Sunday, January 4, 2015

Blog Tour: Something Reckless by Lexi Ryan

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Lexi Ryan

Adult Contemporary Romance

Release: December 22, 2014

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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.

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.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

Something Wild and Something Reckless is a spin off of Lexi Ryan's Here and Now and New Hope Series.  I loved both of these series.  In fact I love everything that Ms. Ryan writes.  She is one of my go to authors.  I don't have to even read the synopsis for her books because I will always read whatever she writes.   This is Sam and Liz's story.  We met Liz in the Here and Now series which was about her twin sister.  We see alot of the characters that we also met in New Hope.  But no worries because this one can be read as a stand alone.

Elizabeth has had a thing for her best friend's brother for as long as she could remember.  When she was 17 she was determined to get him by driving to where he was attending college and surprising him.  She wanted Sam to be her first.  But upon being rejected by him she moved on.  Or at least she tried to.  Lizzy is all grown up now and it is about 5 years later.  She still wants Sam, is still attracted to him and when she has the chance for a no stings attached one night of sex with Sam Bradshaw, she will be dam sure to take it.  Lizzy knows that this is nothing more than sex but that still doesn't stop the feelings that she has for him.

Sam Bradshaw has always wanted Lizzy even if he never admitted it to himself or anyone for that matter.  He wanted her that night when she came to visit him in college but she was too young.  He planned on waiting until she was grown up to make her his.  But now that she is all grown up Sam is not in a good place for reasons that I am not going to say because I do not want to spoil anything.  His chance to be with Lizzy is here and while he may want more he can only give her a sex only night, which they both agree upon.  But any chance of these two becoming more than just physical is quickly pushed aside when Sam gets some news that will have a big affect on his life.  At this point they go their separate ways.

It is now 2 years later and Same and Lizzy are no longer speaking.  Something happened last summer that caused these negative feelings between the two of them.  They live in a small town and with Liz now working for Sam's father, there is no avoiding each other.  Sam needs to change his image for his family's sake.  His father is running for governor and the playboy reputation is only going to hurt his father's chances of winning.  The best thing is for Sam to have a steady girl on his arm.  Lizzy would be the perfect person for that job.  Lizzy has been occupying her time on a dating site where she met "Riverrat".  She has no idea who it is but she feels a weird connection towards them.  She looks forward to their chats and hopes that it is the person that she wants it to be.

Sam and Lizzy find their way back to each but it is not all hearts and roses by any means at all.  The thing with Sam is he knows how he feels about Liz but I think he is so afraid to admit it for so many reasons.  He's been burned in the past, plus there are other issues that are standing in the way of them being together that Sam has to consider.    Lizzy wants Sam as well but she also has Riverrat.  Is he really Sam like she hoped or has someone else caught her attention?   Can Same and Liz push through all the obstacles that they face and finally be together?  And trust me when I say there say many obstacles.

I have read and loved every one of Lexi Ryan’s books.  I love the characters that she creates, the sexy swoon worthy males and the loveable females that you can in some way relate to.  But I have to be honest and say that personally I didn’t really feel any connection with Liz and Sam.  I didn’t fall in love with them as I hoped I would.  Maybe it’s because they are two characters that completely frustrated me or  because of some of the decisions that they made.  I just felt that something was missing for me when it came to the two them. Yes when they were together they were hot and steamy.  And I completely felt the physical connection, but I just did not get any emotional connection between them.  I would have loved to see the emotional side of their relationship.  How these two came to really fall in love and why.   They had so many secrets between them.  They were both very good at keeping there secrets to themselves and Liz definitely knew how to run very well.  But there was also a lot of miscommunication between them as well which I think was the root of a lot of their problems.  There were some moments that for me still need some clarification and I hope that we will get that in the next book.

With all that being said I did really love this book.  Ms. Ryan is an amazing author and that certainly shows in this book.  I loved the twists and turns that she threw our way.  The mystery and suspense of not knowing whom Riverrat really was keeping us on the edge of our seat guessing.  The odds are completely against Liz and Sam.  There are people who do not want them together and are willing do what it takes to keep them apart.  They are faced with so many obstacles and I have this feeling that Sam’s past may interfere in the sequel, but only time will tell.

I am really looking forward to seeing where things go for this couple.  Especially after that “Oh MY GOD” ending that completely leaves us hanging and wondering how they will even work this one out.  Again I really loved this book and loved the writing and am looking forward to Something Real.  

Excerpt from Something Reckless

“You look amazing in this dress. I’ve been pretending all night that there’s something I want to do more than get you out of it.”

“What would you do with me if you got so lucky?”

“I’d keep you up all night, for starters.” He slides a hand into my hair and traces the side of my neck with his thumb. His groan rumbles through me. “Tell me what you came here for.”

I thought that was pretty clear. “I’m wearing extremely slutty underwear. What do you think?”

His nostrils flare and his breathing goes thready. “I think I’m going to have to up my game, because now I want to see it.”

I have to bite back a smile. “Good,” I say. My heart thumps out a beat, probably Morse code for please and thank you.

“How slutty is this underwear of yours?”

I lick my lips. “Oh, it’s damn near whorish.”

“Let me see it, Liz.”

I lift my chin and prop my hands on my hips. “Seriously? That’s all the seduction I get? Let me see it?”

He steps closer until I have to crane my neck to look at him, and holy hell he smells good. “What game are we playing here, Rowdy?” he murmurs against my ear. “Is this the one where we pretend we don’t want each other and sleep alone . . .” His fingers skim down my shoulder and my eyes float closed. “Or is it the one where I make you come so hard you scream my name and tomorrow you act like you want nothing to do with me?”

“Are those my only choices?” I ask, but I keep my eyes closed, focusing on the feel of his rough fingers dancing across my skin. The truth is, I don’t want to play either game. I’m done playing games when it comes to Sam. I’m done pretending I don’t want him when I do, and I’m done pretending our annual one-night stand is enough for me.

“Tell me you aren’t going to run away in the morning. Promise me you won’t shut me out again.”

I don’t know what that means, and I’m too scared to analyze it. My eyes are still closed when he takes my chin in his fingers and tilts my face up to his, still closed when he brushes his lips over mine and when I open under him because I’m helpless to this man’s kiss.

“Promise me,” he repeats.

“I won’t run away.” Then I unzip my dress and let it fall to the floor in a puddle, and my boldness is rewarded. Sam’s lips part and his breath escapes him in a rush.

He steps back and takes me in. The bra is strapless, black lace demi-cups that lift my breasts until they threaten to spill out. The panties—what there is of them—are a thong in matching black lace. Their fine lace straps sit in a sharp V high on my hipbones.

A ringlet of hair escaped my up-do, and he takes it between his fingers and twirls it around. I deserve a medal for not melting right here at his feet.

He hooks his index finger under the black bow between my bra cups. “Did you wear this for me?” His voice is a husky whisper that I can’t deny.


His fingers skim my belly, trace over my hip, following the lace of my thong behind me to where the straps meet at the small of my back. My breath catches as he takes the fabric path over the curve of my tailbone and down, his fingers bringing every nerve ending to life as they pass. Electric pleasure whips through me.

“Fourteen months since I’ve touched you,” he says. “Fourteen months since I’ve gotten to hear the way you breathe when you’re turned on, since I’ve gotten to listen to you scream as I make you come. Tell me you haven’t thought about it.”

“I’d be lying.”

“Don’t lie,” he says, eyes hot and intense. “Just tell me you want me.”

Copyright Lexi Ryan, 2014

Adult Contemporary Romance
FREE introductory novella to the SOMETHING RECKLESS

“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. This promises to be SOMETHING WILD.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

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