Ride HardSeries: Raven Riders #1
by Laura Kaye
Published by HarperCollins, Avon on April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 . . .
Laura Kaye has ended her Hard Ink series but it is living on, in part, in her new Raven Riders series. And even if you haven’t read any of the Hard Ink books, you will have no problem “fitting in” with this bike club.
Ms. Kaye does a great job of introducing this new series by starting with the motorcycle club first and then going back and explaining it’s relationship to the boys from the Hard Ink books later on in the story. The first time reader can get committed and immersed into this story. And it’s a pretty great story, too.
[pullquote]To say that Haven Randall’s escape plans were not going as she’d hoped was quite possibly the understatement of the century.”[/pullquote]
I have not read a more accurate first sentence to a book in a long time, nor does a sentence sum up the setting as well! Haven and her best friend Cora are currently hiding out with the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club after being rescued by the club after their escape from their families goes a wee bit off the rails.
Haven is eternally grateful to the “family” in the club and tries to help out all she can in the kitchen but she’s pretty shy and has lived an extremely sheltered life up until now under her ruthless father’s control. So she spends most of her time hiding in her room.
Dare Kenyon, the club president, returns with the rest of his crew after the big showdown with the Hard Ink crew. He’s tired, stressed, and just wants to sleep. But he has to make an appearance at the club celebration. Girls are hitting on him but right now his bed is more appealing. He lives and breathes for his crew and for making amends for a time in his life when he didn’t save the lives of two people who meant the world to him.
That’s why when he meets Haven, he feels a strong desire to protect her.
Of course a romance wouldn’t be a romance if Dare’s feelings didn’t start going farther. And gosh darn it, it’s the most inconvenient time for both Dare and Haven to be involved with each other. I mean, Haven is on her way to a new life. And Dare’s life isn’t exactly a safe one.
How the heck will this end well?
I was never a big fan of Ms. Kaye’s previous Hard Ink series but I really like what she did with her characters this time around. They have a ton of depth and aren’t typical (read: are not boring). We don’t learn about Dare’s past until halfway through the story, which isn’t typical, and I actually liked it that way! It explained all his past and future motivations perfectly.
Haven, for her part, was a unique character because despite being scarred and naive, she had a backbone when it was called for. She also knew what she wanted in the bedroom…. and went for it! That was completely refreshing!
I really, REALLY enjoyed the start to this motorcycle club series and I’m really looking forward to other “family member’s” books. Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of Ms. Kaye’s Hard Ink series, I’m a convert to her way of writing romance – I believe in the bad good guy 😉