Book Review: Riding Steele Series

Riding Steele: Kidnapped (Riding Steele #1)
by Opal Carew

Being kidnapped by bikers is a harrowing experience, but for some reason, Laurie doesn’t feel as terrified as she should. The leader’s steely eyes soften when he looks at her, and the others in his gang clearly know she’s hands off. But does that include Steele's hands? Her brain resists him, but her body insists she wants those big hands all over her.

Steele doesn’t know how he wound up in this mess–with a kidnapped woman on his hands and the police hot on their trail. Now he and Laurie are in hiding at an isolated cabin, and Steele has to figure out how to extricate himself . . . and steer clear of his accidental captive whose tight, slinky clubbing attire is making him think all kinds of dangerous thoughts…

Teri Lyn's thoughts: **Riding Steele: Kidnapped generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
This is part one of serial series by Opal Carew. I've not read any other works by this author to date but found her writing style enjoyable and easy. Kidnapped is a very short installment where the reader is introduced to an entire cast of characters that are part of a motorcycle club. Except for the heroine who's saved from danger winding up in throes of the club without understanding why. Some aspects of the story were unclear to me and I think I made a few assumptions based on the text without really having the answers. However, I'm intrigued enough to definitely continue on with the series, eager to find out what happens next. The hero description sounds positively alpha hotness. The heroine comes across as a bit skittish and weak but I'm hoping we see her feistiness shine in future installments.

Riding Steele: Untamed (Riding Steele #2)
by Opal Carew

Teri Lyn's thoughts: Riding Steele: Untamed picks up directly where the cliffhanger dropped us in book one. Our heroine, Laurie, remains conflicted by her apparent kidnappers. However, in book two those conflicted feelings are becoming muddled by the erotic fantasies her captors live out daily. These fantasies leave both Steele and Laurie carnal in each others presence; one trying to escape, the other trying to protect. The erotica intrigued me greatly in this book. We got hints of it in book one but witnessed the depth of the fantasies here. I want to Laurie will submit to erotic desire. These books are so short and the writing so fluid it takes no time at all to get through them. Prepare for cliffhangers though - if you don't want to wait the week or so between releases I wouldn't recommend starting until all books are released.

Riding Steele: Collide (Riding Steele #3)
by Opal Carew

Teri Lyn's thoughts: **Riding Steele: Collide generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Again the author seamlessly picks up where she left us hanging in book two. Laurie finds herself still denying what she wants from Steele but the denial gets harder to portray. She's angry and afraid; a little weak in my opinion. Steele seems just as conflicted though he's all alpha male just reeking of carnal desire. Laurie's past fully reveals itself and the answers ease her mind yet make her more vulnerable in their wake. Steele wants to protect Laurie. The writing and plot move so easily the story is over just as fast as it begins. This book ends in a cliffhanger though not as acutely striking as the previous two. We have some answers unlike the others and we just wait to see where Steele takes us.

Riding Steele: Wanted (Riding Steele #4)
by Opal Carew

Teri Lyn's thoughts: Once again this author effortlessly transitions from the cliffhanger ending of the last book to this with much ease. She makes it easy to remember where we left off in book three and that much easier for the reader to be engaged in the characters with this constant forward-moving plot. Wanted holds as book four in the series and there’s still this push/pull dynamic going on between Steele and Laurie that feels more and more awkward. It’s a contradictory stance from both characters at this point as Laurie is resisting the lifestyle Steele has introduced yet relents to it through her own carnal desire he’s awakened in her. Steele fights contradictory feelings over his unusually possessive grip on Laurie. We learn a great deal more about the crew, their history, and their friendship in this installment. It’s quite a provocative read but starting to border on a bit outlandish. We’re left with another cliffhanger but I know this author will move us forward fluidly once again in book five. Recommended for erotica/ménage/angst lovers.

Riding Steele: Crossroads (Riding Steele #5)
by Opal Carew

Teri Lyn's thoughts: **Riding Steele: Crossroads generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Riding Steele: Crossroads again starts immediately where the story faded to black in book four. The author here combined the angst, love, passion, and depth of darkness she included in book one. Laurie forces herself to submit to the knowledge that Steele and company mean well to her, they care for her in a way no other people ever have. Steele copes with feelings of possessiveness he’s never felt. Each of them come to grips with their feelings when Laurie finds herself thrust back into the exact situation she ran from in the first place. In this aspect the plot delves a little darker which was a nice segue for the plot. Everything happens so fast in these novellas it takes a minute to process the speed in which they go but there’s never a time when the writing feels stale. The author again write in dual points of view and leaves us hanging at the end. I do look forward to seeing how she ties all these novellas into a solid ending with book six. If you dig erotica, a little darker plot, angst, and cliffhangers – Riding Steele: Crossroads will work for you.

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