Riding Irish

Sara Brookes
Riding Irish
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Publisher
Loose Id LLC
Release Date
June 2014
ISBN
9781623001544
Series
Book 1 of Sinners & Saints
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
Mayhem is a way of life for Avery. The last thing she needs is a complication like Kane. The medal-winning swimmer who comes to her rescue is the ultimate golden boy. Everything this woman from the wrong side of the tracks shouldn't want and everything she can't stop thinking about. But emotion—and vulnerability—are liabilities she can't afford.

Kane can't understand why he experiences such dark, forbidden and kinky desires when he is around Avery. But her touch sparks a hunger deep inside him, and unleashes an erotic discovery where pain becomes pleasure. Their uninhibited passion reveal Kane's dominant nature.

As Avery submits to Kane, exploring boundaries and pushing limits, she discovers a life she never expected. The unlikely pair forge a bond so tight, their unyielding trust gives way to a love like no other. But Avery's brothers—members of Oahu's most notorious motorcycle club—have other plans. Now Avery is forced to make a decision where her loyalty resides—with her family or with a lover who brings peace to the chaos surrounding her.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jul 02, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
144 people found the following review helpful
You wouldn't expect an epic love story to come out of a novel featuring an outlaw motorcycle club and an Olympic medalist, but that's exactly what you get in RIDING IRISH.

Former Olympic swimmer and entrepreneur Kane O'Hanlon is content with his life in Hawaii. Preparing for another season of rescues and recoveries with his business partners, he's struck dumb when he meets the beautiful surfer named Avery. Not one to take women too seriously, Kane knows at first glance that Avery is something special. The two of them can't seem to stay away from one another, but Avery desperately wants to help Kane get out of his own head during sex, to forget the saint versus sinner conflict and help him give into his darker needs. Because of his turmoil, among other things, their passionate affair is short-lived, and apart, both of them wind up making major life decisions within the next few years.

When Kane and Avery reconnect, he finds out that the reason she never contacted him after their breakup was due to her connection to the Dullahans--a notorious outlaw motorcycle gang that terrorizes the island. Kane knows you can't choose your family, and he and Avery quickly continue where they left off years ago...with a few surprising and erotic changes on Kane's end. Love hits them both fast and furious, but Avery's loyalty to her man will be tested when her brothers cause more trouble than they can get out of on their own. When all hell breaks loose and mayhem strikes, love and loyalty will be put to the test for everyone.

RIDING IRISH is book 1 in the forthcoming Sinners & Saints series by the incredibly talented Sara Brookes. This is the first book of hers I've had the pleasure of reading, and if they are all this amazing, I will be picking up her other works ASAP. The ever-present feeling of danger that permeated this story was tempered perfectly by an epic love story that even the most jaded romance fans will enjoy. Between the beautiful golden boy Olympic swimmer falling in love with the sister of four vicious and dangerous outlaw motorcycle gang members, and the edge of pain that Kane brought to their lovemaking when they reunited, RIDING IRISH kept me captivated and salavating from page one.

While I'm not into breath play in books as a rule, I have to admit that Ms. Brookes wrote such a stunningly beautiful story, much of which centered around breathing in one way or another. Kane used his knowledge of breath control from his swimming days to teach others how to stay calm and control their breathing underwater. This translated beautifully to the bedroom when he used the same techniques with Avery during some of their BDSM sessions. The transformation that Kane went through during their separation to get to the point where he embraced his Dominant side and learned how to control himself was fascinating. And while Avery could've been an easy character to hate for her dirty past and sketchy dealings, her strength and honesty made her an amazing heroine for me. The two of them had chemistry in spades and really were meant to be together. I appreciated that Ms. Brookes didn't wrap everything up in a nice neat bow with Avery's family, that there wasn't necessarily a wake up call for her deviant brothers and they suddenly became choir boys.

RIDING IRISH was gritty from beginning to end and I loved every second of the erotic yet tasteful sex, the raw sensuality, the dark danger and the perfectly developed cast and setting. I am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to pick up the next book in the Sinners & Saints series!
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Aug 02, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
130 people found the following review helpful
Surfers, bikers and dominants are a powerful combination of sexy goodness. Ms. Brookes kicks off a new series with reformed bad boys and submissive girls.

Avery is a surfer who is hesitant to ever compete in a competition. She practices, signs up for the competition and then becomes a no show. When she meets the famous surfer, Kane, she may change her tune and show up to compete for once.

Avery and Kane quickly fall for each other. They are both water lovers with a shared passion. Kane changed his life by saving lives. The company he started is amazing and if this is really a type of company in existence, I'd love to take classes there. It's an adrenaline rush. The chemistry between these two characters feels like an adrenaline rush, too. They get into it hard and heavy. The sex is kinky, and just when it seems to be going so well, they crash, both figuratively and literally. Avery is in an accident, which whisks her from the arms of Kane.

The conflict in this story is well written. It's frustrating too because it shows how the bonds of family will override a person's good sense. Avery is caught between what she knows is right and her idolization of her older brothers from memories in her younger years. The way Avery has to choose between lover and family is all too painful.

The BDSM in this story is medium. It holds more a D/s aspect to it. It's just the right kinky level for most erotic readers. There is one little piece which may be too much for some--breathplay. It's done in a way that does make sense though, because both characters are water people. I loved it since I'm a convert to breathplay and I tend to be a water person.

The story does move at a good pace. Ms. Brookes does a good job of transition when doing leaps ahead to several years later. There are a couple of pieces to the story which were left out though. The break up is explained after the fact instead of in real time. This I'm mixed about. It works in this story but may leave some readers feeling as if they missed a chapter.

Overall, this is a smexy read recommended for those who enjoy athletic characters getting their kink on.
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