Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tour Stop: RAISING RYANN by Alyssa Rae Taylor ~ Review/Giveaway

Title: Raising Ryann
Author: Alyssa Rae Taylor
Hosted by: Shh Mom's Reading

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.

About the author...
I'm a mother of three, wife of one and caregiver to two English Bulldogs. I spend most my time taking care of my children or watching Sam & Dean Winchester, fight off scary creatures on the WB.

I'm also a big reader, and tend to prefer books that tug at my emotions. I'm a sucker for any love story that includes bad boys, alpha males, fighters, rockers, and tattoos. I also enjoy an angsty read, and am not a fan of the instalove type romance.

The first time I picked up a pen and started writing, I couldn't stop, which leads to the publishing of my first novel Raising Ryann, coming out August 2013.

I live in Phoenix Arizona with my husband, our three daughters, two English Bulldogs, two Holland Lops bunnies, & a Beta fish

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We first meet Reese when she is fourteen and has something horrific happen to her, only to be saved by the boy that lives next door. She doesn't know his name but is grateful for that night that he interfered and saved her, twice. 

Luke, his POV is given to us in Chapter One and I am swooning. MMA fighter, big, tattooed and he has a head of unruly hair. I love this kind of character. I'm instantly drawn to Luke, he's kind and very protective of Reese. 

Luke is hired at the gym that Reese teaches self defense at and what she doesn't remember is that it is his foster parents that own the gym. 
Luke looks a lot different since they last saw each other. It's not until they have a conversation that Reese realizes that Luke is the man in her dreams, the one that saved her on that dark night all those years ago. 

They fight the connection that keeps drawing them to each other. The tension is building and Luke finds it hard to deny his feelings, Reese on the other hand is getting mixed signals and takes his mood as not interested. 

The end of this story is a cliffhanger, and a Hell of a surprise. I can't wait to read the next installment in this story. I really liked how Reese was written. I love the strong, self assured female lead. Luke harbors a secret and this secret may be just the thing to tear them apart forever. 

For the first book from this author it is very well written, I'm really looking forward to more Reese and Luke. I give this book 4 Stars! 


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  1. really want to read this book. it looks so sexy

  2. Can't wait to read the book. Thanks for awesome giveaway

  3. This book looks awesome. I need to put it on my TBR list.

  4. Just put on TBR sounds like a good one! Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Thanks for the great giveaway chance! I entered here at the Winding Stairs Book Blog.

  6. Thanks for sharing your 4 star review and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book evamillien at gmail dot com