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

Hard Ride #3: A Novel in Three Parts (Ready to Ride #4)

  • By Opal Carew
  • Editions: ebook
  • Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by St Martin’s Press
  • Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
  • Source: NetGalley
  • In a Flutter: Not my thing.
  • rating-system2

    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


    Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: Contemporary bikers with perks world, if I were to describe it now that I’ve read all three parts. Not my thing, the perks part. Really not my thing.
    Characters: Liv and Shock’s evolution lost me along the way, I admit, but by the time I reached the end of this last part of their story I felt like they were strangers. Something about their evolution went from authentic to not feeling them. I’m sure the sexual turn of events also made me feel they’re impersonal somehow, the 3some/moresome sex sessions do that to me.
    Plot: The romance arc reached the HEA, but it was unconvincing for me, somehow rushed and too tied to the sex. Maybe if the sex thing would have been my cuppa, I would have enjoyed the whole story more, but I’m not too sure.
    Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his and her POV. I must admit I felt the voices of the characters got a bit muddled as the story progressed. I really “felt” them in the beginning, and it slowly dwindled away sadly 🙁
    Curb Appeal: Hot cover, hooking blurb – but I must say I would have seen the cover of #2 more fitting since the actual 3some happens in this part of the story, and not in the second. But that’s just an opinion, the covers are hot and fit really well the genre/tone anyway.

    All in all, I’d say if you’re a hardcore fan of bikers stories (this was my first, it must be said…not a stellar beginning, sadly), and love 3some with a hint of power-play (the Sir kind), then this is totally for you. None of these things are my cuppa and I had fun reading these 3 parts anyway, even if some spots were tougher to enjoy than others for me personally.


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