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.
RELEASE DATE: October 25th, 2013
GENRE: New Adult Romance
PUBLISHER: Left Break Press
CBL REVIEWS RATING: 2.5 / 5.0
PUBLISHER: Left Break Press
CBL REVIEWS RATING: 2.5 / 5.0
SERIES INFO: Book #1 in the Bayonet Scars Series
There is a lot I want to say about Ride by J.C. Emery. A whole lot. But let's start with the beginning of the book...
I can't deny that I did like how the it all started off. It held promise, I found it interesting and as a whole Something I was actually enjoying.
Until it wasn't fun anymore
But I'm getting ahead of myself here. Backtracking a bit.
So Alexandra is the daughter of the mafia 'king' of New York. She's sheltered, cared for, told how to behave, what to say, everything is planned for her... She just has to live out her fathers plan he has for her. At the start of the book, this is where we are. We get to know Alex a little. Not much. I can't say I know what she actually likes, dislikes or even how she looks... but it's the beginning of the book so I wasn't to fazed at that point.
I did notice that at that point there was just to much mention of other characters. Now sure... we need this... but honestly, none of the characters at the start of the book feature further than like 20%. So it was lost on me as to why we had to know about everyone in the room with her when in actuality, they don't venture past this point in the book. Only her father and Aunt really have any relevance. And maybe the dude she's suppose to marry, but not even really as far as I'm concerned.
So Ride was moving along. I thought it strange that at about page 82, nothing had really happened. But as a whole I wasn't yet concerned.
Beyond this is actually where the plot starts to take off. Thinking back I feel as if the 82 pages before... really don't need to be there since from here on out, it's unrelated to a certain point. I figure that the first 82 pages could have been a prologue instead. A shortened summary just so we know where we are because honestly from here on out... it's irrelevant to have had to read all that I had just to get to page 83.
At this point we meet Ryan. The tattooed biker that's on the cover.
The entire encounter of meeting him and then the ride to the biker compound is just another waste of time as far as I'm concerned. It took up about 86 pages for them to leave NYC and arrive in California. The entire time Alex pissed me off with her crying. This is the point I began to realize she's actually a psycho bitch. She just failed to make any sense and the scenarios playing about before her didn't at all come across easily. As I said, the trip spans a while... when they finally arrive... we are on page 168. And still... not much has actually really happened at this point in the book.
On page 168, there is a rather confusing situation. I don't really know what went belly up and why Alex reacted the way she did... because I thought she wanted it. But then suddenly she doesn't. That's when I realized that Alex is indeed a immature psycho with multiple personalities and lacks the ability to make a decision and stick it out.
“What are you doing,” I whisper. His warm breath wafts over my face, coating me in the sickly sweet scent.
“I’m going to fuck you. That’s what you want, isn’t it?”
I pull away and push on his chest, but it does me no good. The more I push him away, the closer he gets, bringing his body directly on top of mine, his pelvis resting between my legs. Unable to meet his eyes, I focus my attention on the marked wall over his shoulder.
“Please, no,” I whimper. He angles my neck, forcing me to look at him.
“Don’t worry, I don’t fuck little girls,” he sneers. Releasing me, he crawls off the bed and storms out of the cabin, leaving me to my thoughts. I scramble to the center of the bed and curl into myself. He’s not who I thought he was. No matter what impression I got of him, clearly, it’s just what I wanted to see. He’s not lonely; he’s just a bastard.
Let's talk about Ryan. He may actually be worse than Alex. I don't know what he was on about. One moment he was one way, the next he was another. It was the strangest back and forth I've ever read. I don't know if this was intentional or if the author didn't actually know in which direction her characters should go.
One minute she made Ryan seem sweet... the next an absolute bastard. The same with Alex. She was sweet, polite and then boom! She became all silly, annoying and just out right cray-cray and most of the time while I read this book I didn't have a freaking clue as to what was actually going on.
One minute we were here and the next it was a new reaction, new scene... total whiplash.
We make it to the barn before it quiets down enough to really hear anything of substance. The closer we get to the cracked barn door, the more it smells like they’re burning sage in the barn, only wetter and sweeter. I know better than to assume they’ve lit incense to help soothe their nerves. The smoke coming from the barn is thick and stings my eyes more with every approaching step. I take another drink from the whiskey bottle and shake off the shiver that runs up my spine. Now that we’re out here, I’m less nervous than I was in Ryan’s presence.Above is just one example of what it's like one second, the next - it's completely different without warning.
