Series: Raven Riders #2
Published by HarperCollins on April 25th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Contemporary
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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.
Ride Rough is the second book in Laura Kaye’s Raven Riders series, and I have to say that I liked it more than the first. This is in large part to the characters Maverick Rylan and Alexa Harmon. Maverick is Dare’s cousin and second in command of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. His relationship with Alexa was touched on in the first novel, but readers finally get to learn more of their history, and what drove them apart five years ago.
Ride Rough picks up not too long after the events in Ride Hard. Dare and the club are still recovering from being attacked, and now that things are returning to some semblance of normal, Maverick can finally concentrate on protecting Alexa from her abusive fiancé. I really enjoyed this storyline and loved how Kaye didn’t drop the threads left untied from the earlier novel. I can really tell that this world will be just as well-built as her Hard Ink series. Both Maverick and Alexa are likable characters, and I really wanted them to wind up together. Not just because of their shared past, but because they seemed like a great match.
What I didn’t care for was the depiction of Alexa’s fiancé. I think I was hoping for someone more sinister or villainous and instead got an unhinged wacko. Not that it was a bad thing, but it’s been done many times before. Think Sleeping with the Enemy, and you get an idea of what kind of guy Alexa was going to marry. What threw me for a loop was that Alexa never seemed like the kind of woman who would end up with someone like that. At least not one who was so obviously off. That disappointed me a bit, but not enough to keep me from enjoying the book.
Despite the wacko fiancé, I really enjoyed this one. I got to learn more about the other members of the club, see the ramifications of the events of the previous novel, and a female protagonist who was more my cup of tea. Haven was nice but started out a bit dull for my liking, causing her relationship with Dare to start off slower than I anticipated. Maverick and Alexa’s chemistry is off the charts, and like Kaye’s other novels, this one was hard to put down.