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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Kaye brings you the second title in her Raven Riders Series, RIDE ROUGH. 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! Order your copy of RIDE ROUGH today!

 
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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.

RIDE ROUGH by Laura Kaye - EXCERPT - Dreaming

It was one of Maverick’s favorite dreams.
He and Alexa had gone up to Swallow Falls in Western Maryland for a weekend getaway and were staying in one of the mini cabins at the state park. After a day of hiking and swimming and picnicking outside, they’d come back to their cabin tired and ready to crash, but getting naked for showers had sidetracked them for hours. And even once they finally fell asleep, Maverick was hard and ready every time he woke up, and he took her again and again, falling asleep still buried inside her . . . 
And fuck if he wasn’t ready right now.
He burrowed his face in Alexa’s soft hair and banded his arm around her stomach. His hand filled with the soft mound of her breast. He pulled her back against his chest and ground his erection against the swell of her ass. 
“Maverick,” she moaned. 
Hell, yeah. He nuzzled her neck, kissed her there, tasting and nipping and sucking. God, he needed in her. “Fuck, Alexa,” he whispered. 
Her hand gripped his. “Maverick.” 
He rolled her under him and crawled on top of her, his body falling into the cradle of her spread thighs. 
“Uh, Maverick.” 
He frowned and kissed her jaw, her cheek, her mouth. It was the kiss that did it. Something wasn’t right. The memory playing out in his sleep-fogged mind didn’t feel like the reality confronting his physical senses. His eyes blinked open. And he found himself lying on top of Alexa. Not in the cabin at Swallow Falls years before. In the gray morning light of his house. Her wide hazel eyes stared up at him. 
He reared off of her in an instant. “Fuck,” he said, coming to stand by the couch. Alexa looked stunned—and so fucking sexy that Maverick barely resisted crawling back on top of her. She lay on her back in his clothes, on his couch, her knees drawn up and falling out, her hair sleep-mussed and sexy. Jesus. He adjusted himself, unable to hide his raging hard-on, and scrubbed at his face. “Goddamn dream. I’m sorry, Alexa. I didn’t mean to do that.” 
“You . . . you were dreaming. Of me?” she whispered. 
His gaze narrowed. “Don’t ask a question you don’t want the answer to.”
 


Ride Rough (Raven Riders, #2)Ride Rough by Laura Kaye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Rediscovering Your First Love Stars!!!
Reviewed by Franci Neill


This is Book Two in the Raven Riders Series which is an offshoot of the Hard Ink Series by Ms. Kaye. With each book I fall more and more in love with this MC. This is Alexa and Maverick’s story and these two have quite the history. Maverick and her brother Tyler grew up together and were best friends and did everything together, including joining the Raven Riders. Alexa and Maverick always had a connection but as she grew up their feelings for each other become so much more…until a tragedy that ripped her apart.

With this occurrence Alexa changes directions in her life and turns to Grant Slater who is a really big deal in the Western Maryland town they all live in. Over the course of their relationship, Alexa changes in so many ways and when this book opens my heart dropped to my stomach with the urgency of Ms. Kaye’s words and the feelings that accompany this very first scene. I just knew I was going to be in for a wild and bumpy ride with Alexa and I was spot on!!

We also see Maverick for the first time in the beginning of the book and I could feel his love for her already. The fact that we see him when we do, proves that even though they’re no longer lovers, doesn’t mean the feelings aren’t still there. And let me just mention that I do NOT like Grant Slater. He’s an egotistical man that thinks everything should be his way and when I say everything I mean EVERYTHING. I just wanted to punch him out myself!

Once Alexa and Maverick start spending more time together again, because it’s a necessity, which again had my heart hurting for this beautiful, intelligent and caring woman. She takes care of her mother who has some issues that I just don’t think I could deal with, and a job that she hopes will lead her down a path of providing for her and her mother without reliance on Grant. But I digress, these two have chemistry coming out of their pores and when they start to explore what could’ve been and what should be, we learn the depth of Maverick’s feelings for Al…
“I never wanted to let you go in the first place.”
Oh be-still my heart. The connection between Mav and Al is so deep and filled with so much emotion that I routed for them throughout the entire book. Especially when things start to happen or not happen for the Raven Riders. There’s so much drama that we get to see the inner workings for the MC from several viewpoints which I loved. These men are truly brothers and will do anything for each other even if they don’t agree with some of the requests. That’s the beauty of Ms. Kaye’s writing. She gives us tremendous character development and plot details that we actually feel like we’re sitting at the table having dinner with this rowdy bunch of guys and their girls!!

As the story continues to move, we see what is really at stake for our H/h. Not only the livelihood of the MC, but their lives as well. The emotions continue to grow for them. But this time they’ve both grown and matured and the love they’re experiencing now is completely different from five years ago as Al so emotionally tells Mav….
“You’re a good man, Maverick Rylan. Better than I gave you credit for. But I see you now.”
At this point we’re moving to a stunning set of circumstances that brings everything full circle for these two. Their physical connection is HOTTER THAN EVER!!! Talk about needing to fan myself!!! There are so many involved people from Dare and Haven, to Jagger and Phoenix and even our Hard Ink boys. Things are moving rapid pace including how our H/h finally start to find their forever…
“Love heals. Love puts back together things that were broken before. Which is what you’ve done for me….I don’t want to be anywhere else but with you. No matter what.”
In conclusion, this book has moved its way to the top of my favorites list not only by Ms. Kaye, but overall. I’m so excited to see what’s next for the Raven Riders because we get Slider’s story next and it’s going to be SO GOOD!!!!

P.S. Alexa's cat Lucy is a girl that can't be compared to any other...you'll LOVE her!!

Thank you Ms. Kaye for the privilege of reading this book prior to release!

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And don’t miss all the books in the Raven Riders Series!

HARD AS STEEL now available RIDE HARD now available RIDE ROUGH coming April 25th, 2017 RIDE WILD coming October 31st, 2017

 
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  laurakaye-34 crop 2About 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.
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