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Thursday, 28 February 2013

REVIEW: Hot Ride by Kelly Jamieson

Hot Ride by Kelly Jamieson

Publication Date:September 11th 2012
Publisher:Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
ebook, 335 pages
Useful Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Book Depository

Courage is feeling the fear…then pouring on the throttle.

Abandoned or betrayed by everyone she ever loved, Sera Manning’s life spiraled out of control until a near-death experience left her with a mission. Now a DEA agent, her sole focus—and her first undercover assignment—is to take down a drug cartel that’s manufacturing seductive, deadly angel sugar.

To do it, she needs access to Operation Black Abyss to establish a connection between the cartel and the Death Angels outlaw motorcycle gang. Which means she must pose as a couple with another agent who’s already deep undercover.

ATF agent Ryan Thomas desperately needs a female agent to maintain his cover in the gang, but the last thing he wants is a rookie agent jeopardizing his op. Especially one who is a sexy reminder why it’s a bad idea to get involved while on a case.

Living together, surrounded by crime, pretending their sizzling sexual tension is just for show is getting harder by the day. But as the mission comes to a head, the two fiercely independent warriors must decide which fear is worse. Losing their quarry…or losing each other.

Product Warnings
Features a badass biker hero and kickass heroine who go at it undercover—and under the covers.
Review first published at Book Lovers Inc

Hot Ride is my first book written by Kelly Jamieson, and even though I had some problems with this book, let me tell you that it won't be the last story I read by this author! The level of hotness, was simply so high that I can't possibly pass the chance of seeing what other this author can manage.

But let's talk about Hot Ride. Have you read that premise? Seriously, the premise alone made me drool all over the place! It's not a secret that I have a thing for agents, FBI, CIA, you name it, I don't care! I love agents and if they are undercover and they fall in love while being undercover on a mission ,then all the better for me! So, as you can guess, the story of Hot Ride was right up my alley, and something I was pretty certain that I would enjoy. And although I can't just say that I didn't enjoy this book, I had some major problems with it, or rather with the execution of the story, that I'm afraid reflect in my final rating of this book.

My main problem with this book was that it was flat. Even if the story was something I could highly enjoy, it still felt flat. I couldn't really connect with either of the main heroes. The sexual tension at the beginning of the book was so good that I couldn't put the book down, but soon after Sera and Ryan hooked up, it felt that there simply wasn't anything else left to be said. Nothing. So even if the sexual tension department was given in an amazing way, from the result, it seems that there wasn't much else in Hot Ride to make it move forward.

There were repetitions, if I read one more time how others spoke about Sera as if she wasn't present or how Ryan was unable to type, I think I might scream. The character development, both for the main as well as the secondary characters, wasn't enough. I mean, Jamieson did a great job introducing some of the gang members and their wives, only to never fully explore the potential and the dynamics that their development as characters would add to this story. Because if there's one thing in Hot Ride, that is potential. Potential for a mind blowing story. Only everything was just focused on the sex department. And even if that was a good department, it can't make up for the lack of everything else I'm afraid. Because even if the romance was sexy, in the end of day you just get two characters for whom you never really care because they don't have enough background. Jamieson did provide a background for both her main characters but it just wasn't enough. It was done in haste as in haste wrapped up the whole story in the end.

All in all, Hot Ride was surely hot, but not a really smooth going ride. It had up and downs and although I did enjoy it as a book, it could easily have been so much better! I will try this author again though, that's for sure!

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