Friday, April 15, 2016

{ series } review || WILD RIDERS series { blog tour } by Elizabeth Lee

Sex. Love. Motocross.

Catch up with the WILD RIDERS!
Three interconnected standalones from Elizabeth Lee.

There’s a thin line between love and motocross.

Self-Published | August 28, 2015 | Sport Romance
Wild Riders, book 1


Reid Travers knows how to win. Becoming Motocross royalty was always the plan, and he was willing to make sacrifices along the way to reach his goal. Sacrifices he thought he could live with until he returned to the small town where he grew up and learned to ride, and, more importantly, where he fell in love.

When fate sends Nora Bennett back into his life, he takes one look at her and realizes that he made a huge mistake breaking up with her seven years ago. Now, he’ll do whatever it takes to win her back. As Reid sets out to earn her forgiveness and convince her that the guy she’s dating is not the one for her, Nora finds herself torn between what her head is telling her and what her heart wants.

It’s a race he never expected to be in, for a girl he can’t stand to lose again.

Self-Published | October 26, 2015 | Sport Romance
Wild Riders, book 2


If they want to have a future, they’ll have to let go of the past…

Georgia Bennett likes to keep busy. So much so that sometimes it’s like she’s on autopilot. It’s the only way she can cope with the tragic loss of her fiancĂ© and move on with her life. Between nursing school and volunteering at the hospital, she barely has time to breathe. But when the bad boy of motocross gets injured and needs her help, she can’t turn him down.

Brett Sallinger likes his women like his bikes. Fast. Uncomplicated. Replaceable. But when he finds himself forced to take time off of his professional freestyle motocross career to recover from a devastating injury, getting to know the guarded girl nursing him back to health becomes even more important than healing.

She’s suffered so much loss already and is terrified of getting close to someone with such a dangerous career.

He’s determined to bring her back to life and refuses to let her slip through his fingers.

With everything on the line they’ll have to decide if it’s worth the risk…

Self-Published | February 1, 2016 | Sport Romance
Wild Riders, book 3


Chayse McCade learned along time ago that the only person she can depend on, both on and off the motocross track, is herself. Her parents disappointed her on more than one occasion and every relationship she’s ever had—platonic, professional, or romantic—has ended in disaster. When a sponsorship offer from Throttled Energy comes along she worries that it’s too good to be true. Especially when she meets the know-it-all riding coach they are insisting she work with.

Hoyt Travers is a lot of things. Level headed, discerning, intelligent, patient, or so he thought. That is until his new riding student rolled into his life. She’s wild, unpredictable, and gorgeous—all of which she uses to get under his skin in every possible way.

The two of them have undeniable, explosive chemistry that threatens to burn both of their dreams to the ground. Once Chayse lets Hoyt in, she can’t seem to keep her protective walls up anymore. Too bad there’s a hard rule about them being anything more than colleagues. Hoyt never steps outside the lines but Chayse will push him in more ways than one. Lines will be irrevocably blurred in the final installment of the Wild Riders series.

{ about elizabeth lee } .

When I’m not writing or playing the part of wife and mom, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand. Here’s the thing about being born and raised in a small town–you have a very vivid imagination! Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!

{ excerpt } .

“You can’t even look at me now?” I couldn’t help myself from closing the distance between her. I didn’t want her to hate me. I didn’t want her to wish for time apart. Maybe I was an asshole, but I wanted her to know that everything I was doing was for her own good. “Chayse…” I said, reaching out and placing my hand on her waist. My self-control was wearing thin. I couldn’t stop myself. I didn’t want to stop myself. “Look at me.”

“Why?” she said, finally turning her eyes on me. “So you can tell me to stay away from Link? So you can tell me to my face how much of a disappointment I am?” Her eyes were starting to gloss over and all I wanted to do was pull her into my arms. This is not what I had wanted to do to her. I wasn’t trying to break her. I was trying to make her better. “So you can tell me I’m blowing your big shot and mine too?”

“No,” I said, placing my other hand on her hip. “You’re not a disappointment.” My lips were dry as I watched her swallow. The tension in her neck was inviting. I wanted to place my mouth on her skin and take it away. “Far from it.”

“Then what do you want from me?” she asked, her voice sounded far more vulnerable than it ever had. I had her in my grasp and knew that I was holding something far more than just her body in my fingertips.

God, what did I want from her? I wanted her to blow the competition out of the fucking water—my brother included. I wanted to see her ride the way I knew she could, to see her smile what I knew would be a radiant fucking megawatt smile after she took that victory lap.

But right now, I wanted…

I wanted…


{ series review } .

This series was fantastic. The writing style was incredibly easy to get lost in and I never once felt that the character development was either lacking in some way, or that it wasn't consistent throughout the series. What I absolutely loved about these three books was their prologues -- they were all done with the key motocross rider and his (or her) true love for the sport. I loved the writing, the style, the symbolism... It was a great way, as well as a consisten way, to start each book.

We start with Throttled, and Reid going back home with his brother and buddy to take back the old homestead. When motocross was starting to get big in his world, the family packed up everything from their midwest home so they could live somewhere warm year round, so Reid could practice throughout the year. They didn't know that the sport would bring him as far as it did, but they wanted to give him that option. However, in doing so, Reid had to leave behind his high school girlfriend. While he doesn't exactly expect to see Nora again, when she shows up he certainly doesn't let her go easily.

This second chance romance was beautiful. I loved that both had grown up and were well aware that anything they pursued now would not be what it was then -- they both had changed, they had both grown up. One of the biggest flaws I find in second chance romances that deal with high school sweethearts, is that the characters seem to be stuck in their teen years even though they're in their twenties, so kudos to Elizabeth Lee for accurately portraying these two.

Next to fall is Nora's sister and Reid's buddy -- Georgia and Brett -- in Whipped. While Nora lost the love of her young life as a teen (and obviously found him again), Georgia doesn't get that option. She's sworn off of men, notably men who live dangerous lives. When Brett comes into her care after an accident, these two learn to heel together -- one emotionally, the other physically. Theirs was another lovely story and the growth of both these characters was great and definitely notable.

Last is Reid's brother, Hoyt, and the woman rider who has joined their team, Chayse, in Clutched. I loved Chayse. I love tomboys and she certainly fits that bill -- but her vulnerable moments were some of the more defining aspects of her. What I loved about this particular book was how Chayse and Hoyt's "relationship", if you will, had already started to play out in the previous book. We go back to when it started and we watch as Chayse battles emotions where this particular Travers is concerned; her life has been full of letdowns and people who simply don't live up to her expectations, so the ensuing entanglement between these two was fun to watch. Hoyt's biggest battle was the invisible line drawn between teacher and student -- and good for him for being adult enough to know that there needed to be some separation between the two... but they sure were great together. I loved his enthusiasm for her as she began to excel in the sport, both as her teacher and eventual lover.

These couples were too dang cute. I am super sad to see that the series is completed, but I know without a doubt that Elizabeth Lee is an author to follow!

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