Rating: 2 stars out of 5
After years of running wild, Linc might’ve finally run out of road.
After a brutal capture at the hands of the Heathens Motorcycle Club, Linc is just trying to heal, mentally and physically. But he’s got men in his life who are complicating everything. There’s Mercy—a Havoc MC biker and the man he is falling fast for—plus an undercover ATF agent and a rogue Havoc member.
But Mercy’s keeping him at arm’s length, and Linc is spinning. In an attempt to regain his equilibrium, he heads to the bar where he first met Mercy. Night after night, he escapes Havoc bonds and continues down his merry path of mayhem . . . mainly in the hopes that Mercy will give chase.
Since Linc’s capture by his old MC, Mercy’s been dealing with the fallout of his guilt. He’s trying to give Linc space and still watch over him—all without Linc’s knowledge. But with Linc’s old job calling and a threat to Havoc MC heating up, can they make their way back together?
I have to admit that it has been a while since I have read one of S.E. Jakes stories, bothin this series and in the Hell or High Water series, but if this novel is any indication, I’m just not remembering them right. I had anticipated coming into this a taut, well written, somewhat kinky romance with some brutal and suspensful elements.
But instead Running on Empty (Havoc #3) by S.E. Jakes came full of errors in editing and continuity that I had to double check to see that I hadn’t been sent a pre-edited copy. I hadn’t. Ot just plain elements in the plot and characters that had me putting Kindle down in amazement, and not in a good way. When you are stopping to think “who treats their main characters that way” mid paragraph, you know the story isn’t going well. Perhaps that should be going down well.
Although, most of Linc’s torture in captivity is not described in graphic detail, you get enough details to know what happened to this man for months, months of relentless torture. Mental, physical, emotional abuse of the most horrific you can imagine, including gang rape, over and over. He is hospitalized and then released. Later he’s approached and agrees to resume his undercover work. Now, he’s suffering from extreme nightmares, obviously has PTSD but has anyone, including his handler said he must come in for a Psych Evaluation? Because perhaps he’s too messed up to continue as a agent let alone one ready for the mental and emotional rigors of undercover work? Nope.
Nor will we get into the relationship between Linc and Mercy coming off months of torture.
This is definitely not a standalone novel and should be read as part of the entire series. So before you read this, make sure you have a foundation by reading the previous stories first. That will get you into the mindset of the MC universe and these characters. Then continue on if you want. For me, this story just has far too many issues in it to be an enjoyable read. Maybe I’ll return to the author’s Hell or High Water series, a group of novels I remember as being far more entertaining.
Cover art: L.C. Chase. It’s a fitting cover for this story, motorcycle and all, although that’s about the only element.
ebook, 204 pages
Published April 29th 2019 by Riptide Publishing
Original Title Running on Empty
Edition Language English