This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Motorcycle Club Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on October 1, 2014
Going into Riding Dirty, I didn’t really know what to expect. You have an educated woman in Witness Protection giving therapy sessions to a MC criminal turned informant. The two come from parallel opposite sides of the world, but yet, they fall in love.
Psychologist Mia Richards just wants revenge for her husband’s death by two MC members. Thinking she is dead, she comes back to the town she grew up in to take care of her mother under a new name and a new look. The MC members think they killed her so there is not threat they believe. But witness protection doesn’t know she is having sessions with a convicted criminal turned informant who might be her key to getting the vengeance she so desperately seeks.
Cole “Shank” Shepherd knows if he stays in prison he is as good as dead, but he has to accept the out he has been given to rat on his uncle. Reluctantly he goes to therapy sessions to talk about his feelings, but he knows Mia is hiding something, but knows she also wants something. Biding his time as he tries to figure out how not to betray his MC, but also not get sent back to prison.
The two fall in lust of each other. She does everything to entice him never thinking she would feel anything, going as far as to carry lube with her in case they get it on. An attack of conscience turns her but not from seeking out the man who has made her feel for the first time since the death of her husband.
The action both in and out of the bedroom never stop. Mia goes to the dark side, while Cole realizes he isn’t in the same league as her. The two fight a never ending battle in their own worlds, holding onto secrets that could get them both killed. The sex is rough, dark, dirty and throughly satisfying. I never thought the story would go in ways it did, nor that Mia would be so adventurous in her sex life.
But….I didn’t buy them falling in love. It all happens so fast, they fall into bed, they have some anxious times, running from people and it felt too rushed and pushed to fall into love. Not saying they wouldn’t eventually, just that they were so different, so in need of different things, but the two things they both needed was love and trust.
The second thing I didn’t buy was the ending. I don’t want to spoil it, but I just shook my head and wondered who pulled the strings to get this done.
Overall, it was an interestingly different premise to some of the MC romances I have read. Cole makes no apologies for who he is, what he wants and where he wants to go. He is who he is and he isn’t going to change for anyone. Mia is a little more complex as she needed to let go of her dead husband and learn to embrace life again. I just worry that all the excitement she gets from Cole will eventually be tarnished. When he can’t excite her any more, what’s left?
Warning: There is a f/f/m threesome and a little anal play. If you don’t like those things, then skip this one.
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