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Review/Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Ride Rough: Laura Kaye


Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2)
Laura Kaye
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Release Date April 25, 2017



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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We saw Alexa Harmon show up briefly at the Raven Riders clubhouse in Ride Hard seeking help from her ex boyfriend and old friend, Club VP, Maverick Rylan. But she took off again and went back to her new life. Alexa resurfacing in Maverick's life brings out his need to protect her. So he is not going to let her disappear again without seeing if she is really okay.

Their history is twisted together. She was his late best friend's little sister, his friend, and the only girl he ever loved. She pushed him away during a difficult time and left him years ago searching for a more stable and safe life that did not involve a MC.

But now she has the rich fiance, big house, budding career, and elaborate wedding looming...but at what price? Her fiance, Grant,  is a perfectionist at best, but really more controlling and manipulative. He makes her doubt herself and feel beholden to him. And Maverick can see clearly where Alexa is just starting to figure it out. And all Maverick cares about is her safety and happiness.

When the situation begins to escalate, Mav is determined to be her protector. And as Alex begins to see how differently Mav treats her, she starts to see more clearly where her apprehension about her previous life was coming from. Grant appeared to be the kind of man any woman would want and a safe bet, but appearances can be deceiving. And Mav seemed like more of a gamble in the past, but he is now proving he has her best interests at heart.

Five years ago she pushed him away and ran scared, and he didn't fight hard enough. But they've grown up a lot, seen what their lives are without each other, and she has seen a darker side of love. Her self worth and confidence have taken a hit.  But Mav believes in her and wants to build her back up. And she is not only his one-that-got-away, but also a way for Mav to find redemption from past mistakes. Their connection and chemistry are stronger than ever. But by trying to reclaim her life, it might have repercussion for all of those they care about.

Grant has no intention of letting go easily and is not afraid to use any means and resources necessary to win. He already hated the Raven Riders before, and this just adds fuel to the fire.

Maverick is hot and alpha, sweet and swoony, patient and protective, loving and loyal. He is just everything you need in a hero and I adored him. Alexa is sassy and sweet and just coming back into her own. I really loved them together. 

The Raven Riders are about family, brotherhood, loyalty, and protecting those that need it. I love their camaraderie and the feeling of home they provide. I enjoyed more with Dare and Haven, as well as the other side characters Slider, Cora, Phoenix, Caine, Jagger, and Bunny. There is plenty going on in their worlds. Alexa's mom is also an interesting character. The antagonist was enough to make me furious. And I always love when some Hard Ink is thrown in. The author gently reminded us about previous events so it was easy to get pulled back into the Raven Riders world. The characters feel real and have depth. I was actually surprised when I found I was at the last page, and would have like a bit more resolution of a few things, but I guess maybe we will see that in the next book, Ride Wild. I am so excited for the brooding widower Slider's story.

This is a suspenseful, passionate, intense second chance love story set in the Raven Riders world. It is a story of lost love, rekindled romance, and a fire that was never truly was extinguished. It is also Alexa's journey of finding herself, her inner strength, her self worth, and empowerment. They are both broken in ways and want to help put each other together again. But there is plenty of danger, drama, and surprises that they will have to face and try to get through...and people and circumstances that could tear them apart again. It is definitely a rough ride for these two, but the ultimate reward could be a chance of hope, healing, and reclaiming what they lost.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Maverick and Alexa have a history, but Alexa has worked hard to put her past behind her. Keeping her mother in a safe place is her goal. But she has noticed changes in her fiancé that scare her, and her stable world no longer feels so safe.

Maverick has given Alexa the space she said she wanted all those years ago. But when she called for help, his protective nature won’t let him back down, even after she says she is ok. But it’s a good thing he has trusted his instincts, because Alexa is in more trouble than she thought.

There turns out to be a whole lot more involved in this than the surface appeared. This was one of those stories that pulled me in and wouldn’t let go. As Alexa fought with what she thought she wanted versus what was actually happening, the depth of what she was going through was far beyond what I was expecting.

I always love watching these tough guys fall and fight to protect what they love. Maverick hasn’t had much soft in his life, but he has always loved Alexa, even though he wasn’t always good at it.

