Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Strike by Jennifer Ryder

Series: Spark #3
Release Date: August 30, 2014
Publisher: Jennifer Ryder
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★

Fast. That’s how I like life, especially my two great joys: bikes and women. I’m committed to exclusively riding one, but not the other.

Until April.

A sexy-arse freelance photographer who’s travelled the world, and doesn’t do long walks on the beach or romantic candlelit dinners. She enjoys running with the bulls and food spicy enough to make your hair fall out. If that weren’t enough to get me hard, she rides a mean mother of a motorcycle.

I’ve gotta have a taste of this wildcat.

~Spencer (Jones)

I don’t do fast. Not anymore. I’ve got my career, my independence, and since I fled Spain to come back home I promised myself that I wouldn’t be put second—or third, for that matter—again.

Then I meet pretty boy Spencer.

He’s smooth, oozing the most potent pheromones probably known to modern science, and he’s making a move on me. One kiss was almost enough for my promise to dissolve.

My head says no—my treacherous body screams yes. I’m gonna make Spencer work for it. Make him fight for the chance to have me, because I know that deep down I’m worth it.

~April MacIntyre

*Strike is book three in the Spark series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but continues on with characters from Spark and Spike.

*Recommended for 18+ as it contains very steamy sex with motocross boys *sigh*.

I'll confess right up front that I did not read Spark or Spike before reading Strike.  I was assured I didn't need to, and I wasn't needed. However, I want to read them now, except I got a few little spoilers. My own fault, of course. But I would suggest starting at the beginning, don't pull an Ali! ;)

After a very intriguing (I'd love the details of this Ms. Ryder *ahem*) prologue, we're thrown right into the story of Spencer and April. It starts  like a typical boy meets girl story, but neither character is quite typical.

Spencer is a financial consulting, suit wearing, responsible and boring type by day.  It's not the life he wants, it's the life he's been guilted into living.  His dreams lie in Motocross.  His passion is there, it's the life he gets only on limited occasions and it's the only dream he's ever had.

He's also a man whore. The Manwhore of Motocross.  Not even a one night stand type of guy..he's more a fuck 'em and kick them out type.  No overnighters, no do-overs, no commitments.  Not ever.

April knows what it's like to come in second.  To not be the prize at the end of the race.  Being set aside one too many times has made her live free but keep strong walls on her heart.  Problem is, her live life to the fullest attitude comes with a strong sexual appetite and that appetite wants Spencer as the main course.

She doesn't relent easily though. April is the tease of all teasers but upfront about it and with good reason.  They way she holds Spencer off is adorable because you understand why she is doing it. It isn't a form of torture, she isn't giving him false promises.  The fun loving, independent, dare devil self is petrified to fall too fast and get burned. 

There is a ton of cute banter and frisky push and pull from these two.  The entire book has a refreshing and fun feel, mixed with some super sexiness.  I loved that about it.  I also enjoyed that it wasn't full of angst and drama, a great change of pace from the typical New Adult read.  I really enjoyed it and look forward to backtracking my ass to the beginning of the series!

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