“Hard Ride” Book Review/ Giveaway**

April 29, 2016 / 2 comments

“Hard Ride” Book Review/ Giveaway**Ride Hard by Laura Kaye
Series: Raven Riders #1
Published by Avon on April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: ARC
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A shy and distrustful woman running from a controlling ex-fiance seeks shelter with an outlaw motorcycle club with a tradition of protecting those who can't defend themselves, and falls under the watchful eye of the club's mysterious and intense leader who's intent on discovering all her secrets

Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders . . .

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before . . .

Liezel’s Thoughts:

It has been quite some time since I’ve become completely obsessed with an MC Romance  but I sure  am with Laura Kaye’s first book in her spectacular new Raven Riders series. From the very first chapter, this book had me captivated. Why? Well, let me tell you ALLLL the reasons why…

“Ride Hard” is about a young woman named Haven who runs away from home and finds solace at the Raven Riders MC Compound. From those facts alone, I was curious. I needed to know why  she was running from and if her situation would be any better considering she’s now in an MC Club.

Another thing that kept me enraptured was Laura Kaye’s MC world building.  I’ve read so many MC books and in most all are similar but NOPE, not this one. Sure there is some danger and violence involved but when you read about Dare – the Raven Riders president  goals and aspirations as a leader you can’t help but respect the man. The integrity that he demonstrates rendered me speechless. Haven is just as impressive as he is. And they are perfect together.

“You own my heart and you always will, because you taught me what love was and you showed me that life could be. You gave me wings, and they brought me right back to you. And they will always will.”

At first, there was a bit of an”ICK” factor  but when I delved further into Haven and Dare’s histories, that huge age gap didn’t matter. Both of their pasts were horrid but if you think about it whatever each had gone through – no matter how depraving, it not only made them stronger individuals but it also paved the way for them finding each other. That being said, their pairing was magnificent. Fated.

I appreciated how Laura incorporated characters from her Hard Ink Series. I haven’t read that entire series but  her inserting them appropriately into this book wants me go back and read that entire series too. All the secondary characters were remarkable as well.

The only thing I found upsetting about this book is the long wait for the second book. Don’t get me wrong, “Ride Hard” isn’t a cliffhanger. In fact, it ends  perfectly.  It’s just that these amazing characters are now ingrained into my brain that I NEED the next book NOW! I’m hoping Laura Kaye and her team doesn’t  torture us that long and decides on say  …a 10-month early release maybe? One can only hope.

The Verdict:

rating-5

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I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of my 25th novel, Ride Hard, the first book in my Raven Riders Motorcycle Club series about a new kind of MC with a protective mission. You might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! I can’t wait for you to get to know Dare, Haven, and everyone in the Raven world! And see down below for a giveaway and a bonus story offer! I hope you enjoy this excerpt from the book!

˜Laura

Excerpt from Ride Hard:

Dare jerked back from kissing Haven, his fingers rubbing roughly over his lips. “Fuck, I’m sorry.”

On instinct, Haven’s body pursued his, pinning his back to the railing. “Please don’t stop,” she said as her hands gripped his shoulders. She had the strongest urge to climb him, to wrap her legs around him, to grind against the hard bulge pressing electrically against her belly.

“Please,” she whispered, tilting her mouth toward his. “I liked it.”

Dare’s hand cupped the back of her head. “You’re killing me.”

“Dare,” she said, her body restless against his.

In a move that sent the world spinning, he flipped them around so that she was the one pinned against the railing. He pushed his legs between hers and leaned down over her, forcing her to arch her back, to yield, to open to him. “Tell me what you want from me. Say the words,” he said, his eyes absolutely on fire.

Her heart was a runaway train in her chest, frantic and picking up speed. The thought of giving voice to her desires was terrifying and thrilling and dizzying all at once.

“I want your mouth,” she said. The words sounded odder out loud than they had in her head, but they were more accurate than asking him to kiss her—because her mouth wasn’t the only place she wanted his.

“Jesus,” he rasped, his mouth coming down on hers once more.

The whimper she released was part relief, part anticipation. It had been so long since she’d kissed someone that she felt a little uncertain, but Dare’s intensity barely allowed her the capacity to worry about it. He was like a dark storm bearing down on her, relentless, magnetic, all-consuming.

Rough callouses from his hands scratched against her cheeks as he guided her. Hard breaths spilled over her lips, and the wet slide of his tongue tasted like whiskey and desire and man. Her hands found the soft length of his hair, and her breasts pushed against the hard plane of his chest.

Then her lips were freed as his mouth slid over her skin—exploring her cheek, her jaw, her ear, her neck. He hiked her up to sit on the wide railing, the move surprising a gasp out of her, especially as he crowded the space between her legs, pushing himself closer, bringing his erection against the place between her legs craving friction, hardness, so much more of him. Maybe even all of him.

One strong arm wrapped around her back and held her steady, while the other hand stroked her hair, her face, her breast. The soft groans and breathy grunts spilling out of him were delicious and thrilling, and bolstered her confidence that she wasn’t the only one losing herself in this moment, in these touches. She almost couldn’t believe this was happening, and part of her was certain she must be dreaming. Because Haven Randall didn’t have beautiful things in her life. At least, never before.

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About Laura Kaye

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.



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