October seemed to be the month of firsts because at the beginning of the last week of the month I read Fighters Desire (#0.5, #0.6), which was the first time I read about MMA fighters. And Ride is my first attempt at reading about MC dudes.
And I liked it. The whole thing with the bikes and the reputations and the fights and the wild lifestyles…I liked ‘em all. But my main problem lies with the characters of Ride themselves.
Alexandra Mancuso is a mafia lord’s daughter. She’s taught from her very birth to be docile and submissive. But there were places she was sassy and in-your-face, which I liked. She was kind of your typical vulnerable heroine with a need for freedom.
The entire story revolves how in one second of misjudgment, Alex pretty much becomes the Mancuso family’s biggest enemy. She’s pretty sure her father is going to kill her but she’s rescued in the nick of time by her deceased mother’s twin sister…who happens to be Ryan’s step-mom.
The story then goes on to explore Alex’s (non) adjustment with the Forsaken MC—a place where she’s forced to bend every rule that her father imposed on her. The men here are loud and crass and everything she’s not used to. And then there’s Ryan Stone.
Ryan Stone, a part of the Forsaken MC, is a complete dick for 100% of the book. There isn’t one thing I liked about this guy. He uses women and he’s crude and OMG he’s the biggest jerk to Alex. He was so, so cruel, I’m pretty sure I’m going to measure other assholes against him. And yet, this guy has kind of grown on me. Believe me, it’s the strangest thing.
The story was pretty much non-existent. The entire book, the Forsaken are pretty much waiting for the Mancusos to show up and whisk Alex away. There’s also a pretty big secret that’s revealed but it was predictable from the very start.
At least to me.
And with all honesty, I wasn’t shipping Alex and Ryan AT ALL. I was all for Alex with Duke but eh. Life happens. And after having read Duke with Nic…damn. Just damn.
The ending of Ride felt a bit rushed and there’s kind of no closure. No look at the future, to see if these two really worked out. All in all, Ride was a bit of a wild journey and even though I didn’t particularly like Ryan—owing to the fact that I really couldn’t see what Alex liked about him anyway—I pretty much loved the whole concept of MCs and mob bosses 😀