Friday, April 28, 2017

Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2) by Laura Kaye: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:

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.


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Excerpt:


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.

“Maverick—”

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.”

“Mav—”

“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?


About the Author:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in paranormal and contemporary romance. 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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Review by Yvette:

A second chance romance from Laura Kaye? I was sold at second chance romance. And Laura Kaye. I’m a huge author and will read anything and everything she writes, especially when the subject matter is a motorcycle club full of do-gooder bikers who protect and respect women. *cue major swooning* Add in an action-packed, suspense-filled narrative and a love story that's both heartwarmingly sweet and deliciously sensual, and you have the makings of a must-read romance. Packed with enough drama, steam, and gut-wrenching angst to keep your heart racing from start to finish, Ride Rough is another riveting installment in the Raven Riders series.

One of the things I love most about a second chance romance is the history, the unresolved issues, and the lingering feelings between two protagonists. I love getting swept up in a swirl of emotions, getting lost in what was and what could be, and that’s exactly how I felt reading Ride Rough. Maverick Rylan and Alexa Harmon have a past – one that’s filled with both happiness and heartache, hope and despair. The same could be said of their present, which finds the two reuniting under troubling circumstances. As Vice President of the Raven Riders MC, Maverick is dealing with the fallout of events from the previous book, Ride Hard, while Alexa’s issues are of a more personal nature. Between club business and everything going on between Maverick and Alexa (romantic and otherwise), there’s certainly never a dull moment in the narrative, which is a perfect blend of action, suspense, and romance.

Despite outside forces are working against them, the connection between Alexa and Maverick is too palpable to ignore. They have an easygoing, familiar banter – flirty with an undercurrent of sexual tension – and off-the-charts chemistry. While Alexa is grappling with what she thinks she wants versus what she actually needs, Maverick is steadfast in his desire to win Alexa back. Maverick is fiercely protective and loyal. He's very much an Alpha male, but he's also kind and generous and caring. He provides strength and reassurance at a time when Alexa is most vulnerable, but he also knows when to give Alexa the chance to take control of her own life. Maverick is a knight in shining armor, albeit a bit rough around the edges, but that’s what makes his character so intriguing. Like Alexa, I found it impossible not to fall head over heels for Maverick, especially when he turned on the charm.

Ride Rough is a perfect example of why I'm addicted to Laura Kaye's writing. Not only is she a brilliant storyteller, capable of creating extensive casts of compelling characters, but the woman knows how to write a romance novel. Her heroes are sexy and swoon-worthy and her heroines are strong, intelligent, and sympathetic. With Ride Rough, Laura Kaye has written an unforgettable, hard-to-put-down love story about survival and the healing power of love. I held my breath. I said goodbye to any nails I had. I blushed. I cried. I didn’t want it to end, although the bonus novella at the end of the book was a good incentive for finishing. That, and the fact that Slider and Cora’s book releases later this year…

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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