Ryker (The Ride Series, #4) by Megan O'Brien
Series: The Ride #4
Also in this series: Axel, Cal
Published by Self-published on December 1, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC, Contemporary Romance
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More than a decade ago, I walked away from Hawthorne Nevada and the only boy I ever loved.
When Piper Owens returns home to care for her father and to try to pick up the pieces following her mother’s death, she needs that boy more than ever.
But Ryker Black isn’t a boy anymore and he’s not interested in reliving the past.
Now a patched member of the Knight’s Motorcycle Club, Ryker has a building threat from another club to worry about.
As Piper fights to rebuild her family's dream and to overcome her loss, can Ryker put aside past hurt in order to build a future?
This is the story of Piper and Ryker. The fourth installment in the Ride Series
Ryker can be read as a stand-alone but it's recommended that you read the other three books in the series first.
* Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
I’m not usually a fan of the second chance romance trope. I only like this type of book if the reason for the original separation was because of things outside of the couple’s control. If it’s because of some silly communication issue I tend to curl my lip up and roll my eyes. Needless to say, I went into Ryker with a slight trepidation but I love The Ride Series so I dove in anyways.
In one way my fears about this book were justified, since I didn’t like the reason why Piper left and it made no sense to me. View Spoiler »Leaving because she didn’t want Ryker to derail his life plans to help her take care of her family was ridiculous. If her family was in that bad of shape, why would she leave them? Basically, she left Ryker and her family behind. Plus, if you love someone as much as she professed, you don’t leave. You talk about it and work out a solution. « Hide Spoiler. The good news is that to me this book was more about moving on. Aside from the romance between Piper and Ryker, a good part of the book was about a widow who lost the love of his life and a daughter struggling with losing her mother and watching her father slowly leave her too.
Putting the whole reason why she left issue aside, I ended up liking Piper. She was in a tough situation trying to get her Dad out of his obvious depression and getting the family business back up and running. She handled it as best she could, and kept on going, no matter how tough things got – trigger warning.View Spoiler » Her dad attempts suicide « Hide Spoiler
Ryker I ended up loving. He was the typical alpha badass biker hero, and I adored that about him. I especially liked the fact he didn’t leave her swinging for long over a decision she made years before when she was practically a kid. Truth be told, with this type of second chance romance trope, I always wonder why the person left didn’t fight harder for the love of their life, which is probably one of the reasons this type of scenario doesn’t usually work for me. They both have to own up to their issues for me to believe in their reconciliation.
There is lots of action in this book and the women of the club are once again the ones in the crosshairs. You’d think the bad guys of the world would figure out that maybe messing with the Knight’s women isn’t a healthy idea.
I enjoyed seeing the couples from past books. Megan O’Brien does a great job of giving us plenty of time with our favorite characters without distracting us from the main characters’ story. She seamlessly works them into the current story giving us insight into their continuing stories and I love that about this series. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the Knights MC next.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Stars.
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