Saturday, December 14, 2013

REVIEW: Raising Ryann by Alyssa Rae Taylor

Raising Ryann (Bad Boy Reformed, #1)

BLURB: Twenty-year-old Reese Johnson can finally leave her troublesome past behind. She enters college with her best friend, Gia, and spends her time doing what she loves—working as a self-defense instructor at a local gym. Then Luke Ryann enters the picture. He’s the tall, dark, and tattooed MMA fighter her boss hires to privately train her. One minute, he captivates her with his piercing brown eyes and boyish dimples. The next, he infuriates her with his relentless banter and cocky bad boy behavior. He’s the last thing she wants or needs, and she never expects to fall in love with him. 

Luke’s jaded past has him keeping a safe distance. Despite what he feels, some things are better left alone. He has a dangerous secret—one that has the potential to risk their lives. As he fights the attraction between them, can he resist the growing tension and protect the woman he’ll never be able to have? 

Recommended for mature audiences due to situations of abuse, violence, strong language and sexual content.

Raising Ryann, the first book in the Bad Boy Reformed series, isn't just a story about first love. It's filled with action, suspense, mystery, and a touch of humor

My Review


Okay now that I got that out of the way..Their was so much tension, sexual and otherwise between these two! I wanted to shake them, but I loved every minute of it! A-N-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-I-O-N! 

Reese has had a rough life, her mom was always parading men in and out of their lives. Her father was absent. Not to mention what the book first opens with gives us a glimpse at her past. Now 20 she teaches self defense to young girls. I love that she does this. I like how she didn't let her past shape her negatively instead she uses it to empower her, to learn how to protect herself and then uses that knowledge to teach others to do the same.

Luke. Oh, Luke. I love that he is a MMA fighter. I mean who doesn't like t

hat? But what I like most about him isn't his MMA status or even his looks. It is how protective he is over Reese. How he respects her, even though at times I wish he would have disrespected her if you catch my drift ;)
But seriously his self control is pretty amazing. Luke hasn't had an easy life either. He's been in enough trouble to have a rap sheet, has a horrible family history, and is still battling his demons. Aside from all that he seems pretty laid back. He is kind and he is just a guy trying to do the right thing.

The tension between these two about killed me! I couldn't help screaming ¨Kiss her! Kiss her!¨ in my head over and over. 
¨A girl can only be rejected so many times, before it starts to wear her down. Really Luke, I get it. It just hurts.¨

But as expected they both can't fight things any longer. While it seems crazy that they would, he has his reasons. Both of their pasts are horrible and painful but I think together they can begin to heal one another. But we were sadly left with a cliffhanger. While it is not a bad one, it still makes me want to stomp my foot and whine until I have the next book! 
While it has some heavy parts it is a fairly easy read and aside from the dark parts is light. It also isn't one of those books that has you freaking out and trying to piece things together either. It flows really well. If you haven't met Reese and Luke yet, then I suggest you do.

¨I'm in love with you.... Can't you see that? I live and breathe you. I bleed you.¨

5 Stars! 


About the Author: 

Alyssa Rae Taylor I'm a mother of three, wife of one and caregiver to two English Bulldogs. I spend most my time taking care of my children or watching Sam & Dean Winchester, fight off scary creatures on the WB. 

I'm also a big reader, and tend to prefer books that tug at my emotions. I'm a sucker for any love story that includes bad boys, alpha males, fighters, rockers, and tattoos. I also enjoy an angsty read, and am not a fan of the instalove type romance.

The first time I picked up a pen and started writing, I couldn't stop, which leads to the publishing of my first novel Raising Ryann, coming out August 2013.

I live in Phoenix Arizona with my husband, our three daughters, two English Bulldogs, two Holland Lops bunnies, & a Beta fish. 

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