Being happy. It sounds so simple. Yet, it seems that it’s always just out of reach for Shannon Ryan.
After serving overseas for six years as a female United States Marine, Ryan is finally getting out the military. But coming home to live with her biker brother and his motorcycle club is more difficult than she thought it would be. Much has changed in the years that she has been gone, including Ellis, her brother’s best friend and childhood crush.
Ellis ‘Dirty’ Crane is the second in command for Tormented Souls Motorcycle Club. The only thing he lives for is the club, that is until Ryan comes home, no longer the wild little girl that followed him around. The two things standing in his way of getting what he wants are Patrick, Ryan’s brother and leader of the club, and Jeremiah, Ryan’s boyfriend.
Can Ellis break through Ryan’s walls? Burn them and Jeremiah down? Prove to her brother that he’s the right man for her? Or is Ryan hiding more than she’s letting on?
I’ll just state outright that I felt this wasn’t so much an MC book as it just was a romance. I’m okay with that, because I think MC books are waaaaay overdone. As a romance, it was a page turner! Ryan has just been discharged from the military and she is returning home to her brother, who happens to be the President of the Tormented Souls MC. Ryan has a big secret, and a boyfriend that she wants to rid herself of. She’s a bit directionless after leaving the Marines, and throwing her brother’s best friend and MC VP Ellis into the mix isn’t helping matters. This is really a book about a woman finding out where she belongs when her whole world changes, and understanding how different people fit into the new, and scary, landscape of her life.
First off, I thought Ryan was a great character. She is strong (hell yeah, she was a Marine!) but very complex. I could not believe her secret when it was finally revealed…it was a tear-jerker, which I didn’t expect to happen. But I really liked the overall soul searching that Ryan seemed to be doing in her life. Not to mention, Ellis is a hell of an alpha male badass distraction.
I have to give kudos to Rachel here because she did not break my cardinal rule of alpha males, which is to be bossy, sure…but take care of your woman’s heart. Treat her like the prize that she is. Ellis was that man. He wedges his way into Ryan’s world against her better judgment, and he seems to be exactly what she needed all along.
I will say that I was a bit surprised as to the plot of this book. It did not have the MC book feel at all. It’s emotional, yes, but it’s not gritty. And the MC was really more of a side note to the story than a major character or setting. They came in to save the day a few times, but other than that this was really a romance novel. I’m not complaining, I still enjoyed it, but it was not what I was expecting.
Overall, I thought this was a well written and well thought out story. I was touched by Ryan and what she was going through. And I’d like an Ellis of my very own, please. 4 stars.
I just finished Her Ride and I really liked it. Anything with bikers is a go for me, as you all know. Ryan has been in the military for awhile and is on her way home to take a break and then do some soul searching. She has a lot to think about, some secrets are known and some are hidden but either way she has some tough decisions to make. Leaving a very overbearing and jealous boyfriend Jeremiah to seeing her over protective brother Patrick can put a damper on things. What makes things a little bit complicated is Ellis. Her one time crush or so she thought until she saw him. Ellis is acting different towards her too. He has tamed his wild ways and has finally seen the light….Ryan. Ryan doesn’t know what to think. First, she is in a relationship now granted, she is wanting to end it with Jeremiah so that makes way for Ellis. With so many secrets, she does not want to put Ellis through all her emotional problems but what Ellis when Ellis doesn’t take no for an answer? You will have to read and see…
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it flowed really well and like I said I am all about bikers so this was right up my alley. I will say that I thought that it was tamer then some other
biker books that I have read recently. Did it take away from the story, nope, I still enjoyed it. I liked that it was in her point of view, you really got to see her. I am all for both point of views but this was ok that it was just her. I could still feel Elli’s character and sometimes you don’t get that when it is just in one view. Ellis was a hottie, that’s for sure. He was sexy and sweet and he really just wanted to project Ryan. That is the alpha in him and I do not blame him for that. Ryan was a touch girl. I liked that most about her. She didn’t take anyone’s crap but at times was vulnerable and even though you find out things about her, it still made her real. I loved the chemistry between Ellis and Ryan, it was over the top but you will not getting any complaints from me about that. They both were dirty and couldn’t get enough from each other and I wanted more.
I liked the secondary characters and I like how Rachael is setting up for the next in the series. Patrick is a hottie too and cannot wait to see what his story will be like. Other characters like Monk and Brew, yummy. I’m just gonna sit here “patiently” waiting! NOT!!
This was a first read for me from Rachael and I know that this is more out of her comfort zone from what I heard on other books that she has written but she did an amazing job. She should be proud.
Rachael is a stay at home mom with 2 young daughters and a husband that keep her constantly on her toes. She lives in the extremely hot state of Arizona, where she reads and writes away the blistering heat outside. She is a cancer survivor with a quirky personality. She’s been an avid reader for as long as she can remember and been writing since she was in high school. Her hopes of being a writer were crushed when she was young but one day she decided she was going to do what makes her happy and that was to write.
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