Series: Raven Riders #1
Published by HarperCollins on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary
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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 . . .
I first discovered Laura Kaye almost two years ago during a Hawaiian vacation when I devoured her Hard Ink series. So when I discovered she was going to write a spin-off series, I was ecstatic. I bought Ride Hard the day it was released, and then… nothing. I don’t know what happened, but it has lingered on my iPad since that day. I guess I just got sidetracked by all the other shiny, new books, that I kept putting it off. Even though a lot of time has passed since I first downloaded this book, I didn’t struggle with remembering how the Raven Riders connected with the Hard Ink crew. That’s how memorable Kaye’s characters are.
The first book in this series, Ride Hard, is about two women, Haven and Cora, the Raven Riders rescued during their partnership with the Hard Ink crew. Even though they’re considered to be a rough riding motorcycle crew, the Raven Riders have a mission to protect those who can’t defend themselves. Haven and Cora fit the bill, and they’ll do whatever it takes to make these women feel safe. Once it becomes obvious that the women are keeping secrets from the club, Club President Dare Kenyon works to earn their trust, and in the process falls hard for Haven.
Haven is on the run from her criminal father, which caused her to get abducted by Baltimore’s notorious Church Gang. Despite being rescued by the Hard Ink crew and the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club, Haven can’t keep from looking over her shoulders. She knows her father won’t stop looking for her and will do anything to get her back. So when Dare Kenyon offers her safety and protection, Haven wants to accept what he’s offering. Especially when she notices how attracted to him she’s become.
I really enjoyed how this connected the Raven Riders series back to Hard Ink. As a fan of the earlier series, I had gotten to know Dare and some of the other Ravens, so they felt very familiar to me. I also loved how this storyline helped tie up the storyline from the other series, as well as kicked off this series’ vibe. The motorcycle club members are all different and seem pretty well-developed for the size of the book and the number of characters within. I as lo enjoyed the romance between Dare and Haven. Both are very likable characters, and they have lots of heat when they’re in scenes together. Though I didn’t love this book as much as the Hard Ink series, I do feel it’s a great introduction to a new world and its characters.