A Note from Laura Kaye
I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of my 25th novel, Ride Hard, the first book in my Raven Riders Motorcycle Club series about a new kind of MC with a protective mission. You might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! I can’t wait for you to get to know Dare, Haven, and everyone in the Raven world! And see down below for a giveaway and a bonus story offer! I hope you enjoy this excerpt from the book!
Excerpt from Ride Hard:
Dare jerked back from kissing Haven, his fingers rubbing roughly over his lips. “Fuck, I’m sorry.”
On instinct, Haven’s body pursued his, pinning his back to the railing. “Please don’t stop,” she said as her hands gripped his shoulders. She had the strongest urge to climb him, to wrap her legs around him, to grind against the hard bulge pressing electrically against her belly.
“Please,” she whispered, tilting her mouth toward his. “I liked it.”
Dare’s hand cupped the back of her head. “You’re killing me.”
“Dare,” she said, her body restless against his.
In a move that sent the world spinning, he flipped them around so that she was the one pinned against the railing. He pushed his legs between hers and leaned down over her, forcing her to arch her back, to yield, to open to him. “Tell me what you want from me. Say the words,” he said, his eyes absolutely on fire.
Her heart was a runaway train in her chest, frantic and picking up speed. The thought of giving voice to her desires was terrifying and thrilling and dizzying all at once.
“I want your mouth,” she said. The words sounded odder out loud than they had in her head, but they were more accurate than asking him to kiss her—because her mouth wasn’t the only place she wanted his.
“Jesus,” he rasped, his mouth coming down on hers once more.
The whimper she released was part relief, part anticipation. It had been so long since she’d kissed someone that she felt a little uncertain, but Dare’s intensity barely allowed her the capacity to worry about it. He was like a dark storm bearing down on her, relentless, magnetic, all-consuming.
Rough callouses from his hands scratched against her cheeks as he guided her. Hard breaths spilled over her lips, and the wet slide of his tongue tasted like whiskey and desire and man. Her hands found the soft length of his hair, and her breasts pushed against the hard plane of his chest.
Then her lips were freed as his mouth slid over her skin—exploring her cheek, her jaw, her ear, her neck. He hiked her up to sit on the wide railing, the move surprising a gasp out of her, especially as he crowded the space between her legs, pushing himself closer, bringing his erection against the place between her legs craving friction, hardness, so much more of him. Maybe even all of him.
One strong arm wrapped around her back and held her steady, while the other hand stroked her hair, her face, her breast. The soft groans and breathy grunts spilling out of him were delicious and thrilling, and bolstered her confidence that she wasn’t the only one losing herself in this moment, in these touches. She almost couldn’t believe this was happening, and part of her was certain she must be dreaming. Because Haven Randall didn’t have beautiful things in her life. At least, never before.
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About Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1):
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…
Ride Hard, the first book in the Raven Riders Series, is rough, loud and steamy as you would expect from Laura and her MC. Dare Kenyon is the president of the Raven Riders and good friends with Ike, who we met in Hard As Steel and Hard As It Gets, Dare also makes appearances in the Hard Ink Series, the first time is in Hard As You Can. Ride Hard begins after Hard To Let Go the fighting is over and it’s time to party. Dare is Celebrating with his brothers at the clubhouse.
We first meet Haven Randall in Hard To Come By, she is one of the girls the Hard Ink team rescues from the church gangs storage area. In some ways Haven reminds me of Sarah from Hard As You Can yet where Sarah take the abuse from Bruno we see the fight still in her, she’s protecting Jenna. Haven on the other hand doesn’t seem to have much fight at first. Her father conditioned her not to. So she comes off as meek, and scared of everyone around her except her best friend Cora.
From the get go both Dare & Haven have a connection, yet their past holds them back. Haven has to learn how to trust someone with a past similar in some ways to her father, and Dare has to forgive himself for actions out of his control.
Can these two put their issues aside and find what they are looking for in life and love? Maybe. But Laura will make sure it’s one hell of a ride to get to an HEA. As we’ve seen with all of the men and women from Hard Ink (and yes I’m including the Raven Riders) nothing is simple or easy. Because let’s face it life and love aren’t simple or easy either. Dare, rides hard, he lives hard, he parties hard, and there is no doubt that he will love hard. He will push and pull Haven into the woman she was always meant to be if she wouldn’t have had an ass of a father. In turn, she will save Dare from himself. Finding ways so he can move passed his past and find peace.
Join Dare and Haven in the ride of their lives. Find out what obstacles Laura places in their path as they take this journey. How hard will they fight? How do they find themselves? Laura, will make sure it’s a ride to remember. So Ride Hard with Laura and the Raven Riders as we delve into the life of a MC President and the woman who may just become his old lady.
About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.