A Shadows of Chicago Novel
by Rose Hudson
Publication Date: May 5, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Cover Models – Lance Jones / Jurnee Lane
Cover Photographer – Calvin Smith
Cover Design – Sommer Stein
past tense: hammered; past participle: hammered
1.hit or beat (something) with a hammer or similar object.
2. informal attack or criticize forcefully and relentlessly.
Fighting has been engrained—hammered into me. It’s something I know all about, yet wish I knew nothing at all. For the last seventeen of my twenty-seven years, hurt has fueled my desire in the ring. But I want better. I’ve paid my dues. I want far away from this life. I thought I finally had my chance and then corruption threatened to take it away. I’m no stranger to challenge; it just makes me more determined to come out on top—of my world and her. She thinks we’re from opposite sides of the track, and she’s right. But we’re both blinded by pain, and I see hers. I’ve fought plenty of fights and Lydia Norberg may prove to be my strongest opponent yet.
I craved a man’s hands on me for no other reason than pure, unadulterated lust. No hidden expectations of more, just pleasure, anything to take my mind off my reality and send me into orbit around a brighter place. So I took a chance by attending an Elite party—young professionals looking for sex, no strings attached. At first glance, they all looked pretty boring until I saw him. I only knew him as Stone, no last names, no personal information exchanged; those were the rules. Little did I know, he represents everything I desire and everything I fear.
When I first started reading this book I didn’t think it was going to be my kind of book. I like going into books blind so I didn’t know a lot about it. This is my first book by Rose Hudson and well I was astonished by how much I enjoyed it. I judged Hammered all wrong because it has all those elements you love: hot alpha male, love, romance and tons of chemistry with a side of mystery and intrigue. There were many times you weren’t sure what was going to happen or you could see it going in a different direction. The female lead, Amelia, was a very independent, self-confident person. Her life didn’t revolve around being an Alpha Males plaything. She had a full life with a lot of responsibilities. Yes, she wanted to be with Stone but life sometimes life gets in the way. However, Stone steps up and tries his best to be present with her while still taking care of his life. This book has so many different aspects to it and it’s just an amazing book. But having a busy life was the main reason she meets Stone in the first place.
Ms. Hudson does a wonderful job wrapping it all up, there were times I wasn’t sure if all the different angles would be solved or even mentioned again (because that has been known to happen) but not with Hammered, all your questions will be answered. I don’t know how else to describe all the different things about this book that I just loved. It took me less than 24 hours to read Hammered because I literally sat down to read it and refused to stop until I was finished. I didn’t want it to end. I will be putting Rose Hudson on my favorite author list and checking out all her books! Great Job Ms. Hudson!
About Rose Hudson
Born and raised southern girl.
Mother, Wife, and lover of all things music, books and good people. Self-proclaimed number one fan of Scott Eastwood and Highly Suspect. When she isn’t tending to all of the above, you can find her reading, writing, or recording audiobooks.