Laura Kaye has something hot and fun and new to share with you today – a scene from her upcoming book, Ride Hard, the first in her Raven Riders Motorcycle Club series about a new kind of MC with a protective mission. You might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! So read on for a taste and grab your copy of the first book in this sexy new series!
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…
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About Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1):
Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders…
I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of my 25th novel, Ride Hard, the first book in my Raven Riders Motorcycle Club series about a new kind of MC with a protective mission. You might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! I can’t wait for you to get to know Dare, Haven, and everyone in the Raven world! And see down below for a giveaway and a bonus story offer! I hope you enjoy this excerpt from the book!
Excerpt from Ride Hard:
His left hand dragged down her body, over the small mounds of her breasts and the flat plane of her stomach. His fingers settled on the button to her jeans. “Because you realize now I have to exact my revenge.” He paused there, giving her the chance to tell him to back off.
She shivered beneath him. “I guess fair’s only fair,” she whispered.
That’s my girl, he thought, even though the sentiment was really problematic. On all kinds of levels. “You want me to stop, Haven, you just say the word.”
“Don’t stop,” she said, her lips parting, her breathing coming faster.
On a groan, Dare claimed her mouth with his. He tugged the button to her jeans free, yanked down the zipper, and pushed his hand beneath the snug material to find her hot and so damn slick.
Her tongue stroked against his, and he swallowed her moans as his fingers stroked her folds. She rocked her hips and parted her legs without him having to ask, pulling a growl of approval from low in his throat—and making him know that fingering her wasn’t going to be enough.
Not for him.
Not this time. And not that it had really been last time, either.
Dare wanted more of Haven. He wanted to taste her, drink her down, wear her on his skin. On his mouth.
Kissing her long and hard and deep, he gently withdrew his hand from between her legs and pushed at the denim around her waist. Haven clued in to what he was doing and helped him push down the material until she was bared to her knees.
And then Dare shoved down her body, gripped her hips in his hands, and planted his face against the triangle of blond hair at the junction of her thighs.
What I Thought About Ride Hard
I loved Laura Kaye's Hard Ink series, so I was thrilled to read she was going to do an MC spin off for the Raven Riders. The 1001 Dark Nights short story whetted my appetite for Ride Hard and I was not disappointed.
In Ride Hard, we meet Haven and Cora, the two girls rescued when the Church gang when down in the Hard Ink series. Rest assured that you need not read that series to enjoy this one -- LK gives enough background information that you will easily be able to follow the story and understand what happened to bring both the Raven Riders and Men of Hard Ink to this point.
Haven had been running from her abusive father when she was captured by the Church gang, and now the Raven Riders are helping to get her to a safe place, because that's a big part of their mission--to help victims of abuse. I really liked that about this MC. They don't just talk about being "good guys" -- they help people get free of abusive situations, while engaging in some dubious activity to keep the club funded. They aren't saints, but they all have good hearts and slightly unsavory backgrounds of their own.
Dare Kenyon is the leader of the club, and there's an instant spark between him and Haven. He knows he shouldn't go there--she's much younger than he is (I loved that aspect of the story), and she's about to be put in the Raven Riders version of a witness protection program. But the attraction between them is strong, and Laura Kaye gives the reader a beautiful romance between these two. It's not rushed (at least I didn't think so) and the love between these two is just so sweet, there has to be some way for them to stay together.
The story wraps up with some real serious stuff, with Haven's father making a deadly appearance at one of the Raven Rider functions. With help from the Men of Hard Ink, Dare and Haven must face their future and their past together. My only complaint was that the book seems to end a little abruptly for me but otherwise, Ride Hard was a perfect romance set in an MC world, and I'm really looking forward to more stories in this series.
ARC provided for review.
Don't forget you can grab HARD AS STEEL, a Hard Ink/Raven Riders Crossover Novella out now and pre-order RIDE ROUGH, book 2 in the Raven Riders Series (out April 25, 2017)!
About Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series. 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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