Maverick did a good job balancing his thoughts as he determined he wanted Alexa back in his life with the stress she was fighting at the moment. While the speed at which their relationship progressed, it didn’t feel like and insta-love situation, simply because of their history. He was clearly aware she was battling the timing, and was willing to take things at her pace so long as she felt safe.
 
It is always great to see favorite Raven characters, especially with as banged up as they were at the end of the last book. The interaction between Alexa and the club members is stressful as Alexa anticipates the reception she receives after so many years away. These are not strangers to her, but she didn’t think she’d need their help again.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
RIDE ROUGH by Laura Kaye - EXCERPT – Just this once

“I want you. Feels like I’ve been wanting you my whole life.” Alexa peered up at him, her eyes so vibrant they were nearly green.

Maverick pulled back, her words hitting him in all kinds of places, some comfortable, some even healing, but some less so. “You can’t toy with me, Alexa. Not when I’ve wanted you for so long. Not when I never wanted to let you go in the first place. This . . . this can just be fucking. But don’t you dare say anything you don’t mean.”

She stroked his hair. “Truth?”

He gave a tight nod and prepared for the worst, even as he hoped for a shot.

“Truth is, I don’t know what this means. Yet. I am so messed up right now. I’m not even going to hide that. But . . .” She tilted her head, and her expression was filled with something Mav didn’t want to name, but it sure as hell looked like affection. “But I know I want this. I want you, Maverick. Right now. And wanting you feels like one of the smartest decisions I’ve made in forever. Everything else be damned.” Her voice was shaky and breathy and her words were so full of dangerous, dangerous hope that Maverick didn’t dare move.

His muscles nearly shook with the force of his restraint, because his body was literally screaming at him. Screaming at him to just let go. “Fuck, Alexa.”

“I don’t want to hurt you. I never wanted to hurt you. But I want you. I want you inside me right now more than I want my next breath.”

Even though his mind was rolling out a list of all the reasons why this was a no good what the fuck are you thinking very bad idea, Maverick’s body grabbed the reins. On a groan, he went in for a kiss, rougher than he intended, but the moan she unleashed when his mouth crashed down on hers told him she didn’t mind. They fumbled with clothes. Her boxers. His jeans. Until they were both naked and pressed tight, all hot skin on skin, and his cock ground against her soft folds until she was mewling and writhing and silently pleading with the rough, desperate grip of her hands on his shoulders, his back, his ass.

A big part of Maverick wanted to pick Alexa up and carry her to his bed—where his heart said she belonged—but this wasn’t about that. At least not yet, and he wasn’t giving either of them any more time to think than he already had.

He needed her too damn bad. Just this once. In case that’s all it was.

And don’t miss the first books in the Raven Riders Series!


Hard As Steel (Hard Ink/Raven Riders crossover Novella)
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After identifying her employer's dangerous enemies, Jessica Jakes takes refuge at the compound of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. Fellow Hard Ink tattooist and Raven leader Ike Young promises to keep Jess safe for as long as it takes, which would be perfect if his close, personal, round-the-clock protection didn't make it so hard to hide just how much she wants him—and always has.

Ike Young loved and lost a woman in trouble once before. The last thing he needs is alone time with the sexiest and feistiest woman he's ever known, one he's purposely kept at a distance for years. Now, Ike's not sure he can keep his hands or his heart to himself—or that he even wants to anymore. And that means he has to do whatever it takes to hold on to Jess forever.



Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1)
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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…



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Ride Wild (Raven Riders #3)
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Expected October 31, 2017

Brotherhood. Club. Family. They live and ride by their own rules. These are the Raven Riders...

Wild with grief over the death of his wife, Sam “Slider” Evans merely lives for his two sons. Nothing holds his interest anymore—not even riding his bike or his membership in the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. But that all changes when he hires a new babysitter.

Recently freed from a bad situation by the Ravens, Cora Campbell is determined to bury the past. When Slider offers her a nanny position, she accepts, needing the security and time to figure out what she wants from life. Cora adores his sweet boys, but never expected the red-hot attraction to their brooding, sexy father. If only he would notice her...

Slider does see the beautiful, fun-loving woman he invited into his home. She makes him feel too much, and he both hates it and yearns for it. But when Cora witnesses something she shouldn’t have, the new lives they’ve only just discovered are threatened. Now Slider must claim—and protect—what’s his before it’s too late.
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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and 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 monster puppy, Schuyler, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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