Thursday, March 19, 2015

Book Tour for Reckless Love by Kendall Ryan (Review)

As a reader obsessed with hard fighting heroes I found myself drawn to Reckless Love by Kendall Ryan, the second installment in the Hard to Love series.  I'm thrilled to bring you a tantalizing taste of this sensual read, along with my impressions of it, and then make sure to add it to your bookshelf.....

One reckless fighter.
One night of passion she can't forget.
The battle for sex and love is fierce and unrelenting.
And love is about to knock him on his ass.


The worst part about training mode was the no-pussy rule.
My intense training schedule, brutal workouts, and strict diet were nothing compared to the hell of not being able to satisfy my needy cock. I had a fight in less than a week, which meant I wasn’t going to see any action anytime soon, and the beautiful girl bouncing before me pushed every button I had. Pornographic thoughts ripped through my brain, making it difficult to concentrate on anything but the pulse throbbing in my erection.
A one-way mirror in the office faced the gym’s solitary treadmill. I’d come in to grab a drink from the mini fridge and was in the office when MacKenzie arrived, so when she jumped on the treadmill for her morning run, I figured I might as well sit for a minute and take in the view. But it was such a fucking cocktease, I wanted to punch someone.
Her body was a twelve out of ten. My dick was telling me to pull her hot ass off the treadmill, take her in the shower, spread her legs, and give her the best fuck she’d ever had.
MacKenzie was a treat for all the senses. From the breathy gasps of exertion pushing past her parted lips, to the rhythmic way her tits bounced, and the delectable feminine scent of deodorant and sweat I could smell whenever I was stupid enough to wander near her.
Though it wasn’t just about her fantastic tits and perfect ass. She had those in spades, but there was more to her. I could see it in her now. When most people went for a run, their faces relaxed and their eyes became unfocused as they zoned out. Their body might be running, but their mind was somewhere else as they bobbed along to their music.
When Kenzie ran, it wasn’t just her body in motion. Behind her gentle expression was a sense of determination. Initially I thought she was running away from something, but there was no fear in her eyes, only clarity of purpose. No, she wasn’t running from anything, she was running toward something.
Strength and determination in a woman were sexy as hell. I added those attributes to the list of things I liked about this girl, as if there weren’t enough already. I loved watching her push forward. Her confidence and her zing, combined with her…
Well, combined with her amazing tits. Perky and palm-sized, they were perfect. I couldn’t stop watching them bounce as she ran, the same way they would bounce if she rode me. Who invented one-way mirrors? I could fucking kiss them.
But I’d had my chance with her, and I screwed it up. Now she wouldn’t give me the time of day.
So this was all I could do—sit and watch from afar. Or nearby, now that she worked at the gym I trained in every single day. I should have switched gyms when she started working here, but all my fights were set up through the owner, Chris. Besides, Chris had worked hard to get me where I was today. Leaving him now that I was finally on the verge of breaking through would be a dick move.
So I was stuck. Who could dream up a more frustrating hell?



Readers who like their romances full of sexual tension will get all that and more in this sensual MMA-themed story of two people drawn to each other who fight their attraction every step of the way.  Though it's the follow-up to Ms. Ryan's Hard to Love it's easy to jump right into the action and crackling connection between fighter Ian and nurse Mackenzie.  Theirs is a journey that's both frustrating yet engaging as they're both likable with actions that are understandable despite your frustration.  By the end of the story you're left exhausted yet satisfied having gone though this romantic tug of war.

Ian is on the verge of making it big, if only he can keep focused on his fighting.  He's a determined man with rules that he always abides by as he's prepping for a fight.  He doesn't drink, doesn't eat anything unhealthy, and refrains from sex.  These rules were always easy until he met Mackenzie, then it was endless frustration for him trying to keep his hands off her.  When she starts dating the gym's owner his frustration grows and you can practically feel him vibrating with jealousy.  Through it all though I adored Ian.  He's strong and sexy but with a heart of gold.  He wants only the best for Mackenzie and sees his breaking into the big leagues as a way to get her the best.  He's a hard working man and I was rooting for him every step of the way, both in love and in war.

Mackenzie is a likable heroine who's experienced a lot of loss in life which has left her heart bruised and full of self-doubt.  From the moment she meets Ian their connection is electric.  When he rebuffs her though she's crushed and thinks it's because of her.  Her low self-esteem saddened me but understandable considering her past.  From then on their interactions teemed with sexual tension as they danced around each other in a sensual battle that frustrated me at times.  Misunderstandings are the core of their issues and simply talking would've had them getting vertical much sooner.  Her choice to date someone else was yet another poor choice that did nothing to alleviate her attraction to Ian, and in fact amped up the sexual tension.  Despite all this, I still enjoyed their interactions as they were intense on every level.

From start to finish the flow of this story kept me fully immersed in their sensual tug of war.  Their banter was rife with sexual tension too and kept me on edge waiting for them to give into each other.  Ian was a highlight for me with his cocky attitude and bad boy thoughts and he's still showing up in my dreams.  Surrounding these two are characters from the previous book and others that weigh in on this battle making it even more enjoyable to watch.  Fans of sports-themed romances will enjoy the MMA scenes and lovers of romance will enjoy Ian and Mackenzie's sizzling connection in this winner from Ms. Ryan

My rating for this is a B+

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Hard To Love
Cade’s always taken risks…
Cade takes cares of his sick younger sister by doing what he does best--cage fighting and starring in adult movies, his newest harebrained moneymaking scheme designed to pay for his sister’s growing medical bills. But when his latest gig finds him admitted to the ER sporting an erection from hell, thanks to the little pill given to him by the director, he can’t get the pretty little nurse who treated him out of his head, even though he knows she’s so far out of his league it should be illegal.
Alexa’s always played it safe…
Tired of being pigeonholed as the sweet, innocent one, hardworking nursing student Alexa has been looking for ways to break out of her Goody Two-shoes image. When her friend suggests the outlandish idea of losing her virginity to the sexy and sure-to-be-skilled porn star, Alexa is mortified. But then when Cade refuses her proposition, she finds herself pissed off and embarrassed. When she tracks him down to give him a piece of her mind, she isn’t prepared for what she finds. Watching him care for his little sister tugs at her heart, and suddenly it’s no longer just about losing her virginity, but about helping Cade. Because Lord help her, she might actually be falling for a porn star…



Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.
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