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- Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release Date:09-26-16
- Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Embrace the danger.
Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.
Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.
Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.
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Tams E-book review July 2014 (5 Stars!)...
Sean Rush lives his life on the edge, it's how he works best. A mechanic by day and a muscle car thief by night he has no rules and answers to no one. Until Ryker storms into his life, turns it upside down, inside out and makes Sean question everything. Sean joined the military when he was still a teenager in an attempt to escape the same fate of his father, who is serving a life sentence on two counts of murder. While he was in Iraq he lost a friend and the combination of that and just the war have left him suffering from PTSD. It's while he's home on leave that the affair with Ryker starts, and while Sean doesn't realize it at the time, it's what gets him through the last few months in Iraq.
Ryker has a dark past himself, but he keeps it well hidden. As the muscle of the local Motorcycle Club, Havoc, Ryker is large and in charge and while Sean pushes his buttons and pushes back every time Ryker tries to tame him... something about Sean keeps him coming back. In the beginning it's a casual thing. Ryker somehow gets into Sean's house that is locked up like fort knox and fucks him until he can't see straight, much less remember his own name. Then Sean wakes up alone. The only evidence of the wild nights of passion, lust, sweat and screams are Sean's sore throat from his vocalization, sore ass and that single red rose that Ryker always leaves behind.
While Sean questions everything about the situation, Ryker is steadfast and unyielding through the entire process. Which consists of a lot of inner turmoil, anxiety, self doubt and a little psychosis from Sean. There are a lot of obstacles to them being together long term though. A local cop that would like nothing more than to bust Sean's balls, an undercover agent that has infiltrated one of the MC's, the muscle of BOTH MC's wanting nothing more than to get Sean into their beds and lets not forget Sean's own method of self destruction. But throughout all of it, there is one thing Sean is certain of, Ryker. So when his faith in his new lover is shrouded in doubt, it may prove to be that proverbial final straw.
From about two chapters into this book I started seeing Son's of Anarchy with a gay storyline. I was seeing Sean as Jax and Ryker as Opie which added a very distinct visual element to the story for me that gave it a grittier edge. And this story is very gritty already. Anger, love, lust and betrayal run rampant in this book. But what I really enjoyed was this inner monologue rolling around in Sean's head, and the way it's written you are left wondering if Sean is truly saying all this shit out loud? Or is Ryker just so atuned to Sean that he's reading his thoughts. The push and pull of these characters is electric and dangerous, and Sean has to make a conscious effort to resist sometimes, just so he can pretend he is indifferent about their relationship. But god almighty when they connect it is white hot and intense. And Ryker will take Sean on any surface that will hold their weight, including the hood of the car, in broad daylight, in a parking lot, Wow!
I absolutely loved this story. Two extreme alpha males learning how to navigate the rough waters of love with handle bars and tattoos. There are a few twists and turns along the way as well, a few hysterical moments and a lot of HOT HOT HOT as Hell sex. Surely a must read. And if you are a fan of SOA and you've always had this little niggle in the back of your mind about certain characters, you should be awarded the fruit of your imagination come to life with Running Wild!
Tams Audiobook review November 2016 (5 Stars!)...
"Definitely a wild ride!"
What made the experience of listening to Running Wild the most enjoyable?
I'd already read the e-book so getting to listen and have these characters brought to life was so much fun.
What other book might you compare Running Wild to and why?
Perhaps the Matter of Time series by Mary Calmes. Ryker is very liken to Sam Kage in the big, brooding, you are mine period department.
What about Dorian Bane’s performance did you like?
Who was the most memorable character of Running Wild and why?
Sean, for me at least. He grew and evolved a lot throughout the story.
Any additional comments?
This is one of my favorite books to read, I've read it multiple times, probably because SOA (Son's of anarchy) was a favorite TV show of mine and I always had this desire to see what would have happened had Jax and Opie gotten together. This story brought that fantasy to life for me. When I was listening I could actually picture Sean as Jax and Ryker as Opie and that only made the audiobook that much better.
I've listened to other stories with the narrator previously and it's been hit or miss. Definitely a hit this time around what with the deep, smokey, lust laced baritone voice he gave Ryker that completely fit every facet of his larger than life persona. Then you have Sean who is cocky, abrasive and standoffish. Mostly, that's an act he puts on to keep people at arms length. But Ryker has his number from the start and patiently waits it out until Sean figures out that the harder he fights it and tries to push Ryker away, he only winds up reeling him further in.
If you like stubborn alpha male bottoms and equally stubborn, self assured tops that wear leather and ride around on motorcycles and protect what belongs to them ferociously, then you'll LOVE this book!
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