Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “I did what I wanted to do from the very beginning.”
Irish has hovered on the edges of this series since book one. We don’t know much about him beyond being an enforcer for the Wind Dragons but we do know might get us killed. When he meets a sexy redhead at the local watering hole, he turns on the charm only to find himself firmly rebuffed. Lucky for him though, this unknown beauty leaves a little of herself behind…now all he has to do is wait for her to show back up and she’ll be all his.
Valentina just wants to stop hiding and live her life. Tired from running from an abusive ex boyfriend-she’s not looking for another bad boy-but Irish proves beneath his dark exterior lies a heart of gold. As Valentina spend more time with Irish and his motorcycle club (MC), she begins to finally feel safe and happy. But her ex isn’t going to give her up without a fight and he’s willing to take out everyone to get her back.
I’ll admit when I first received Dirty Ride in the mail, I thought maybe Pocket Star was now sending sample galleys because the book was so tiny *laugh* When asked to review, I hadn’t realised it was a novella. Any misgivings were quickly overcome as Fernando builds a steamy, sexy, suspenseful full-bodied story that engages fully despite the short length. Dynamic characters, solid background, and a fast flowing pace brings the plotline and romance together in a believable fashion.
Irish and Tina are well-developed characters whose chemistry clicked instantly for me. Irish’s particular brand of alpha dominance is born of a protective nature so he doesn’t come across as obstinate or unbendable as some of the other members. He’s a tarnished white knight and exactly what Tina needs. Tina is his perfect match with her strong will, fearless nature, and ability to handle any situation.
“I’ve been through a lot and I know how to handle everything, including you. It’s worked up until now.”
“Guess I’m smarter than other men.”
“Or maybe other men can take a hint…which would make them smarter.”
“You callin’ me stupid, darlin’?”
“I’m not calling you anything. But if the shoe fits, feel free to wear it.”
The suspense plot blends well with the romance; interweaving as Fernando amps up the danger and intrigue that dances along the edges. Fernando adds fuel to the fire with her explicit passion filled sex scenes. Irish and Tina’s connection is further strengthened by their dialogue which flows effortlessly with plenty wit and humor. Plenty of familiar faces of the club are seen as Irish pushes for the MC’s protection of Tina. Though the story ends a little abrupt with the climatic resolution of Tina’s stalker, Fernando leaves enough clues to assure us that this won’t be the last time we see this couple.
Dirty Ride was a fantastic peek back into this world and I cannot wait for the next full-length story-Rake’s Redemption. I have a feeling his comeuppance will be one for the books.