Yes, the badass bikers can seem intimidating, but they are all just a bunch of teddy bears.: BOOK REVIEW of Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

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“Put a tray of cookies out and the Ravens were like a bunch of eight-year-olds, not a clubhouse full of hard-ass bikers.”

Synopsis: 

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 . . .

My Thoughts:

I read Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series last year and I absolutely loved it! It was a military romantic suspense reads with all kinds of steamy romance and secret conspiracies. I did not realize that her Raven Riders series was a spinoff of Hard Ink until I started reading it or else I would have read this way sooner! You don’t have to read the Hard Ink books in order to enjoy this one, but I recommend it just because I loved them!

The Story. Ride Hard is a motorcycle club romantic suspense, but it is not as dark as some of the MC club books that I have read. It was still very good though. The plot and the writing were on point and I loved the feeling of family that MC books have. Yes, the badass bikers can seem intimidating, but they are all just a bunch of teddy bears. There are some amazing characters in this series that I can’t wait to learn more about. I felt the book had a good pace to it and the suspenseful parts kept me edgy and the steamy parts kept me hot.

Dare. Dare is 37 and devoting his life to his club. Dare has an awful past that made me want to cry, but he turned his past into something so incredible. I very much admired Dare for his beliefs and his protectiveness to defend those who can’t defend themselves. Dare’s world gets flipped upside down when he spots a tiny blonde with hair all the way down to her waist and no makeup on her face. Haven surprises him in all the right ways. He finds himself lost in her and thinking about her all of the time. He knows he can’t get attached, but sometimes fate has other ideas.

Haven. I loved Haven as a character. She was sassy and pure and so full of life. With the shit hand she had been dealt, she turns it around and makes the most out of life. She writes down a list of dreams and wants that she was never able to have before running away from her abusive father. She wanted to do things like skydive and have her own big kitchen one day. I loved reading how she slowly came out of her shell and found her place among this crazy MC club. Haven was very generous and selfless, especially when she didn’t have to be.

The Relationship. These two were fire and gasoline from the get go, despite Haven’s shy nature and being 15 years younger than Dare. They found safety and strength with each other. However, they both knew that they could never work out with Haven’s past always trying to catch her and Dare’s club always in the middle of danger. I loved the sense of friendship and vulnerability these two and together. The ending for this book….oh it was good. I really need more of them!

I highly recommend this book for those who love: motorcycle clubs, romantic suspense, contemporary, sweet, sassy heroines, and protective heroes.

Overall Rating: ★★★★/★★★★★

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