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Taming Ryder (Souls of the Knight #2)

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You met Ryder Richardson in Being Sawyer Knight. Now, this is his story.

I’ve done it. I’ve stuck a whopping two fingers up at my parents, I’ve made a name for myself as one of the world’s biggest porn stars and I’ve finally found a family I belong in.

Life is amazing. I get paid to do all my favourite things. Fuck. Party. Travel the world. What’s not to love?

And then he
Published September 29th 2014 (first published August 2014)
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3.5 Stars

My adoration for this story sort of snuck up on me, surprisingly, because I am not (and doubt I will ever be) a fan of the “porn star” trope in my romance books. I often can’t wrap my head around the mind-frame of many characters in these stories; the view here, that sex and love can easily be disassociated from one another, was well discussed and ultimately acceptable for me as an idealistic reader.

Everybody’s mind works differently. Some people need their partners to commit to them
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
Aug 13, 2014 Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion marked it as menz-tbr
Recommends it for: JB fanatics
Uh, Calling all unicorns! (And a certain JenM)

I'd like to draw your attention to the cover.


That is all.

Cupcake out.
Lisa Miller
Aug 22, 2014 Lisa Miller rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a beta read in return for my honest opinion.

Ryder Richardson is a porn star!! He likes to fuck, drink, party and have fun with the best of them. So when Mason George shows up for an interview with the porn company Ryder works for, he didn't think anything about it. Once Ryder found out Mason has to money or a place to live, he immediately tells him he has a spare room in his apartment that Mason can use until he gets back on his feet. So when Ryder helps Mason by showing
Lisa Cullinan
Sep 29, 2015 Lisa Cullinan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read
Another Fabulous Story!

Taming Ryder really had it all. I loved Ryder from Being Sawyer Knight, the first book in this amazing series and I was so happy he was getting his own story. Ryder lived his life in the fast lane ~ maybe too fast. Partying it up every single night can only numb Ryder from the pain of his past for so long. And make no mistake, it was pretty bad. He's such a great guy with so much to offer ~ well sought out in the porn vid business, talented hair stylist full of confidence,
Lustful Literature
Oct 15, 2014 Lustful Literature rated it really liked it

This book is certainly not what I was expecting when I first read the synopsis. We met Ryder in the first book and I knew that he had a past that wasn’t greatest but to actually hear his story through his eyes was really emotional on many levels.

This story is about two men that come from two very different walks of life that get into the porn industry for different reasons. Life hasn’t been easy for either one of them. They both live with the pain and loneliness fr
Momof3-in an Ash and Cael sandwich
I really liked Ryder in the first one, ot was at least intrigued. I loved Mason.
There were some moments where the dialogue seemed a little off for me. Matt was less obnoxious and I am gonna read his story.
My biggest problem with this was (view spoiler)
No words dude, none but it made the story plummet for me. So yeah some things didn't work for me, I felt there were some missed op
Jan 13, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: angsty, m-m
It's official! I'm a Nicola Haken SLUT!!
She has made a true fan out of me.
I'll admit, the beginning of the first book was a little "rough" for me, but about maybe 25-30% in, I finally got the feel for her and it was smooth sailing from then on. I had NO problems with this

Ryder, the beautiful porn star, has many internal demons and doesn't ever plan to get close to anyone...until Mason George.
They have a rough go for the first few months, and I can't blame Ryder, given his past.
Holly - Holly's Hot Reads
Sep 13, 2014 Holly - Holly's Hot Reads rated it it was amazing
Wow, Nicola completely got me with this one. I was not at all expecting it to go how it did, and I was literally on the edge of my seat, my heart going crazy, my stomach in knots, just waiting to see what would happen. I'm usually pretty great at working out early on how books will turn out - I think I annoy Nicola at times with my notes when I click on - but Taming Ryder actually had me gasping in surprise. Gasping!!!

Such a great story, and my heart ached for poor Ryder, and everything he had
Aug 18, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
I did receive this book from the author as a beta read. Nicola did not disappoint. This book was so great. Ryder's story is an emotional one. Mason has his own emotional issues. Together can they figure out how to trust, how to open up and how to love and let another in? The story is one you will fall in love with both of them. Of course those awesome guys from Being Sawyer Knight are all there too showing support and how a family should be. Ryder has to face bis past to move forward and Mason w ...more
Amanda  Barnes
Oct 28, 2014 Amanda Barnes rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Ooh my gosh!! How did I not know this book was out!!?!

This book was not what I expected it to be .. But I loved it all the same! Mason and Ryder made me cry like a baby but also thoroughly warmed my heart! I can't wait for this series to continue .. I love how silly Matt is so I will try to wait patiently! No promises though (-;
DNF @ 61%.

