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Ryde the Lightning

(The 12 Olympians #5)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  882 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Siberian pack alpha Dane Durov endured a lot in his young life and managed to survive, so he always assumed that he had a special purpose in life. If he’d had to guess, though, ‘bodyguard to the child of an Olympian god’ wouldn’t have been his first guess. Frankly, he still thought it sounded like something out of a romance writer’s imagination. Romance. The mere word remi ...more
Kindle Edition, 165 pages
Published April 29th 2015 by Skull Blaster Publishing
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May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I want to be done with this series. But can't seem to let it go because I invested some much time to it and it's connected to another series. I need to see it to the end.

Everything just gets repetitive.

Here are a few things I've seen repeatedly in past few books:
1. Horrible adoptive parents/ easy acceptance of bio parent(s).
2.Your guardian is your mate. Why are they fighting it? or acting surprise? It happened four times before this book.
3. Going to club and singing a song that connected to th
Unfortunately this one just didn't have the level of excitement and drama that I've come to expect from this series. I didn't feel any sexual tension between the MC's at all. I had really hoped for more from Ryder's story, but this just felt like it was phoned in. ...more
I totally enjoyed this one! Ryder is a great guy. And I liked him a lot.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, m-m-read
3.5 stars

Love the series but Dane and Ryder's story just kinda left me wanting more but I've got just a few more in the series to go :)
Caroline Brand

4.25 Stars

First off the cover – holy hell what a cover it is!

Ryder and Dane’s story had a bit of different feel to it than a lot of the previous books in this series. There we no threats, no one was kidnapped and there were no rogues lurking in the shadows. Instead we got to see into the past lives of Ryder and Dane and the events that defined who they are today. By doing this we could see why Dane was so terrified of any sort of commitment and why he thought he c
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This continues to a wonderful entertaining and original paranormal/sifter series that I love and can't get enough of!!! What was interesting and helpful that I noticed Sandrine did in this book to help her readers keep all the characters straight was when she brought in a different character name she made sure to let you know who and what they were so you didn't have to go back mentally and try and remember where they fit into the series. That was very helpful if not time consuming for the autho ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Open Up...Let Him In

This author tells the best stories. This is exciting fun read with deceit, murder, destruction and mayhem in it. And in the middle of this read a sweet love is building. Dane has to learn to trust himself and open his heart again. The intense circumstances and situations these two go through to will have you feeling sorry for them. Their secondary family steps up to help them through some rough obstacles. As usual this author gives you a well written story to enjoy and I did.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
They just keep getting better and better, review to follow
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
One more great book on this amazing serie
Centoria Coffil
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One hell of a Ryde

I truly enjoyed seeing Ryder and Dane discover that true strength and the power comes from unconditional love and family.
Dennis Crotts
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To be honest was a better book than book 4

To be honest was a better book than book 4 there was more adventures, and more storylines teading this one everything seem to start falling in place and you start understanding the characters and see how they work off each and take of each other and in some cases become one.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great add to the series. Oh Dane Durov and Ryder Winters, Dane is stubborn and it takes him awhile to want to open up. Ryder is trying to overcome his own fears but wants to have all or nothing with Dane. More twist and turns you have come to love. Cant wait for the next.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Continue to finish my favorite book. I love Sandrine books. They are so great. This re-read is fantastic. I remember new things all the time.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance, gay
Loved it

Absolutely loved this book and the characters. Ryder is so sweet, I would happily kill his evil parents. On to the next one.
Monchari S
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Seriously, I think Sandy needs some break...or I will instead...(bitter laugh)
As much as I love her characters (and that's a big problem, ‘cause Sandy knows how to make her fans fall in love with all of her characters...and made us just want more and faster), I do think her recent books completely lack of story and elements.
I have to say, the first 8 books plus book 16-18 were rich in story and they are the reason that keeping me stick with the series.
Besides those, there barely are elements...j
Heidi Ryan
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am completely addicted to this series and the assassin/shifter series by this author. She has a writing style that just draws you in and doesn't let go. The beauty of these books is the fact that you know these characters, but when they get their own book, you learn so much more. I love the backstories of these incredible characters, each one of them is completely different. I don't know how Sandrine does it, but I will read these books until she stops writing them. Every book is different and ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m
I am really at a loss here. This story is just so… devoid of true emotion. Mostly it’s posturing and superficialities and music video sequences. There’s just no feeling to it that I can detect.

