*I received a free copy of Riding Steele from St. Martin's Griffin via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Being kidnapped by bikers is a harrowing experience, but for some reason, Laurie doesn’t feel as terrified as she should. The leader’s steely eyes soften when he looks at her, and the others in his gang clearly know she’s hands off. But does that include Steele's hands? Her brain resists him, but her body insists she wants those big hands all over her.
Steele doesn’t know how he wound up in this mess—with a kidnapped woman on his hands and the police hot on their trail. Now he and Laurie are in hiding at an isolated cabin, and Steele has to figure out how to extricate himself...and steer clear of his accidental captive whose tight, slinky clubbing attire is making him think all kinds of dangerous thoughts…
Riding Steele is a fast and hard ride, with gritty but loveable characters, a despicable ex-boyfriend and the open road ahead.
My Riding Steele review:
Both Laurie and Steele are interesting characters to follow, and Riding Steele had a very hard edge to it. Both because Laurie was trying to get away from her abusive boyfriend, Donovan, and because one of Steele’s rider buddies saved her, only to kidnap her in order to keep her safe. Needless to say, Laurie thinks she’s gone from one bad situation to a worse one – being held by a group of bikers in the middle of the woods is not her idea of being saved.
The chemistry between Laurie and Steele is scorching hot throughout Riding Steele, and it takes quite a while before anything really happens between them. Steele is very good at making sure Laurie knows she has a choice, even when he feels like he could never let her go – having this sassy woman around only makes him crave things he never thought he wanted.
The sole reason why Riding Steele didn’t get a higher star-rating from me – because really, the characters are well done, the writing is good and the overall storyline is intriguing as well – is because I didn’t find any of the sexy or erotic scenes either sexy or erotic… I think a lot of other erotica readers will love this story, though, and I’ve seen several who found everything to be hot, sexy and well executed.
Some of my favorite Riding Steele quotes:
But there was something about him and his intimidating way. He hadn’t started out this way. He used to be kind, generous, and thoughtful. But the more she got to know him, the more his dark side came out. and much as she hated it, when he used his controlling, authoritative tone, she fell into line. She barely even knew herself when she became like this. Letting a man control her.
Steele stared at the woman lying in his bed. The sight of her long, shapely legs and slim, but curvy body sent blood straight to his groin.
The scent of him filled her nostrils, and the memory of waking up snuggled close to the big man, his arm around her, jolted through her.
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