Narrator: Jim Frangione
Length: 14 hr 20 mins
Series: Torpedo Ink #4
Published by Berkley on July 7, 2020
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Torpedo Ink is Aleksei “Absinthe” Solokov’s whole life. They’re his brothers, his family—his everything. But that doesn't stop him from wanting something that only belongs to him. That’s why the tough biker has spent the last six weeks at the library, reading every book he can get his hands on and watching the prim and proper librarian who makes his blood rush.
For the past six weeks, Scarlet Foley has been fantasizing about the handsome, tattooed man whose eyes follow her every move. She senses he's dangerous. She wants him to get close enough to touch. She wishes she could let him know the real woman, not the one she pretends to be. But Scarlet has a plan to carry out, and she can’t afford any distractions.
Absinthe is well aware that Scarlet is hiding something. She’s a puzzle he intends to solve, piece by intoxicating piece…
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The Torpedo Ink series is one I look forward to every installment. This series is really intense in both relationships and the characters themselves. They fight the most incomprehensible crime at the same time as dealing with their many demons. The family that is growing is strong and they are bonded so intensely.
Absinthe has the ability to speak and comfort his brothers and sisters. However he pays the price by taking on those demons himself. He finds peace from the demons in his head in libraries. This is just where he comes across a woman who can make him react like has never been possible. Absinthe and Scarlet come together hard. Both holding practically the same abilities. But Scarlet is not your regular librarian and she fascinates Absinthe.
The goal of Torpedo Ink in Desolation Road, is mainly to keep Scarlet safe. They do run a quick job for another club, I think on the verge of revealing themselves to this club. However, most of the story dealt with Absinthe and Scarlet’s relationship and what each of them had gone through.
Normally, I get engrossed in the intensity of both the goals of Torpedo Ink as well as the personal relationships. I felt like Absinthe and Scarlet just got to the point of being a bit uncomfortable. I loved them, but the amount of time we spent with them seemed to drag a bit. This series seems to be meant to keep you in an uncomfortable headspace, so when immersed it in for long periods without a break is somewhat exhausting.
However, I did really enjoy Absinthe and Scarlet’s story, and the conclusion left me cheering ecstatically. I was really hoping Reckless Road would be Alena’s book, but I’ll take Player’s as well. I’m excited for the next installment!