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REVIEW: Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1) by Laura Kaye

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The first book in Laura Kaye’s hot new Raven Riders Motorcycle Club series, RIDE HARD, is finally here! RIDE HARD is about a new kind of MC with a protective mission. You might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! So read on for a taste and grab your copy of the first book in this sexy new series!

 

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About Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1):

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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Don’t forget you can grab HARD AS STEEL, a Hard Ink/Raven Riders Crossover Novella out now and pre-order RIDE ROUGH, book 2 in the Raven Riders Series (out April 25, 2017)!

 

 

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EXCERPT

Nervous excitement rippled through Haven’s belly as she approached Dare. His brow was furrowed and his eyes were narrowed, his whole expression painted with an intensity she couldn’t read. But, oh my God, did he look hot sitting on that bike. Strong thighs straddled the motorcycle. Lean, cut arms stretched to the handlebars. Long hair all blown back from his face.

Wild. Hard. Raw.

As excited as she’d been to ride with Jeb, she was about a million times more ecstatic to ride with Dare. After last night, arousal flowed lazily through her just to look at him. So getting to be so close to him when she wasn’t sure that would happen again? She couldn’t have been happier.

“Okay,” she said, slipping the helmet back on. Dare wasn’t wearing one, and Jeb hadn’t either. Weren’t they supposed to wear helmets? Wasn’t it dangerous not to? But his face was wearing that serious, shuttered look he sometimes got, the one that wasn’t much open to answering questions, so Haven didn’t ask.

He gave her a hand on, and then she had no choice but to wrap her thighs around the outside of his and press her front against his back. She rested her hands lightly on his hips, suddenly feeling awkward about holding on to him the way she’d done so innocently with Jeb. She was probably way overthinking it, but what had felt easy with Jeb felt more weighted, more significant with Dare.

“You ready?” he asked over his shoulder.

“As I’ll ever be,” she said.

Dare pulled her hands around him, making her embrace his chest. Their closeness shot butterflies through Haven, because he felt so good in her arms. “Hold on to me, Haven,” he said, beckoning even more butterflies. And then he took off, slowly at first, like Jeb had done.

She couldn’t believe she was touching Dare this way, but between their closeness, his hard heat, and the ride, Haven was grinning into her helmet. They rode down the mountain at an easy pace, Dare leaning them gently into the curves.

Haven loved the openness of the ride, the way the warm air rushed over her skin. It made her feel like she was flying, like she could go anywhere, like she was free. When the road flattened out into a straightaway, they passed a big parking lot and stadium—the racetrack she’d heard people talking about. A huge mural filled one whole exterior wall—the words Green ValleyRacing painted in green over a waving black-and-white checkered flag. She’d never seen a car race in person, but she would love to. Maybe that was another thing for her list.

And, oh man, the fact that she got to check another item off after having done it with Dare absolutely tickled her. Which made her wonder again why Dare had come after her and Jeb.

 

I need Haven.

His words came back to her, making no more sense now than they had when he’d said them. What did that even mean? What did he need her for? Did it have anything to do with what happened last night? Haven didn’t know whether to be excited about that possibility or scared—after all, Cora had said he’d seemed agitated. What if whatever had agitated him was why he wanted to talk?

Her shoulders sagged at the thought.

They came to a stop sign at the edge of the racetrack’s long driveway, and Dare looked over his shoulder at her. “Wanna take it fast or slow? Your call.”

Something in his eyes made her belly flip. “Fast,” she said.

The corner of his eye crinkled. “Was hoping you’d say that. Hold on tight.”

Adri’s Review

As always a big thank you to Edelweiss, Avon and Laura Kaye for providing us with a copy of this book so that we could bring you this review.
I was first introduced to the Raven Riders MC during the Hard Ink Series and I knew very well that I was going to itching to read this series once it came out. I wanted to know more about the MC and what the characters were like. I have to say I am not disappointed in the least. It was awesome that Laura Kaye started it with Dare the president of the club. As well as gave us some information on the girls that were rescued at the warehouse. Now you don’t have to read the Hard Ink series to know what I am talking about, but it does help. I loved the fact that the club is all about protecting women and doing good. They worry about making sure that they find new lives, and get out of the bad situations they might be in. Haven proves to be such a strong character even though she is so quiet and shy at first. She really comes out of her shell with the help of Dare. Though he starts off struggling with his feeling for Haven, she helps bring out a side of him that makes him a better man and shows him that its ok to fall for a younger woman.
Now I finished reading this book about 2 weeks ago, and Erin as well as Dawn have been trying to get me to watch Sons of Anarchy for months, with no luck, well that is until this book. Once I finished it I knew for a fact that I was going to want to watch SOA so when the next book came out I could visualize things a bit better.
I loved this book and have to give it 5 hard riding kisses.
Happy Reading… Adri
Erin’s Review
After years of litening to my blog mates rave about Laura Kaye, I FINALLY have read my first ever Laura Kaye book. I read her  historical, America’s First Daughter and fell in love with her writing style, this book made me a fan for life.
I went in to this book blind. I knew nothing of the connection to her previous books and I wasn’t lost at all. I loved everything about this book. The plot will suck you in, the characters will make you fall in love with them, and there’s just enough grit to make this lover of all things dark adore this story.
While different than other mc reads I have read, the story was intriguing. It wasn’t fluffy in the least but it wasn’t too dark that it would turn readers off. I think Laura Kaye found a really good balance between contemporary and mc with this story. Add a tattooed alpha mc Prez and a naive sheltered young woman, and you have yourself a recipe for romance.  I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series plays out.
I give Ride Hard 5 kisses

 

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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, including the Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series. 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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