Hang on tight. When it comes to love, this loyal soldier plays rough.
Amber: Two years ago I would’ve made a play for a guy like “Bam” in a heartbeat. That was before my father died in a puddle of blood in the middle of a parking lot before I swore off his fellow bikers and their stupid “business.” But I still need answers about what happened to my dad, which is why I’m poking around at a nightclub owned by the Russian mafia. And that’s where I run into Bam, who carries me out of the club in his ridiculously strong arms like I was True Brothers property.
Bam: Motorcycle club princess Amber Bennett is the last person I’d expect to see at a club like Howl. She’s flirting with some dangerous people, and it’s my duty to step in and protect her before she gets in over her head. Like I don’t have enough on my mind without cleaning up Amber’s drama. Besides, she’s the definition of off-limits. If only she weren’t so f***ing hot. And determined to take care of everything herself. And oddly vulnerable. Because when we cross the line, I’m forced to choose between my true family — or my true feelings.
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RUTHLESS | REBELLIOUS | RESILIENT | ROUGH RIDE
I was excited to read Rough Ride. I have read the True Brother’s MC series from book 2. This series has captivated me. I love reading about bad boys who find their true loves with good girls. I have loved reading this series and Rough Ride was no exception.
What I liked about this book was how relatable Amber and Bam were. I also liked the chemistry between Amber and Bam. Even when they were in denial about their feelings for each other, it was still there. What I also liked was that both of them were not afraid to stand up to people. Bam stood up to his MC family for his relationship with Amber. And Amber, well she stood up to the son of the head of the region’s Russian mafia.
There were also things I didn’t like about the book. I didn’t like how Tank acted for 90% of the book. I get that he felt guilty about what happened with Stitch but still. He acted like a jerk when he began to suspect that Bam had feelings for Amber. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought Tank had feelings for her. I also didn’t like Bam’s mother. She was a vile woman. That whole scene in the casino turned my stomach. The last thing I didn’t like about the book was how Amber’s mother acted the entire book. I get that she was destroyed when Stitch was murdered. That would have destroyed me too. But she wallowed in it. Kept drinking and forced Amber to take over paying the mortgage and all the house bills. She did redeem herself halfway through the book but still, the damage was done. I couldn’t look at her the same way I did when Brittany was introduced in Rebellious.
I liked the plot of Rough Ride. It takes place a year after Stitch was murdered. We find Bam is a full member of the book, despite what happened in Resilient. Amber is struggling to take care of her mother and keep the bills paid while going to school. She also needs closure with her father’s death. So she decides to go to the Russian Mafia owned club and demand answers. She gets them and she gets the unwanted attention of Ruslan, the son of the head of the region’s Russian Mafia. When the Brothers’ find out that Ruslan is stalking Amber, Bam is put on duty to watch her and keep her safe. Which Amber resents and fights against. But soon they start to develop feelings for each other. Can their love survive? Or is it destined to be a failed love story?
Ok, let’s talk about the cover. While I like it and think the model is hot, he does not look like what I expected Bam to look like. Bam was described by Amber as looking like a Viking. I was expecting a cover model who looked like a biker viking. Like:
That is what I thought Bam should look like. Not, the cover model on the cover. Just saying.
I liked how Bam and Amber’s romance was slow going. Bam didn’t want to be attracted to her. She was off-limits to him and here he was fighting his attraction to her. But once he kissed her, the romance took off. Of course, it wasn’t easy-going.
The chemistry between Bam and Amber was insane. The author took her time having them do the dirty but when they did, it was insane. As was every other sex scene that they had together. I do have one question, which wasn’t answered in the book. Was Bam pierced like Reb and Tank? Author didn’t mention it and inquiring minds want to know…lol.
The end of the Rough Ride had me in tears. I agreed with Amber about why she did what she did. But, I also agreed with Maverick. She shouldn’t have run. I loved the epilogue. Loved, loved, loved it!!!
What I liked about Rough Ride:
A) How relatable Amber and Bam were
B) The chemistry between Amber and Bam
C) How they weren’t afraid not to stand up to people
What I disliked about Rough Ride:
A) Tank and how he acted for 90% of the book.
