Sunday, March 15, 2015

ARC REVIEW - Something Real (Reckless and Real #2) by Lexi Ryan

Reckless & Real #2
Adult Contemporary
Release: March 3, 2015

After everything blew up on Christmas, Liz walked away from me, and I let her. She said she needed space and a chance to pursue her dreams. But we both knew she was running from the mess she made. Now the political campaign she used as an excuse to leave is bringing us back together and I’m proving to her what she really needs—not just the hot nights, greedy hands, and undeniable physical chemistry. What she really needs is something real. What she really needs…is me.

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It's been a while since I've read a full-length novel in one day, but once I got started with this story, I couldn't stop till I finished.

Lucky for us, the prologue gives us the scene that happens directly after Liz realizes the truth about River's identity (if you read Something Reckless, did you figure out who it really was before the end?)

The story picks up five months after that disastrous confrontation at the Bradshaw homestead, with both Sam and Liz unhappy beyond belief. Of course, the sh!t hits the fan in the first chapter, and that is what sets the precedent for the remainder of the story. 

Sam got on my nerves with his reactions and treatment of Liz, only to turn around and expect her to forgive him. I think he should have come clean and tell Liz the truth sooner than he did. And I really can't fault Liz, she at least had enough sense and self-respect to not end up becoming the other woman. But, sometimes you do things you wouldn't normally do when you're in love. Got to give it to Liz though, at least she followed her instincts and figured out the big secret, and managed to save the day when it counted.

I was glad to see how everything wrapped up in this story, although there are a couple of issues that were never really resolved: (1) what was the reason a key player was working both sides? (2) whatever happened with the baby?

I can't wait to read the next installment of this series, I'm sure it's going to be a good matchup.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

Reckless and Real #1
Release: December 2014

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 tonight the anonymity ends. Tonight 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.

Lizzy Thompson met riverrat69 online through Something Real, 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 ninety-percent 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.


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About the Author

Once a college English professor, I now write full time. I live in rural Indiana, where, when I’m not writing, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids--a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I en- joyed before I had children. When I’m feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I’m really, really slow) or do yoga. Don’t worry, I’m always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.

Twitter: @writerlexiryan;

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