Liz and Sam’s story’s conclusion–finally!
Reckless & Real #2
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.
Finally we have the conclusion to Liz and Sam’s story! It was worth the wait (easy to say that now, once it’s here and I’ve finished it–back in December it felt like March was never coming! ;))
Something Real is definitely not a standalone–you need to have read Something Reckless and read it recently enough that the major points are still fresh in your memory before tackling this one.
Having read book one, you would probably guess that Sam and Liz’s HEA isn’t going to be achieved easily–and ohmygoodness, you’d be right. Toward the end I began to be afraid that there’d be a book 3, but fortunately Ms. Ryan managed to pull together a conclusion and spared me a lot of grief. Things happen pretty fast at the end–it was a tad bit rushed and I would have liked to have seen more Sam and Liz time since they spend a huge chunk of the book not together, but ultimately I was happy with how it came out. At least one of their hookups before that point, though, seemed like an unhealthy risk.
Hot as all get out, of course, but a huge risk that I wasn’t convinced they should have taken…but hey, it all worked out in the end. Thank goodness 🙂
Once again, I didn’t see the surprise twists coming. Well played, Ms. Ryan!
Liz’s sisters play a significant role in this one, inspiring me to pick up the omnibus versions of Callie and Maggie’s stories Splintered Hearts: The New Hope Trilogy and Hanna’s story Here and Now: Complete Series just after I’d finished this book. Nix’s story is coming next–can’t wait!
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
DON’T start with book 2! If you haven’t read book 1 yet (I reviewed it here)–here’s the links and info!
Reckless & Real #1
Adult Contemporary Romance
Release: December 22, 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.
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.