Max by Megan O'Brien
Series: Ride: Second Generation
Published by Self-published on April 10, 2018
Genres: Biker / MC
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I've loved him since I was old enough to understand what that meant.
Max Jackson, patched member of the Knight's MC, is someone Wren Armstrong’s father considers a friend. She shouldn't want him. Shouldn't need him. But she does. She always has.
When Wren is put in danger while away at school, she's forced to return home to Hawthorne, Nevada, on the back of the bike of the very man she left to avoid.
That first kiss is everything she ever dreamed it would be and everything Max has tried like hell to deny. But when danger looms with Wren at its center, Max will stop at nothing to protect her. Even if it means losing everything else he loves in the process.
This is the story of Max and Wren. The first in the Ride Series Second Generation
Max can be read as a stand-alone, but it's recommended that you read the First Generation Ride series.
* Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
It was a bittersweet moment when Cal, the last book in Megan O’Brien’s The Ride series released. The series had a family atmosphere that I loved and I’d grown fond of the characters. Needless to say I was thrilled when I heard Ms. O’Brien would be putting out the next generation’s stories. Max stole my heart as a little boy. He was a huge part of Cal’s story which made him the perfect choice to kick off the Ride: Second Generation Series.
The adopted son of Cal and Jill, Max was a serious little boy who felt the weight of the world on his shoulders. Under their loving care he grew up to be a fairly quiet albeit badass man who considered himself a protector of his family. He deeply loved and respected his adoptive clan which included the entire Knights MC family.
Wren is the only child of Sal and Kat. A tomboy at heart, she drank in the lessons of her father and became a car mechanic extraordinaire, eventually surpassing even his skill level. She’s also been quietly in love with Max since she was a child, but being pragmatic, she knew he would never return those feelings especially as he stayed far away from her.
No matter how much Max wanted Wren there was no way he would act on his feelings as she was the daughter of a man he deeply respected as well as eight years younger than him. He distanced himself as much as a badass alpha biker is capable of doing, but when Wren finds herself the target of an increasingly violent stalker, Max can’t help but pull out all the stops to keep her safe. I have to admit I struggled with Max at first. In the beginning he was quiet and closed off and I’m not a fan of the “I want her but can’t go there” trope. He ended up acquitting himself nicely though, and by then end I felt he and Wren truly belonged together.
Wren was innocent but not in a giggly or stupid way, which helped me to overlook her virgin status. That’s not to say she didn’t do a couple of things I questioned, especially by not immediately telling her Dad about the weird things going on. She salvaged her credibility as a strong heroine by being smart and open to all the safety measures put in place once things took a turn for the dangerous.
The stalker aspect drummed up a fair amount of suspense and action but huge chunks of the book were more about a passing of the torch from the older to the younger generation. Although this needed to be done to set up the series, I felt like it slowed things down a bit too much at times which made the book easy to put down. Despite this, I enjoyed becoming reacquainted with my favorite 1st gen characters and getting to know their kids as adults. Max and Wren’s story was sexy and sweet and I am definitely looking forward to what’s next. With the trouble brewing, it should be good.
Rating: 3.75 Passing of the Torch Stars