Review: RIDE by JC Emery

Death comes in Armani. Salvation comes in leather.
Principessa to the Mancuso crime family, Alexandra knows a thing or two about living outside the bounds of the law. Suffocated by the future her father has laid out for her, she makes a choice she can't take back, changing the entire trajectory of her life.
Thrust into the dark and dangerous world of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club for her own protection, Alex finds herself faced with the last thing she needs right now: the man of her dreams. He’s sex in leather, the devil incarnate, and one hell of a kisser. But he’s also off-limits. Ryan Stone can be her friend, but he’s forbidden to be her lover.
Third-generation Forsaken, Ryan knows nothing other than life on two wheels, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He enjoys the many privileges that come with the patch, and the only laws he recognizes are the ones set-forth by his club. That is, until who he wants more than anything isn’t allowed on the back of his bike —or in his bed. Balancing his desire for her body, and need to keep her safe, Ryan tries to keep Alex at a distance. Finally having made a choice for herself, she’s done hearing the word “no” and will push boundaries even Ryan himself doesn’t dare cross.
Love is never more tempting than when it’s forbidden.
ARC provided by author. 


Alexadra Mancuso is a rat. An accidental rat, but a rat nonetheless. And now she’s hiding out with the sister of her deceased mother, her aunt Ruby, and a gang of leather-cut clad, motorcycle riding men. She traded her luxurious life as a repressed mafia principessa in New York for that of minimalist existence in a small, biker run town in California. 

Poor Alex. Leaving behind all that she has known, all the family she has left, and doing so because she messed up, landing said family in hot water, I felt really bad for her. I kinda wanted to yell out, “She didn’t mean it!” 

“My grief is the only thing I have left that is solely mine, and I’ll be damned if I have to lose that, too.”


Thought it doesn’t start out comfortable for her, she quickly settles in to her new home, while waiting for her father’s mafia family, who she knows will eventually hunt her down. These are not people you want to cross, blood related or not. 

“Violence is never fun, my father says, it is sometimes necessary, but never fun.”


One definite perk of shacking up with a motorcycle club, is there is always a plethora of hot men just hanging around. Even though her aunt Ruby blatantly tells her it’s not allowed. 

“There’s just always been something about the things I can’t have. I want them more than anything. “


Of course, Alex has her eye on one in particular—Ryan, or ‘Trigger' as the men call him. He is intimidating as hell, but I genuinely thought there was a spark immediately upon their meeting. But, this guy. Man. This guy throws off opposing vibes throughout the entire book, leaving me with a mild case of whiplash. He made me want to punch him on more than one occasion. 

“He is not who I thought he was. No matter what impression I got of him, clearly, it’s just what I wanted to see. He’s not lonely; he’s just a bastard.”


I cringed when Alex tried to drown out her desires for Ryan by using his own devices against him. You know she shouldn’t, but at the same time, you want her to give him a taste of his own medicine. She also has been so sheltered (ironically) her whole life, you long for her to get drunk, act stupid, and really, just live. 

“But I don’t need to be convinced of anything in the state I’m in. I want it all. No matter the disaster I’m going to face tomorrow, I want to enjoy the trip down the rabbit hole tonight.”


Her new life may be spent mostly in hiding, but she has a sense of freedom and family she never experienced back at home. I loved the way the men and her interact, especially Duke…well, for the most part. Ryan continuously plays Ping-Pong with her emotions, and I wondered if anything would ever happen between the two. He may be the most stubborn man I’ve read so far. And no, I won’t tell you if her affections remain unrequited, but I will tell you she feels hurt so many times, I’m not sure how the girl was still standing. 

“And just like that, just like everything with him, all of the beauty surrounding us is shattered, leaving behind splinters that I know I’m going to be stepping in for weeks.”


Some parts of this story really left me reeling. With one of the most upsetting sex scenes ever, and some of the most ridiculous alpha male ‘why don’t you just pee on my leg’ scenarios, I can tell you I was unsure of how I felt about some of the characters. But, in a good way. It made me angry, sad, and broke my heart a little. When a book can do that? Well, that is about all I can ask for, really. And though I felt the ending was rushed, and would have liked to see more climax given the build-up, I know there will be more coming soon in this series. I will just have to be patient.

Given all of that, I would have to say that Ride was a 4 star read in my opinion, with some areas being 3.5 and others being a little higher than a four. I cannot wait to see what happens next with our little princess and her Forsaken boys.


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