Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Review of Riding Steele: Aftershock by Opal Carew
Riding Steele: Aftershock by Opal Carew
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
At the end of Crossroads we learned that Laurie was wanted for questioning in regards to Donovan’s murder. WHAT!?!?!?! Needless to say, Aftershock starts off with everyone on edge because Donovan was alive and breathing when they left him in the cage after rescuing Laurie. Making matters worse is that Donovan’s abuse is causing her to have nightmares and flinch away from Steele. Will Donovan continue to impact Laurie’s life from beyond the grave? Can she and Steele make it work? These are just a few of the questions that are answered in the final episode of the Riding Steele serial novel.
The biggest thing to know about Riding Steele is that it is more of an erotic romance than an MC romance. Because the focus is more on the relationship between Laurie and Steele and less on the action, adventure and suspense that the MC books I usually read are, the circumstances surrounding Donovan’s murder are resolved rather quickly and felt quite anti-climactic to me. However, this does allow for a bit more angst to play out between Steele and Laurie as they try to decide how to proceed afterwards. Because of everything Donovan did to her, Steele is concerned that his need to dominate are going to hurt Laurie inadvertently. He’d rather walk away from her than hurt her and he sets out to do just that. This forces Laurie to make some tough decisions about what she really wants out of life and exactly how far she’s willing to go for love. The chemistry between them is still strong and it’s up to Laurie to prove to Steele that she really is ready to ride.
While I enjoyed some parts of this serial more than others, overall Riding Steele was a great read and I could easily see myself reading it again. Aftershock may only get a 4-star rating, but the entire Riding Steele serial is a 5-star read for me. Well done Ms. Carew.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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