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.
This story is about Reese and Luke. Once upon a time they were neighbors. Luke briefly lived across the street where Pam and Jim were his foster parents. Reese was saddled with an abusive father and a mother that had a pension for men that liked to slap her around. By chance, Luke rescues Reese twice from the abuse of her father and, later from a fate much worse, at the hands of her mother’s one time boyfriend. Luke, however has some very heart braking secrets from a horrible childhood that eventually come back to haunt him. Fast forward 6 years and they are reunited when Luke gives up his professional MMA career to live a slower life out of the limelight. He is teamed up with Reese who teaches self-defense to young girls, at Pam and Jim’s gym and the sparks fly!
What I love love loved about this book was the insane sexual chemistry and build up to them finally getting it on. The entire first part of the book is of Luke and Reese trying to fight off this lust that they have for one another and let me tell you, it steams up the pages! These two have a good reason to fight it off, unlike some other stories where the characters are just big wussies that don’t want to get their hearts broken. Their past interactions have impacted them in monumental ways, but Reese was too young to realize that Luke was her savior, and Luke knowing who she is, tries to be respectful by keeping his mouth shut about who he is, and how he knows her former neighbors/bosses. However, Reese soon figures out who he is and patiently sits back waiting for him to crack and admit their connection, which leads to some serious angst and core tingling interactions.
These two are a hot mess though, Reese has never dated, and is a self-defense instructor and waitress that lives in a dump of an apartment, and Luke is a man whore who has never had more then meaningless sex, so when they cut the crap and try to have a relationship it takes some work. The book is left in the dreaded cliffhanger after Luke’s criminal father comes back into the picture, and Luke leaves Reese for a fighting gig in Brazil…or does he?
I can’t wait for the next book to come out. I very much recommend this to read. The only reason that I didn’t give it 5 Olives is because while I loved the characters and the story, I just didn’t get that impulsive need to keep reading. It sucked me in, but it didn’t eat me alive.
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