Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Raising Ryann by Alyssa Rae Taylor ~ Review


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.


Reese has been in love with Luke Ryann since she could remember. Every night when she closes her eyes, he floods her dreams. Luke was always there when Reese needed him growing up, but as the two got older, Luke moved away to pursue his career. Even though Luke was no longer her neighbor, he was never far from Reese’s thoughts. He has always held her heart since she was a teenager. Luke just didn’t know it.

After years of being on the road as a MMA fighter, Luke Ryann decides it is time to come home. When he returns, he never expected to see how much Reese has changed. In his head, she was always the broken girl from across the street. He always looked after her, protected her. Luke always had a soft spot for Reese. Luke knew what it was like to be hurt, so he wanted to make sure that Reese wouldn’t endure the same pain he did. When Luke finally sees Reese, he can’t believe that she is the same girl he had left behind. Reese is now a beautiful mature women, not a scared little girl. Luke isn’t sure if Reese remembers him, so he doesn’t want to remind her of who he is. He is hoping that they can just work together and go on their merry way. Little does he know, Reese knows exactly who he is.

It is obvious that the two are attracted to each other. Luke tries to keep Reese at arms length, but at the same time, keep an eye on her. He feels as though she deserves better than what he has to offer. Reese is innocent and pure. Reese has other plans though. When push comes to shove, one of them is bound to give in. Will it be Reese, or will it be Luke? You can only fight what your heart wants for so long. Yes, our heads tell us to do one thing, but most of the time, the heart wins. The chemistry between Reese and Luke is evident. It is rather explosive to be honest with you. Can a relationship work between Reese and Luke? Will Luke be able to resist Reese? How long will Luke fight his attraction to Reese? You can only fight the inevitable for so long!

I absolutely LOVED this book. I read it in one sitting and I was left wanting more. I look forward to reading the rest of this series and getting more of LUKE RYANN.

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