Hard Ride: A Novel in Three Parts by Opal Carew

Title: Hard Ride Series: Part 2 of 3 Author: Opal Carew  Published: April 14, 2015 by St Martin's Press  ISBN13: 9781466878662

Title: Hard Ride
Series: Part 2 of 3
Author: Opal Carew
Published: April 14, 2015 by St Martin’s Press
ISBN13: 9781466878662

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Synopsis:

 Liv never expected to find herself trapped in an alley facing a band of rough bikers. And she certainly never expected to see him again…

When Shock encounters an old flame in a dark alley, it sends him spiraling. She’s still as beautiful as ever, but she seems to have fallen on hard times since college, and he’s concerned about the risks she seems to take. In order to keep her safe and finally have her for himself, he makes a sensual deal: his help for her complete submission. But will Liv be able to let go of the past and fall for the hard rider?

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My Rating for the entire series: 4 – 4½/5 stars

My Mini – Review:

**CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR PART 1**

Part two of this naughty novella series opens with a very adamant Liv refusing to go home as Shock has insisted.

Both Liv and Shock have so many emotions warring with each other that they can’t see clear to what they both really want. Shock doesn’t want to be the second guy who forces Liv to have sex and Liv no longer wants to feel broken and afraid of being with a man. Screw the contract, Shock wants Liv and has since college. Liv wants to be with a man but more importantly, she wants that man to be Shock.  Once she is able to convince Shock of her absolute willingness to be with him (no matter if there is a contract!) the two embark on a somewhat comfortable arrangement. Shock is far more experienced and open-minded about sex than Liv is but Liv is willing to experiment on a slow and steady basis. Liv’s naïveté about sex is as exciting to Shock as it is endearing. He understands Liv is willing but he also understands that he has to take things very slowly with her. Additionally, Shock truly likes Liv and wants to be sure she is treated with respect.

While Shock’s intentions are certainly good and his actions with Liv speak of nothing but respect his past is a factor and when Liv is confronted with it, she is all but slapped in the face. Apparently, Shock has a habit of contracting women and Liv feels as if she is nothing more than another sexual partner for hire. Her anger only intensifies when she realizes she has true feelings for Shock and doesn’t want to be just another notch in his bedpost. Fear of rejection and the cold, hard truth keep Liv from actually talking to Shock and the two are forced, yet again into a most uncomfortable situation.

Shock realizes almost instantly that Liv is so far beyond a sexual partner for hire but he knows she is skittish and has as much experience with relationships as she does with sex. Shock wants to tell Liv how he feels about her but fear keeps him from opening his mouth. He tries to show her how he feels through a beautiful night out and tender moments but the message doesn’t quite seem to be getting through. When Liv’s attitude changes and she won’t tell Shock why, Shock is totally confused, angry and, hurt and Liv is angry and hurt. The remedy? Behave like children and act out and irrationally. Just when things seem to be coming to a head, the truth of the whole situation comes out and Liv is forced to tell Shock (and the others!) the real reason she is with them all and why she needed the money in the first place. With one phone call, Liv’s world is turned upside down . . . .

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