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REVIEW: “Running Wild” by SE Jakes



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.


I am late to the party. I understand this.

I’ve only read 1 other SE Jakes book, “Free Falling”, and it was…ok…I liked it….nothing entirely mind-blowing. And I know there are tons of books and many many alphas I’ve been missing out on when it comes to her backlist. I just…haven’t gotten there yet.

But, I HAVE ARRIVED!!!!!!  BRING ON THE SEXY, GRUNTING, GOOD-LOVIN’ of a BIG BAD ALPHA MALE!  (<-thank god I don’t have children because I’m sure I would have embarrassed them to death by this…)

This book is a case of the right one at the right time for me. I was in the mood for something hot, not too angsty, and that would help me get lost for a bit. And it did just the trick. Truthfully, any other time, this one might not have worked for me, but that matters not for this review.

On the surface, Running Wild feels like a cross between some of Kristen Ashley’s best male characters and Mary Calmes’ Jory. In fact, the opening scenes of this book are VERY similar to KA’s Mystery Man. And Sean…well, everyone loves him and hits on him and would be gay for him if he’d have them. And thus he’s a Jory.

Ryker is a member of the Havoc Motorcycle Club. And though we’re told they do bad things, the characters all come across as nice enough guys (almost too nice?) and Ryker is salt of the earth. No really…he saves kids in danger. And he leaves roses. And he grunts a whole lotta “mine”s.  And I was digging that. I want a Ryker for myself. Minus the leather vest…I’m not into those.

Sean…well, he was a bit…wussy for my taste. I mean he’s a bad guy who steals cars, had a rough life, went to the army, and takes care of himself. But, he was so whiny and uncertain that I wasn’t sure if he deserved a Ryker in his life (like I do). But, Ryker chooses him and they have wild sex all over the place and I was ok with that.

What I enjoyed about the book was just the pure entertainment factor of it. I didn’t have to try too hard to get into it. I didn’t have to overthink anything. It all made sense, even when it didn’t. It was just clean and simple and fun. There were touches of emotion and some gawwww-aren’t-they-cute-together moments and if you forget that they’re supposed to be 2 big bad boys, it works.

Plus…did I mention it’s HOT?!

There are a myriad of side characters introduced and normally this would confuse me, but I actually found each of them interesting enough that I’m intrigued which ones will get their own books. I, personally, am pulling for Jethro. #TeamJethro people! We need a MC named…um…Jethro (ok, maybe not)! But he’s cool and hot!

Recommended if you’re craving a SEXY, smoldering read that’s fairly interesting without an overly-heady story. And also recommended for m/m fans who’ve been waiting for a good motorcycle club book to come around.




22042798Title: Running Wild (Havoc #1)
Author: SE Jakes
Publisher: Riptide
Pages: 280
Release Date: June 28, 2014
Purchase Links: Riptide, Amazon, ARe

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