Series: Raven Riders #1
Published by Avon on April 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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!).