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Review: Ride Rough by Laura Kaye

Ride RoughTitle: Ride Rough

Author: Laura Kaye

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Raven Riders (Book #2)

Publication Date: April 25, 2017

Format: Paperback, 480 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062403389 (Avon)

ISBN-13: 978-0062403384 (Avon)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders…

Maverick Rylan won’t apologize for who he is—the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he’ll move heaven and earth to save her.

Alexa Harmon thought she had it all—the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancé who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she’s fallen for a façade she can’t escape—until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.

Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chance—one Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiancé isn’t going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.

Quick & Dirty: A relationship that is going all wrong and even dangerous, can the flame from her past save her?

Opening Sentence: Alex Harmon tore out of her car and ran into the house, her high heels clicking against the concrete of the three-car garage and then the travertine tiles of the hallway and kitchen.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Alexa should be happy. She is two weeks away from marrying the man of her dreams, but instead, she feels sick to her stomach. A week ago they got into a fight and she tripped over a box and bruised her face, and he hadn’t helped her at all. He blamed her for it so Alexa ran to Maverick, her ex, and the Vice President of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. She ended up feeling embarrassed so she hadn’t really told him anything.

Now she is trying her best to follow Grant’s rules and keep everything good until the night he physically throws her out of their house. At that point Alexa has had enough, she can’t make any more excuses or justify his behavior. Maverick knows that guy is bad news so he has been keeping an eye on Alexa, when he sees her walking in the rain he brings her back to his house. Maverick is hopeful that she will be done with Grant, and that maybe they will have a future again.

However, he knows that a guy like that isn’t done with Alexa yet, and he vows to protect her. But as Grant continues to call, harass and stalk her will Maverick be able to keep her safe? Will they lose everything in the fight against Grant?

Ever since SOA, I have a very special place in my heart for motorcycles and smoking hot men… and Laura Kaye doesn’t fail on delivery. Whew, I love me some good bad boys… and Maverick takes the cake. Tattoos, long hair, and like the perfect book boyfriend, you can’t ask for more out of a romance novel. I especially like the portrayal of the beginning stages of abuse. Not that I like abuse, but I do like when authors highlight in a realistic and authentic manner. It isn’t always physical, but it almost always starts with the controlling, and the temper and the fear. Plus, showing a strong confident woman like Alexa as being vulnerable to abuse just shows that even if you don’t think it can happen to you, it can.

I will be honest, I didn’t like Grant before I actually even met him on the pages of this book, and I didn’t feel sorry for him at all. I am going to have to check out the other books in the series, romance isn’t my go-to genre these days, but I still really enjoy a well-written smoking hot romance and this fit the bill.

Notable Scene:

A nauseating flutter of nerves rushed through her when they returned to the clubhouse. The way Maverick had been when they left the restaurant, there was was no way he wasn’t going to be enraged at Grant’s efforts to blackmail Alexa into giving in. And at the same time she hated to do anything that might pull the Raven’s further into this mess.

Raven Riders Series:

0.5 Hard as Steel

1. Ride Hard

2. Ride Rough

3. Ride Wild (October 31, 2017)

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FTC Advisory: Avon provided me with a copy of Ride Rough. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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