Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

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Ride Hard by Laura Kaye
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (357 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

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 . . .

Ride Hard is an action packed, heart-thumping romantic suspense that leaves a reader at the edge of their seat until the last exciting chapter. The feeling of brotherhood between the men who make up the Ravens comes across loud and clear and gives this novel its gritty and realistic feel.

I liked meeting Dare and Haven. They worked well together and I enjoyed watching how they took turns taking baby steps in revealing their innermost hopes, dreams, hurts and pains. They both come from messed up backgrounds so it makes sense that they’d have a hard time not only recognizing, but admitting to being in love. Yet, each time their eyes lock, they touch, kiss or talk about peanut butter cookies, a reader can feel the emotion and passion between them.

The villain in the piece is very well drawn and he’s evil. Haven is right to be scared; her father has lost his humanity. Proof of that comes in the climactic finale. During that same scene, a reader sees just how far Haven has come in being her own person with her own will. It’s impressive writing.

The bedroom door is blasted right open and readers who enjoy scenes of high-powered, intense and powerful passion will find plenty of opportunities for satisfaction. It helps that they also help grow Haven and Dare’s romance and relationship. That’s important to me for those kinds of scenes to impress me.

Fans of Ms. Kaye should be in their happy place while reading Ride Hard . I’m a first time reader and I enjoyed myself so much that I’m interested in past books written by this author. Her style is such that the men come across as men; they work hard and play harder and when they love, it’s forever. They’re my kind of romance heroes.

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