] end with an HEA. This book had my favorite things with:
1) major sexy older alpha
2) a damsel in distress
3) a love like no other.
I can't wait to see what else happens!"
-- 5 Stars from Autumn Tate, Amazon Review
"Wow this book was a doozy, it took me on an emotional ride I thought would never stop. Luciana is the most, amazing strong and fierce person I've never read about, she made it and she will continue to survive, Spider is just amazing himself! Who says you can't find love in any ages! 5 Stars!"
-- 5 Stars from Fabiola Cadet-Destil, Amazon Review
"There are triggers. Abuse in any form is horrendous. But it does happen. As Ms. Wylde states different people react differently. I loved Spider and Luciana. As the first book of HAMC, I can honestly say it totaled and thoroughly enjoyed every word!"
-- 5 Stars from DragonWolf, Amazon Review
"Another amazing book in this series. Loved the story, loved the characters. Very intense action, kept me engaged and sometimes on the edge of my seat. Can't wait for the next book."
-- 5 Stars from Nadine B., Amazon Review
"This has to be one of my favorite books written by Harley. I literally had tears at the end! Definitely recommend reading this book and all others by Harley."
-- 5 Stars from Holley Oakes, Amazon Review
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Spider (Hades Abyss MC 1)
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Copyright ©2019 Harley Wylde
I had shit to do, business to handle for the club, and where the fuck was I? At the airstrip outside of town, waiting on Casper Fucking VanHorne and the little Colombian bitches I’d agreed to take in -- temporarily. I’d left out that last part, but no way were some rich little princesses going to stick around my club for long. I’d do everything in my power to run their asses out of there. I understood Casper’s reasoning behind the major favor he’d asked of my club, but it didn’t mean I had to like it.
The jet touched down and moved down the runway. When it came to a stop, I folded my arms over my chest and waited. Rocket and Fangs were with me, along with a Prospect who’d brought the SUV to transport the little divas. It seemed to take forever before they were on the ground and heading toward us.
The younger one appeared terrified, her eyes wide and her hands clutched in front of her, almost as if she worried someone would jump out at her. The eldest held her shoulders back, her chin lifted at a defiant angle, but her lips were pressed tightly together. Neither appeared to be the overly confident young ladies I’d expected. Despite the bravado of the eldest, they both seemed a few seconds away from running in the opposite direction.
What the hell had I gotten myself and my club into this time? Rocket had agreed to house the younger one. We didn’t exactly have a bunch of women running around to help care for them, nor was I going to leave them unattended. Since his younger sister had lived with him until she’d passed, he’d seemed like the best choice. At least he knew how to handle a teenage girl. Rocket pushed off his bike and walked toward them, stopping in front of the youngest.
“Violeta, right?” he asked.
She nodded, her lip quivering.
“I’m Rocket. You’ll be staying with me. Do you speak English?”
“Yes.” Her voice was soft and slightly accented. “I will be good to you.”
Rocket frowned and looked at me, but I didn’t know what the fuck she was talking about. Maybe her English wasn’t as great as she thought. I just shrugged and waited on the older one to reach me.
“Luciana, I’m Spider,” I said.
“I know who you are. I’ve been informed I’ll be living in your house.”
“Yes. I have a room set up for you. Where’s your shit?” She stared at me blankly. “Your clothes? Shoes? Jewelry or whatever the fuck else women pack when they move?”
She shrugged a shoulder. “Our father didn’t deem it necessary to send us with more than an overnight bag. We each have two changes of clothes.”
“Casper,” I said, a bit of growl to my voice as I stared at the man responsible for this shitstorm. “What the fuck?”
“I’ll provide each of them with a shopping allowance to buy the necessities. After that, they’re your problem.” Casper arched a brow, as if daring me to utter a word of complaint. “Once my jet is refueled, I have someplace to be.”
There was a flash of fear in Luciana’s eyes, but I tried to dismiss it -- and the tightening in my gut. There was something incredibly wrong, but I couldn’t quite figure it out. I would in time, but right this moment, I needed to get these two home and settled. Rocket curved his arm around the smaller of the two and led her over to the SUV, leaning down to speak to her.
If Luciana needed coddling, she’d have to get it elsewhere. I waved my hand and she started to follow Rocket and her sister. The Prospect grabbed their small bags and loaded them into the SUV.
Fangs folded his arms and watched them. “Something’s off. Like really fucking off.”
I completely agreed, and I didn’t like it. Casper hadn’t made it a secret that he had plans for Mateo Gomez and was merely playing nice. Didn’t mean I wanted my club mixed up in this shit, but with the promise of a favor from the notorious assassin, I couldn’t exactly say no. With some of the shit my club dealt with, having a guy like Casper VanHorne at your back could mean the difference in coming back home on your own two legs or in a body bag. But as I watched the two young women get into the SUV, saw the haunted look in their eyes, I had to wonder just what the fuck was going on.
The Prospect climbed into the SUV once the women were secure, and he waited while the rest of us mounted our bikes. I took point with Fangs, and Rocket pulled up at the rear. I didn’t expect trouble, and yet I was always cautious, even in my own damn town. The compound was just outside the city limits, a few minutes down a two-lane highway. This part of Missouri didn’t get a lot of traffic, but after my son was in an accident along with a Dixie Reaper and the Reaper’s woman, I’d learned not to trust even those who lived near the compound. Anyone could be bought for the right price, except my officers. I’d trust them with my life, along with the other patched members of my club.
As we approached the gates to the compound, our newest Prospect, a kid who was quickly proving himself, let us in with a wave. Teller Reed was a good kid once you got through the tough skin he’d grown in order to survive. I had high hopes for him, and since he’d asked to prospect I’d seen a lot of improvement. We’d make a man of him, eventually.
The Hades Abyss compound had changed a bit over the years. After seeing the setup at the Dixie Reapers and Devil’s Boneyard, I’d decided to improve a few things. Most of the homes had been small before, but now all officers had large houses. We’d also added a pool and picnic area, even though none of us had families. I’d seen the look in a few of the men’s eyes and knew they’d settle down if they found the right woman. We’d all been hardcore bachelors long enough. Not to mention the family-oriented area was nice when my son visited with my grandson.
Fangs went straight to the clubhouse, but the rest of us continued farther into the compound. We took the winding road toward my home and I pulled into the carport. I shut off my bike and waited as Luciana got out of the SUV. The Prospect, Marcus, grabbed her bag and waited for instructions. He’d only been with us about eight months, but he showed promise.
“Put her bag in the guest room,” I said with a nudge of my chin toward the front porch. Marcus hastened to obey while I studied Luciana.
Her hair was pulled up on top of her head in a messy knot, and she didn’t have so much as a speck of makeup on her face. She was young. Really damn young, even though I’d been assured she was twenty-one. That made her forty years younger than me. I was old enough to be her fucking grandfather.