Running Wild by J.L. Sheppard

May 26, 2017 Book Review 2 ★★★½

Running Wild by J.L. Sheppardthree-half-stars
Running Wild Published by The Wild Rose Press on June 10, 2016
Genres: Biker / MC
Pages: 368
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When the perfect life Alyssa Holden planned turns out to be a life of lies, she runs to her brother, the only person she can trust. She has no idea she’s running straight into a world of badass bikers who live and ride by their own rules. One tatted rebel in particular calls to her wilder side, and while everything in her draws her toward him, every experience she’s had with men warns her away.

Jace Warren is doing what he’s done his whole life—trying to survive, making the best with what he’d been given. The only life that makes sense after the military is Hell Ryder’s Motorcycle Club, but the sweet innocence of his army buddy's sister promises a different life, one a man like him can only dream of. Problem is, being his MC brother’s sister puts her off limits. Hard as it is, he keeps his distance. Then she kisses him, and all bets are off.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

By Spice

I always get a little thrill of excitement when introduced to a new to me MC series. I love the grit that comes with a good biker love story. Running Wild is the first book in the Hell Ryders MC. It’s what we call biker lite, which means it’s not as edgy as some biker books. There are bikers and they do behave like bikers, but it’s missing the violence and mayhem that comes so often in this genre.

Allie is on the run from her old life. She was controlled by her father and pushed into a career she didn’t like and a relationship with a man who ended up cheating on her. She finally had enough and packed her bags and headed to Santa Rosa and her brother, Tyler.

I liked Allie. She wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed and she cried at the drop of a hat, which I have to admit annoyed me a bit. But she had a sweetness about her and was extremely likable which made up for her lack of brain power.

Jace is best friends with Allie’s brother Ty, they even joined the Hell Ryders together. He was hit with insta-love the minute he laid eyes on Allie, which was right as she was declared off limits to the club brothers. This led to a whole lot of wishy-washy back and forth and a serious case of failure to communicate.

Jace was loyal and determined, which I liked about him. He had some demons which he’d mostly vanquished, but they did fuel a raging case of “I’m-not-good-enough-for-her-itis. I really wanted him to go after what he wanted a lot quicker than he did. Yes, things took awhile to heat up, but once they did, these two were sexy together.

The other members of the Hell Ryders are who really caught my attention. They were interesting and made me want to know more about them. There were several obvious setups for future books which, for me at least, took away from time better spent with the main couple. What I’m really hoping for in future books is actually getting to know the club as a whole. They’ve gone clean, sort of, but have some guard duty jobs that seem to be squarely in the gray areas of the law. I am damned curious about what exactly they do and I want details.

My overall impression was that Running Wild suffered from first-in-series-itis with some secondary infections like the aforementioned I’m-not-good-enough-for-her-itis and the overall failure-to-communicate-itis. Any of these issues can be the downfall of a good read for me. Fortunately, there was enough good stuff to be had it overrode the bad and I ended up enjoying my time spent with the Hell Ryders and look forward to reading the next one.

Rating: 3.5 It’s all about the good stuff Stars


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