Stick a fork in me, I'm done. Another ridiculously preachy hurt/comfort story. It's just not my bag. Blech.
Book Nook  Nuts
Sep 22, 2014 Book Nook Nuts rated it it was amazing
Book: Taming Ryder (Souls of the Knight #2)
Author: Nicola Haken
Publication Date: 9/29/2014
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars

I was totally captivated by this story. Ryder we met in book 1 and you could tell he had a horrible past he was keeping to himself.

In this book we learn everything about Ryder and why he hides in the spotlight. He meets Mason who is now working with Back Door Productions and lets him move in with him. They quickly become good friends but s
Jackie's Book Review
Oct 15, 2014 Jackie's Book Review rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

First I have to say that I am totally a Nicola Haken junkie...Yes I am! Second I am going to say that I recommend that you read Being Sawyer Knight prior to this book.

Why?....Because. No really that's not just it but this is where you will first get your feel of Ryder and his character. It is important to also understand where Ryder's falls into his own story from Being Sawyer Knight.

Now the review. Yes I loved Ryder in the first book, love him even more in this book because he just gr
Oct 15, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2014
Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rachel and Christina’s Tag Team Review, reviewing for Love Between the Sheets

Rachel: 4 stars

Christina: 4 stars

Taming Ryder is the second book in the Souls of the Knight series by Nicola Haken. We met Ryder in the first book, Being Sawyer Knight, and for both of us, he really stole the show, so I was really looking forward to learning more about Ryder’s story.

CM: We both know of Nicola’s obsession with Jake Bass, the gay
Niccisbookblog higginson
Jun 18, 2016 Niccisbookblog higginson rated it it was amazing
So good i had to re read it!
I dont want to give too much of the story away in my review, but let me just give you some of
Nicola Haken's awesomeness, she does not disappoint in any of her books, and this one is exceptional. I fell for Nicola's characters in Sawyer and Jake's story, the first in the Soul Knight's series, Being Sawyer Knight.

Taming Ryder was so great and Ryder's story is an emotional one, your heart strings will be well and truly tugged. Ryder's tormented by demons from
Lisa Atherton
Oct 10, 2014 Lisa Atherton rated it it was amazing
Sometimes books just stun you into a loss of words because of their awesomeness. This was that book for me. The vulnerability and fragility of Ryder and Mason is in contrast with the confidence they exude in public. It was this that drew me into their story and the emotional journey they go on together as they find their way through the fog of their pasts to their futures together. The grittiness of the story shown through the harsh realities of their lives and the fears that they both have abou ...more
4.75 out of 5 stars

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You met Ryder Richardson in Being Sawyer Knight. Now, this is his story.

I’ve done it. I’ve stuck a whopping two fingers up at my parents, I’ve made a name for myself as one of the world’s biggest porn stars and I’ve finally found a family I belong in.

Life is amazing. I get paid to do all my favourite things. Fuck. Party. Travel the world. What’s not to love?

And then he comes along. Mason George – Back Door Studio’s newest exclusive model and the guy who has the
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Title: Taming Ryder (Souls of the Knight #2)
Author: Nicola Haken
Series: Yes
Release Date: September 29th, 2014
Rating: 4.50 - 5.00 stars
Cliffhanger: No
Spoiler-free review

It's official I am a Nicola Haken fan. I really liked Being Sawyer Knight (Souls of the Knight #1) and Taming Ryder (Souls of the Knight #2) blew me away.

Ryder Richardson is effed up. He is drinks way to much, abuses his mind and body with drugs and cutting. Ryder is a porn star, model and hair stylist with a hard-partying past.
With "Being Sawyer Knight" Nicola Haken popped my m/m romance cherry. I loved it, but wasn't sure if it was a one-time deal.
After reading "Taming Ryder" I know it wasn't. Another m/m romance that I absolutely loved, "Taming Ryder" is even better than its predecessor in my humble opinion.
And that says quite a lot.

Although it has the steaminess of the first book, for me it was more emotional and intense, less focused on the erotic side and more on the heart. But don't worry, the sex scenes aren't
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading ™
Taming Ryder by Nicola Haken

Readers meet Ryder Richardson in book 1, Being Sawyer Knight, a book I thoroughly enjoyed.

I was anxious to get to know the mystery that was Ryder and Ms. Haken did not disappoint. Ryder’s journey is a powerful one, one that may break your heart, and hurt your soul for the pain this man experienced as a child (nope not telling the book)

Readers quickly meet Mason George, the newest exclusive model at Back Door Studios because yes readers
Sep 18, 2014 SiKReviews rated it it was amazing
This book is so touching. I found myself tearing up often. We met Ryder in Sawyers book. I could tell then there was more to Ryder than we thought. Mason.....what can I say about him. He took care of his mom when she needed him most. When he had to survive, he did what he needed to do. I respect that.

