Principessa to the Mancuso crime family, Alexandra knows a thing or two about living outside the bounds of the law. Suffocated by the future her father has laid out for her, she makes a choice she can't take back, changing the entire trajectory of her life.
Thrust into the dark and dangerous world of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club for her own protection, Alex finds herself faced with the last thing she needs right now: the man of her dreams. He’s sex in leather, the devil incarnate, and one hell of a kisser. But he’s also off-limits. Ryan Stone can be her friend, but he’s forbidden to be her lover.
Third-generation Forsaken, Ryan knows nothing other than life on two wheels, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He enjoys the many privileges that come with the patch, and the only laws he recognizes are the ones set-forth by his club. That is, until who he wants more than anything isn’t allowed on the back of his bike —or in his bed. Balancing his desire for her body, and need to keep her safe, Ryan tries to keep Alex at a distance. Finally having made a choice for herself, she’s done hearing the word “no” and will push boundaries even Ryan himself doesn’t dare cross.
Love is never more tempting than when it’s forbidden.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: I haven't read many mafia based stories but I do love biker books. It makes an interesting change to see the two combined as they are in J.C. Emery's Ride.
I'm not going to go into too many plot details because I don't want to spoil the story before you've had the chance to read it. There are several twists and turns throughout Ride which are very cleverly revealed. As the only daughter of a mafia mob boss, Alex is used to behaving a certain way and having her actions monitored and controlled. A dramatic change in circumstance sees Alex suddenly living with the members of the Forsaken MC and the darkly handsome club member Ryan.
I liked Alex and enjoyed seeing her 'come into her own' as the story progressed. Where some people may have viewed her as a brat, I saw her more as an overwhelmed girl in a bad situation. My favourite parts were when she stood up to the bikers and also when she confronted certain issues. I did think she was extremely forgiving and let Ryan walk over her at times, but she also managed to put him in his place.
On to Ryan. I'm still not sure how I feel about Ryan. I don't mind an alpha hero and even one who is demanding at times, but for the most part, Ryan is a complete arse! I've read lots of biker and alpha stories and I'm not that big of a fan of 'man-whore meets innocent girl' stories but the real problem I had with Ryan is his really shady behaviour. He treats Alex really badly, then seems to be at a complete loss about her reaction. Although in a weird sort of way this was part of his charm! It's not all bad with Ryan though because he did grow on me and I really liked his protective nature and how much he risks for her. What I didn't like was the lack of respect he demonstrated at times. In Ryan's biker world it really is his way or the high way.
I enjoyed Ride and the mafia/biker cross over and am looking forward to reading Thrash.
3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!