“This is why I like you, Princess. Underneath that little girl act, you’re wild.”
Tears spring to my eyes as a flurry of emotion bursts inside of me. I barely contain the scream that wants to escape. My chest rises and falls with labored breaths. I push my body up against the front of his and whisper, “I’m no little girl.”
His arm falls from around my shoulders and cups my hip, his fingers splayed on my ass cheek. He lowers his face, his eyes darting to my lips. The energy’s changed between us, and suddenly Duke, my friend, is Duke with the piercing blue eyes and the firm grip on my ass. His fingers kneed my pliant flesh, and I press into him.
It's also a good example as to why I say that Alex is just... abnormal. In this scene she wants to make out with Duke. So she does. Then she's crying and screaming in her head, but she doesn't voice these issues. She's allowing him to touch her in the field or at the tree (I'm not sure) but then when he's done... she kind of acts like he raped her or touched her against her will. It just didn't make sense. I also couldn't understand why she would do this when she had her sights on Ryan. It's all just way to confusing and I think I might need to be high in order to make sense of it all.
There's very little dialogue in this book. I got the impression that it pained the author to have the characters actually talk to each other. If something is said, it's brief and then it's over and we continue with a whole lot of inner dialogue explaining instead. This concerned me and continued to make me annoyed through-out the book. I felt completely alone while reading this book. The characters hardly ever spoke and like I said, when they did it was random and so brief, if I blinked, I'd have missed it.
Now lets talk about Ryan and Alex's relationship. Or lack thereof. I'm not even sure.
I couldn't stand either of the two. They both were just so f$#ked-up for me to relate even a little bit. The way in which Ryan spoke to Alex when he has her naked and in his room... is beyond disgusting. Why she ever, ever continued to chase after him is beyond me.
I'm not even sure if it was intentionally done and we were not suppose to like either of them. They are just the worst characters I've ever read about. They have no chemistry except for when they hold pinky's and it's done in such a manner that we are just suppose to forget about everything that came before and all that comes after and just gush about the fact that they touch pinky fingers when they can. It doesn't even fit into the story to be honest. I couldn't see it. It just wasn't who they were and it had no place in this book.
The bottom line is that I don't think this book was at all planned out well. It felt patchy and left a bad taste in my mouth the entire time. Ryan swears way to much... and coming from me, that says A Lot. At some point past page 300 we switch over to Ryan's POV. This is even worse than Alexandra's. I gained no additional knowledge from his side. I continued to remain (and still remain) in the dark about a whole bunch of things that just happened, were said but never explained.
The fact that the second book in this series is about Duke (another character) is horribly tragic for this book. If there was a second part to Ryan and Alex I could have gone easier on this book and put it down to it being 'a series' thing.
Page 379 is where the bad just got worse. Now were are running along with the story. Stumbling and I was bending over panting, with my hands on my knees more often than not because I just couldn't keep the f*&k up with this book.
This is where I knew. I even said it out loud. The author got bored. She got impatient and wanted to get it over with. So for the last 100 pages we had a lot coming towards us. It was fast, abrupt and so annoying I wanted to gnaw my arm off. I could have stopped at this point and happily never look back... but I guess I kept going since I'd gotten this far and it was already so bad, there's no way it could get any worse... right? Well that's what I thought.
The absolute main point of the plot and the ending take up 17 pages of the book. This is the part where I went finally... but I had no clue I was so close to the end. So you can guess how that all went down with me when I finally made this realization.
The final moment... it's the usual kind. They end up together...
“Are you done fighting it?”
“I’m done, Cub,” he says without hesitation. “Let’s not make a big deal of it, but I love you, too.”
That's it. That's all you get out of this romance novel. There are no other declarations of love where you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That's all you getting folks. Accept it.
Again, like I said, if the second book went on with the story, I'd be mildly alright with that last bit. But it's from Dukes POV... so I doubt we are going to be getting much more of Ryan and Alex and that just makes me feel used. It also makes me angry that I invested time in this book. It was a waste of time for me. It really was. I'm walking away from Ride with not a single good memory. In fact, the moment I read the last page and saw 'The End' - I cracked open a bottle of wine and first had to have a sip before I even considered writing this review.
In short... Ride by J.C. Emery... was such an odd experience I had to have a glass of wine afterwards to help me forget.