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.
Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders…
Raven Riders where have you been all my life? I’m a picky MC romance reader, starting many and finishing few. To sate my thirst for them, I typically end up re-reading my favorites (Chaos & Reapers), but I believe I’ve got a new favorite to add to my short list. I really enjoyed Ride Wild, the third book in Laura Kaye’s Raven Riders series.
Ride Wild’s storyline has one of my favorite tropes: tortured widower who finds love. I love a tortured hero, period. Throw in a broken heart and a couple of really cute kids and I’m done for. Slider Evans has spent 2 years mourning the loss of his wife to cancer, existing to care for his boys and earn a paycheck. He’s also been hiding a shameful secret and it’s the reason he’s cut off almost all contact with his MC Brothers.
I felt so much for Slider. As I haven’t read the first two books, I don’t know how much readers know about him going in, but what I found was a wonderful man who has repeatedly risen above the crap life has thrown at him, but with his wife’s death found himself giving up. Enter Cora Campbell, who in her much shorter life (there’s a 12 year age difference) has dealt with as much as Slider, possibly more. She’s still young enough to have hope and it’s this that she brings to Slider and his boys, brightening up their lives in wonderful ways.
Cora reminded me of what it was like to be 23, with hope that life can get better and the energy to make it happen. She is exactly what the Evans boys need. I loved her relationship with Sam and Ben, Slider’s sons. Her love for his boys resonates with Slider, pulling him out of the fog he’s been living under. He also recognizes something in her eyes that’s familiar: that burning desire for family that both had been denied most of their lives.
Ride Wild isn’t the edgy MC book that I typically go for. First, the romance is sweet and heartwarming. There’s no angst, which I’ve rarely found when there’s an MC Brother involved. But, it was wonderful to read. There’s some suspense and I thought that Kaye did a nice job of slowly weaving that into the romance. It builds into some heart racing action towards the end that had me turning the pages as fast as I could.
There’s nice interaction between Slider and his MC Brothers, however I would have like to see a bit more of their personalities (though, Caine stands out-I’d like to know his story). Cora’s lifelong friendship with Haven, whose story is told in book one, Ride Hard, has withstood childhood horrors, kidnapping, and being on the run. Their bond shines through the pages and serves as a wonderful way to showcase Cora’s loyalty and ability to love. And, when Cora volunteers at an animal shelter, shining light on the horrors of dogfighting, be prepared for your heart to break just a little.
4 Stars for Ride Wild. Heat level: 4
I received a copy of this book from InkSlingerPR in exchange for honest feedback.
Ride Wild was published in October 2017 by Avon Books.
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“Hey, Cora,” he said, his gravelly morning voice so damn sexy.
“Hey,” she said, tilting her head back to look him in the eye. She wondered if she should get off him, but didn’t really want to.
Not making any move to get up, Slider just looked down at her. “How you feeling?”
“A lot better,” she said, hyperaware that her hand was lying on his chest. His heartbeat faintly registered against her palm. “Still achy and a little off, but better.”
“Good. You should probably take it easy today, though. Whatever that was isn’t likely out of your system yet.”
She nodded. “I will.”
Talking like this, their faces so close, felt so damn intimate that Cora could almost imagine that nothing existed outside of Slider’s bed. She almost didn’t want it to. Especially when his arm squeezed a little tighter around her shoulders and brought them just a little closer. Cora shifted into his embrace, pressing her chest totally flush against his die, and sliding her thigh up until—
Oh, hell. Until she felt the part of him she’d accidentally seen. And it was hard.
He sucked in a breath, and his hand clamped around his thigh. “Shit, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean—”
She placed her fingers loosely over his mouth. She didn’t want him to apologize. Or explain it away. Or push her away.
Cora knew she shouldn’t wan the things she did, but that didn’t make her desires go away. It felt good to want Slider, it made her feel normal, even if she was a little nervous. After what her father had done, that seemed like a victory she didn’t want to relinquish.
And, oh, now that she was touching his face, she really didn’t want to stop. His lips were full and soft under her fingers, his stubble was more ticklish than prickly, and his cheekbone was prominent under his skin.
He licked his lips, and her gaze latched on to the movement.
“Cora,” he rasped, his cock getting even harder against her thigh.
His arousal fueled her own, her hips tilting with the need for friction. The movement had her grinding herself against the firm muscle of his thigh and made both of them suck in a breath. His grip tightened on her everywhere. His arm holding her tighter yet to him, his hand pulling her thigh wider across him.
Her fingers returned to his mouth again, and traced across his lower lip. His tongue flicked out and swiped at her pointer finger, and Cora was instantly wet. Trembling with need and adrenaline and the fear that at any second, he would cut this off, Cora shifted ever so slowly, ever so slightly, bringing her face closer to his. He watched her like she was a tigress about to strike, but just as her mouth almost reached his, he flipped them and pinned her to the bed.
And Cora realized she had it all wrong. He’d been the feral animal about to attack all along.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, 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. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.