SHE'S TAKING A WALK ON HIS WILD SIDE
Emma Rush can't remember a time when she didn't have a thing for Ryan Blake. Haven's resident bad boy is just so freakin' hot-with tattoos, a motorcycle, and enough rough-around-the-edges sexiness to melt all her self-control. Now that Emma's over being a "good girl," she needs a little help being naughty . . . and she knows just where to start.
Before Emma's brother enlisted in the military, he made Ryan promise that he would protect her from everything--including himself. When her brother doesn't come home, Ryan needs to turn his screwed-up life around to honor his pledge. But he knows he's still not the right kind of guy for someone as sweet as Emma. Only he can't stop wanting to be with her. Wanting her. Falling in love with a good girl may be the craziest risk this bad boy can take . . .
Long before landscaper Emma Rush's brother died in the service of his country, she felt a strong attraction to his best friend, Ryan Blake. Now Ryan has returned to Haven, N.C., as a partner in Off-the-Grid Adventures, and he seems ready to settle down after a decade away. Emma can't seem to get him out of her mind or her heart. Once she decides to liven up her dating life, Ryan has a hard time letting go of his promise to Emma's brother to protect her, but not date her. However, his resistance begins to crumble as he realizes that Emma has grown into a confident and creative woman. Their love story isn't particularly complicated or surprising, but readers will enjoy watching Lacey build compelling characters who speak like real people and interact with friends and family, rather than living in a "couple bubble." Lacey's small-town romance is a perfect weekend read.
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fun and sweet relationship with lots of heat
You know that taking a walk on the wild side by having a fling with the former bad you had a crush on for years is not going to go the way you plan. This is exactly what happens when Emma decides that Ryan is the perfect guy to fool around with, especially since she plans to leave town in a few months. Ryan on the other hand is no longer the bad boy of his youth and he promised Emma's late brother he would look after her and never touch her. They actually have a really fun and sweet relationship with lots of heat between them. They've both had extremely hard and sad moments in their lives, but that somehow makes them perfect for each other. They hit a few bumps on the road, mainly due to Ryan's stubbornness, but it all works out in the end. I love the circle of friends and can't wait for Mark's story - loved the sneak peek at the end of this book!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
CRAZY FOR YOU
An adorably hot couple, a group of friends and lots of laughs! Rachel Lacey has slayed the friends to lovers trope with this latest installment in her Risking It All series. I love this group of friends in general, but Emma and Ryan together just tore up the pages! STEAMY! Can’t wait for more out of Haven, NC!
Good girl Emma Rush has a hankering for a bad boy … and she knows just where to find one!
Ryan Blake is a bad boy personified! The sexy swagger, the no commitment attitude, the motorcycle, the tattoos … HOT! He came back to Haven, NC a few months ago to open up an outdoor sporting facility with his buddies Ethan and Mark. They are having the time of their lives getting this thing up and running, but being around Emma again after all these years is sweet torture! He was best friends with her brother back in high school and when he went off to join the military, he promised him he’d take care of her for him … that might have been a dozen years ago, and her brother might have never made it home, but Ryan still feels the weight of that promise to his core. He might want to get his hands on the sexy doll she’s become, but he can’t do that to his friend … it would be wrong … wouldn’t it??
Pesky Little Sister's HEA
Emma was the pesky little sister of Derek. Ryan and Derek were best friends with a penchant for thrill seeking. Emma always wanted to tag along, but the boys said no. After high school Derek enlisted with the dream of going to college after he finished his service. Ryan, always feeling restless, took off on his motorcycle across country in hopes of finding the little brother who was adopted after their mom overdosed. Ryan promised Derek to look after his sister AND not sleep with her....
Years later, Ryan returns to Haven to run an outdoor adventure business with his friends Mark and Ethan. Derek didn't make it back from war. Ryan also works part-time as a bartender. When Emma walks up to the bar, on a dare, he can't help but notice how she's grown up. Emma is all Ryan can fantasize about, but can't have. Emma enlists Ryan's help in becoming more "wild, sexy, adventurous". Ryan says yes, even though he knows nothing can come of a relationship between them.
As Ryan and Emma spend more time together, it becomes harder to deny their connection and love. Emma struggles with following her dream to earn a degree in landscape architecture, while Ryan struggles with a promise he made 10yrs ago to Derek. I loved how supportive Ryan is of Emma. He introduces her to new experiences and helps her tackle her fears to achieve her dreams. I love that Emma supported Ryan's quest to form a relationship with his brother Trent. This novel was sweet, sexy, and funny. I did want to smack Ryan over the head about his reluctance to pursue Emma due to honoring a promise. Otherwise, this was a truly enjoyable read! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.