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SOMETHING RECKLESS (Real and Reckless #1) by LEXI RYAN

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SYNOPSIS

He talks dirty to me, but I don’t know his name.

He wants to tie me up, but I don’t know his face.

He turns me on, but I couldn’t point him out in a crowd.

I’ve fallen for an anonymous stranger, and now the anonymity ends. I want more than typed secrets and texted promises. I want something reckless. Heat. Passion. The thrill of being entirely possessed.

Because I suspect this anonymous stranger isn’t a stranger at all.

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Lizzy Thompson met riverrat69 online through a service promising to deliver meaningful relationships by forbidding its users to share names or photos until they’ve reached a certain benchmark. She was looking for love. He was researching an investment. They hit it off. Talked and flirted, hid behind screen names and cartoon avatars.

Now they’re breaking the rules and meeting in person. But Liz is prepared. She’s picked up hints and followed clues. She’s nearly convinced she’s discovered the identity of her dirty-talking online friend.

She wonders if her ex-lover Sam Bradshaw knows her identity too.
When she rolls the dice on one reckless night, her chance at something real could crumble.

Something Reckless

Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

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‘He talks dirty to me, but I don’t know his name.

He wants to tie me up, but I don’t know his face.

He turns me on, but I couldn’t point him out in a crowd.’

Well, weren’t we excited to jump into this book after having our appetites whetted and our interest piqued in Something Wild. And yes….our pulses were still racing from the thought of more Sam. Something Reckless did not disappoint; the twists, passion, mystery and intense emotions, well it had a bit of everything and we really enjoyed it.

We completely took to Liz in the prequel and we fell in love with her spirit; her humour and her obvious romantic heart in Something Reckless. She knows what she wants and she’s determined to find it despite her heart belonging to Sam, as it has done since her teenage years. She tries to deny and ignore but really; she knows it.

“I have to protect my heart.”

Liz wants love; she needs to feel wanted and to create a home – a family of her own. And wow does she try, but scarily gets herself into a real pickle on her mission. Although she’s quite a strong woman, intelligent and level headed she does harbour some feelings of inadequacies; like she’s not good enough yet wanting and trying to create her own mark on the world.

That elusive connection is hard to find when the heart wants what it can’t have. Or can it? We followed her online dating escapades and whilst funny, hot and exciting the mystery of who you’re actually talking too mirrors life. You just never know!

‘I smile, and for a second, I’m just a girl looking at a boy she’s kind of always loved. For a second, it’s not complicated by secretly broken hearts and online affairs.’

Sam….Sam…..Sam….so good we’re kind of lost for words. This man is still quite messed up emotionally and comes across as desperate to find what he truly needs – what he knows is missing. Sam’s shagging himself through life but you just know he wants Liz. Even Sam knows he wants Liz, but there’s always something…She’s always that elusive need and want but ‘something’ always gets in the way be it mistakes, misunderstandings or outside influences.

“What do you say, Rowdy? You, me, some alone time?”

Sam has a filthy dirty mind and his presence is sexy, controlling and cocky. However, this poor guy doesn’t seem to have control over much at the moment so he definitely makes damn sure he’s still got it in the bedroom!

‘I don’t know how to tell her, how to explain that I don’t really like the man I’ve become but I’m not sure I can be anyone else.’

Their road’s not easy and we haven’t reached the end and with a surprising twisty turn we’re gagging to continue our journey! Bring it on!

**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author with thanks**

THE RECKLESS AND REAL SERIES by LEXI RYAN

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 SOMETHING RECKLESS
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SOMETHING WILD (Reckless and Real #0.5 – Prequel) by LEXI RYAN

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SYNOPSIS

“You need a good guy. A long-term guy. One who does dates and romance and emotional strings…I’m just an asshole who wants to tie you up, make you come, and walk away.” 

Samuel Bradshaw is a man with a reputation—the kind of reputation that should have me running the other way. Instead, it has me searching for the shortest distance to his bed. I won’t be the starry-eyed girl who thinks she can change a man like Sam, and despite what he thinks, forever is not what I need. I need the things he makes me feel, the way he turns me on, and the promise of pleasure in his eyes. I need SOMETHING WILD. 

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Something wild

Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4 ‘we can’t wait for more’ stars!!

