Saturday, August 18, 2018

Blog Tour: Dirty Reckless Love by Lexi Ryan


I’m in love with a man who tried to kill me. At least that’s what they tell me . . .
Six weeks ago, paramedics found me unconscious in my own home. Beaten. Bruised. Hardly breathing. When I woke up, I couldn’t remember the last three years or anything about my life in Jackson Harbor. They tell me my fiancĂ©, Colton McKinley, is on the run for what he did to me. They tell me I’m safer if I stay away.
I don’t care if my memories ever come back. I want nothing to do with those missing years . . . until a sexy stranger with angry eyes shows up on my doorstep and demands I stop ignoring him.
Levi Jackson is my fiancĂ©’s best friend, but seeing him sparks something inside me. As the truth unravels in my mind, I know they’re wrong about Colton. My own secrets are far more dangerous than the man I was engaged to.
I return to Jackson Harbor to search for answers and find myself running from a faceless boogeyman and seeking refuge in Levi’s arms. And in his bed.
I can’t deny my feelings for Levi. But as the pile of lies between us grows, I realize that sometimes the truth can’t set us free. It may be the very thing that could destroy us.

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

dirty_amazonI love this series.  I knew that this was gong to be Lev’s story and I went in thinking we would get the steamy filled love story that has both angst and drama that I love from Ms. Ryan.  But this book was so much more than I expected.  It was filled with drama and angst but she managed to weave in a suspenseful story that had me glued to my Kindle. 

Ellie has been violently attacked and as a result cannot remember the last three years of her life.  Basically the years that she lived in Jackson Harbor have been erased from her memory.  She has not idea what happened that night.  She knows that her mother is afraid for her, and that the man everyone said she loved and was supposed to marry is missing.  Everyone seems to think he attacked her, but while she does not remember everything, what se does remember of Colton, has her believing that he would never hurt her.   Then there is Levi, her fiance’s best friend who she doesn’t remember either but for some reason when she is with him or sees him, she has this feeling inside her.  Something is telling her to trust this man and that there is so much more to their story then just being friends.  There are these feelings in her heart when it comes to Levi, but she has no idea what to make of them.  What happens when it all comes back to her?  Does Levi stand a chance of finally being with the woman that he has loved from afar for three years?  Ir will she choose Colton again?

Dirty Reckless Love is a beautifully written story.  There are so many unanswered questions throughout this book, but the way Ms. Ryan gives you those answers was just brilliant.  She occasionally takes us back in time to before the attack.  Little by little she masterfully uncovers the truths of what has happened in Ellie’s life over the past three years, since meeting Colton.  Just when you think you have all the answers, there are more questions and more theories.  And then she finally hits you with another twist that you did not see coming.   It was all just done so well.  From the moment I started this book I could not put it down until I knew every truth. There is a lot more to this story that what you think and I loved every minute of it.

Levi completely stole my heart from the very beginning. He loves Ellie and you see how hard he is trying to do the right thing.  He would do anything for her, he wants to love her and protect her and he does.  Ellie is a wonderful heroine who I felt so much for.  To go through something so traumatic and then not remember what happened or anything about your past, but she was strong and determined to find out the truth.  The beginning she may have been a little bit apprehensive about finding out what happened until she truly sees whom she can trust. 

I loved the side characters, and the roles that Ava played in this one.  I loved seeing Jake and the rest of the Jackson crew.  I am really hoping to find out more about Brayden and a certain female character.  Thee are so many more characters that I want to see get their happily ever after and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Ryan has in store for us. 

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The man searches my face. “That’s why you won’t come home. You’re afraid of Colton.”

“I don’t want anything to do with that life.”

He exhales heavily and rolls his shoulders back, as if he’s trying to shake off a ghost. “That’s not fair to the rest of us. To everyone who loves you, everyone who was sick with worry when they put you into that coma. Not. Fucking. Fair.”

I shrug. “Maybe losing a child and almost dying has made me a little selfish.”

His gaze drifts down to my stomach, and I cover it with my hand without thinking. “I’m sorry about the baby.”

I nod, tears springing to my eyes. “Me too.” So sorry.

“I understand if you want to live here now, but don’t cut us out. We all lost something that night.”

“Did you?”

He narrows his eyes. “You think I didn’t care? That this was all some game to me, and losing you was nothing?”

I wrap my arms around my chest, as if the pressure might weaken this force pulling me toward him by the solar plexus, this inexplicable need to be closer and let him wrap me in his arms. “Losing me? When was I ever yours to lose?”

He jerks his gaze away from me, slides off his stool, and downs the rest of his beer. “Thanks. I guess that clears up where we stand after everything.”

I open my mouth to apologize but swallow the words and meet his steady gaze.

Then he backs away and grabs his bags off the bar. He pulls an envelope from his pocket and hands it to me. “I was going to leave this for you with the barista next door, but I guess I can save myself the trouble.”

“What is it?” I ask, staring at the crisp black calligraphy that reads Ellie Courdrey.

“An invitation to Ava and Jake’s wedding. Despite what you seem to think of me, I’m not fucking my future sister-in-law.”

“Their wedding?”

He nods. “They thought about canceling after everything, but . . .” He stares at me for a long beat. “They decided to put love first.”

That feels like a jab. At me? At them? I don’t know. “I don’t want to go back there.”

“Maybe it’s not always about what you want.” He shrugs as if it’s no different to him either way, but I can tell by the tension in his shoulders that it matters a lot.

He steps forward—too close—and I let him, closing my eyes at his scent. Then a flash.

He’s over me. The weight of him presses into my hips, his calloused hands holding my face, his fingers in my hair. “You’re sure?”

I nod. Slide my hands down his back and lift my hips. “Yes. Please.”

He searches my eyes. “No regrets.”

I hold on to the memory of this man, wanting to examine it, to figure out what it means, but I’m too distracted by his closeness in this moment. He’s big. Strong. Warm.

He lowers his mouth to my ear. “I never stopped loving you. Even when you told me to. Even when you chose him.” And then he walks away.

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Meet Lexi:
Lexi Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles. Lexi is the 2018 winner of the Romance Writers of America® RITA® award for Best Long Contemporary Romance. She considers herself the luckiest girl around to make a living through storytelling. She loves spending time with her crazy kids, weightlifting, ice cream, swoony heroes, and vodka martinis.
Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and a spoiled dog. You can find her at her website:
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