Review: Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye

Ride Dirty
(Raven Riders #3.5)
by Laura Kaye
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Publication date: March 13, 2018
Genre: Romance

Caine McKannon is all about rules. As the Raven Riders Sergeant-at-Arms, he prizes loyalty to his brothers and protection of his club. As a man, he takes pleasure wherever he can get it but allows no one close—because distance is the only way to ensure people can’t hurt you. And he’s had enough pain for a lifetime.

And then he rescues a beautiful woman from an attack.

Kids and school are kindergarten teacher Emma Kerry’s whole life, so she’s stunned to realize she has an enemy—and even more surprised to find a protector in the intimidating man who saved her. Tall, dark, and tattooed, Caine is unlike any man Emma’s ever known, and she’s as uncertain of him as she is attracted. As the danger escalates, Caine is in her house more and more – until one night of passion lands him in her bed.

But breaking the rules comes at a price, forcing Caine to fight dirty to earn a chance at love.




Caine has had a rough upbringing and due to that, he takes his job as enforcer and Sergeant-at-arms very seriously at the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. He views himself as a protector and wears the weight of the world on his shoulders. While he may have a rough exterior, it’s just a tough outer shell. When he comes across Emma being attacked by a masked man, he immediately steps in and saves the day. However, since the man took off with her purse, which has her house keys and drivers license, he takes it upon himself to stay close and make sure that she’s safe. Even though he’s managed to keep everyone at arm’s length, Caine finds himself opening up to Emma.

I’m not normally a fan of novellas but since I’m already familiar with this series, I had no trouble jumping right in. While Caine isn’t a character I know too much about, and Emma is a new character on the scene, I found myself getting attached to them almost immediately. While I wish we got to see more of Caine at the club or doing his own thing, I get that with the length of the novella, things had to be shortened and sped up. So, instead of getting those behind-the-scenes at the club that I’ve come to love, a lot of the scenes are of Emma and Caine at her house. Which, makes sense since this story takes place over winter break. I guess I just wish that there was a bit more to their story… mainly because I didn’t want the story to end.

I thought this was a great addition to the Raven Riders series. Caine’s character had so many layers that I wouldn’t know where to begin. Emma’s stubbornness to make Caine see the good inside himself was heartwarming. And the suspense of Emma’s attacker luring in the dark kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.


Favorite quote…

“If no one ever touched him, how could they know if he was real? Maybe people were all just twisted figments in each other’s tortured imaginations.”



Meet Laura Kaye

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 Raven Riders, 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.

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Previous reviews from Raven Riders
Ride Hard
Ride Rough

Ride Wild




10 Thoughts on “Review: Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye

  1. I still need to read book two, thanks for the reminder!! 😀

  2. Nadene on 24 March, 2018 at 1:19 pm said:

    I feel the same way about novellas, but there are times when they surprise you. It is good you enjoyed this one.

    • I know what you mean. There are a some novellas that I’ve loved more than the actual full length novel that it’s attached to. However, they are usually always part of a series. I think I need to have a base understanding, or know that their story will continue on after the novella ends.

  3. I haven’t read the series. Sounds like a good one though.

  4. I’ve read one book in the series: Ride Hard. I did enjoy it, but haven’t picked up the others yet. Glad this one was good!

  5. I think it’s always easier when you have novellas from series you follow. I need to try this author.

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