‘…her pleasure is salvation and I’m a lost and broken soul.’

Something Wild is the free prequel to the Reckless and Real Series by Lexi Ryan. Well isn’t Lexi Ryan just the evil temptress!! Something Wild has left us salivating for Something Reckless when it releases on 22nd December and thankfully we only have to wait a week!

Lies, secrets, betrayals and a couple who steamed up our Kindles! WOW! This was one steamy Novella! Sam and Liz certainly have chemistry in spades. Liz is an interesting character, there’s much to her persona we can’t wait to uncover and Sam….well, he’s something else! We loved him! This dirty talking, commanding and very sexy man is hiding a plethora of secrets and we NEED to know!!!!

“F**k my face until it feel so good, I get to taste you as you come.”

Told through alternate POV’s between Sam and Liz, Lexi Ryan has set this series up perfectly. She has sufficiently teased us, ensuring we will dive head first into Something Reckless when it releases!

‘I promised him I could play by his rules. He worried I’d want more.’

There was just enough insight into Sam, Liz and the other characters to pull us into her story and leave us gasping for more. There are a few flashbacks to four years prior which lays the groundwork for Sam and Liz’s relationship with lots more to uncover.

‘I trust him with my body, but I’m scared for my heart.’

Steamy, intriguing and addictive! Give us more Sam and Liz!!! Go grab this free Novella now and be sure to pre order your copy of Something Reckless while you’re there….trust us…you WILL want to continue with this story! We know we do!

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TAKE CARE, SARA by LINDY ZART – REVIEW

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SYNOPSIS

You breathe in, you breathe out, and everything you know is gone. 

Sara Walker knows firsthand what it feels like to have your reality ripped away, scrambled, and shoved back at you in an undone puzzle where pieces are missing and nothing fits. She’s lost so much and is struggling to live and to find the strength to forgive herself for being human. With the help of Lincoln, her husband’s brother, Sara realizes it’s not about finding who she used to be, but about finding who she is now.

You breathe in, you breathe out, and everything you know isn’t gone, but reborn

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Review by Jenny

You breathe in, you breathe out, and everything you know is gone.

Sara Walker is living a nightmare. Sara is lost and consumed by an overwhelming and neverending grief following the loss of her husband a year ago.  Sara reaches a point where she really doesn’t want to live in a world devoid of Cole, the love of her life. Theirs was a love so deep with a long and happy a life ahead of them.

“Time had no meaning for Sara, other than to mock her with its endless sorrow.”

Sara’s world had been ripped from under her and nothing can lift her from the sadness and loss she feels. Sara would rather be with Cole than live in a world without him and it is this mindset Sara makes a decision. One she is, thankfully, not permitted to carry out after some intervention by Spencer and Mason. Two characters I adored.

“Then I don’t have to hurt, then I don’t have to wonder, then I don’t have to worry about any of it.”

Lincoln, Cole’s brother is her one touch with reality but even Lincoln has difficulty reaching Sara.  Theirs is a close relationship and one where each is consumed with, and understands the others grief yet it is Lincoln who reaches out to Sara encouraging her to live her life. To be the Sara she used to be.

“This is reality. He’s gone, you’re not. Live, Sara.”

Little by little Lincoln coaxes Sara out of her despair but it is a long road and Sara isn’t a willing participant. Sara can’t begin to fathom how she will live without Cole – she feels him around her every minute of the day.

“He said when he looked at you he was home.”

Take Care, Sara will overwhelm you with sadness. You will live and breathe Sara’s grief, loss and guilt. You will mourn with her to the point where you almost want to reach in and assure her life will go on, you want to enlighten her and pray that she sees finally the man in front of her, the man who is always there for her.

This book really did move me. You felt the grief, the loss, the utter despair Sara was experiencing and you felt it every step of the way.

“So say his name, and stop acting like your world has fallen apart and mine hasn’t and……fuck.” Lincoln

My heart literally ached for Lincoln. This man was a saint and I loved him. Here was a man who was also dealing with an all-consuming loss, who was also hurting, yet he was there for Sara without question. His feelings for her never faltered and he was her rock. Her one touch with reality.  This selfless, beautiful man never questioned her and was always willing to give.

