Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Tour for Running Wild by S.E. Jakes (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Fans of intense reads will be drawn to this m/m read set in the world of MCs.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of Running Wild by S.E. Jakes, along with my impressions of it, and then fill out the form for the chance to win a $100 Riptide Publishing GC and a print copy of the Hell or High Water series too!

Thanks so much to Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess for hosting me on the tour for Running Wild: Havoc Book 1.  This is the start of a brand new series, with different heroes for each book and HEAs at the end of each book.  Sean Rush and Ryker stole my heart a long time ago, and I’m excited for you guys to meet all of them.

Embrace the danger…
Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.
Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.
Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.

***Here's a snippet from a scene toward the middle of the book. Ryker has just proved to Sean that he doesn't mind his MC knowing they're together -- by kissing the hell out of him in front of everyone. And then he tells Sean to get on the back of his bike, so he can take Sean home. Sean has objections...

Still, I kept my voice down so no one could hear when I told him, “I’m not riding in the bitch seat.”
He was trying not to grin, but failing. “Why not?”
“I know exactly what it means when you ride on the back of a guy’s bike.”
“It means you fucking own me, Ryker.”
“Don’t I?”
His words were a low rumble that shot straight to my dick and holy fuck . . . I had no answer. Well, obviously I did, but I refused to put voice to it.
I was out—that wasn’t the issue. And obviously being out wasn’t an issue for him either.But the MC shit, we’d never talked about it, what it meant for us. All these men knew about ourrelationship, knew he was looking out for me. Knew he considered me his.
I swear I had to remind myself to breathe.
“Get on the bike, Sean.”
This time, Ryker’s tone left no room for argument. If anything, it made me harder. I stopped thinking—par for the course when I was around Ryker—and I got on the bike behind him.


As I LOVE stories involving MCs I was immediately drawn to this story and its unrelenting sexiness and action-packed sequences.  Sean further kept me engaged in the story as he's an emotionally damaged character who's been through a lot in life and came out stronger but more bitter and indecisive because of it.  I found myself drawn into his life and rooted for him every step of the way even though his wishy-washyness annoyed me at times.  Throw in the super sexy encounters and there was a lot I liked about this story.

There were also some things I had issues with which took away some of my enjoyment.  I had hoped to see more of some badass bikers but got Ryker, who was a bit too sweet to be called completely badass.  He was sexy but a bit too much of a romantic.  The author also included a lot of extraneous themes like child trafficking, PTSD, even bits of the paranormal.  It overwhelmed the story at times and disrupted the flow.

Ultimately though I enjoyed this story and look forward to future installments.  There's plenty of secondary characters who we see glimpses of and who left their mark.  The m/m loving was super steamy with lots of pulse-pounding moments along the way.  Though this is no Sons of Anarchy with grittiness around every corner, it instead has sex around every corner and I look forward to more!

My rating for this is a B-

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life. She lives in New York with her family and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really…

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SE Jakes is the pen-name of New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler (and half of Sydney Croft) — please go to my media kit to learn more!
FYI, I’m also writing a m/f MC series under the Steph Tyler name—the first book of that series, Vipers Run is out now as well.  And there’s a very light crossover in that you’ll see names of MCs that are main characters in my Vipers series—namely Vipers MC, along with the Heathens.  Havoc’s friendly with Vipers, not so much with Heathens (they seem to be everyone’s enemy at the moment).  


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