Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: Revive by Nina Levine

Publication Date: 7/21/2014

Series: Storm MC #3
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb:

He doesn’t do relationships. Neither does she. But they can’t fight the attraction any longer…

Nash Walker hides the demons that consume his soul. He buries them deep and distracts himself with sex. Anything to avoid facing a past full of heartbreak and regret; anything to numb the pain that he struggles with daily.

Velvet Carr has spent years fighting her demons. It’s a fight she’s winning. That is, until Nash crashes his way into her life and into her heart. 

It started out as a bit of harmless fun between friends; it wasn’t meant to get complicated for either of them. But when two broken souls come together and arouse unwanted feelings in each other, complicated is what happens. 

Can Nash and Velvet help heal each other and revive the love in their lives that they’ve both been refusing to allow in for years? Or will they let their demons ruin any chance they may have at happiness? 

Now THIS is the book I’ve been waiting to read from Nina Levine. I think that everything that I was having issues with in this series was absolutely solved with Revive. It’s as if this book lived up to its named a Revived the series.

Nash is by far my favorite of the Storm MC men by a long shot after finishing Revive. Nash was burned in a previous relationship in more ways than one and has vowed to never settle for anything that lasts longer than a night. He’s literally haunted by his past and as a particular time of year rolls around, his demons come to the surface. Yet, his chance meeting with a stripper named Velvet has brought a new sense of peace when it comes to their budding friendship. He may tease her about sleeping with him, but deep down he knows that feelings he long since thought were lost begin to stir again for her. He knows he has to stick to his rules when it comes to protecting his heart, but it may not be up to his mind when it comes to her sway.

Velvet may be a damn fine stripper, but her job title doesn’t define her as a person. She will never be a club momma and everyone knows never to touch her without permission. Velvet is a tough as steel when it comes to her exterior and the shield wrapped so tightly around her heart. Her unlikely friendship with Nash has helped her learn how to open up to someone again after being burned in previous relationship so badly that she was left simply empty and alone. She’s been on her own and unattached for over 5 years and she’s never faltered once. That is until she meets Nash at the club. This man is an enigma wrapped up in a very sexy and appealing exterior. He wants to be her friend, but pushes her away when she simply suggests he quit his womanizing ways. Little does she know his reactions to her come from something completely different when it comes to actions of the heart. Can she weather the storm that is Nash or will she just move out and on from the club life?

Revive has literally renewed my thoughts about this series. The first two books barely made it out of the gates for me, but Revive has come bursting out from the start and leaving the other books of the series in its dust. Nash’s backstory left me an ugly crying mess and definitely made me re-evaluate his level of assholeness when he pushes Velvet away. He may be a dick sometimes, but he has his reasons. When Nash and Velvet are hot, it’s like the face of the sun melting kind of sexually compatibility. But, when he’s cold and distant, his chill could make the south pole look like a tropical paradise. I think besides the terrifically plotted backstories for the character that the emotional connection build up to them really cemented that deep seeded series and author devotion I was looking for when I started this series. I cannot wait to see if Slay will bring those same feelings back!!!!

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