I am not actually irritated, not even with the silliness involving gods, or silliness involving Russia, or all the rest of silliness. Just… I don’t know. Things happen; I could summarize them. But as far as impact goes, there’s just this huge blank and a lot of boredom because of it.

I know that I’ve had is
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The most mesmerizing love-hate/soul-searching/conflict-filled Olympian-mate romance yet!

What more can I add without sounding redundant or cliche? The chemistry between Dane and Ryder is volatile and scorching, building from their first meeting through each subsequent encounter. Gaza-Dion knows just how to set scenes as well as interject enough virulent, supernatural sexiness to keep the pages turning, and Dane fights a losing battle against a driving desire to be more than Ryder's guardian. Dan
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Same ole story..

Ok, I love Sandrine and always will. The story was good but it's becoming to predictable. The are all becoming the same story just told over and over. I mean let's just cut to the chase...whoever is assigned to protect you is your mate..." oh, your my protector? So that makes you my mate!!" And why is everyone of these vicious men wash women?? Oh look at you, your in love...I have never known a man gay or straight that would even bother to talk about feelings unless another came
Monica Clarke
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow what can i say, except another great book in this brilliantly written fantastic series.
Ryder and Dane, what do you get when you cross one bad ass alpha, with a demi-god who is the son of Zeus no less! A sizzling, sexy, mind blowing, don't ever want it to end read. Their story has all the elements you could wish for in a great book, and make no mistake this is a great book which is part of an amazing series. Throw in one naturally born female werewolf (Dane's mum)who is also a bad ass, the re
Tara Mcmillan
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unlike some other mega-series, this author continues to throw curve balls and success in adding to the greatness instead of overwhelming it. The stories may not always get better, but they don't get worse. This was one of the slightly better books with a side story in both protagonists' pasts. Each character had their own sort of past trauma and fears to overcome... and while they had each other to help them through, they also did some internal battling of their own. As always, I can't wait for ...more
Jennifer babcock
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me hear it for the boys

I love it from the singing to the absolutely outside this world
Love. This is a great can't was it for more
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read May 4th to May 5, 2015


This series just keeps on giving. Every romance gets better and hotter. This relationship between Ryder and Dane has been a long time in the making. It is so great to finally get to know these two characters. The character development is what has me following this and the Assassin/Shifters Series. The in-depth background about Dane and meeting his Mom is what I found so fascinating in this story. Of course, seeing all the characters and catching
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
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Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ryde the Lightning

I loved this book. Ryder's father is Zeus and his life was bell. His adoptive parents tried to drown him when he told them that he was gay. Dane's father was alpha of a Russian pack and was killed due to a betrayal. Dane had to fight and kill the one who killed his father. Dane became alpha of his pack. These two had a lot of issues to resolve and they did and fell very deeply in love despite everything going on around them. I can not wait for the next book in this series to be
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author tells the best stories. This is exciting fun read with deceit, murder, destruction and mayhem in it. And in the middle of this read a sweet love is building. Dane has to learn to trust himself and open his heart again. The intense circumstances and situations these two go through to will have you feeling sorry for them. Their secondary family steps up to help them through some rough obstacles. As usual this author gives you a well written story to enjoy and I did. Now I'm back to wai ...more
This series has a formula it sticks to, but I still enjoy it so far. I liked Dane and loved Ryder. Dane's momma was great. I liked that Ryder was certain about Dane, it was a nice change up from the insecurity. Dane had the ex drama, again a nice change up, but his ex was such a villain it makes me wonder who Dane got snowed in the first place. This book had a lot of references to, I assume, the Assassin/Shifter series books that I haven't gotten to yet. READ IN ORDER PEOPLE. Learn from my mista ...more
Mocha Haven
Less about the actual Olympian (Ryder) as in the 4 previous books. Never connected with characters. It read has if it wasn't sure if the son of Zeus was to be a man or boy. The mannerisms were conflicting. The "white chocolate" comment seem odd & out of place. It presented rushed & forced. I had been looking forward to Ryder's story but he didn't have much of one. The son of Zeus's story I imagined to be crazy amazing. Disappointed. ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Each book in this series gets better and better! Dane struggles with the feelings he has been having for Ryder because of his past. A trip to Siberia, shows him what a lie his past actually was and he finally let's his feelings show. Great to see Wayne and the family, the Olympians are coming into their own! I cannot wait for the next book...I never want this series to end! Thank you Sandy!!
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