When Lincoln’s frustrations with Sara and her lack of will to face reality bubbled to the surface, I became frustrated with him.  I wanted so much for Sara to see the man he was and how he was trying to help her. He laid his emotions bare for Sara and gave so much of himself and I ached for Sara to return that to Lincoln. Although I understood Sara’s immense grief, I did feel at times she was a little dismissive of Lincoln’s own grief.

“On their own, they were weak, but together, they seemed to be able to cope.”

Take Care, Sara was sad, moving and so beautifully written.  You will feel joy at the occasional highs and despair through their lows. There were a couple of times I felt it did drag through the middle and at time could feel a little repetitive but this did not detract from the feelings I experienced overall in Take Care, Sara. I wanted so much for Sara and Lincoln to find the happiness they so both desperately needed and deserved and I was willing them both to make it work.

“Sometimes when you think you have nothing, you realise you have yourself…”

Take Care, Sara is a story about losing everything, finding yourself, moving forward, letting go and taking a second chance at love because find it once, you’re lucky.  Find it twice, take that chance…then you are truly blessed.

You breathe in, you breathe out, and everything you know isn’t gone, but reborn.

4 Stars

 

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UNBREAK ME by LEXI RYAN

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Synopsis

If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”

I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…

“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”

But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my façade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his.

With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?

Review by Jenny & Gitte

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Gitte:  I loved this roller coaster story. It was full of emotion, the characters were great and the writing was almost flawless for a debut Author.  What a refreshing twisted story line, I loved it. It was gritty and fresh. The true and candid emotion was literally dripping off the pages and the twists and dynamics between the characters were pretty unique. I thought this was a really great read, made even more special by the changing POV’s between Maggie, Will and Asher, as we really got to hear and feel the emotion and the passion. Don’t you agree Jenny?

Jenny:  Absolutely agree Gitte and rollercoaster is the perfect way to describe this one! It was a ride and a half and one I was on from start to finish.  Unbreak Me completely intrigued me and enfolded in such a deliciously gradual way that I couldn’t help but become invested in the characters and the story as secrets were revealed and emotions were stripped bare.

“You can be cut open a hundred times, and the slice of the blade still hurts.”

The changing POV’s were done effortlessly and didn’t this just add to the emotion and anticipation to hear from Maggie, Will and Asher. All three voices wereso different and afford so much to the story, allowing the reader to feel their emotions on a whole different level.

Gitte:  I really connected with Maggie our heroine; she’s been through real trauma and has been stigmatized by everyone. Her reputation is clouding her life and how she’s treated and perceived by others. There is so much heart-break in her past which is affecting her present life; I’d go as far as to say she hates herself. She’s a woman standing alone in the line of adversity.  A town full of secrets lies and shame. A town she left to avoid the stares and snipes but has had to return to for her sister’s wedding. Now, how the hell do you watch your sister walking down the aisle with the man you were going to marry? This girl’s coping mechanisms are pretty admirable as is her strength. Unfortunately though her past has affected how she views relationships and sex.  As in she doesn’t have one and she uses it to her own advantage. Forgetting who she really is and her self-worth in the process. Maggie knows she’s broken and is under the firm belief that she cannot be fixed.

“Maggie’s too busy hating herself to love anyone.”

The Author really did a fantastic job getting Maggie’s pain across didn’t she Jenny?

Jenny:  You’re spot on Gitte. The author did a tremendous job of affording the reader the chance to really connect with Maggie. I know that I, like you, absolutely connected with her. This young girl who feels no self worth, who is so broken and  who outwardly appears so strong, so together, whilst underneath suffering so much pain and self loathing.

“Who would want to be involved with someone as broken as me?”

I was drawn immediately in to Maggie and her plight and boy did I want to know what it was that happened in Maggie’s that made her come to this conclusion about herself and I was hanging on for dear life as her past unfolded.

“It’s like he sees something good when he looks at me, and I want to throw my ugliness in his face to prove him wrong.”

One minute this girl had me giggling with her sass and humor, the next she was breaking my heart when she displayed or conveyed the girl beneath the sass. Everything this girl felt, I felt.

Maggie made mistakes and she paid dearly for them.  She was treated so cruelly by those around her and my heart broke for her many times.

Gitte: Now for the two men in Maggie’s life; Will and Asher.

