Ride The Wind
Title : Ride the Wind
Author : Anne Dudley
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 246 pages (e-book)
Published : August 28, 2013
Rating : ★★1/2
Alex Durant lives in a room behind the motorcycle repair shop where he works as an underpaid mechanic, bullied by his boss. There’s a truth he’s ignored most of his twenty-three years: men on their bikes turn him on, not women on the pin-up calendars that line the shop walls. It’s during a well-earned vacation to Sturgis, South Dakota, to attend the motorcycle rally where he comes face to face with his truth.
He meets the confident and outgoing Jordon Baker, who races motorcycles as a career. Alex is overwhelmed by Jordon’s incredible smile and kind eyes and his need to live life to the fullest. In the week they spend together, it’s Jordon who shows Alex things he’s never experienced: concerts, races, and the stars. It’s Jordon who shows him that two male bodies can ignite in pleasure when they come together. By the end of the week, Alex sees in Jordon’s eyes what he feels in his heart, and the truth of that scares him to the core.
But Sturgis week has ended, and Alex is back to the grind. He’s now stuck with making a difficult choice: continue to live his sad life alone and in hiding, or live his truth with the man who has big eyes for the world.
Alex’s story starts off in August 1999 when he’s headed to Sturgis, South Dakota for the famous motorcycle rally that gets held there once a year. On his way he stops off at Mount Rushmore National Memorial to have a look around. Alex hasn’t traveled anywhere before and after the guys at the motorcycle shop where he works talks him into going, he sets off for his first adventure. While checking out Mount Rushmore he meets Jordon Baker. (I really liked Jordon. He was so sweet, so caring. Yeah, I loved him instantly.) They chat for a bit and then make plans to meet up for a beer the next day. Alex can feel the pull to Jordon but knows nothing but trouble can come of him liking another man. But Jordon doesn’t see it that way, he feels the pull just as much as Alex does but he’s not afraid to see where things could go. Jordon just wants Alex to give things a chance. After the best night of his life Alex acts like the biggest dip stick. He starts throwing a fit like a child saying he’s going to leave, he’s going to go home. By this point I was getting very aggravated. He’s acting like a whiny baby and Jordon, sweetheart that he is, is practically begging him not to leave, not to end things before they can ever begin. Alex takes off on his bike to go for a ride to clear his head and when he returns to camp Jordon is there and he convinces him to stay the week and see how things go.
The first half of the book had a lot of sex. Take a ride-have sex. Go eat dinner-have sex. For me it was just a bit too much and Alex was so paranoid about getting caught that just reading about his paranoia was making me twitchy.
By the time the week was over Jordon is trying to convince Alex to come with him instead of going back to the shop where he works. There’s nothing holding him there. He only has one good friend Zeke, who I absolutely adored.
Jordon is a free spirit, always having fun and living in the moment, where Alex is a stick in the mud. Well, more like he has a stick up his — You fill in the blank. Alex thinks he needs to head back home and take care of some things first. He wants to get his life together and then he’ll call Jordon and hopefully they can pick up where they left off.
It’s probably really wrong of me to voice this, but why in the world did the author make Alex so unlikable?? He was way too insecure, way to whiny and for crying out loud he snapped at people for no other reason then he was just being an ass. Honestly I thought Jordon was better off without him.
For me the story was okay. I didn’t really get into it and I spent a lot of time being ticked off at Alex. I really believe that if the author would have had multiple points of view, the story would have flowed much smoother because I really got tired of being in Alex’s head.
I’m no writer, I’m just someone who read this book and didn’t care for it. That doesn’t mean someone else will see it the same way I did.
Rated 4 stars by Jen