B) Bam’s mother. What a vile, vile woman
C) Amber’s mother.
I would give Rough Ride an Adult rating. There is explicit sex. There is violence. There is language. I would suggest that no one under the age of 21 read this book.
I would reread Rough Ride. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.
I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group, Loveswept, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review Rough Ride.
All opinions stated in this review of Rough Ride are mine.
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading. Also, I will let y’all know what has gone on in my life this past week.
I know that I skipped last week’s WWW Wednesday. We went on vacation. Camping. Which ended up being a bust. Why? Because Miss R ended up getting heat exhaustion (it was in the 90’s and humid). Then Mr. Z started getting sick from the heat. Then BK. So, we decided to leave the campground and go home. So, yeah. A huge waste of money and a lesson learned. Do not go camping in NC in the summer.
This week has been all about VBS for Mr. Z and Miss R. The church that we are planning on attending has an excellent VBS program. Mr. Z has been loving it. Monday, they went to the SalvationArmy and sorted food. Tuesday, they went to CCM (Cooperative Christian Ministries) and helped weed/take care of the grounds. Today, they are going to a horse farm and will be doing chores there. Tomorrow, they will be filling backpacks full of food for the Backpack Program (click here for a better explanation)
Miss R has been doing crafts and she has also been watching the older kids put on skits that explain God’s will on a level that they can understand. She has been having a blast.
Miss B has been home. If I had known that she could have volunteered as a counselor for VBS, I would have sent her. But, I didn’t but I will be doing it next summer. She has been spending quality time playing SIMS 4 on her XBox 1 and watching YouTube. Tomorrow, she gets her retainer back. She is not happy with me about that…lol.
Enough about me. Here’s what I have been up to reading-wise this past week:
What I am currently reading:
“Bruised, bloody, and barely dressed, she knew it was over. She had no doubt the Vikings would search for her if she tried to run—especially now, with their companion lying dead. It would be dark soon, and she had no idea where she could go or hide. Jilliand knew they would come for her. The Vikings were not likely to let this go—especially it being an attack by a woman. She was defeated. Weak and shaking, she stared at the man’s body.I think tonight I die. ”
I started reading this book last night. It’s interesting but I am not sure if I like it or not. I’ll save my thoughts on it for the review.
What I finished reading:
Cottonbloom is the perfect place for starting over, finding your way back home–and falling head over heels. . .
Ella Boudreaux has a lot to prove to her family, friends, and foes–and to herself. So when her marriage ends she decides to invest her energy and money into a place that brings back some of Ella’s happiest memories: the Abbott brothers’ garage. Maybe, if she puts her mind to it, she can teach skeptical, stubborn Mack Abbott how to make the business a true success. Which would be a lot easier if the hunky mechanic didn’t make her motor run quite so fast…and hot.
Mack was furious when his brother, Ford, sold his share of the business. He’s in no rush to team up with a wealthy divorcee who shows up to the garage in stilettos–and the longest, sexiest legs he’s seen in forever. But Ella’s grit and determination won’t quit…and soon Mack can see that she’s been down a few rough roads herself. Neither Mack nor Ella can deny the fierce attraction that’s revving up between them. Could it be that true love has been in the backseat all along…and they’ve finally found the key.
I liked this book but I wish I had read at least one book in the series before I read this one. There is so much backstory that you need to read the previous books. This book will not be published until July 31st, 2018. So be on the lookout for the review!!!
What I am reading next:
Inconclusive Evidence: This is one of many books in my backlog of author requests. I was very interested in the blurb. I am looking forward to reading this book. Review should be up fairly soon.
Rough Ride:I had been on the lookout for this book. I have reviewed the last 2 books (didn’t review book 1) and liked them. Review will be up by the end of July.
Deep Cover: I was approached by the publisher to review this book. I am not a huge fan of Army/Navy/Marine/Airforce romances but the blurb caught my attention on this one. Review will be up by the end of July.
So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.