Motorcycle + alpha hero = wild ride. Motorcycles + 2 alpha heroes + 1 strong heroine = explosive ride. Riding the Night, Jaci Burton’s final entry in her ‘Wild Rider’ series, is typical Burton; and by that I mean get ready for romance, exciting characters, intrigue, adventure, emotional revelations, and passion.
Ms. Burton is one of those authors who manages to get ‘it’ all in, and that’s not easy to do when writing an erotic romantic suspense. I sometimes find ménage books to be weighted down with the mechanics, and if not the mechanics, then with over-the-top let’s find one more way to get this threesome on. This is so not the case with a Jaci Burton book. With Burton everything evolves from the heart and everything is backed up by the character’s motivations. She makes sure you get a three dimensional read where the characters, story line, and dialogue all mesh to form a cohesive, compelling, and tightly knit story that makes for an exciting read.
AJ and Pax are part of the Wild Riders, a group of undercover agents who work for a secret government agency comprised of ‘bad boy’ bikers. They are best friends on vacation looking for a good time and the next bend in the road. Running into Teresa, AJ’s childhood sweetheart—the one he let get away—was not what they expected when they set off on their journey. There’s an immediate spark between them and the attraction is palpable. When Teresa’s brother is accused of murder it’s up to AJ, Pax, and Teresa to find out who the real killer is.
All three are survivors. Teresa is an independent and strong woman who has survived a terrible trauma and spent the last five years putting her life back together. Being around AJ and Pax and trying to exonerate her brother creates a tension that requires her to dig deep and face her feelings. Both AJ and Pax have survived childhoods filled with neglect and pain and have spent the past ten years creating a new life with the Wild Riders, a life that they are proud of. Being with Teresa adds an element neither of them ever expected to experience—her courage, passion, and fire are something neither of them can resist.
Ms. Burton handles Teresa’s trauma with sensitivity, dignity, and respect and gives the heroine a reason to move past it. I really appreciated that she spent time exploring Teresa’s feelings and didn’t gloss over them with a quick fix. I was particularly enamored of the friendship between AJ and Pax. Their ability to be friends no matter what, to really understand each other and depend upon each other is rare. Watching these two interact was special. Their ability to really listen, understand, and empathize with Teresa makes them true alphas in the best sense of the word. When the three of them eventually come together it’s that very rare combination of hot and sweet.
So dear reader If you’re looking for a romantic suspense; a ménage with heart, passion, and adventure; two alpha heroes that rock the heroine’s world, intrigue, and of course romance, might I suggest Riding the Night? It's a great end to one of my favorite series. If you’ve yet to read the series, I can assure you, this one stands alone, and in fact all the books in the series stand alone; but you might want to pick up the previous books and enjoy the whole ride.
Until next Monday, remember, there’s a book waiting to be read. Me? Well, it’s a toss-up between Maya Banks’ The Darkest Hour and Christine Feehan’s Dark Peril (Dark Series #21). I’ll let you know next Monday.
Meanwhile, I’m curious: What’s your favorite part of romantic suspense; the romance or the suspense?
Marisa O’Neill is an avid reader and television producer.
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