Ride Rough (Raven Riders Series #2)

Ride Rough (Raven Riders Series #2)

by Laura Kaye

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Ride Rough (Raven Riders Series #2) by Laura Kaye

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 also contains the bonus Hard Ink e-original novella, Hard Ever After!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062403384
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Series: Raven Riders Series , #2
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 138,793
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Raven Riders, and Blasphemy 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 New York Times bestseller, Laura Kamoie. 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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Ride Rough 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warning: Other Man, Emotional Abuse, Rape I read this one quickly because Laura Kaye is such a phenomenal writer but unlike her other novels, I wasn’t as interested with the plot. This book presented more traditional aspects of motorcycle clubs including how Prospects are chosen and inducted, how the club acts as a family and supports each other without question. We’re also shown how the club operates when challenged and attacked and this fits the more stereotypical motorcycle club image of sometimes working outside the law. However, the Raven Riders are still about family, honor, and protection so their illegal undertakings have good intentions at heart. I struggled a bit with Alexa’s situation wth her fiancé and her feelings for Maverick and it’s ultimately what kept me from rating this book higher. In general, I don’t like to read books where a character is already in a relationship with someone else but because I love Laura Kaye and she handled a similar situation so well in Hard as You Can I stuck with this one. Alexa remained with her fiancé, Grant, up to about the 30% mark and she spends most of this time still determined to be with him and get married in 2 weeks time. Even when she begins to realize she’s still attracted to Maverick and she starts to have misgivings about Grant’s recent behavior, she plans to stick with Grant. There’s also a “sex” scene with Alexa and Grant and normally a hero or heroine sleeping with someone else after meeting the new love interest is a big no-no for me. However, this scene was used to show how Grant is becoming abusive so I somewhat tolerated it’s inclusion. Once Alexa breaks things off with Grant, I felt like she and Maverick jump into things pretty quickly. This is supported by the fact that they grew up together and dated for 3 years so there is some foundation for this. But I expected Alexa to more some reservations over everything she experienced with Grant and that she would be a bit more cautious before diving in with a relationship with Maverick. I liked getting some peeks at our previous couple, Dare and Haven. Seeing Haven fitting in and feeling comfortable with her new family was great and seeing Dare so mushy over Haven was really cute. Nothing like a tough guy being all soft and sweet with his love interest.
DebraSchwartz1971 More than 1 year ago
Maverick Rylan is the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President. As teenagers, Maverick dated Alexa but she was worried about his lifestyle in an MC and she broke up with him. Years later, Alexa is engaged to a wealthy man, living in a beautiful home, with a job she loves. However, she is stressed because Grant, her fiancé, is becoming more and more demanding and even aggressive. Maverick has been keeping an eye on Alexa since she showed up with bruises from Grant and he steps in to help her after Grant has locked her out of the house. I really liked Maverick, and I liked the way Laura Kaye showed how Grant slowly but surely molded Alexa into a little Stepford wife without her realizing it. Alexa was annoying at times, but the rest of the characters made up for it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this new series.
