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03 November 2011

Riding Wild - Review

Riding Wild (Wild Riders #1) by Jaci Burton
Publication date: 31 January 2006 by Berkley
ISBN 10/13: 0441013813 | 978-0441013814

Category: Adult Contemporary Romance
Keywords: Contemporary, romance, government, motorcycles
Format: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

From goodreads:

He's a Harley-riding ex-thief...she's a gun-toting ex-socialite. Together they'll take the ride of a lifetime in this erotic romance from "an undoubted master."*

Mac Canfield was the last man Lily West expected to see again, never mind aim her gun at. But there he was, the bad boy who'd broken her heart years ago-still a thief, hijacking a priceless artifact-and it was all she could do to push aside the memories of how it felt to have his perfectly chiseled body next to hers. 

Mac was no less shocked to see the beautiful girl next-door again, threatening to shoot him. Little did she know she was blowing his cover. He had to get her out of harm's way without succumbing to his desire to take her on a hot trip down memory lane. 

But Lily has no intention of going anywhere with Mac, which means he'll have to resort to kidnapping. Unless she agrees to let him take her for the kind of ride destined to drive them both unbelievably wild.

Thuy's review:

Lily West hasn't seen bad boy Mac Canfield in ten years. Not since that night so long ago when he took her virginity and then broke her heart by walking away. Ten years later, Lily is an ex-cop turned PI doing surveillance on a museum when Mac suddenly appears. She tries to thwart his attempt to steal an artifact when they’re shot at. Forcing Lily to come with him on the run, Mac admits that the museum robbery was part of a larger plot to smuggle a dangerous chemical weapon into the country. Mac insists that he’s one of the good guys, trying to get the weapon into the right hands, but he’s tight lipped about who he works for.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book and was surprised by how much I liked it. It’s fun, sexy, and yes, a wild ride. Mac and Lily are both very likable characters. I admire Lily and the things she’s had to go through. Butting heads with her controlling father, Lily’s made a life for herself doing what she wants even though it means giving up the family fortune. She’s smart, tough, and extremely stubborn. I love that she keeps trying to get the vial from away Mac. Mac is great - intelligent, passionate and super sexy. Now working for a super secret government agency, he’s turned his former vices into something positive.

The love story between Lily and Mac is surprisingly tender. Their shared past makes this more than just a regular love at first sight story. As they travel, they rediscover each other and realize that ten years apart hasn’t dimmed their feelings. But this doesn’t mean that they just stare into each others’ eyes and murmur sweet nothings. No, their chemistry is red hot and each encounter is more intense than the next. The passionate love scenes between Mac and Lily are extremely erotic and burn up the pages.

The adventure/mystery in this is good as well. Part of me knew what was coming but it was still exciting and a bit unexpected. And there’s just enough motorcycle culture in this to keep it interesting but not so much that it detracts from the main plot. I’ve never really had a thing for motorcycles but Burton makes them sexy as hell. We only meet the other Riders briefly but they all sound yummy.

Riding Wild is a fun, action adventure with an incredible romance. This is my first Jaci Burton book but it certainly won’t be my last.

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