In Elemental Ride by Mell Eight, motorcycle gang members and elemental sprites join forces in a short but enjoyable read featuring secrets, magic and just a hint of romance. I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest reviews but all opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
Elemental Ride by Mell Eight
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Title: Elemental Ride
Series: Roughhouse Raiders
Author: Mell Eight
Publisher: Published November 8th 2016 by Less Than Three Press
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal
Length/Format: 2395 KB/ 59 pages
Heat Rating: 0
Star Rating: 2
About Mell Eight:
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Elemental Ride Blurb:
Rawley isn’t the type to crush hard and fast on anyone, but he’s somehow helpless when it comes to the new mailman. Even his bikes and his job as enforcer for a local motorcycle gang, the center of his world, don’t compare to his interest in Reign. Unfortunately, Reign doesn’t seem to be as interested—but secrets and magic have a way of turning everything upside down.
My Review of Elemental Ride:
Okay, to summarize Elemental Ride by Mell Eight very briefly, you have two main characters. Rawley is the motorcycle mechanic for a biker gang. He seems like a decent guy even if he is a bit rough around the edges. He lives in a world where sprites (tiny mystical beings) live symbiotically with humans and provide them with certain magical powers. He gets a new mailman. This is interesting because the area he lives in is so bad, mailmen won’t come deliver there at all. He is fascinated with Reign from the very beginning and is even more intrigued when he realizes that his new mailman is actually 4 personalities tucked into one gorgeous package.
In addition to the romantic interest, you have a motorcycle gang nervous because the city mayor promises to clean up the area. That doesn’t really bode well for the gang at all and they are looking for new accommodations so that they can all manage to stay together.
To add a magical twist, you have the intrigue of the sprite/human relationship. The paranormal aspect of the story was unique and captured my attention quickly.
So, the hugest problem with this story and why I gave it such a low rating is that I do not consider this a whole book. Honestly, it felt like the first 5 chapters of a full-length novel. You do not get enough information about any of the three main ideas to be satisfied. Rawley has barely met a few of Reign’s personalities and there is zero heat because basically, they just met! The motorcycle gang has just barely found a new place to live but hasn’t actually finalized anything. And while you learn a bit about the sprites, their role in this story is obviously not done at all.
Honestly, Elemental Ride by Mell Eight is one giant unfinished plot. I’m sure there will be another book after this that will continue the story but that sort of thing really bugs me. I really wanted a book that had a beginning, middle, and END.
So, while I enjoyed Elemental Ride by Mell Eight, I don’t think I will be reading any more of this author’s short stories. I don’t really like having to wait months for the ending of a book that barely felt like it got started.
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