Friday, April 25, 2014
Review of Wild (Dark Riders MC #1) by Elsa Day
Synopsis: Which will she choose? Love, or safety?
Lilly Clarkfeld just wants to be a regular college student. In her dreams she is a nurse, has a family, and is safe. That's not much to ask.
But when she's forced to return to her childhood home because of her mother's illness, everything changes.
Lilly's car crashes and she's taken in the night by the Dark Riders. It could have been any motorcycle club, but it was his.
Lilly's first love.
Asher Thomas is bigger, stronger, and more damaged than Lilly remembers, but he never forgot about her.
They still burn for each other, but is this the life for Lilly? Can she put her white picket fence dreams on hold and trade them in for the rough love of an outlaw biker?
Wild is the first entry in the Dark Riders Motorcycle Club serial, following the story of Lilly and Asher. The series contains strong sexual themes, and is not intended for readers under the age of 18
Review: I was kind of in the mood for an MC book the other day, and this one came through on Amazon for free, so I went ahead and got it and started it. The story begins with Lilly packing her clothes to go home to see her mom, who mailed her a card, that also happened to have her untreatable cancer diagnosis in it. It wasn't a phone call where her mom and she were both emotional and tearful - it was a card. Based on the relationship that she seems to have with her mom, that seems like a really unrealistic way to share that information. Lilly decides to leave college and drive to her mother's house, however, to be with her mom. She wrecks her car on the way, and ends up getting picked up by a man who is part of a motorcycle group. He grabs her and puts her on the bike behind him and they just ride for hours. They do stop at one point, and she witnesses the man that she is riding with getting into a fight with another guy. Never at any point does she say a word of protest or ask anything like "what are you going to do with me". Nothing. This also seems a little unrealistic to me.
At some point that night, Lilly falls asleep on the back of this bike, and wakes up as they are pulling up to her childhood home, where her mom apparently still lives. I slowly began to pick up on the fact that Lilly's parents were not still married - that wasn't really made clear at first. At this point, Lilly runs up to her mother and slams the door. Her mother then informs her that the man that had brought her home was her childhood friend, Asher. Over the next several days, Lilly and Asher get reacquainted, and she tries to decide if she wants to be with him, which also means being part of his MC.
This is a very quick read, and the story moves very quickly, but not necessarily in a good way. It's like all of the depth to make the story believable is just completely missing, which is sad, because the basic storyline is still very interesting to me. I would re-read this if it was ever re-written and had a lot of details added to it. This does end on a major cliffhanger, too, so be aware of that.