Audiobook Review – Ride Hard

Posted July 7, 2016 by Kathy in 3 Stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 0 Comments

Audiobook Review – Ride HardRide Hard Series: Raven Riders #1
by Laura Kaye
Narrator: Abby Craden
Published by HarperAudio on April 26, 2016
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hours and 16 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders . . .

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before . . .

My Review

Ride Hard is a sexy introduction to author Laura Kaye’s new series Raven Riders. I liked this story but I did have some problems with it.

The Raven Riders Motorcycle Club is not just a brotherhood of bikers. They protect and defend those who seek their help. Club President Dare Kenyon had a painful childhood which is why his mission is to save others. So when Haven Randall is taken in by the club Dare swears to protect her. The chemistry between Dare and Haven is hard to ignore but Haven is keeping secrets that can put everyone in danger. Dare is torn with his responsibility to his brothers and his intense feelings for Haven. Can he let go of the one woman that’s ever made him feel alive? You have to read Ride Hard to find out!

The main problem I had with this book is the characters. Haven is running away from an abusive father so I understand she would have problems trusting men. But I was frustrated with how she wouldn’t stand up for herself, especially when Dare is cruel to her. Dare is just as frustrating since he doesn’t apologize to Haven yet he continues to hit on her as if nothing ever happened. By 90% of the book Haven finally stands up for herself and Dare redeems himself so in the end I grew to like them.

Overall I liked this but didn’t fall in love with the main characters. There were some steamy sex scenes that were erotic but because of Haven and Dare’s connection it was also romantic and passionate. The fast-paced action scenes added a twist of danger to the story. Also I liked the supporting characters that I hope would be featured in the next books. Ride Hard is a must read for fans of MC.

Audiobook Review

I think the narrator Abby Craden performance added to my dislike for Haven. Her voice for Haven was whinny and weak. But that is how the character was written so I can’t blame the narrator completely. I thought she did a nice job of narrating the other characters and she brought to life the exciting dangerous scenes.


Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: three-stars

About Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2016 New Release Challenge
  • COYER Summer 2016


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