Review || Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

Title: Ride Hard
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Raven Riders, #1
Release date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Avon Books
Pages: 320 pages
Format: Mass market paperback
 A shy and distrustful woman running from a controlling ex-fiance seeks shelter with an outlaw motorcycle club with a tradition of protecting those who can't defend themselves, and falls under the watchful eye of the club's mysterious and intense leader who's intent on discovering all her secrets

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 . . .

Haven and her best friend Cora are on the run from Haven’s father and his minions. Mistreated for years as nothing more than a mere commodity, Haven didn’t want to stay just to be married off for the benefit of her father. We get a good bit of her backstory, and it’s all unpleasant. 

Dare Kenyon lost two of the most important people at a young age. He learned very quickly that in order to keep his heart safe and others safe, is to keep people at a distance.

Their meeting is instantaneously electric. Both are enchanted by each other, despite the stacking differences. Haven is extremely vulnerable and Dare is fiercely protective. Her only goal is for her and Cora to cease running  and have a chance to start their lives over. His sole mission is to assure her safety.
He had to decide what was more important: their blossoming relationship or her safety. It didn’t take him but a millisecond to choose what he thought was best for her over anything.

The Ravens. I loved that these guys prioritized females who were in need of help from violently abusive men. This always seems to factor into MC romances, but this band of brothers took it to a whole other level. This wasn’t the kind of MC that is just focused on sex and violence.  There’s such a strong familial atmosphere that I sometimes forgot they were bikers. So much love and fervent protectiveness. 

Haven and Dare are several years apart, and I wondered if that was going to be an issue at all. Though Haven was naive in a sense, she was quite mature in other ways. She had to grow up and fend for herself against all sorts of dark things. She really seemed to settle in with the men and handle herself well once she let some of her walls down.

Raw, gritty, steamy! This MC romance had a great mix of romance and action, and fantastic supporting characters to boot.
This was my first Laura Kaye novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and the pace she took with this story and these characters.
A strong start to a new MC series!

Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura 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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