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Monday, September 6, 2010

ARC Review: Jaci Burton - Riding The Night


Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (September 7, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0425236560
ISBN-13: 978-0425236567
Book #5 in the Wild Riders series
Main Characters: AJ, Pax and Teresa
For sale at: Book Depository Store

Cover Summary:
AJ and Pax work together as undercover operatives for a government agency of bad-boy bikers known as the Wild Riders. And though they play as hard as they work, both men are looking for the one woman who can tame them…

On vacation, AJ and Pax run into AJ’s high school sweetheart, Teresa. While they’re catching up at Teresa’s bar, a fight erupts between two biker gangs, leaving one man dead and Teresa’s brother wrongly accused of murder. With no proof and Teresa as the only eye witness, the trio points their Harleys toward the annual bike rally in South Dakota in hot pursuit of the real killer…

Her life in jeopardy, AJ and Pax become Teresa’s fierce protectors. But a past trauma keeps Teresa guarded, unable to trust them--until AJ and Pax uncover her secret and vow to do anything to help her heal. And in their arms she discovers a sensual desire that knows no boundaries, a passion strong enough to overcome her tragic past and awaken a force that brings both men to their knees.

Danger may temporarily bind the three together, but it’s their shared passion that will lead them to the ride of their lives: love.

Leontine's Review: From page one Jaci Burton hit the right note with me and she didn’t let up until I closed RIDING THE NIGHT with a fulfilled feeling of romantic contentment. The prologue was one of teen-age love; intense and passionate, but for AJ it was a turning point in his life and he didn’t want to drag Teresa along in his choices. That moment in the car was a maelstrom of feelings, both lustful as deeply caring and I instantly knew that this was far from over. That Teresa and AJ would take me on a ride where romance and eroticism would go hand in hand was a fact yet little did I know that by turning the page I would be surprised by another character named Pax.

AJ and Pax, they had me from the first moment I read their introduction in the present storyline. They are Wild Riders, loving the open roads, the danger of their job and the roar of their bikes engine. It gave them a wild edge that drew me to them like a moth to a flame and since I love two men together, comfortable in their own skin and sexuality, AJ and Pax received my full, devoted attention. I was immediately told that they are used to share women and that they love making a woman feel special, of course riding in to AJ’s old town was an invitation to meet Teresa again. She is the new owner of a biker bar and in those ten years lots of things happened. Things AJ has no knowledge of but the magnetic pull between AJ, Teresa and Pax was undeniable. That same night in Teresa’s bar the animosity between the biker gangs; Fists and Thorns, exploded. A murder and the sole suspect of it being Joey, leader of the Thorns and Teresa’s brother, made AJ and Pax decide to stay for the remainder of their vacation.

On the backdrop of biker gang rivalry AJ and Pax are in their element but I also enjoyed how Jaci Burton hit the right tone with Teresa. She survived a tragedy of her own and she has understandable fears, but still, she faces those fears and thereby overcoming the spineless victim label. I like it when a woman reclaims her power and with Teresa’s inner struggles gradually showing the progress it created a woman I could admire and enjoy her blossoming passion and sexuality. Being winged by men such as AJ and Pax doesn’t hurt either of course. For different reasons both men triggered my happy-girl buttons. Both are testosterone-laden men but where Pax is a controlled powerhouse of raw masculinity where a woman instinctively knows there is more to him than meets the eye, AJ is the more bad-boy charming and seductive man who has a grin on his face that promises undiscovered passion. Neither of them is the jealous kind of man and the focus on Teresa and her needs set the pages on fire.

What I found in RIDING THE NIGHT is a story that instantly pulled me in with vibrant characters and a fast-paced plot. The external issues of the murder and Teresa’s tragedy brought along a whole set of internal struggles that affected them individually as well as within the budding Ménage. The struggles and romantic issues created depth within this erotic romance story, and while it never lost the easy-to-read essence it attached me to these characters the way I like it, the way I need it to be. I cared for whether or not they could make the romance work, that each and every one’s emotions got validated and solve the crime along the way.

Since AJ and Pax where so focused on Teresa it made the eroticism spine tingling good as a Ménage trope should be. It stays within the boundaries of playful, sensual and arousing but I read the eruption of sex-play with an elevated heart beat. The issue of how they could make this three-way work adds a touch of realism and the gradual build-up of sexual tension only underscored the importance of the emotional development with each of the main players. All things I consider important in both romance and plot were at full force working in RIDING THE NIGHT and I tore through the chapters like a biker on route 66. There was no stopping me and the conclusion, while I suspected it at some point in the story, still made an impact.

Jaci Burton’s RIDING THE NIGHT is a celebration of super sexy erotic romance! 


Quote Teresa:
While AJ and Pax sat quietly drinking their beers, Teresa studied them side by side. AJ, with his dark good looks and smoke gray eyes, had always made her heart stumble. He had that sexy, bad-boy quality about him that would make any woman look twice. Pax had dirty blond hair that he ware short and spiked, a dark goatee lining his jaw, his body all lean muscle, the kind of body a woman would want to run her hands all over. The two men were a study in contrasts – so different yet so similar. Both screaming masculine and sexy, commanding a woman’s attention in ways that were elemental and yet inexplicable.

2 comments:

Pearl said...

I really can't wait to finally start reading this series! Got them all on the shelves, now if only life and other books would stop getting in the way ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Super erotic romance, ooooo, that sounds very good to me

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