Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ride Hard by Laura Kaye Release Week Blitz

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…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Haven and her best friend, Cora, are on the run. Haven was finally able to get out from under her father's control. While on the run, their truck breaks down and they find themselves chained to a wall in a basement, but luck seems to be on their side and they end up in the best place for them, The Raven Riders MC. The MC isn't your typical club, they aren't into running guns or drugs. Their goal is to help abused woman.

Haven has been sheltered from the world, her father pulled her from school when she was in tenth grade. She was basically seen as his property and forced to do things she didn't want to. So when she arrives at the MC, she's scared, she's shy, and she has no idea who to trust. When she sees Dare, the club President, for the first time, she's drawn to him. Dare, while attracted to Haven, knows he never can get caught up with someone the club is trying to help.

Just when Haven starts to think she's safe and the MC could be her home, she finds out her father knows where she is and he's coming to get her. Will Dare be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Will Haven be forced back into a life she hates?

I wasn't real sure about this one when I started reading. I was thrown off by the switch in narrators mid-scene, mid-chapter. It took me a few chapters to get into the groove of the writing. I'm glad I powered through, I really enjoyed this story. There were sexy moments, sweet caring, tear inducing moments, and at points I really wanted to smack both Haven and Dare. In the end, I was completely invested and had to know what was going to happen. I can't wait to see where the next one goes.

Haven and her best friend, Cora, ran away from their controlling crime-lord fathers, only to be captured by a rival gang and then rescued by the Raven Riders MC. The Raven Riders main goal is to help abused woman stay safe and begin new lives away from their abusers. Dare is the president of the MC and even though he knows he shouldn’t, he can’t help his attraction to Haven. When Haven first arrives, she’s super shy and unwilling to venture much further than her room, but once she realizes that the MC brothers are good men, she begins to become part of the club. Haven, having grown up with her father controlling every aspect of her life, is now free of him, she’s finally ready to live, she makes a bucket list of sorts, which Dare discovers and sets out to help her check things off. Things are going great for Haven until her father hones in on finding her, and with the $100,000 reward he’s put on her head, she’s worried that she may not be able to stay free.

I really enjoyed that though this wasn’t exactly your typical MC read it still had all the aspects of your typical MC romance. The guys were still alpha, rough and tumble types and we still got the clubhouse setting, which is always my favorite part of the MC life. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

As I loved the Hard Ink series, I was fairly sure that this new offshoot would be a hit – and it certainly was. I am looking forward to further stories of Raven Riders.

In part dealing with the fallout from Hard Ink, this series has a strong start with Dare getting his story told with Haven. She was released from captivity by the Riders, and now with her friend Cora, needs a new start. Dare, president of the Raven Riders, is all about giving abused women a new chance, and initially Haven is just another client. As that changes, we witness them both change too – however, as the best course of action may not be in their mutual best interest, lines of communication get twisted, and…well, you need to read the book to see where it goes!

I liked Dare from the start, but took longer to warm to Haven – but then someone so cut off from their emotions takes time to unwind, and as things heat up, she definitely improves. Some lovely scenes which reduce the fairly constant state of angst, and a worthy ending. As I say, looking forward to what comes next (oh and it was good to have a quick catch up with Nick and the gang too!).

Also Available in the Raven Riders Series

Book 0.5
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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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