BooksandMe More than 1 year ago
One of the reasons I don't read blurbs is I wanted to be surprised, especially when I'm reading a series I have my radar into. I was so excited it was Mav's story, and even more excited what's in store for this series. I've been a Hard Ink fan, and every now and then, I wish I'd see read a glimpse of them and I always wish, there's some of them in the Raven Riders although that would mean bloody. Anyway, Maverick had that one person who got away, and when she showed up at that faithful day in Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1), all bets are off. He'd do anything to save her. Alexa had been part of the big family that is Raven Riders Club, that is, until that love for riding took his brother away from her and everything came tumbling down for her. Left with a huge responsibility with her mother, she was forced to look for stability and security, even if she got her heart broken. With her wedding only a few weeks away, everything she thought she knew becomes warped and she had to rethink her choices and had to make a decision fast. I love both of the characters! Alexa's attraction for Mav never faded, and when she was forced to lean on him, the tension and the chemistry were just sizzling that falling for him fast and hard all over again was inevitable. Mav was just Mav. Protective, loyal, and definitely mature! OMFG I so love him with all his faults and imperfections! The story may have been a little overwhelming with a lot going on but it's my kind of story that I was just sucked into the world I love, and never wanting to get out! Once again, Laura Kaye blew me away! This left me speechless and nostalgic and I just want to soak in and be left in the world I fell in love in! The characters just made me love them more! I want more! P.S. Never ride a motorcycle if it's not with your man because no matter how innocent it is, people will still look at it like you're with that person. Also, the rumbling of the engine. Yeah. Makes me want a to ride a powerful motorcyle. *wink*
BooksCoffeePassion More than 1 year ago
Ride Rough is the second book in the Raven Riders series and it’s an amazing addition to this series. Maverick is Raven Riders’ VP, he’s a protector, loyal to the bone and he’s been in love with Alexa since they were teenagers. Unfortunately, their relationship took a bad turn because they couldn’t deal with a huge loss so they broke up 5 years ago (if you want to know more, you just have to read it!). Letting Alexa go is not Maverick’s only regret… Alexa moved on from Maverick (or so she thinks), she tried really hard to forget him and now she is engaged to a perfect, wealthy, educated man who offers her the security and stability she craves for herself and her mother. But she’s been trying to ignore her inner voice warnings, after all her wedding date is so close and she’s sure her fiancé loves her… I loved Maverick, he’s a sweet, strong, hot biker who puts those he loves first and protects those who need protection (the club provides protection for victims of abusive relationships) no matter what. His loyalty to his brothers and the club is absolutely swooning, I loved their MC family moments and their unconditional love for each other. And the chemistry between Maverick and Alexa was electric! Even though, I do think Alexa was a little too quick in giving in to their chemistry. Actually, I have to say that at first I didn’t exactly love Alexa, I had trouble understanding how could she break up with someone as special as Maverick. But Laura Kaye was brilliant with Alexa’s background, I mean grieve can sometimes lead us to make stupid mistakes and as their story progressed I understood Alexa’s need for financial stability and I warmed up to her. Besides, I admired her for getting out when she did and for finally standing up to Grant, her scumbag fiancé. It’s hard to read about an abusive relationship. Abusive relationships can include sexual, emotional and/or physical abuse, it’s not only based on physical violence. Disrespect, intense jealousy, mistreatment, controlling behavior, etc are not ok and I admire the way Laura made that point by showing us Grant’s erratic and escalating behavior. Of course, I wished Alexa didn’t ignore her intuition and all the other signs but that wouldn’t be very realistic. Overall, Ride Rough has a little bit of everything: action, suspense, sweet and steamy romance and a hot group of bikers (lots of them still single!). Ride Rough is my favorite so far in the Raven Riders series and I’m definitely in love with this MC! If you love a second chance romance, you can’t miss this one. Can’t wait for Cora and Slider’s story!
Karenls1956 More than 1 year ago
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Ride Rough is book two in the Raven Riders series by Laura Kaye. I loved this one. Maverick and Alexa have a past, but they or I should say she broke it off. She just wasn’t ready and of course she’s moved own. Now she’s engaged to a man she thinks will give her everything she ever wanted. Maverick made a vow to watch over Alexa whether she is in his life or not. These two might just find a second chance. WOW, it’s hard to read about abuse, of any kind, on anyone. The author vividly portrayed what was going on with Alexa, what she was thinking, and feeling. You can see and feel the abuse, but Alexa is not yet ready to see the signs, but when she does things get complicated; because her fiancé, Grant, has made it so her life is all wrapped up in his and their is no easy way out. Maverick is such a sweet guy. I loved him. When he gets his chance to be with Alexa again he doesn’t push. He is just their to help and maybe; become something more, if they can discuss the past and keep her safe. Their was just so much tenderness, passion, and warmth in this novel. I love the Raven Riders. They are a protective bunch and will do what they can to help Alexa out. The feelings Maverick and Alexa have for each other are deep and intense. The past was never resolved and they both have carried a torch for each other, even now, when they both tried to move on in their lives.  Two things that really stood out and made this one fun, sexy, and entertaining where the carnival and the sex scene on Maverick’s bike. Who can resist a splendidly well written sex scene on a motorcycle. Oh boy, it was hot and so sexy. The carnival was adorable and delightful. It was so great that the Raven Riders had this idea to put together a carnival to bring back business after the events in Ride Hard. The carnival brought back many memories from when I was a kid and all the fun times me and my friends had at the fair. It was well done and everyone had such fun. The more I dive into the Rave Riders series the more I fall in love with the world, the club, and their ladies. I’m excited for Ride Wild, because it’s finally Cora’s turn. I’ve wanted her story since the moment she popped up in Ride Hard as Haven’s best friend. Rated: 4 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how why the blinders finally come off that that is when we truly begin to live!!! Alexa was in denial but life sometimes has a way if forcing you to see the truth for what it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nick and Becca together with their love and a happy ending.
