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Ride Hard by Laura Kaye
Series: Raven Riders #1
Genres: MC Romance
Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders…
Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.
Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.
The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before…
The first book in Laura Kaye’s hot new Raven Riders Motorcycle Club series, RIDE HARD, is finally here! RIDE HARD is about a new kind of MC with a protective mission. You might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! So read on for a taste and grab your copy of the first book in this sexy new series!
This is the first book in Laura Kaye’s hot new Raven Riders Motorcycle Club series, Ride Hard. Now if you are a Laura Kaye fan like me then chances are you already met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world so you already know they aren’t your typical MC. This series stands alone and was worth waiting for! As I said the Raven Riders are not a typical MC although there are things that are very typical about them. They are rough around the edges and fight like their lives depend on it but their main goal is to protect those who cannot protect themselves. See? Different!
After running away from her monster of a father Randall and her best friend, Cora find temporary shelter with the Raven Riders. She has lived a very sheltered life having been kept prisoner by her father who happens to have plans for her marry in an effort to further his crime dealings. Escaping him hasn’t come without a cost. A really big one in the amount of the reward he is offering for her return which puts just about every gang out there in search of Haven. Dare Kenyon is the president of the Raven Riders and his club readily takes in Haven and Cora to protect them. He never expected that he would fall in love with Haven and as he spends more time helping Haven mark off things on her list he needs up falling even further. the question whether or not Haven can truly get away from her father and enjoy the love she has found with Dare.
As always Laura Kaye has written a series that is full of emotion. You everything you hope for in a MC Romance with the added benefit of depth. These character have a depth that only she can write and I can’t wait for the next book.
Guest Post from Laura Kaye
One of the things that surprised me about Ride Hard was that food became a major theme throughout the book. Haven suffers from insomnia and baking is one of the things that calms and distracts her, so sometimes she sneaks down to the clubhouse’s kitchen in the middle of the night and bakes whatever sweet thing comes to mind. Cinnamon rolls and peanut butter cookies are two of her favorites (and Dare’s, too!), and she loves leaving these treats for the guys in the club to devour in the morning. Because you might find yourself hungry while reading *winks*, I thought you might enjoy Haven’s recipe for cinnamon rolls—and since I am not much of a cook LOL, I turned to my good friend and fellow author Christi Barth, who is an excellent cook, for her take on cinnamon rolls, very similar to what I describe in the book:
Haven’s Cinnamon Rolls
Recipe from author Christi Barth
Check out her new Risking It All (Naked Men, Book 1)
What makes these cinnamon rolls super easy is that they have to sit overnight – which means you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to start cooking for a crowd of hungry bikers.
1 package quick rise yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water
4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces evaporated milk (I like to use evaporated skim milk – it won’t change the texture or flavor, just the guilt you feel for eating a second roll)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup softened butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
Dissolve yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar & the warm water in a bowl and let stand for five minutes or until small bubbles foam on the top of it. In a large bowl, blend flour, 1/4 cup sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and salt. In another bowl combine 2/3 cup milk, water and egg. Once thoroughly mixed, add yeast and flour mixture (1 cup at a time) into it until it forms a dough ball.
Lightly flour your counter, and then knead dough on it for about 6 minutes. Coat a bowl with non-stick spray, put dough in it and cover. Let dough rise until doubled (at least an hour).
Roll dough out to an approximate 10″ x 20″ rectangle. Gently spread the butter over the dough, then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. If you like nuts, you could add 3/4 cup chopped pecans. Roll up, starting with the long side. Slice roll (a bread knife works best) into 12 1″ thick pieces. Put in two buttered cake pans, with 1 slice in the middle and 5 ringing it. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in the refrigerator at least overnight, but up to an entire day ahead. Bake at 375 degrees for 24 minutes.
Whisk together powdered sugar and milk with a fork. Drizzle over rolls while still hot.
Who can say yum????? Enjoy!
Thanks for reading!
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