Dirty Ride (Wind Dragons MC, #3.5) by Chantal Fernando
Series: Wind Dragons MC #3.5
Also in this series: Rake's Redemption, Wolf's Mate
Published by Pocket Star on February 8th 2016
Genres: Biker / MC, Contemporary Romance
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From USA TODAY bestselling author Chantal Fernando comes a brand new Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club e-novella, full of sexy bad-boy bikers, strong heroines, and steamy romance!
Even by Wind Dragon Motorcycle Club standards, Irish was always a bit of a dark horse. Not one to confide his secrets, such as where he got that mysterious scar across his neck, he’s quick with his fists and even quicker to jump to the defense of his MC. But is he nimble enough to handle the woman he never saw coming? Or will she leave him with a matching scar across his heart?
Featuring scorching hot chemistry and plenty of sass, Dirty Ride is sure to rev your engine and get you immediately hooked!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’m kind of attached to the boys of the Wind Dragons MC series, attached enough to be all over getting my hands on the 80-page novella, Dirty Ride. I don’t usually jump at the chance to read novellas and even though this one had a lot of stuff packed into its 80 pages, I still ended up wanting more from it than what I got. Before I forget, and in case you missed it, check out that cover…..goodness that’s biker-licious.
I loved that we had an h who wasn’t whiny or TSTL. Valentina’s story was a familiar one, she wasn’t necessarily on the run, but she did leave an abusive ex that she really hoped wouldn’t bother following her. Irish was a great hero, dark and sexy with an accent, he definitely tripped my trigger. Hearing his dialogue with a to-die-for Irish brogue in my head went a long way towards me forgiving some of the books shortcomings (get it…shortcomings…I crack myself up, hee-hee).
Very rarely does an 80-page book give me well-developed characters, much less a believable connection between the main couple and Dirty Ride was no exception. Although I enjoyed the story it didn’t grip me and hold me like the full-length books that are in the Wind Dragons MC series. I liked the characters and I enjoyed the story, but it felt rushed and at times a bit contrived, like the twist of what Valentina’s ex’s occupation was. We also only got to be around for part of the final showdown and were just told the rest instead of being shown. I felt a bit cheated.
In the end, I’m glad I read this and got Valentina and Irish’s story. I just wish the author had decided to give us a full-blown well fleshed out novel instead of a rushed novella. It was like getting a small appetizer when what you wanted and needed was a steak dinner.
Spice’s Rating: 3.5 I’m Still Hungry Stars
Dirty Ride turned out to be less dirty than I imagined it would be. The focus predominantly is on the heroine, Tina rather than the biker she met or his club, the Wind Dragons. There are moments when the Wind Dragons and their Old Ladies make an appearance within the story, providing a glimpse of club life. If you’re after a quick read with an MC / Biker element, this should fulfill the fix you are after.
Despondent and desperate to escape an abusive relationship, Valentina (Tina) attempts to put as many miles between her and Darren as possible. Dwelling on her situation, Tina questions how the love she had once felt for Darren had transformed to the indifference they now shared. Questioning with the benefit of hindsight, she is haunted by what was genuine during their time together. It’s not the first time Tina has attempted to leave Darren. Determined to make another attempt, she decides risking her life to leave him was better than the life she is currently living.
Arriving in a new town, Tina meets Arden, a good looking biker with an Irish accent while enjoying a quiet drink at the local bar. He sets off her alarms, with his confident mannerisms, fine looks and pick up lines. She has a tendency to attract trouble and Arden qualifies as the most troublesome man in the room. The chemistry bouncing between them is her signal to put some space between them. Unbeknownst to Tina, Arden’s gives her a smile showing he has the opposite in mind.
While I enjoyed the story, at times it became a corny ride rather than a dirty one when they got between the sheets. When Arden started with the ‘f#ck you’re beautiful’ talk, the cynic in me pleaded for him to not to go down this path. I understood he was taken with her but surely a couple of 30-year-olds wouldn’t be gushing over each other’s anatomy, heralding a narration of what he was seeing. Fortunately, he didn’t lapse into it frequently, leaving the majority of their sexy moments steamy.
It was the suspense that eventually drew me into the story. There was always the constant threat looming of Darren bringing her happiness to an end. When Tina drops an unexpected revelation, the suspense intensified as I waited for the proverbial to hit the fan. It did but not how I thought it would. I’m keen to read more of this series and readers will be pleased to know this doesn’t end on a cliffy and the drama is wound up quite well. Ironically a little too well…I wanted more and will be sure to pick up the next book in this series.
Lily’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
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