Ride Hard (Raven Riders)

26100038._SY475_Ride Hard
by Laura Kaye
Release Date:  April 26, 2016
Publisher: Avon
Book #1 in the Raven Riders series
Number of Pages:  384
Source:  MCL
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating:  XXX
Read 6/11/20 to 6/13/20


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 . . .

This story gets intense! It starts off sweet with a beautiful connection between Dare and Haven. Once Haven’s past comes back to haunt her, there’s no stopping the freight train that rolls through the Raven Riders.

As I said, it’s undeniable that Haven and Dare have a connection. Their chemistry comes off the pages and kept me wanting to see more of them together on the page. Not that we don’t get that, I just wanted them to constantly be together because I’m greedy like that.  Haven has been through a lot in her short life. In some ways she’s sheltered, but in most ways she has seen more than most people in her short life so has a very old soul. There’s a significant age difference between these two but it works. Dare also had it rough as a kid and has always felt as if he has to be a protector. That’s a big reason why this relationship works.

I was already falling in love with the Raven Riders (and their families) from reading the Hard Ink series, this story cemented the whole lot of them in my heart. Their mission and their morals are wonderful. They truly have each other’s backs and the best interest of their community at heart.

While the love story part of this book starts off as a sweet flirtation, once these two open up to one another things go nuclear. But there are hurdles along the way. Both Haven and Dare make some decisions that aren’t in the best interest of their relationship, but out of concern and caring for the other…trying to do what’s best.

And speaking of nuclear, I wasn’t kidding when I said this one is intense.  We get to meet up with the Hard Ink gang again, which is always fun. Just know, once they show up on the scene you’ll want to make sure you have some uninterrupted reading time. You will not want to put this book down. It’s emotional, tragic, heart-stopping action.

Now that I’ve gotten to know more of this crew (gang?), I’m looking forward to watching them all get their HEAs.

4.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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