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
✦Review: RIDE ROUGH: A Raven Riders Novel by Laura Kaye Publication Date: April 25, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 5 Stars REVIEW I enjoyed this fast-paced exciting story of Maverick and Alexa. The problems in her life were so realistically portrayed and the characters real. Her mother’s mental health issue was handled realistically without dramatization, including how it affected Alexa. The portrayal of her abusive fiancé and how the situation had progressed was also spot-on. All that played well into the sexy love story and made Maverick even more perfect. Love, sex, friendship and hardship all rolled into one nice story. *Review copy provided by Avon Romance in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must-read to learn more about this MC. Loyalty, love and honor is throughout this awesome story.
KnottyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
Ride Rough is the second book in the Raven Riders series about a group of bikers whose core focus is to help those who can’t help themselves. Their motto is Ride. Fight. Defend. This book is about the president of the club Dare’s cousin, Maverick Rylan, the Vice President. His old flame, Alexa Harmon, is engaged to a controlling, abusive jerk named Grant who owns half the town and has the mayor and a deputy in his pocket. Alexa also has a mom with a hoarding problem, but when she finally has enough, she ends up with Maverick. But Grant wants her back and is willing to do whatever it takes. Can Maverick protect her? Buy Ride Rough and find out! I love this series! First, it’s Laura Kaye, and she’s an amazing writer, no matter the series. Second, she’s made the MC genre fresh with these guys and I love them all. Third, the suspense is just great! Fourth…I could keep going, but seriously, you should grab a copy and see how amazing this book is for yourself.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Whoa. What a ride this book takes you on! Ms. Kaye did a fantastic job of showing how an otherwise seemingly strong, rational woman could become a part of an abusive relationship--and holy cow, did it give me the chills. That the reader can absolutely see what is wrong with Alexa's relationship when she can't yet? Yikes. This book has made me add Sleeping with the Enemy to my "must re-watch in the near future" list, because, yeah. That kind of creepy horror is all over this book. Plus, motorcycles. And a hairless cat who wears sweaters and plays in the bathtub. A filled bathtub. With bath toys. Oh, and Maverick. Can't forget him. ;) Basically, this book is non-stop awesomeness from cover to cover--I can't even begin to tell you how much the fact that Mav has so many single "brothers" in his club thrills me! Raven Riders is a spinoff of Kaye's Hard Ink series, and a few of the guys from there make appearances here (not enough, though, IMHO ;)). Even so, this one could work okay as a standalone. Some of the events that happened in book one of this series ( Ride Hard ) do come up here, but you're given enough information to know what you need to for this story. Dare and Haven are almost as awesome as Mav and Al, though, so you're going to want to find out their whole story--just a warning! While clicking through to the series page, I see that Cora and Slider's story is next, and all I have to say is YESSSSSSSSSS! (Fist pump in air) Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
KaliMcQuillen More than 1 year ago
Maybe they weren't ready before. They needed to grow, find out what they really wanted. Become who they were supposed to be all along. Be careful what you wish for. Alexa thought she got what she had wanted when she wanted certainty, permanence, and security. Unfortunately it's not what she thought it would be. She's got herself into a bad situation and didn't realize how bad it was until it was almost too late. When she needed help, she ran to the one man who used to have her heart, Maverick, her ex. (I'll just throw in there I'm calling dibs on him!) When she goes back home to Grant, her fiance, he is not pleased. He's not pleased about a lot of things. He's a controlling perfectionist that needs his butt laid out. The way that he treats Alexa made me want to get violent with him. Mav feels like he's let down the people that meant the most to him in the past and he isn't going to do it again. He's all in on protecting Alexa even if she doesn't want it. When the chips are down and he has to step in what is Alexa going to do? When Grant plays dirty to get her to come back to him, is she going to be strong enough with the help of Mav and his MC brothers to do what needs to be done? The way that Mav is with Alexa I just wanted to hug him. He's just being himself and she calls all of his protective instincts to the surface. These two together are steamy hot and to see them rebuilding their relationship *sigh* there's nothing like second chance love is there? "You're a good man, Maverick Rylan. Better than I gave you credit for. But I see you now."
