09 July 2014

Ravage Me by Ryan Michele

Ravage Me Ebook
After spending the last two years stuck behind bars for a crime she didn’t commit, Harlow ‘Princess’ Gavelson’s time inside has finally come to an end, and she’s ready for revenge. Unfortunately, being the daughter to the Vice President of the Ravage Motorcycle Club cuts into her plans, as orders must be followed. Trying to settle back into this life is proving difficult when the tables are turned and the woman who framed her is out for blood. Lucky for Princess, growing up in a MC has taught her how to hold her own.
After spending years in hell overseas, Donavon ‘Cruz’ came home to lose the very thing he went into hell for, sending him to the darkest moments of his life. Joining Ravage two years ago was his safe haven, and he protects his family at all costs.
When a dark-haired bombshell struts into the club’s shop, he’s caught off guard but immediately knows she’s the one he’d do anything for. Tough as nails, and taking no crap from anyone, he’s captivated by a woman who could handle this life. Trying to meet the needs of the MC business and follow his heart proves to be difficult when the two collide, and lives are at stake.
Can these two find a way to be together, or will the needs of Ravage cost them everything, including their lives?
*Contains mature content including, sex and violence. Mature audiences only.*

It's not the best MC book I've ever read and it's by no means the grittiest, but it was enjoyable. It was a very fast-paced book and I'm not sure if it was because it was so action-packed or if the writing was just hurried. I did appreciate that the author added headings to show how much time had passed since the previous event (ie, 3 months later) and because of that, I'm leaning more toward the action-packed theory.

Although the action kept the story moving and the pages turning, it didn't allow for enough character development. While this was Harlow & Cruz's story, I feel like I only really got to know Harlow and that's mainly because she seemed to spend a lot of time proving herself to the men around her (most of whom have know her since she was a child). She manages to be a badass without being a bitch (kudos to the author for walking that line so very well) and she presents as a very loyal and loving character; I couldn't help but like her.

The only thing I feel like I know about Cruz is that once he makes his mind up he sticks to his decision, which is why he lays claim to Princess (Harlow) within hours of meeting her. I'm good with instant connections in books as a means of moving a relationship forward, but this was a bit too fast in my opinion. He went from the "I want you under me" mentality to the "I want you as my old lady" mindset within hours. Even more mind-boggling for me was the fact that Princess is the daughter of the MC's VP and Cruz's behavior toward her would be considered a clear sign of disrespect and a violation of protocol in every other MC book I've read. Not to mention, it doesn't seem like the behavior of a man who is former military and was raised by a single mother, but rather that of someone who was raised in the MC lifestyle (which was not the case). But that's my problem because Ravage MC is the author's creation and Ryan Michelle is free to run it however she chooses.

That said, I enjoyed the book and it was certainly worth the 99¢ I paid for it as I bought it on sale. I will keep my eye out for the next book in the series.


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