An Uber-Forbidden Romance, A Grumpy Hero on a Cycling Trip & A MC Romance I Liked

Daddy’s Best Friend by London Hale

four-stars

Daddy's Best Friend (Temperance Falls, #1)Oooh boy! This book was willlllldddd! I know what you’re thinking. This doesn’t sound like my sort of read, with that eyebrow-raising title, but I read it because I love Brighton Walsh, one of the co-authors behind London Hale, and missed her writing. I’ll fully admit that this isn’t a book that will work for everyone because of the big age-gap, and uhh well because the hero is her “daddy’s best friend”, but it was a quick, smutty and most importantly, fun book that had me fanning myself. Despite the book just being a novella, London Hale pack a punch with that steamy chemistry between Nathan and Eve. The taboo nature of their relationship only heightens up that steam factor. I was surprised by how well-developed the characters of Eve and Nathan were. They were both very likable as individuals, and I liked seeing the two of them as a couple especially.  I also loved the glimpses of Eve’s dad and her best friend, who are getting their book too. Daddy’s Best Friend is not the deepest or most emotional romance novel you’ll read, but it’s satisfying and addicting (and did I mention SMUTTY??) in many ways. I’m excited to see what this duo has up their sleeves. If it’s anything as steamy as this one, BRING.IT.ON.

Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox

four-stars

Ride with MeI went on a Ruthie Knox mini binge earlier last month and one of the books I read was Ride with Me. Man, I’ve become ridiculously obsessed with this author’s writing and once again, Ride with Me was a stellar novel. It features one of my favorite tropes of a grumpy hero falling hard for a happy-go-lucky heroine, and has a pretty unconventional story and setting, with the cycling around the country story line. I found myself being completely enamored by this book, and from start to finish, this was a book that was almost impossible to put down. Tom was a wonderful hero, a mega-grump,  but who is dealing with the aftermath of being a rich guy who made mistakes. There were so many layers to his character, and I enjoyed watching those layers get peeled off as Ride with Me progressed. I instantly adored Lexie, who had a completely effervescent personality, with a strong sense of adventure. The banter and chemistry between Tom and Lexie was off-the-charts amazing. It had me smiling, swooning and laughing. Don’t you just love it when the grumpy hero who is initially constantly annoyed by the heroine, eventually turns into a melted puddle of goo around her? There’s just something about that trope that I adore, and Ruthie Knox does it well. Ride with Me was the perfect combination of hot, romantic and entertaining. 100% I would re-read this one!

Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

three-half-stars

Ride Hard (Raven Riders, #1)I read Ride Hard after I encountered an amazing review at Addicted to Romance, and I don’t regret this purchase one bit. Let me be upfront, I’m really not a fan of motorcycle clubs romances. I personally haven’t had a pleasant experience with them in the books I have read, but together with Renee’s review, as well as lots of my friends raving about Laura Kaye’s writing, I HAD to read it. I’m happy to say that I may finally have found a MC romance that I enjoyed. To be honest, I still found some of the MC elements of this book to be boring, but I also enjoyed aspects of it, especially how the Raven Riders provided solace to women in hairy situations. But the best part for me, without a doubt, was the romance. It was a really sweet romance that developed between Haven, a woman who has been relentlessly abused by her father, and Dare, the President of the Raven Riders. I thought this was an emotional romance that depended a lot on the slow-growing trust between Haven and Dare. Haven had a lot to overcome before she could fall into bed with some guy, but every step of the way, Dare was there for her. I found him to be so swoony, and once they did finally give in to the smoldering chemistry between the two, I was on cloud nine. I loved most of the secondary cast too. There’s a especially awesome girl friendship between Cora and Haven, that I found to be so inspiring. If you’re reluctant like me to try MC romances, I highly recommend trying this one. All in all, this was pretty great!

Have you read any taboo romances? What are your thoughts on MC?
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Nick
  • I am all for a big age gap actually! I just one clicked it!!! Great reviews!

  • I went through a phase where I really enjoyed MC romances but then something changed and I started to not really like them at all. One of my biggest hangups in romances is when there is cheating involved, and that seemed to be a common theme in so many of the MC romances that I was picking up that I stopped reading them all together.

    I remember seeing that first one around and I actually wrote it off because of the title (oops!). I am going to have to change that now after reading your review for it.

    Great reviews, Nick!!

  • Ohhh I love age gap romances (when they’re both consenting adults of course). This year I’ve become more addicted to romance because they’re short and (usually sweet) reads.

  • A Novel Glimpse

    I read Ride Hard and my favorite part of it was the romance, too. I haven’t read Ride with Me, but it sounds interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book based around cycling.

  • I’d heard of none of these books but I’ve a couple to add to my list. I need to read more Ruthie Knox, though. Her books are always so good so why have I not read more? I love a grumpy hero, it’s strangely brilliant and I don’t know why. And it’s about cycling? That’s a new one.

    As for Ride Hard, I went through a phase of loving books about MCs and I thought I was over it. But maybe not, I kind of want to read it. It sounds like a good romance. Maybe I’ll treat myself soon.

  • Cringe-worthy title aside, I’m so in. Lol. I haven’t read anything by Brighton Walsh. So why not?

  • YES! I’m so glad you loved Ride With Me, Nick, because I thought it was absolutely bomb when I read it a few years ago. The whole concept of two people falling in love whilst biking across the country is so…unique? And pretty dang swoon-worthy too. There were a few moments where I felt Tom was insufferable but Lexie’s awesomeness made up for it. 😉

  • I enjoyed Ride With Me as well, I should re-read it at some point because I’ve forgotten much about it.

    I just can’t make myself even try a book with a title like the first one. Just…nope. 😀

    Nereyda said I should make you read Agnes and the Hitman though, which is neither a MC book, nor a taboo romance, but I’m doing as I was asked and telling you to read Crusie. 😉