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A big, bad motorcycle guy reunited with his first love makes for an exciting story as deceit and danger abound! A great continuation of characters that we met in the first book in the series with lots of drama, danger and intrigue. I felt the street retribution seemed to get overshadowed with the reunion storyline a bit, but Mav turned out to be such a sweet guy. Tough guy Maverick Rylan has never gotten over his first and only love, and when he learns she’s in trouble, nothing can stop him from being there for her. As the VP of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club, he knows what a family is like, and he has plenty of man power behind him in support as he rides in to save the day. Alexa Harmon thought she had everything she’d ever dreamed of … a good job, the security she never had growing up, a successful fiance … and then it all started crumbling down around her. Who was this guy that she was with and how could she not have realized what he was capable of? She lets Mav whisk her away and protect her from all of the ugliness, and when the old feelings come back in a flash, will they be able to resist that old pull of desire?
Julalicious More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Raven Riders series is about Maverick and Alexa. They used to date until she left him hoping for a better and more stable life for her and her mother after the death of her brother. We get our first glimpse of Alexa in the first book when five years later, she’s knocking back on the Raven’s door with bruises. Maverick only wants to help her, but she refuses to admit she needs help and apologize for coming. The second book continues to where things were left off between them; Maverick watching over her discreetly and her being in denial of what her life has become. He can’t seem to put her in the past though he knows he ought to do it knowing something is not right. Maverick is dedicated to the people he cared about. From the first book of the series, you can see that. He’s loyal and he would do anything to protect the ones he loves. He feels a lot of guilt over what happened between his mom and father and that reflects a lot into the person he has become. Alexa's character was frustrating at time, but at the same time, you understand where her thoughts are coming from. Unlike us the readers, Alexa isn't aware of the bad relationship she is in; she always finds excuses to explain why Slater did one thing and why he didn't do the other. But Alexa is a lot like Maverick; she takes care of her loved ones. She is dedicated to her mother and even if it’s hard sometimes, she doesn’t let that stop her. Alexa and Maverick together were like two pieces of puzzle put back together; they just fit. I liked how he helped her realize little by little that the relationship she thought she needs/wanted was far from perfect without pushing too far. He was there when she needed him and that’s it. It was slow building because Alexa had to work a lot on herself to understand who she was and who she has become and realize who she really was. Though the main story is about them, there’s also a lot of going on in the background with the Ravens as they try to save the image of the club after the events of the previous books and so many obstacles are put on their path too. I will admit that I got frustrated with the book from time to time because a lot of injustices happened in it and I wanted to punch someone and since I can’t punch my phone, I decided to just turn it off and wait to cool off. Overall, it was a quick read that will probably make you want to hit something from time to time, but I think you’ll fall in love with Alexa and Maverick’s story. I'm really looking forward to the next books of the series and see where Laura will take us next.
