Review: Ride Wild by Laura Kaye

Ride Wild
(Raven Riders #3)
by Laura Kaye
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: Oct. 31, 2018
Genre: Romance
Rating:

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.

 

 

My thoughts…

Cora and Slider’s story has been one I’ve been dying to read from the first book. Slider’s wife passed away two years ago from cancer and he’s been pretty beat up about it since. He’s retreated into himself and only interacts with others when absolutely necessary. However, when Haven and Cora come into town, Cora starts babysitting for him and we’ve slowly seen these two interact over the last two books. They finally got their own book and I honestly was not expecting it to be as dark and twisted as it was. It was hard to read at times, gut-wrenching, beautiful, sweet, and gave me butterflies. Basically, it gave me all the feels.

Because a lot of the plot twists are a huge surprise, I can’t really go into too much detail but there’s an underlying topic that plays a huge part in this story line and that’s dog fighting. Cora volunteers at a shelter which is where dog fighting is brought to her attention. There’s even a scene where we, as the reader, go to a dog fighting event. That was one of the hardest parts I have ever read in a book. However, one thing I really liked about this is that the author took the time to not only highlight something so horrific that happens in our own backyards, but she’s also donating part of the proceeds from this book to Noah’s Arks Rescue. Knowing that proceeds from this book are going to a nonprofit organization that supplies emergency medical, surgical, and rehabilitation services to abused animals, makes me want to be Oprah and buy everybody a copy of Ride Wild. I had no idea that when Cora’s boss at the shelter contacts Noah’s Arks that it was an actual rescue group and I loved that there’s an organization like this that exists.

While this story does focus on two different characters from previous books, you really need to read, at least, the first book where Cora is first introduced. Not only does it cover how she came to be in the protection of the club, but it also covers Slider’s recluse nature as well. Without that base knowledge, I don’t feel like you’d get that deep connection with these two that I got. Also, events that happened in the first book are carried over into this one. So, all the conflict that finally bubbles to the surface would seem a bit out of sorts if you were to just pick up this book without reading the first book at least. Don’t worry though because this whole series has been amazing. So, it’s no hardship to have to start from the beginning. 😉

Seriously, Laura Kaye has struck gold with this novel. I absolutely loved it and still think about it a month after reading it. I already had a soft spot for Slider prior to going in but I had no idea who he really was until this book. Ride Wild had me smiling, swooning, angry, and tearing up. Basically, it gave me all the feels. This is indeed a wild ride and it’s one I highly recommend to anyone who loves contemporary romance.

 

Favorite quote…

“When no one had ever wanted you before, ever claimed you, ever valued you, all you craved was that one person who would. Who would give you a place to belong, who would love you no matter what, who would be your safe place to land.”

 

Previous reviews from Raven Riders
Ride Hard
Ride Rough

 

 

 

2 Thoughts on “Review: Ride Wild by Laura Kaye

  1. I used to work at a shelter in the city and we got a lot of the *bait* dogs in. It was really sad but we were able to rehab and place a lot of them.

    I’ll have to keep this one in mind. I love that some of the proceeds go to help the animals.

    For What It’s Worth

  2. That does sound good. I might have to add that one to my wish list. Thanks for the great review.

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