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Friday, March 28, 2014

Review: Peyton's Ride by Jennifer James

Format: .mobi
Release Date: February 27, 2014

She's about to trade her treasured motorcycle in on a much wilder ride--Ian Coghlan.

Divorcee Peyton Reynolds is ready to escape the the judgement of a small town, bad memories of her failed marriage, and the grief of her mother's death. A month long, cross-country ride should do just the trick. One last check-up on her new cruiser has her tripping over her hormones while alone in the garage with the town's sexy bad boy, Ian Coghlan.

Tattooed, pierced, and able to shape-shift, Ian will give her the ride of her life.

Ian Coghlan knows he's nothing but disaster for a woman like Peyton. His place in the Wild Hunt and killer instincts have held him back from acting on a five-year attraction. When the curvy brunette responds to one tiny grin with a spark of interest, sockets fly out of the toolboxes and Peyton is knocked to the floor.

That month of solitude she wanted just disappeared, but the consolation prize is looking pretty...damn...hot.

With the magic of the Hunt in the air, Pixie pranks abound, and his old biker gang roars into the parking lot, dousing the heat in the garage with the cold dredges of mayhem. Peyton's life is on the line with his bad brothers' return to his world, and Ian has to decide if he can let her go or if he's willing risk her eternal hatred by changing her life forever.

I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this one before. Peyton's Ride is heavy on the fantasy element but at the same time, I was able to follow along pretty easily.

At just 65 pages, Peyton's Ride isn't very long but it does pack a lot into a short amount of time. It feels more like a full novel. With its brief but thorough character descriptions and backgrounds, author Jennifer James gives readers who aren't familiar with her work a chance to get acquainted with the characters before she begins their journey.

I loved that Peyton wasn't a boring heroine. She's an older woman, a divorcee and she is taking a step outside of her comfort zone with her plans of a cross country motorcycle ride. The fact that she isn't as sure of herself as a mature woman made her likable to me. I'd like to think it would be okay if, like Peyton, I didn't have all the answers to my life at 40. Peyton's a bit of a klutz and has a slight case of verbal diarrhea at the worst times but that just added to her charm. Way to go Ms. James for making Peyton feel like a friend instead of a dull mother figure.

Ian is one of my favorite bad boys, simply because he is a bad boy. He's not faking it and he's not hiding it, he is what he is. I loved his raw masculinity and blunt way of expressing himself. He just oozes sexuality and I could see from the very first scene why Peyton was so hung up on him. I would be too if someone like Ian existed in my life.

Peyton's Ride has such a heavy fantasy element that I should have been turned off by it completely but with such witty dialogue and easy to follow story line, I found myself enjoying Peyton's adventure immensely.

Final Verdict: I was caught off guard by how much I really enjoyed reading Peyton's Ride. It was different but didn't feel foreign to me. The characters were fun, entertaining and extremely sexy. This was a great start to a series.

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