AHopelessRomBooklandia More than 1 year ago
I loved Ride Hard so much that I couldn't wait to read Ride Rough! I didn't care what the synopsis said or who was going to be the couple - I just wanted to read it. I wasn't disappointed at all to find out that it was Maverick's story and while I was expecting for it to be great, it was even better than I thought it would be. Ride Rough was absolutely amazing and I positively loved it! I'm not for sure, but I don't think I looked at Alexa too favorably when we first met her in Ride Hard and I dimly remembered that when I first started Ride Rough, so I didn't think I would be too crazy about her. I thought she would frustrate me and while I felt that way in the beginning, it didn't take long before Alexa changed my mind. She really opens up her mind and realizes the truth of things and and she fights to set rights to them. She truly is strong and determined and she's pretty smart. I have to admire Alexa, she came so far and grew so much - she will definitely do you proud. I loved Alexa, but she couldn't hold a candle to Maverick! He's a rough and rough, but he's a total softie underneath that exterior. He's loyal and genuine, real and true, and so protective. Maverick would do anything for Alexa, but not just her, he would help out his Ravens or anyone who needed his help without hesitation. He is a wonderful guy and it would have been impossible not to love this sweet, thoughtful, sexy man. Even though I had some thought to how Ride Rough was going to play out once I knew whose story it was, it wasn't what I expected. Of course, you still have the danger and action and heartache and it's by no means easy, but there is fun and lightness to it too. It's full of passion, steam, beauty, and depth. Ride Rough was marvelous and I can't tell you how much I loved it or how much I'm looking forward to the next book! Ride Rough can be read as a standalone, it's told from Maverick and Alexa's POV, and they do get their HEA. ~ Sonja, 5 Stars
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We met Alexa briefly in the last book when she showed up at the MC club shaken and bruised. However, she didn’t stick around long and wound up going back to her fiance. Ride Rough starts off with Alexa fretting over being late to get home and have dinner waiting on the table for her fiance. Right away you are aware that something isn’t right. She’s worked a full day at his company and she’s in a panic that she won’t be presentable and have dinner on the table by the time he walks through the door. The first quarter of the book is of Alexa sort of in denial that she’s in an abusive relationship. I mean, it’s not like her fiance has actually raised his hand and hit her. So, everyone’s concern is for nothing, right? Thankfully, Maverick has been tailing her and keeping an eye on her since she randomly showed up at the clubhouse, and is there for her in her time of need. One thing I want to point out is that these two had a relationship prior to her being engaged. They actually sort of grew up together since her brother and Maverick were the best of buds. However, when her brother died in a motorcycle accident she ups and leaves him and falls right into the arms of Slater, her now fiance. For me, I just didn’t fully grasp her reason for leaving him and immediately getting in a relationship with someone else. Sort of like I didn’t fully understand how you can hit your limit with the abuse you’ve endured, decide to leave them, and then just about immediately sleep with someone else. To say Alexa’s character was all over the place is an understatement. I get that they had a history but the way she flips partners was a little off-putting and to not use a condom with the new guy when you’ve just had sex sans condom with the other guy creeped me out. I’m not overly sure if Alexa was just naive and thought her birth control pill covered her and in turn Maverick from STD’s or if she was in lala land that her abusive fiance couldn’t possibly cheat on her. I mean, the abusive jerk has some pretty good morals after all. *total sarcasm there* Regardless of my issues with Alexa, I really liked Maverick’s character. I almost wish we just had his POV because I just couldn’t stand Alexa. He’s caring, passionate, protective, and easy going. He seems like the kind of guy that you can count on when you’re in a pinch. Plus, I LOVED that when he takes Alexa and her cat in after she leaves her fiance, he goes out of his way and buys her cat a crap ton of stuff, even a skull and crossbones sweater. I’d also like to say that Lucy the cat was probably my favorite character in this book. I loved that the author included a bath time scene with Lucy where the cat plays in the water. I mean, I’ve watched a couple videos of sphynx cats enjoying their bath time and I loved that we got to see Lucy play in the water too. While Ride Rough wasn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed seeing the gang. I still love that it’s not a bad-boy MC biker gang like all the other MC romances out now. One story I’ve been dying to get my hands on since the first book is Slider and Cora’s story. Thankfully their book is next and I don’t have to wait too long. I’ve been watching their story continue to be stagnant for two books now and I’m ready to see the fire light under their butts.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Maverick is the vice-president of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. The club protects vulnerable people who are having a hard time and one of the women Maverick is keeping an eye on is his ex girlfriend and the love of his life, Alexa. Her fiancé, Grant, is a rich businessman who's all about control. Alexa doesn't see what kind of man she's living with until she's about to marry him. Grant made sure she had everything she dreamed off, but his unpredictable behavior starts to scare her. Fortunately Maverick is there to help her out and Alexa discovers that she still has feelings for the man she left behind. Grant doesn't want to let Alexa go and he will do everything in his power to make sure she will come back to him and become his wife, he wants to own her and isn't giving up. It doesn't mean anything to him that Alexa has broken up with him. Will Maverick be able to keep her safe and while doing so, does he have a second chance to convince her he loves her with all his heart and is the man she should be with? Ride Rough is a gripping story about abuse, power games and true love. Alexa is a sweetheart. She lovingly cares for her mentally ill mother, she makes sure everyone around her is happy and she works hard for her future. I immediately liked her and it saddened me that she was engaged to such an awful calculated man. Grant is cruel and Alexa only discovers his true nature just before their wedding. Maverick has always kept an eye on her. He's kind to her, even though she broke his heart, and helps her to escape. Alexa never stopped loving him, but she went through something traumatic that made her leave him. She finally opens her eyes and realizes that Maverick is the man she should be with, but Grant isn't giving up. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see where that would lead and read Ride Rough in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. Laura Kaye writes about abuse in a raw and honest way. She doesn't spare her main characters and her stories are very emotional. I love how deep she's willing to dig into the personalities she's writing about. The Raven Riders might be rough men, but they all have big hearts. They care about each other and about their women, but also about complete strangers in need of help. That's an admirable mentality and I love the Raven Riders series because of it. Laura Kaye's vivid writing makes her story come to life very well. Her stories are sexy, romantic and emotional, which is a great combination. The Raven Riders regularly get into trouble. They're good men, but doing what they do doesn't make them popular with everyone and they have quite a few dangerous enemies. Grant is one of them and reading about their conflicts and his willingness to go far to bring them down kept me on the edge of my seat. Ride Rough is a terrific captivating story with an amazing scary ending.
booknooknuts More than 1 year ago
If you read book one, then you will know who Maverick is. He is the Raven Riders Vice and Dare' cousin. And you would have met Alexa in book one. Mav has only ever loved one woman, and that is his best friends sister Alexa. The only problem is she left him just up and poof after her brother died. Alexa has to do whatever it takes to take care of her mother. But she may have bitten off more than she can chew with Business Man Grant Slater. A JERK with a capital J. There is so much love between this couple, and it may take them a bit to get back to each other, but when it does, it sizzles. This book gives us exactly the right amount of angst, drama, love, and friendship. Everyone will be put to the test. There is vivid abuse in this book, but it's written tastefully. Alexa has made friends with Haven and Cora. I really hope Cora gets a story she is such a strong female, funny, and caretaker. This book was fully loaded, and I enjoyed it actually I devoured it in one day. Again I'd say grab book one to begin your journey. Oh and we do see mention of previous characters from other books which I love when an author does that.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars--RIDE ROUGH is the second full length installment in Laura Kaye’s contemporary adult RAVEN RIDERS erotic, MC, romance series focusing on the men and women of the Raven Riders MC. This is club vice-president Maverick Rylan, and interior designer Alexa Harmon’ story line. RIDE ROUGH can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person points of view (Alexa and Maverick) RIDE ROUGH is a second chance story line between the vice-president of the Raven Riders MC, and interior designer Alexa Harmon. Five years earlier, upon the death of her brother and fellow member of the Raven Riders MC, Alexa Harmon walked out of Maverick’s life without looking back. Fast forward to present day wherein Alexa is preparing for her upcoming nuptials with wealthy businessman and real estate investor Grant Slater- a man Alexa once thought she loved but a man who has become too controlling and too possessive with the approach of their wedding date. Enter Maverick Rylan, the man to who Alexa once gave her heart, and the man who will sacrifice everything to protect the woman he loves. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Maverick and Alexa, and Maverick’s desperate attempts to save Alexa from a man willing to destroy everyone Maverick loves. The relationship between Maverick and Alexa is one of second chances ;a rekindling romance between two people destroyed by the death of Alexa’s brother Tyler- a member of the Raven Riders MC. Alexa and her mother had a difficult time coping with their grief and loss so much so that our heroine pushed away the only man she would ever love. Throughout the years Maverick has stood watch, protecting Alexa from afar, and he is the man she runs to when life with Grant becomes difficult and troubling. Alexa and Maverick’s love for one another has never waivered in the face of Alexa’s decision to walk away from everyone that reminded her of the past. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense. There are a large number of secondary and supporting characters including all of the Raven Riders MC membership, as well as Club President Dare Kenyon and his significant other Haven Randall, as well as Haven’s best friend Cora who may or may not have an attraction to Club member Sam ‘Slider’ Evans. We are introduced to Alexa’s long-suffering mother Cynthia who struggles with more than the grief of a mother who has lost her son. The world building looks behind the scenes of the Raven Riders MC: their struggles to maintain power and authority in the face of a legal system with dirty hands in the back pockets of one too many politicians and businessmen; and the brotherhood, family and life long friendships in the Raven Riders MC. RIDE ROUGH is a story of friendship, rekindling romance, second chances, betrayal and loss. The premise is dramatic and impassioned; the characters are dynamic and lively; the romance is seductive and hot. RIDE ROUGH is a thrilling and intoxicating story that will leave you breathless and wanting more.