When Ry and Mas first see each other, although they didn't know what it was, they fell in love at first sight. Just being around Mason forces Ryder to confront his past. Once he let Mason in, he co
Lindsey  {Lindsey's Bookshelf}
Oct 03, 2014 Lindsey {Lindsey's Bookshelf} rated it really liked it
great continuation of the series, great book about Ryder who we met in bk1, this defiantly has the shock factor, bought tears to my eays a whole lot.
Apr 13, 2016 Asantewah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, read-2016
What a completely unexpectedly intense book.

When I picked it up, I thought I would be getting Ryder's usual energy and hyper activity coupled with bouts of hot sexy scenes. What I got instead was a well written emotional story about how love and total unconditional support can help to heal broken lives and hearts. It was so layered that I found myself sinking with the sadness and anxiety that Ryder felt.

Ryder's parents were completely despicable(yes, even his mother. Not speaking out is even wo
Twin Opinions
Oct 15, 2014 Twin Opinions rated it really liked it
Oh Ryder, I was so excited for this book! I was ready to see the strong man from Being Sawyer Knight. Things are a little crazy in this book and in a good way. I loved the behind the scenes work we get to see. Through this we get to see the real Ryder. Poor Ryder, he is so broken and hides it so very well. Seeing how he is broken only lets me see how strong he really is. It also gives us a chance to watch him grow and heal. His balm is Mason. Oh, I really love Mason. He is the perfect man to hel ...more
Heather Fortman
Oct 13, 2014 Heather Fortman rated it it was amazing

I was given this to read and review for Sexyways of Reading.

Honestly, I was very surprised by this book. I read the blurb and was intrigued. Normally, I'm not a huge fan of contemporary romance books. I put all reservations aside and just read the book for itself, and was wholly surprised. It was well put together, with a lot of twists I wasn't expecting. There is a HEA at the end, but at some points I just had to wonder!

Ryder Richardson is a gay porn star, not surprising given its me
Tanya Vought
Oct 15, 2014 Tanya Vought rated it it was amazing
Woah! Holy hotness! Let me say Nicola knows how to write sexy books!
I loved these two characters! I loved the way they were written and the interaction these two had!

You will fall in love with two very emotional men. They both have chemistry that can't be explained... Which freaks Ryder out some.

Ryder has not had the best of pasts... which lead him to be guarded. He enjoys his job as a porn star, but when he meets Mason, something in him feels a connection to him... but can he allow Mason to ge
Gay Media Review
Taming Ryder, 2nd book in Souls Of The Knight by Nicola Haken!

This is the story of Ryder Richardson. He's made a good name for himself as one of the most famous gay pornstars and finally found the place where he feels at home. Come-on is there anything better than getting paid major dollars to FUCK hot guys, see the world and live a fun filled life. Now enters Mason George from Back Door Studios...(what a cool name for a gay porn studio) he's the newest exclusive model and possibly the best rid
Angela Ruble Scott
Oct 14, 2014 Angela Ruble Scott rated it really liked it
Ryder Richardson is a not your average guy. He is a porn star. He is nice, friendly, and knows how to work his assets. Will he be able to step out of a friendship role and accept what is in front of him? Will he be able to get over his past to have a future worth fighting for?

Mason George has nothing. When he has to step out of his comfort zone and do something he doesn't want to do will he be able to deal with the aftermath? Will he be able to show Ryder he is worth more than he realizes?

I have
Give Me Books
Oct 11, 2014 Give Me Books rated it really liked it
I was so very excited to read Taming Ryder after reading, and loving, Being Sawyer Knight. I truly enjoyed the spark Ryder added to the first book, and hoped it would carry over to his own story. And it did – mostly.

For years, Ryder Richardson sought the family that he so desperately needed when his parents turned their back on him. And as a porn star for Back Door Studios, he has finally found it. Life is good for Ryder – he gets paid to do something he loves, and he does it while living the l
Oct 01, 2014 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rock, awesome, favorites
Wow, what a brilliant book. I love Nicola Haken's books and was so besotted with Sawyer and Jake's story, the first in the Soul Knight's series, that I couldn't wait to read this one. Ryder's story had me hooked in from the start, full of great characters and heart wrenching moments I was left wrung out by the time I'd finished. I had to force myself to put the book down at points because apparently life doesn't stop for a good book but it really is a page turner that I would've read in one sitt ...more
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Souls of the Knight (3 books)
  • Being Sawyer Knight (Souls of the Knight, #1)
  • The Making of Matt (Souls of the Knight, #3)

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