Friday, 23 October 2015

Review ~ WANT by Emma Rider

ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: October 14th 2015

Publisher: Self-published

Savage in the cage. Savage in the bedroom.

Powerful. Brutal. Mixed Martial Artist, Ryland “The Savage” Cole doesn’t play by the rules. He wants it. He takes it. And he wants Jade.

Professional cuddler Jade has not only been hurt but also deceived by the one she once loved. She’s not going to make a mistake again by giving her heart to a man. Especially since she’s now free.

When a motorcycle club threatens her best friend, she puts her life on the line in order to save him, but in order to do that, she must spend every night in Ryland’s arms. 

My Opinion

As many of you who follow my reviews know, I have a high standard when it comes to fighter romances. Having read so many, I know what I like and what I don't. However, I can't get enough of them and the biker twist the blurb hinted at in this book intrigued me further.

I will admit that Want had a rocky start. The writing was a bit confusing and it wasn't very clear what was going on. It felt like the author was trying to keep back certain information to create mystery, but the answers are in the blurb so it wasn't necessary.

Anyway, of course that made me wary as I continued, but I was pleased to find it soon picked up and got better as it went on. When Ryland started changing the game things became interesting and I liked the tension and spark between him and Jade.

With regards to the characters in general, I liked Ryland. He was the typical alpha/caveman fighter who fought for what he wanted in and out of the ring. He didn't always use words, but his actions were hot. As for Jade, she was feisty. I'm not sure I connected with her fully, but I liked her enough to care what happened. I enjoyed her stubbornness and the reactions it provoked from Ryland. She was unconventional, but I believed in her.

The one thing I'm not totally convinced about is the ending. I get what the author was trying to do, but it all seemed a little unbelievable. I needed more details for me to buy into it because I was left asking too many questions. <spoiler> How did Ryland know where she was? Why did Maverick help? What was in it for him? Where did Ryland get all of the gear? How did a bullet only gaze her of it was pressed right against her head? </spoiler>

As you can see things just didn't add up for me. Up until that point I was really enjoying the book, but I did roll my eyes at this. I think it would have been better without all of the guns and gangs. It was too over the top and out of nowhere.

Overall though the majority of this book was a good read. I thought the author did a good job with the MMA side of things and the chemistry between characters was interesting to watch develop.


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