Ride DirtyBy: Laura Kaye
A Raven Riders Novella
1001 Dark Nights
A Raven Riders Novella
By Laura Kaye
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Kaye comes a new story in her Raven Riders series…
Caine McKannon is all about rules. As the Raven Riders’ Sergeant-at-Arms, he prizes loyalty to his brothers and protection of his club. As a man, he takes pleasure wherever he can get it but allows no one close—because distance is the only way to ensure people can’t hurt you. And he’s had enough pain for a lifetime.
But then he rescues a beautiful woman from an attack.
Kids and school are kindergarten teacher Emma Kerry’s whole life, so she’s stunned to realize she has an enemy—and even more surprised to find a protector in the intimidating man who saved her. Tall, dark, and tattooed, Caine is unlike any man Emma’s ever known, and she’s as uncertain of him as she is attracted. As the danger escalates, Caine is in her house more and more – until one night of passion lands him in her bed.
But breaking the rules comes at a price, forcing Caine to fight dirty to earn a chance at love.
**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**
Acknowledgments from the Author
This book, you guys. This book took me by surprise in so many ways. Caine McKannon had been an incredibly quiet character in my head before I started writing Ride Dirty, so I didn’t know everything about his story until I was in the thick of it. He is one of my most tortured heroes ever, and writing his book was one of my most emotional experiences. I hope you love him as much as I adored writing him.
As always, I have a number of angels to thank for helping me bring this book to fruition. First and foremost, I must thank Liz Berry and the whole team at 1001 Dark Nights for the amazing support, above-and-beyond work, and incredible encouragement as I was writing this book. Working with Liz has been one of the highlights of my writing career, and I just feel so privileged to be able to do it.
I also have to thank my best friend, fellow author Lea Nolan, who was, as she always is, an amazing sounding board for the plotting and development of the story. I can always count on Lea to brainstorm with me and push me to figure things out, and I cherish her support so much.
Next, I absolutely have to thank the readers for having such amazing enthusiasm for another book in this series, which I have enjoyed writing so much. The Raven Riders are very alive in my head and I just love all the characters in this world so much. I appreciate all the readers who voted for this one last Raven Riders book and hope you’ll think I gave Caine his due in Ride Dirty.
Special thanks to my Original Heroes and LKRG Facebook reader group for the constant excitement and support – you all make it all worthwhile!
Finally, thanks to you for taking my characters into your heart and allowing them to tell their stories again and again. ~LK
One Thousand and One Dark Nights
Once upon a time, in the future…
I was a student fascinated with stories and learning.
I studied philosophy, poetry, history, the occult, and
the art and science of love and magic. I had a vast
library at my father’s home and collected thousands
of volumes of fantastic tales.
I learned all about ancient races and bygone
times. About myths and legends and dreams of all
people through the millennium. And the more I read
the stronger my imagination grew until I discovered
that I was able to travel into the stories... to actually
become part of them.
I wish I could say that I listened to my teacher
and respected my gift, as I ought to have. If I had, I
would not be telling you this tale now.
But I was foolhardy and confused, showing off
One afternoon, curious about the myth of the
Arabian Nights, I traveled back to ancient Persia to
see for myself if it was true that every day Shahryar
(Persian: شهريار, “king”) married a new virgin, and then
sent yesterday's wife to be beheaded. It was written
and I had read, that by the time he met Scheherazade,