Riding Wild (Wild Riders, #1) by Jaci Burton

Tuesday, July 26
My rating:

He's a Harley-riding ex-thief...she's a gun-toting ex-socialite. Together they'll take the ride of a lifetime in this erotic romance from "an undoubted master."*

Mac Canfield was the last man Lily West expected to see again, never mind aim her gun at. But there he was, the bad boy who'd broken her heart years ago - still a thief, hijacking a priceless artifact - and it was all she could do to push aside the memories of how it felt to have his perfectly chiseled body next to hers.

Mac was no less shocked to see the beautiful girl next-door again, threatening to shoot him. Little did she know she was blowing his cover. He had to get her out of harm's way without succumbing to his desire to take her on a hot trip down memory lane.

But Lily has no intention of going anywhere with Mac, which means he'll have to resort to kidnapping. Unless she agrees to let him take her for the kind of ride destined to drive them both unbelievably wild.


A good platform to launch the Wild Riders series.

What I loved:
- This one had a lot of heat - creative heat. Sometimes I feel like I'm reading the same phrases on loop when it comes to the sexy times, but I didn't get that with this book. (Incidentally, I've read the whole Wild Riders series, and JB maintains the creativity the whole way through. Yay!)
- I liked how JB tore down and rebuilt the couple's relationship. From what they had back in the day, to what they try to have now, it didn't seem rushed.
- The bad-boy but not really premise. Don't get me wrong, I love mean mofo heroes, but this was a welcome change. JB writes good alpha males, also - I like the way they speak, the way they react, the way they carry themselves. Wunnerful.

What I didn’t love:
- Lily was not a trustworthy heroine, and such a hypocrite. She spent the majority of the story banging Mac and plotting to steal from him and escape, all whilst wringing her hands about whether she can trust her heart to him again. And she was a bit whiny.
- I wasn't a fan of the dialogue to explain the 'big finish.' The takedown, I guess. It felt like an afterthought, or - dare I say it - laziness. To me, it reeked of 'I guess I better explain the gaps in the actual plot now.'
- There were several parts of the story where characters had conversations that no real person would have. It was pretty obvious the whole conversation was to explain to me what was missing from the actual storyline. I don't like being told what's happening - I like to be shown. I love when I organically come to learn what is unfolding, and this book was missing that.

I didn't read romance for a long time while I was devouring non-fiction. This series was like a romance renaissance for me, and I really enjoyed it. My tastes have grown since the first time I read this, so I started skimming it last night to jog my memory. I ended up reading it for 3 hours, which I think is a good sign.
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