on April 26th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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 . . .
I have actually been on the search for a good biker book for awhile and since it is one of my favorite genres and I’ve enjoyed author Laura Kaye’s writing before, I was ready to dive head first into Ride Hard.
Haven Randall’s life has always been very sheltered, with her father making most decisions for her and even arranging a marriage that would help advance his criminal organization. On the run from his controlling ways, Haven and her best friend Cora end up being saved by a member of the Raven’s Riders MC and find temporary shelter within the club. But their safe passage might be temporary, since every gang and criminal is on the look out for Haven- due to the big reward her father as put on her safe return to him.
“I just usually except the worst. That way it doesn’t hurt as much when it happens.”
Dare Kenyon has three things he loves and cherishes. His club. His brothers. His family. Having grown up inside an outlaw MC, Dare president of Raven’s Riders, knew exactly how he wanted his club run- which was the exact opposite of how he grew up. The Ravens serve others, by “fighting for those that can’t fight for themselves and by defending those who can’t defend themselves.” So of course he is more than willing to help Haven and Cora, but what Dare never expected was to fall for Haven; and soon, he is seeking comfort and love from her.
“Just try to remember that those who’ve seen the most ugliness are also most able to recognize beauty. It comes down to trusting yourself as much as other people.”
Ride Hard is more of a second chance romance with some aspects of suspense and angst. While it did hold my attention, it wasn’t exactly the gritty, raw and emotional MC book that I was craving. Also, I found the first 20-25% a little bit slow, but thankfully I stuck with it and it picked up! If you are a fan of Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series, you get to meet up with several of the characters from these books (although it isn’t necessary to read them- I haven’t and I wasn’t confused or lost at all) in Ride Hard. This is the first book in the Raven Rider’s series and the next book will be about Maverick Rylan, the club’s VP.
“Haven Randall was maddening. Sweet, yet sexy, innocent yet provocative. Beautiful yet seemingly unaware of what she was doing to him.”