Review: Hard Ride #1, by Opal Carew


Part of a series? Yes.

Cliffhanger? Yes.

Category: Adult, (erotica?)

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Pages: 72


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?




I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review. 


This first installment is part of the Hard Ride serial that counts three novellas. Since this is a serial, this installment ends on a cliffhanger.


What can I say after reading this first part… It’s difficult to write a review of any consistence. This installment is rather short (less than 100 pages) and it’s a first installment, so there’s not enough material for me to give you an in-depth critique.


But that doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion! From what I’ve seen so far, readers are very enthusiastic. They’re quite in love with Liv and Devin (aka Shock), but I’m more wary. I can’t say that I hate these two characters, but I don’t have enough to feel something for them, to be interested to the point of being on edge after finishing that first part of the series. I’m merely intrigued.


You see, in a story like this one, I like it when there’s a real characterization and when the connection between the characters is undeniable. Sexual attraction for the sake of it is rarely my cup of tea in books. Here, while it’s obvious that Shock is pretty much a goner when it comes to Liv’s body, I can’t see the past linking them together. They’re supposed to have been good friends in college, they’re supposed to have been close to being more than friends years ago and now…reading this installment I don’t see much of this other than when the characters mention their old attraction that had never led to anything.


Also, and I’m sorry but it’s starting to annoy me…Why is there a contract scene in this book? I’m sorry if it’s a spoiler, but I have to address this. I get why the author put it in her story, but honestly it’s so much used since FSOG that I’m pretty much immune to it and also turned off almost immediately. It’s just me, so ignore this.


The plot itself while entertaining, has yet to win me over. I have the next installments so I’m going to delve in and I hope they’re going to show me more of Shock and Liv because right now I’m not convinced. And I would be delighted if the plot thickens. But keep in mind that apparently I’m in minority.


What do you think of Shock? 





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