Ride Hard (Raven Riders # 1) by Laura Kay ~ 4.5 Stars
“A shy and distrustful woman running from a controlling ex-fiancé 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
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 . .”
WHOA!!! I finished this baby in one sitting. Very different genre than what I read of Laura Kaye’s books in the past! Loved it! Motorcycle ALPHA hero and younger abused broken heroine. Very INTENSE plot with some incredibly SEXY main characters as well as interesting secondary characters.
I fell in love with Laura’s writing in Hearts in Darkness and Love in the Light so when I had a chance to read Ride Hard I jumped in with both feet. Let’s just say Laura Kaye does not disappoint. I was surprised by the genre of this book – a bit darker subject matter. I am always in awe of authors who can write all kind of different genres – Laura is one of them. It’s her amazing talent in writing that sucks me into the story.
“You own my hear and you always will, because you taught me what love was and you showed me what life could be.”
Haven ran away from her abusive father but got herself into trouble with another gangs group. Luckily, she escaped death and was rescued by the Raven. The Raven provides food, shelter, and a new identity for Haven and her best friend Cora. Haven is scared from years of abuse so she is weary of strangers. It’s difficult to break down her wall. Deep down Haven wants desparately to belong to someone. Dare is the president of the group. He is a sexy, tattooed, don’t mess with me kind of guy but his bark is bigger than his bite. Dare has a dark painful past which makes it hard for him to get attached to anyone, much less someone he loves. But staying away from the sweet, innocent, pale skinned, beautiful long haired Haven proves hard to do. To Dare, Haven is beautiful, sweet yet sexy and provocative. As much as Dare resists – the chemistry between Dare and Haven is undeniable. The author did an amazing job with the attraction between the two – very gritty and sensual. Dare is extremely ALPHA, moody, hard-edged but very protective of what he thinks is his. He is a good, caring, big softy at heart. His mission is to help Haven and her friend. Gah!!!! I can swoon over this hero!
“Fears developed in your most formative years died hard, slow deaths.”
The story gets more intense though. Haven’s father is out looking for her so you know something is going to go down – I was on the edge of my seat the whole time waiting for the sh*t to hit the fan. MC romance typically is not my favorite but I really LOVE this story – the hero is a really sweet guy – I mean besides rescuing Haven, Dare was helping Haven fulfill her bucket list. Totally endearing right? … What else do I need after that? I like that their romance is slow and innocent at first before it gets a whole lot sexier towards the end. I also enjoyed the character Cora – she seems like a very strong person, loyal, and a good friend. I am excited to see what happens next in Ride Rough.
“One day, one night, on ride at a time.”
So if you are looking for MC, alpha male, broken heroine, sweet and sexy romance with a touch of nerve-wracking intense story of survival this is the book for you. I loved it and I highly recommended it.