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


25222534 Liv never expected to rekindle her romance with her college boyfriend, who’s now a hard-bodied, tattooed biker. And she never imagined sharing herself with his entire gang.

Shock can feel Liv pulling away from him, just like she did all those years ago. Her lies are a painful reminder that she’s not ready for anything more than a good time in bed, but he’s not willing to let her go. He lost her once, and it’s never happening again. Faced with losing the one thing he’s always wanted, he must prove to Liv that what they have is more than physical and that his heart is in her hands. But is she ready to give him hers?

This is part three of HARD RIDE, a three part novel.goodreads

 ***WARNING – IF YOU HAVE NOT READ HARD RIDE PART ONE OR PART TWO YET, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW AS SPOILERS FROM THOSE INSTALLMENTS ARE INCLUDED IN THIS REVIEW.***

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 worst. 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.

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Wow! That’s exactly how I would sum up this book! Book three picks up right at the end of two and Shock is there for Liv when she needs him. What he did for her made me fall that much more in love with his character. Liv is even more vulnerable, but he stands by her, takes care of her, and helps her in the most needed way without any questions or payback expected. ::swoon::

Liv comes clean about her doubts and how she came about them. There is an interesting twist to Shock that wasn’t as shocking as I thought it would be. When Shock returns from a ride after he stormed out on Liv, things turned INTENSE!! My jaw dropped at what transpired – in a good way! Talk about sexy! Some may not like this type of scene, but I completely understand why Liv agreed to it and how it turned her on.

This final book in the story was amazing as was the rest of the story! I LOVED IT!

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