Review: Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren

20926722Nice Girls Don’t Ride
By: Roni Loren
Publisher: Penguin Intermix
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Natalie Bourne thinks she has the perfect night planned for her twenty-first birthday. But when her car breaks down and her boyfriend bails on her, she’s left stranded in an auto shop dealing with a way too cocky, way too hot mechanic, who seems to be intent on pushing every button she has.

Monroe Hawkins knows he shouldn’t be messing with a girl from the uppity private college. Especially when he can tell she sees him as the help. But he’s having trouble resisting the redhead with the smart mouth and the killer legs. So when Natalie’s night goes from bad to worse, there’s no way he’s letting her spend her birthday alone. He makes her a deal—he’ll take her home but not until the sun comes up.

Ten hours, one motorcycle, and the city of Austin at their fingertips…things are about to take a major detour. And soon, there may be no U-turn in sight.


1thoughtsIt’s Natalie’s 21st birthday and nothing is going according to plan. She’s dressed to the nines for her date with her boyfriend at this amazing restaurant that she had to reserve two months in advance but her night is going downhill fast. Not only is her car broken down, but she’s stuck waiting in the hot weather that smells like roadkill waiting for the tow company to come and get her. On top of that, her boyfriend isn’t answering her calls so she’s stuck there until the tow company comes. Her luck picks up when another tow truck pulls up and offers her a lift. However, her luck is short lived.

This was a nice short story. There’s not a whole heck of a lot that takes place. There’s not even a lot of character development either. It’s like a snippet from another story that’s been shortened into a novella. I’m not saying that the story wasn’t enjoyable but I would have liked more build up, more character development… just more. I won’t go into specifics because that would give away the story but I just didn’t have those deep feels you get when you’re fully immersed in a story. The story kind of skipped to the future and you were left empty from what happens between now and then. I would have liked to have been with the characters throughout their adventure with each other rather than getting the very beginning and then en epilogue to the future.


1favequote“God. I’ve turned into one of those Hey, Girl memes everyone’s always posting on Facebook. Hey, Girl. Get in my van. I’ll show you the country while I feel you delicacies from greasy spoons.


9 Thoughts on “Review: Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren

  1. That often happens with novellas 🙂 I’ve got it in a boxed set, so I’ll read it one day !

    • I’m hit or miss with novellas. I accidentally clicked the wrong button in the email I got and it went to the NG widget instead of the GR page. I’ve done that a few times before. Luckily, I’ve read her Loving on the Edge series and really enjoyed them so I wasn’t to worried going into this. I just wanted more. The writing was good, but I needed more. LoL

  2. I’m not sure this story is for me, but I am liking the cover. 🙂

  3. Aw. Bummer it didn’t work more for ya. I absolutely loved this one. I agree though I would have liked some of that in between stuff from their meet to the epilogue bits.

  4. novellas are hard. Not many I rate higher than 3 stars.

    • Phew. At least it’s not just me. I try not to read novellas because of this but sometimes I just get sucked in. There have been a few times where a novella blew me away. My favorite is Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs. The series itself is okay but that prequel novella is amazing.

  5. I don’t mind novellas which are just a snippet of every day life, actually. So this seems like something I might like. The only thing I don’t like is when there is an epilogue to the ending. I feel like it shouldn’t be there because we don’t need to know everything about the future, and often times it feels rushed.

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