Kindle_Loving_Mom More than 1 year ago
I love everything Laura Kaye writes, and this series is shaping up to be just as great as Hard Ink was! Maverick Rylan is a higher up in the Raven Riders MC, which is run by his cousin, Dare, the hero from book 1, Ride Hard. Mav is a great guy that you can always count on when you need him. He's been in love with the same woman since he was a teenager, his best friend's sister Alexa Harmon. But after his best friend died in a motorcycle accident 5 years ago, Alexa left him and he tried to move on with his life. Mav's dad was an abuser, and he still blames himself for not getting his mom out of there earlier, so he's got a soft spot for a woman in trouble, which fits in well with the MC's mission of helping women and kids in need. He's been throwing himself into that work for the last 5 years. He's moved on, but he's never really let go of his Al. Then in book 1, she showed up at the MC club house one day with a beat up face, and no real explanations. She ran off pretty quickly after seeing Mav, saying she was fine and that she made a mistake by coming there. Needless to say, Maverick is enraged at the sight, and vows to find out what's going on, and if she's in danger. Alexa has moved on following her brother's death. She grew up dirt poor, and her mom is a hoarder, so she's had a rough life. She needs to feel financially secure and emotionally cared for in her relationship, and she didn't think Mav could give her that. Not to mention the way her brother died made her worried for Mav's safety as well, so she walked away from him. She met her fiance, Grant Slater, when she started working for his company. You realize right from the opening lines of this book, that all is NOT well in her relationship. She's constantly tiptoeing around his moods, and his needs, and telling herself that everything is fine, but she has a feeling of dread towards their quickly upcoming wedding. After her fight with Grant that led to her face getting hurt, and seeing Maverick again, she's trying to push all that behind her and act like everything is ok. Her sense of denial is STRONG. I was afraid she was heading down a TSTL (too stupid to live) path, but she surprised me. Maverick starts watching Alexa to make sure she's safe, and it enables him to be there for her when things start to go down and she leaves her fiance. Alexa has a TON of issues to work through, but she finally starts to come back to herself after years of being torn down left and right by Grant and all his crazy. Once she's out, it's like a fog has lifted and she's realizing how much crap she put up with and she can't believe she ever let it get so bad. She was looking for comfort in all the wrong places, when what she had with Mav was what she really needed all along. It was so great to see them come back to each other. I really love when the hero is ALL IN, and this is definitely the case here. Once Mav knows that Alexa really does need him, he'll stop at nothing to help and protect her. He was a fantastic character, and I loved his heart. I was really proud of Alexa as well. She let herself get swept up into a completely unhealthy situation, but she managed to get out and keep her head about her, and it was really great to see. 2nd chance romances are usually a love/hate thing for me, but this one was so different from the norm, and done so well, that I loved it! Truly a fantastic story! Looking forward to book 3!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Love, Honor and Protect. Maverick lives his life by those three words. The blood that flows through his veins may not be blue blood but is laced with a steel that makes him a dangerous enemy. He's a man of few words and boundaries but he gives his all to everything he does. No one can write a bad boy quite like Ms. Kaye. You want to hate him, but can't help but love him. He may not be the standard do-gooder but he loves as hard as he fights. Alexa is a weakness, he can't shake and that sets him on a course for the biggest risk of all. Ride Rough gets under the skin and leaves a mark on the heart. A dirty, sexy, thrill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all Laura Kaye books, especially the Hard Ink series. This series about the MC is proving to be equally as good. Can't wait to read the next book in the series. Highly recommend all of this authors books. Mjw