Series: Raven Riders #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, Edelweiss
Also in this series: Ride Wild, Ride Dirty
Also by this author: Her Forbidden Hero, Theirs to Take, Ride Wild, Ride Dirty, Fighting for Everything
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.
Ride Rough by Laura Kaye takes 1 part second chance romance, 1 part MC club, a dash of crazy exes and delivers pure reading bliss!
Why have I not read this series yet? Bigger question? Why have I not read Laura Kaye yet!? Why hasn’t someone told me???? Ride Rough was super swoony and filled with bad ass bikers with unique stories that kept me reading well into the night!
For whatever reason, I am really drawn to plots with domestic abuse survivors. I can’t explain why, but I am always clamoring for stories about women who preserve and thrive post abuse. My fear is always that there will be a lot of back and forth between the victim and the abuser and thankfully, Alexa isn’t like that. She seeks help once, then goes back, but by the 2nd time, she is done. And even better, she is honest with the people in her life. She doesn’t try to be the hero and ‘save’ everyone by sacrificing herself. I have never thought that was brave of people because its just not brave or noble. So, thankfully, even though Alexa’s ex keeps causing problems and she does feel that she has brought trouble to their door, she doesn’t allow herself to give in to Grant’s demands to come back just to save Maverick and his brothers the trouble.
Maverick and Alexa’s story is also a second chance story. They were in love 5 years ago, but when Alexa’s brother dies suddenly, her world goes into a tailspin and she pushes Maverick away. He doesn’t fight for her and they spend 5 years apart. Both have regrets about their actions and both are understandable so it didn’t make me angry at either of them!
The plot of Ride Rough vacillates between the rebuilding romance of Mav and Alexa and the issues Grant (the ex) keeps sending their way. I thought the story struck a good balance between the rebuilding romance and the ex. If the story had been non stop problems from Grant that needed attention, it would have been harder to believe that Mav and Alexa were really falling back in love. However, Kaye does a wonderful job of balancing the 2 and as a reader, you really can feel the love between Mav and Alexa repairing and growing. The issues Grant causes provide some suspense without disrupting the love story unfolding.
Alexa’s family life is a bit of a wreck as well. She grew up dirt poor and has always promised herself she would find stability as an adult. Her brother’s death was crushing, and her mom’s mental illness has taken a toll on Alexa, who, without her brother, has to bear the burden on her own. All of this helped the reader truly understand Alexa’s actions and decisions and made her a very relatable character. You don’t have to have a family member with a mental illness to be able understand the complexities of Alexa’s life.
If you are a fan of bad ass men who band together to do good in the world, you will love the Raven Riders. If you swoon for a second chance romance, Maverick and Alexa will have you fainting with delight! Ride Rough gave me the feels from a great romance and the suspense from a great plot that kept me reading so late, I fell asleep with my kindle!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: domestic abuse, MC club
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Alexa is verbally abused by her fiancé and in one scene he does basically rape her « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »Yes with epilogue « Hide Spoiler
From Ride Rough
Maverick’s gaze narrowed. “Don’t ask a question you don’t want the answer to.”
Alexa swallowed and licked her lips. “What if I do want it? The answer,” she added.
Years of need and longing roared through Maverick like a drug he’d mainlined. His thoughts spilled out unfiltered.
“Damnit, Al. You’re laying there in my clothes in my house with your thighs spread after I’ve just woken up holding you. My skin smells like you. And I’m sporting an erection because of you. Don’t fuck with me.” The words came out harsher than he intended, but she couldn’t play with him. Not on this. Not when he cared so much. Not when he wanted so much.
Her mouth dropped open and her chest rose and fell a little quicker. “I’m not playing a game. I want to know.”
Planting his hands on his hips, Maverick studied her. Her beautiful, languid body. Her pretty, open face. Her eyes, honest and free of pretense. He felt pulled in a million directions. Between wrong and right, between taking advantage and taking care, between giving in and opening himself up to a world of hurt. “I was dreaming of you. Of us. Up at Swallow Falls.”
“That night we—”
“Yes,” he growled.
“Fuck.” He dropped his chin to his chest and closed his eyes. Trying to be bigger than his base needs. Trying to put her before himself. “Whatever is about to come out of your mouth is not a good idea.”
“I mean it, Al—”
“Maverick!” she nearly yelled. “Listen to me.”
His gaze cut up to hers in time to see her sit up a little and take off her shirt. Well, his shirt. Then she laid back again, her eyes on him, drinking him in, inviting him in. “What if I do want it?” she whispered.
Something inside him snapped.
He was on her in a second. Body covering hers. Hands going to her warm skin. Mouth tasting her everywhere—her shoulder, her throat, her cheek. His chest pressed against her breasts, her hard nipples evident, her excitement palpable. And then his mouth found hers. On a triumphant groan, he claimed her, his lips sucking, his tongue penetrating. His big hand found her breast and kneaded at the soft mound.
And Alexa was right there with him. Moaning, kissing him, clutching on to him. Her thighs wrapped around his hips and her fingers twisted in his hair.
Bad idea bad idea such a fucking bad idea.
Why did bad ideas have to feel so good?