Saturday, March 28, 2015

REVIEW : Hard Ride (Ready to Ride #4) by Opal Carew

SCHEDULED RELEASE DATES : ONE - April 7, 2015 / TWO - April 14, 2015 / THREE - April 28, 2015

Major thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC.

Hard Ride is broken down into a three part novel that together is book 4 in the Ready to Ride series.

Opal Carew is one of my favorite writers. She just takes erotica/smut to a whole different level. You can always expect to be left in a puddle by the end of her sex scenes. I love me a good and dirty biker series. I’ll review all 3 parts in this piece but I’ll signal book change. 

Liv never expected to find herself trapped in a dark alley facing a band of rough bikers. And she certainly never expected to see him again. Back in college when they dated, he was heir to his family's business empire--and their fortune. She expected him to become a billionaire. Instead, he's the heavily muscled, tattooed member of a rough biker gang...and just as sinfully sexy as ever.

When Shock sees Liv again, he's ready to pay any price to have her in his bed and on his bike. Shock has his own scars to deal with, but he soon learns that Liv is in desperate need of financial help, though she won't tell him why. So he offers her a sensual deal: his help for her complete submission. Can Liv entrust Shock with her secret...and how can she stop herself from falling for the hard rider?

Olivia is dealing with some financial issues and needs some quick cash. She’s not into telling people the reasons for her being in her situation, so the money isn’t exactly flowing to her. After a failed meetup at a sketchy bar, Liv is not so nicely approached by some fellow patrons. As she leaves to avoid further trouble, she quite literally walks into her past.

Devin, now going by “Shock”, is an old college friend of Olivia’s. However, he certainly isn’t as she remembered, except that his feelings for her haven’t changed.

Shock is at the right place and time as he and Olivia run into some serious trouble. Liv wonders just how much she can really trust this new version of an old friend, and when she gets more bad news, Liv figures that he’s all she’s got.

Shock is…shocked. 6 years of nothing and the first thing you ask for is money? This doesn’t seem like the responsible Olivia he remembers, but he’s not his former self either. Shock agrees but he has some favors to ask for as well.

At this point the story goes 0 to 60 in quick time.

Olivia and Shock agree to a unique contract for a month. By the end of part one, it’s already hit a big snag.

Rolling into part two and there is Liv as Shock’s biker babe. 

The two are dealing with their past issues and scratching off some new experiences for Liv. She’s met the rest of Shock’s crew and is feeling like a whole new and confident person. She starts to think that she can see herself falling for Shock all over again, but before she can pursue that thought, real life comes crashing down around her. 

Into our third part, Shock finally learns the secret to Olivia’s money woes and Liv finds out something that even I didn’t see coming.

This book closes out with some major angst and an incredible scene that for me was classic Opal.  When I say classic I mean as in “holy lawd, pray for my panties”. That type of hot.

Hard Ride (Ready to Ride Book 4) by Opal Carew via @amazon - release date June 30,2015