Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Running Wild
Author: S.E. Jakes
Narrator: Dorian Bane
Series: Havoc #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 15 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review – Book: I’d initially read this book with Jen, her review is here, and since I love almost everything written by S.E. Jakes, I didn’t hesitate to jump on this when the audio was released. What sold me, and I know this sounds weird, was the narrator, Dorian Bane. He was the deciding factor for me wanting to listen to this audio because I ended up loving his voice in Sacrati, by Kate Sherwood. What is so weird is that it took me almost half of that audio to warm up to his voice, but once I did, I was caught hook, line and sinker. Dorian has a distinct voice and even though I could still hear him performing in Sacrati while listening here, I also enjoyed his performance in Running Wild. Maybe not so weird after all.
This is the tale of bad boys and alpha males making bad decisions and not caring, making bad decisions and promising to change, and making more bad decisions that end in a love relationship that was kind of creepy at first, a little dysfunctional, but hot as hell anyway. Sean is a good guy who is loyal to a fault, but tends to get caught making too many bad decisions. He is also the recipient of a midnight visitor who is the epitome of love’em and leave’em…with a rose as a way of saying thanks and you’re more than a piece of ass. Ryker initially comes across as a stalker who has boundary issues, but once you realize what Sean forgot, it makes it so darn sweet. Truthfully, I loved Ryker and though I’d read reviews that called him a creeper, I saw him as caring sweetheart that would do literally anything to protect Sean.
Review – Audio: Dorian Bane did a marvelous job of performing this story, and though he could not completely disguise his deep and guttural voice, I still had no problems separating Ryker and Sean. I don’t usually remember too many narrators by name and story without looking them up for a refresher, but with Dorian Bane, I instantly recalled his performance in Sacrati and that sold me on this book.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*