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Friday, March 20, 2015

Review & Excerpt! Reckless Love by @KendallRyan1 @InkSlingerPR

One reckless fighter.
One night of passion she can't forget.
The battle for sex and love is fierce and unrelenting.
And love is about to knock him on his ass.

**Reckless Love can be read as a standalone novel, but is a follow up to the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Hard to Love.

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“So, it’s true then?”

My breathing stopped. “What’s true?” I asked cautiously.

“That you don’t have sex before a big fight.” Her look was so innocent and hopeful, yet it still took me a second to figure out why she was asking this.

“Yes,” I finally answered. Her cute little frame seemed to relax a little, making me feel—once again—like a total dick. She didn’t know I paid Sara; she was talking about something completely different, about the night we almost hooked up. The night I told her I couldn’t because I had a fight the next day.

She chewed at the inside of her cheek a moment, maybe considering what I’d just said. Shit, that meant she thought I’d just made that up to get rid of her. Not fucking likely. Putting the brakes on that night had been the hardest thing I’d ever done.

“So,” she said as she looked up at me innocently through her eyelashes. “What does that do? For a fighter, I mean.”

I chuckled. “You mean besides frustrate the hell out of us?”

She smiled—thank fucking goodness—then nodded for me to continue.

“You know that stereotype that most guys are boneheaded cave dwellers driven by instinct?”

“Is it considered a stereotype if it’s true?” she said, then giggled.

God, she had a great laugh.

I nodded. “That’s what I was getting at. On some very basic level, we fight in order to survive and procreate.”

She scrunched up her nose, making her look super cute. “But wouldn’t you fight better then? If you have sex, then you have someone to fight for, right?”

Her hand went up to mine, which was still resting on her shoulder. She absentmindedly played with my fingers until she noticed I was watching her, and realized what she’d been doing. She let her hand drop.

I shook my head. “We fight to procreate. Once we’ve had sex, we’ve done the job and have no reason to fight.”

“Hmm.” She nodded. “So I guess now that you aren’t fighting for a while, you’re free to take care of business.” Her gaze drifted down my body.
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I love a good MMA romance! And this is a great one! This was my first book in the series but I’m anxious to go back and rad the first one.
            Ian is a rising star. And like many of our romance heroes, he starts out of the opinion that a woman would split his focus and that he needs to be 100% on the path to his career. And, like those heroes before, he also learns what a stupid opinion that is! When Ian met McKenzie, the heat between them threatened to cause spontaneous combustion. However, he pulls away at the last minute and blows his opportunity with her. As time passes, opportunity throws them together and he begins to realize that being without her is the biggest distraction.
            Ian is an easy hero to love. He’s a little rough around the edges, but it’s endearing when you put it together with his amazing heart of gold. He is all about family and friends. When he finally lets himself love Kenzie, he does so with everything that’s in him. He is a little bit typical, but it doesn’t matter so much that I’ve seen this hero before, Ian is unique in his own way and I wasn’t bored, I still fell in love with him.
            Kenzie is tough. She grew up in string of crappy foster homes, she lives in a rough neighborhood, and she has closed her heart off to avoid pain. She got a strong personality and she cares about her friends and the people she works with. She is engaged in the sport and that’s always a fun characteristic for a heroine.
When she meets Ian, she opens that door just the slightest bit, only to slam it shut when she feels rejected by him. She begins to date his best friend, her boss, and that really ticked me off. Only because, from the very first moment, she knows there is nothing between them. She ignores the little things he does or doesn’t do, that bug her because she “hopes” it will grow into something. However, this isn’t a case of building attraction when you have a good solid friendship. No, this is her turning a blind eye to the fat that Chris is a self-centered, ungentlemanly ass. Something as little as not holding the car door open for speaks volumes, but she ignores it.
            When she makes a decision to put Ian ahead of her own happiness, it’s another one of those situations where the heroine uses the excuse that she is sacrificing for his benefit, when really, it’s just an excuse for her to run away from the situation. This always baffles me, you’re already going to be hurting when you run away, so why not stick it out and see if you can make lemonade? The whole “misunderstanding because we never talked about it” thing, gets on my nerves. But, it’s Kenzie who won’t talk about it with him, which just solidifies my opinion that her “unselfish” acts are really just makeup covering her selfish ones.
            While there were some moments that I slightly cringed at, overall I really enjoyed it. It is very well written and the story is solid. The secondary characters definitely take on lives of their own and they add a lot of great depth to the story.
            Ian and Kenzie make a great couple and I loved seeing them get their HEA. I’m a big fan of Kendal Ryan and I’ll continue to read her books as they release! Well done! 4 Stars!

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Alexa’s always played it safe…

Tired of being pigeonholed as the sweet, innocent one, hardworking nursing student Alexa has been looking for ways to break out of her Goody Two-shoes image. When her friend suggests the outlandish idea of losing her virginity to the sexy and sure-to-be-skilled porn star, Alexa is mortified. But then when Cade refuses her proposition, she finds herself pissed off and embarrassed. When she tracks him down to give him a piece of her mind, she isn’t prepared for what she finds. Watching him care for his little sister tugs at her heart, and suddenly it’s no longer just about losing her virginity, but about helping Cade. Because Lord help her, she might actually be falling for a porn star…

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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.
Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com  for the latest book news, and fun extras

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