Review: Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

Review: Ride Hard by Laura KayeRide Hard by Laura Kaye
Series: Raven Riders #1
Published by Avon on April 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon

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 . . .

Okay, first, can we take a minute to admire this cover. Because I love it! It’s so hot. Now to my thoughts on the book.

There are just some books that suck me in immediately, and make it impossible to put the book down, which is how I would describe Ride Hard by Laura Kaye. I started reading and simply couldn’t stop. I stayed up way too late read this one. Ride Hard was one unputdownable book, however I found it to be a bit crazy, too.

As I mentioned, Ride Hard is impossible to put down. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. Haven and her best friend have found a safe spot to stay with the Raven Riders, a motorcycle club that also helps those in need, particularly women. Haven is on the run from her crazy crime boss dad. Because she’s temporarily staying at the Ravens’ clubhouse she meets the club’s president, Dare. They are super attracted to each other from pretty much their first meeting.

Laura Kaye does a great job of showing the chemistry between Dare and Haven. I could feel the chemistry, and I totally wanted them to be together. However, I did feel like the romance was lacking a bit. Not terribly so, but I would have really liked some more soft moments between them. There were also some times where I got a little annoyed with both Dare and Haven, and wanted them to actually talk to each other and decide what they really wanted to do.

I will admit that I was a bit apprehensive about reading Ride Hard because it focuses on a motorcycle club, and I don’t find that premise very appealing. While I’m still not a big fan of the whole motorcycle club setting, it didn’t bother me much in Ride Hard. However, there was one bit that I was not a fan of. The Ravens came into possession of a lot of weapons. Guns, AK-47s, etc. and they decide to sell them instead of turning them over to the police. I admit, I can be kind of black and white when it comes to things, but that wasn’t okay with me. They are selling them to basically a motorcycle gang. People will be hurt, or possibly murdered with those weapons. But that is a small part of the novel.

Ride Hard was very fast paced, and action heavy, however I did feel like the ending was a bit of a let down after so much buildup to the confrontation. One more negative with Ride Hard was the constant use of the phrase “fists in the wind” to explain that Dare was riding his motorcycle. I’ll admit, that phrase does depict the right image, but once was enough. I didn’t need to read it over and over again. This is another small thing, though.

Ride Hard is a fast paced, action-packed, romance with lots of sexy-times. I couldn’t put this book down, and I do want to read more by Laura Kaye (I have since read some of her Hard Ink books and I LOVE those!).


13 Responses to “Review: Ride Hard by Laura Kaye”

  1. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    She’s one of my favorites! I couldn’t do her Hard Ink books. They just didn’t have her normal feel for me so I stopped reading those and skipped this since it was a spin. I do miss her older series. I totally get ya when you say unputdownable. They’re so easy to devour 😀

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I’ve only read this book, and some of her Hard Ink stories. I am actually loving the Hard Ink books. I’m sorry they weren’t working for you. I’ve been listening to them on audio and I think the narrator is great. I will have to check out older titles now. Any one in particular you loved?

      • anna@herding cats & burning soup

        Happens sometimes with favorite authors and I think when you come into their books can make a difference. I know a lot who loved these but for me they don’t have her feel to them. *shrugs* My favorite of hers is Hearts in Darkness. It’s a novella and semi-erotic. Amazing characters and very different setting. I like her paranormal series as well (heart of the anemoi I think is the name of it). 😀

  2. Sophia Rose

    Hmmm, so it’s great in the sense you wanted to keep reading, but there was stuff that distracted. I still need to read her Hard Ink series and then maybe I’ll get to these.

  3. Nick

    I was debating whether this one would be for me. I haven’t read anything by the author yet. I like the sound of all that chemistry between them and also the fact that you had a hard time putting the book down, but I’ll admit the not talking part of the relationship would drive me crazy. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves in romance novels when I don’t get to see the emotional connection.
    I might get this if it’s on sale as an e-book version.
    Great review, Quinn!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I’ve since read a lot of her Hard Ink series, and I recommend them so much more than this book. They impossible to put down, but I loved the romance more. It’s pretty intense, and there is a lot of action, but still the romance just touched me. Even the novella is amazing!

  4. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    It is always great when you come across a book that just won’t let you put it down. I haven’t read any books by this author and I may give this one a pass since motorcycle books are not my thing. But, I know she has a fantasy romance series so maybe I’ll use those to give her a try. I’m glad you liked this even if it had some issues. The selling gun things would bother me as well.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I don’t like the whole motorcycle club thing either. They’re like these boy’s clubs for old guys. I have been loving her Hard Ink series, though.

  5. Lover Of Romance

    oh I really loved this one!!! I love a author that I can’t put down….for me thats a pretty big deal since it doesn’t happen with every author.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      This was definitely hard to put down. I have just been devouring her Hard Ink series, though. I LOVE THOSE! I have read the Nick, Mars, and Easy’s stories so far.

  6. Nereyda

    I’ve never read a book by this author but I do really love this cover and I’ve been in the mood for a good romance book with sexy times 🙂

  7. Alexa

    It sounds like this was a good motorcycle club book. I have read so many of these type of books where the man is a jerk and the club does everything to make the woman feel that she is just less than them in every way. I am really glad to see that this type of book might finally be getting away from that.
    Thanks for the great review!

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