Title: Ravage Me
Author: Ryan Michele
Series: Ravage MC #1
Release Date: February 4, 2014
After spending the last two years stuck behind bars for a crime she didn’t commit, Harlow ‘Princess’ Gavelson’s time inside has finally come to an end, and she’s ready for revenge. Unfortunately, being the daughter to the Vice President of the Ravage Motorcycle Club cuts into her plans, as orders must be followed. Trying to settle back into this life is proving difficult when the tables are turned and the woman who framed her is out for blood. Lucky for Princess, growing up in a MC has taught her how to hold her own.
After spending years in hell overseas, Donavon ‘Cruz’ came home to lose the very thing he went into hell for, sending him to the darkest moments of his life. Joining Ravage two years ago was his safe haven, and he protects his family at all costs.
When a dark-haired bombshell struts into the club’s shop, he’s caught off guard but immediately knows she’s the one he’d do anything for. Tough as nails, and taking no crap from anyone, he’s captivated by a woman who could handle this life. Trying to meet the needs of the MC business and follow his heart proves to be difficult when the two collide, and lives are at stake.
Can these two find a way to be together, or will the needs of Ravage cost them everything, including their lives?
Ravage Me is an intriguing beginning to a new MC series. Cruz and Harlow were an interesting pair, butting heads from the moment they met. Their relationship was fiery, fast-paced, and at times, overwhelming. Cruz is a no-nonsense alpha who expects to hold the power in his relationships, while Harlow is a total badass who refuses to yield to men. Ryan Michele wrote a chemistry between these two that was downright explosive and it certainly kept me turning the pages. I loved the relationship Harlow had with her brother, G.T. and her best friend Casey. They brought out her protective side but also exposed her softer, vulnerable side. The witty banter, sexual innuendos, and intense club dynamics made me laugh as well as ensured my investment in the Ravage MC. Ryan Michele has filled this book with scorching hot encounters, vibrant characters, and a ton of action that will keep you on your toes.
“Sparks flew through my body, and my breath became sparse. Throwing my head back, I enjoyed the feelings racing through my body. Damn, I loved my man.”
Cruz and Harlow both had a ton of potential and for the most part I really enjoyed getting to know them. I would have preferred their relationship to move at a slower pace, allowing readers the time and space to see them really develop and grow as both individuals and a couple. I think better character growth would have made their relationship seem more organic and helped me to better connect with these characters. Harlow, for example, was so strong, independent, and completely adamant about not getting involved with a Ravage brother, yet despite her verbalization of that rule, she rushes into a relationship with Cruz. The woman I was expecting would have stood her ground a little longer, found her place amongst the new and old members of the MC and took time to settle after being locked up for 5 years. While she’d certainly respect her new role in the MC, privately with Cruz, I’d hoped she’d continue to demand her independence and freedom, especially since she’d lost it for so long.
“I don’t need to be rescued. I can damn well do it myself.” I gripped the side of the bar tight enough to turn my knuckles white.
“Maybe that’s the problem. You need a man instead of the pussies who let you get away with that shit.”
I really liked the story being told here. There were a lot of interesting twists and turns that kept me reading and wanting to know more. The pacing just felt hurried. Ravage Me was almost two separate stories being told in one sitting. It could have taken a whole book just to explore Harlow getting out of jail, resisting the changes in the MC, and giving into something more with Cruz. Then you have Cruz’s past and how that comes back around to effect the MC and Harlow. I could have definitely used more time exploring his history, or at least the part that threatened everything he’d built for himself. By the end of Ravage Me, I felt like I barely even knew who this man really was and why. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Cruz and Harlow and I saw all of the potential in their story. I liked the challenges they faced and the emotional conflict Harlow experienced. I will be back to read the next book in the series, because there are a handful of secondary characters I would like to get to know. Ryan Michele has written the beginnings of an exciting and interesting MC world and I look forward to seeing her growth as a writer and where she’ll take the Ravage MC series.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Ravage MC series:
Seduce Me (Ravage MC #2)
Consume Me (Ravage MC #3)
Satisfy Me (Ravage MC #3.5)
Rattle Me (Ravage MC #3.75)
Inflame Me (Ravage MC #4)
Captivate Me (Ravage MC #5)
Ride With Me (Ravage MC #5.5)
Ravage MC Novella Collection
(Includes: Satisfy Me, Rattle Me, and Final Epilogue)
Ravage MC Series Box Set
(Includes Books #1 – 3.75)