“One man holds me together, the other gives me permission to break”

Will is Maggie’s ex who still harbours some pretty strong feelings for her despite being engaged to her sister. Will wants to fix Maggie. He knows how broken she is and wants to be the one to fix her. Despite some of Will’s later actions I really felt for him and loved his character. He had a huge heart and he was there for Maggie before and after the break-up in ways most men wouldn’t be. He truly loved her; Maggie was his addiction – his drug of choice. I felt so sorry for this guy!

“I would have taken you however I could get you, Maggie.”

Then we have…huge sigh….Asher. Wow did he make an entrance into this story. I LOVED Asher, he was truly lush. A ‘bad boy’ tattooed rock star…yeah I know, we have a lot of these guys…BUT…Asher was different.  He sees straight through Maggie and takes a different route with her than she is expecting and wanting. He never pushes her, nor does he expect anything.

“You don’t need to pretend to be strong with me, Maggie. Just be.”

He doesn’t want to fix her because he does not believe she is broken in the way she does. Instead he wants to break down her walls; break the restraints she has placed upon herself and break down the image she was given, hence portrays.

“I’m not trying to change you Maggie. I’m trying to love you.”

Asher has a past too and his own issues.  Yet ultimately, he is there for Maggie. He wants her. This guy is a mystery and he has such sensuality, passion and intrigue.

“What if no one can fix me?”

“You don’t need fixing,” ….”It’s like your mosaics. The beauty is already there, you just find it. Let go, sweetheart.”

“I’m afraid I’ll shatter.”

“If you shatter, I’ll find you.”

We have a new book boyfriend to add to our never ending list don’t we Jenny?!

Jenny: That list is pretty long, but how could we NOT add Asher to it! “Asher should be the poster child for the sexy bad boy.”  Oh yes he should Maggie!

“I want to hold her, because – whether she’ll admit it or not – that’s what she needs.”

Our beautiful, sexy, tattooed, rock star with a heart really won me over. The way he reached out to Maggie, never judging, always supportive. Maggie has an opinion of men and Asher has to prove that he isn’t like the previous men in Maggie’s life. He has to prove that he is worthy and so is she. She just has to believe it. He could always read her and knew exactly what it was needed.  Maggie fought him all the way but he never gave up on her.

“But if we’re going to keep this up, whatever this is, you need to know my life is a little fucked up. I’m fucked up.”

He sees past the tough exterior, past the sass and past the rumors and innuendo surrounding Maggie and loves the girl beneath.

“But your beauty? It’s the kind that radiates from your heart, Maggie and it’s so damn bright it shines beyond these walls you’ve erected to protect yourself.”

Even though he was dealing with issues of his own, he was there for Maggie and he would be strong for both of them.

“I have you,” he murmurs. “You’re safe with me.”

Now Will. Through Will’s POV we hear how this woman affects him. We experience his confusion in his feelings for Maggie and her sister. His conflict and guilt over some of his actions. How Maggie has this hold on him that he can’t break. I really did feel for Will. This woman is in his soul. Hearing first hand his thought process and feelings enabled me to feel first hand the dilemma he found himself in and this man had the biggest heart you could find. 

“I am an addict and Maggie Thompson is my drug.”

Whilst Asher was always my choice, I really did have a soft spot for Will and his love and loyalty to Maggie was so commendable.

Gitte:  So absolutely no doubt, I LOVED this story. We followed Maggie’s journey of self-discovery and healing.  A journey where she will realise her self-worth and letting go of her past and her pain. Love with all her heart and let herself be loved in return for who she truly is and embrace it.

“No frills, no pretence, no bullshit. Just Maggie.”

“I’m just Maggie.”

This journey had raw emotion and really pulled at my heart while reading. You felt the same didn’t you Jenny?

Jenny:  Gitte I really did! I felt everything and more.  I lived every moment of this book.  The way the author slowly unfolded the secrets in Unbreak Me, the way Maggie evolved, the telling from Will, Maggie and Ashers POV all added up to what was a very raw and emotional read that indeed pull at my heartstrings.  

Such a poignant story of love, redemption, believing in yourself and knowing that mistakes, no matter how big they may seem, can be overcome if you have belief in yourself and the love and support of people who believe in you.  Just wonderful!

Gitte: 4.5 stars
Jenny: 4.5 stars

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UNBREAK ME by LEXI RYAN
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