Running Wild by S.E. Jakes ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

RunningWild_AudiobookTitle: Running Wild
Series: Havoc #1

Author: S.E. Jakes

Narrator: Dorian Bane

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: L.C. Chase

Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 09/23/2016

Length: 07 hours 15 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance

Summary:

Embrace the danger.

Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.

Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.

Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.

Story Review:

I am not really sure how I feel about this story. On the one hand I love this author’s style. I love her alpha men who live hard and love just as hard. I love the atmosphere and the way this story was all about glamorizing the criminal lifestyle. It was harsh and full of adrenaline and uncertainty and posturing and one upmanship. While also being about romance and love and caring and ownership. The sex was HOT and the sex with love was even hotter.

On the other hand, this story felt really disjointed and I often found myself repeating sections because I thought I had missed things. Also, I was ready to reach into the book and slap both MCs and tell them to JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER. Stop with the speaking in code because it was freaking obvious they were not on the same page. Hell even I as the reader could not figure out what the hell each man was trying to say. It made for a very confusing story at times.

Also, I didn’t really like Sean. I didn’t hate him, and he kind of redeemed himself at the end, but I never really liked him. His self deprecation and refusal to follow rules got to be a bit much by the end. It was almost as if he was a brat on purpose just because he could no matter how it impacted anyone else around him. I really wanted Ryker to move on to someone with a bit of sense.

I can see why some people loved this book because the world was harsh and the sex was HOT. But for me, the enjoyment was tempered by the annoyances for a middle of the road listen.

Narration Review:

Dorian Bane has a great voice for gritty stories with characters who have deep, powerful voices. His narration style is blunt and unyielding which was perfect for this story. He really brought out the rough natures of these men and the harshness of their lifestyles. He was a great choice for narrator of this novel.

Links

Running Wild on Goodreads
Riptide
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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