New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Kaye brings you the second title in her Raven Riders Series, RIDE ROUGH, releasing today!
A sexy romantic suspense, you might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series about a different kind of a motorcycle club with a protective mission stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier!
The Raven Riders Series takes you on a new adventure and kicks it into overdrive!
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About Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2, 4/25/17)
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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After being introduced to Alexa Harmon in Dare and Haven’s book and witnessing her trepidation with being in Maverick’s presence surrounded by his Raven Riders brothers, I knew the story behind her reemergence into Mav’s life as well as what they used to mean to each other would explain why Mav seemed hellbent on protecting her, even without her consent. To say that it was a rough ride five years ago when Alexa broke up with Mav, partly because he couldn’t give her what she needed and partly because her fears dominated her frame of mind, would be an understatement. What started out as a friendship blossomed into an undeniable connection between them and despite their years of separation and Alexa’s need to live a certain kind of life, it’s easy to see that they both made the wrong decision and now have a chance to make things right, even if their journey to a second chance is one filled with regret, guilt, fear, and anger.
Objectively speaking, it makes sense why Alexa couldn’t stay with Mav all those years ago; she wanted stability and certainty for her and her mother, and Mav didn’t step up and tell her he could give that to her, so she felt like her only option was to leave and not look back. But what she thought was trading up was actually only a façade – one that she convinced herself was real…one that she desperately held onto because it seemed to hold everything she had ever wanted, but when she finally faced the reality of her situation, she clearly saw that letting Maverick go was her first mistake and allowing her dreams to overshadow what she truly had just about destroyed her, both figuratively and literally.
It’s made clear, early on, that Mav and Al are meant to be together but the complications that arise from that fact is what makes their journey difficult because an outside force threatens to destroy their second chance before they even truly get started.
I adore second chance love stories, especially ones where both the hero and heroine figure out what went wrong, take the time to discuss their mistakes and then go about rectifying those errors, proving to the other person that the only right choice is to claim one another again, learning from their past and ensuring their future is everything they want it to be.
The rough ride that Laura Kaye takes Mav and Alexa on illustrates just how much strength and determination it takes to make a relationship – the right relationship – last. Both Mav and Alexa realize what prevented them from working things out all those years ago and with that new insight and the resolve to not allow themselves to fall back into old habits, holding on as they learn to take this rough ride of life together and having so much more than they could have ever dreamed they’d have.
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“What am I going to do? My entire life is wrapped up in him. My job. Where I live. My car. Where Mom lives. Everything. Oh, God. This is going to be a nightmare, isn’t it?”
Maverick grasped Alexa’s hands. “One thing at a time. You’re out. You can stay here as long as you need to. I have plenty of room. I’ll help you through it. That’ll give you time to figure out what it is you want. There’s no rush.”
“Okay,” she said. “Okay. God, thank you.” A shiver raced over her skin.
“You don’t have to thank me. I’m so relieved for you that I might fall the fuck over,” he said, his thumb rubbing over her knuckles. She almost managed a little smile. “Your hands are like ice, Al. I shouldn’t have made you stand her all this time when you’re soaking wet.”
Alexa shook her head. “It felt good to get it out, Maverick.”
“Glad to hear it. Would a hot shower make you feel better? I can find you a T-shirt and a pair of boxers to change into while your clothes dry.”
All the TLC and understanding he was giving her reached right inside her chest. When was the last time someone had taken care of her this way?
The last time you were with Maverick. The truth of that thought made her breath catch. “Yeah. I’d like that,” she managed.
He gave a tight nod and stepped back, and she missed his heat immediately. “Uh, good. That’s good. You remember your way around?”
“Of course,” she said. How much time had she spent here over the years? Even before they dated? At one point, Maverick’s place had practically been a second home.
“You okay?” he asked, watching her.
She pushed off the door. “I don’t know yet,” she said, coming to him. “But what I do know is how grateful I am to you. For everything. For being there when I told you not to. For listening. For just . . . being you.”
“Always.” He crossed his big arms and ducked his chin, like something about the exchange made him uncomfortable.
“I mean it,” she said, and then she pressed onto tiptoes and kissed his cheek, his stubble tickling her lips. “You saved me tonight.”
“No,” he said, eyes flashing, one brow arched. “You saved yourself, Al. I was just your getaway driver.”
Staring into one another’s eyes, the tender moment stretched out, morphed, suddenly flashed hot. Being so close to him set her body on fire, and finally she could actually consider acting on it. Need roared through her, a living, breathing thing. “Maverick,” she whispered.
“Fuck, Alexa, I think you better go take that shower,” he said, his jaw ticking. “Now.”
She released a shaky breath and nodded. He was right. Of course, he was.
So, showering. She could handle that. Afterward, God only knew what she was going to do.
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About Laura Kaye
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.