Review of Ride Wild

Ride Wild: A Raven Riders Novel by [Kaye, Laura]

 

Ride Wild

Laura Kaye

Avon Books

October 31, 2017


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

Wild with grief over the death of his wife, Sam “Slider” Evans merely lives for his two sons. Nothing holds his interest anymore—not even riding his bike or his membership in the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. But that all changes when he hires a new babysitter.
Recently freed from a bad situation by the Ravens, Cora Campbell is determined to bury the past. When Slider offers her a nanny position, she accepts, needing the security and time to figure out what she wants from life. Cora adores his sweet boys, but never expected the red-hot attraction to their brooding, sexy father. If only he would notice her…

Slider does see the beautiful, fun-loving woman he invited into his home. She makes him feel too much, and he both hates it and yearns for it. But when Cora witnesses something she shouldn’t have, the new lives they’ve only just discovered are threatened. Now Slider must claim—and protect—what’s his before it’s too late.


Sascha Darlington’s Review

So this was a first for me on a couple of levels. It was the first Laura Kaye I’ve read, although I’ve certainly seen her name around. And it was my first MC romance. Now, I saw readers bandying about the words “MC romances” and finally had to google, because I was like MC stands for main character (or used to), don’t all romance involve main characters? Alas, I discovered Motorcycle Club romances. Not to worry, I won’t throw around MC romances as if everyone knows what I’m talking about.

I can see why Laura Kaye’s novels appeal. They are well-written and the males are definitely alpha with little hearts of custard.

My mistake may have been reading this one first as it’s the third in the series. Yes, it was well-written and the characters were likable enough, but for me it lacked character depth. Cora Campbell who is, as the blurb describes, determined to bury her past, is a victim of rape by her father, no less. Yet, Cora never hesitates in having sex. Okay, yes, I get it. This is fiction written by a writer of steamy romances and needs the steamy, up against the wall sex. But it seems like a missed opportunity for the writer not to have thought about the actuality of having a rape victim facing sex for the first time after the assault.

I also felt a little “ick” about the age difference between Slider and Cora and the whole father doing the babysitter not to mention the fact that it felt like a father figure kind of thing because he was all settled with kids while she was still trying to figure out her life, which just led me back to…ick.

The storyline had lots of depth, but quite a bit of the action drifted over from the previous novels. While Kaye capably worked information into Ride Wild, it still felt a bit dependent on the first two novels of the series.

Nevertheless, I’ll probably read a book from one of Laura Kaye’s other series because it’s obvious she has talent even if this one didn’t completely work for me.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


rating: 3-but

3 out of 5 butterflies


 

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