Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hard Ride #3: A Novel in Three Parts by Opal Carew

Hard Ride #3: A Novel in Three Parts (Ready to Ride)Hard Ride #3: A Novel in Three Parts by Opal Carew

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Hard Ride Part Three picks up exactly where Part Two ended, with Liv receiving the news that her sister has taken a turn for the worse. At a time when her world feels as though it is falling apart, Liv comes to understand and fully appreciate the difference between a man trying to control her as opposed to Shock taking control of the situation in order to take care of her and protect her. Not surprisingly, Shock makes arrangements to get Liv to the hospital as soon as possible (this is where his wealth comes in handy) and remains by her side during the entire ordeal with her sister. Much like Liv, Shock comes to a realization while on the trip – specifically, why Liv needed the money. Even though Shock is her rock and takes care of not only her and her sister, their return to the cabin leads to a harsher dose of reality than she was prepared for when Liv once again encounters Amy. We do finally learn in this installment why Amy keeps butting in, but not before she nearly destroys Liv and Shock’s relationship with a truth – a partial and misrepresented truth, but a truth nonetheless. Because Shock is not our typical biker, he has no problem talking to Liv and badgering her until he finds out why she insists on keeping herself distanced from him. But Shock is a man, so inevitably it does take him a while to realize what questions need to be asked. As such, Ms. Carew does deliver up some relationship angst as these two must find out if they have a future together past the contract.

As this is the final installment of Hard Ride, Ms. Carew upped the sexual action… A LOT! And it was good. The reader is not only treated to some increasingly hot sex scenes between Liv and Shock, but we also get to observe a little ménage action between Raven, Tempest, and the other guys. But she did not stop there. Oh no! Ms. Carew includes a hot as heck gangbang between Liv and the other bikers (minus Steele). Based on the manner in which the gangbang occurred, I have to believe that Shock made the guys aware of Liv’s rape because they each handled her gently when their turn began and were respectful of her body and her feelings. I have read two of the previous books in the series and it’s not like these bikers are brutes, but they seemed to be more aware of their time with Liv than I suspect they would have been had it not been for her assault in college – if that makes sense. In true Ready to Ride fashion, Ms. Carew saved the best sex for last with a mouthwatering ménage between Liv, Shock, and Steele. What a way to break a girl in! I always enjoy Ms. Carew’s books and consider them a guilty pleasure that tends to be heavier on the sex than the story. That said, I do believe that Hard Ride tipped the scales the other way and this is one installment that I suspect I will reread many times. Well done Ms. Carew, you never cease to surprise me.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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