Ruled is one of the first releases from the new Harlequin Dare imprint, which is supposed to deliver the sexy, heat filled romances that fans of this publisher will be missing since the Blaze line was discontinued. Great news! Even better? The Dare line will turn up that heat level a bit by offering readers what are supposed to be their sexiest reads yet.
If I had to describe this book in two words I would probably say sweet (Evie) and dirty (Rev).
The heroine, Evie Kent, runs a princess party business where she and her employees dress up like beautiful princesses, slay the dragon and give the partying youngsters a great time. She has come a long way from the teenager who watched her father get taken away by the police and jailed on a weapons charge. Since that time she’s tried to do her best by her younger brother, Rocker, started a business, and seems to be little by little getting ahead in the world. Rocker has followed in their father’s footsteps and is living the MC life. The Black Dogs pretty much own him, and even though he is a silent partner in her party business, he very rarely shows up for meetings. She’s worried about him, and she should be, especially since Rocker is involved in illegal activities. Which she doesn’t find out until a rival MC club member shows up out of nowhere wanting information on her brother’s whereabouts.
Rev, also known as Jaxon Brady, former SEAL and current member of the Hard Riders MC, is looking for Rocker and confronts Evie when she is working a party. He knows Rocker is running drugs through his club’s territory and he is determined to make it stop. He is immediately attracted to Evie, but he only expects to get her into bed and then move on when the business with her brother is over. Then he gets to know her, and she quickly moves from the temporary category to the I must protect her at all costs category.
Evie and Rev have a typical MC relationship that I’ve seen in so many other books. They get involved pretty quickly, although with the category length, I expected that. Their relationship is fast and dirty, with Evie putting on the breaks for a bit and expecting Rev to prove himself as boyfriend/dating material, which was refreshing. Of course, with Rev and her brother on rival MCs I knew nothing would be easy and Rev would have to make a choice between her and his club. And I was right. Something happens to force the situation between the clubs to a confrontation and Evie is caught square in the middle. Did I like it? Not particularly, but I expected what happened to happen, so I wasn’t surprised.
In the end I enjoyed this one, but I had some issues. I am interested in reading the next book in the series, and I will be picking up more from this new Harlequin Imprint. Final Grade- C-
“Kiss me the way you’d like to have your pussy kissed,” he offers. “Promise you one thing, Evie– I’m a fast learner.”
“But I don’t like it,” I point out with the careful logic of the slightly inebriated “And we’re just friends. Friends don’t go down on friends.”