SOMETHING RECKLESS (Reckless and Real, #1)
Adult Contemporary Romance
Release: December 22, 2014
He talks dirty to me, but I don’t know his name.
He wants to tie me up, but I don’t know his face.
He turns me on, but I couldn’t point him out in a crowd.
I’ve fallen for an anonymous stranger, and tonight the anonymity ends. Tonight I want more than typed secrets and texted promises. I want something reckless. Heat. Passion. The thrill of being entirely possessed.
Because I suspect this anonymous stranger isn’t a stranger at all.
Lizzy Thompson met riverrat69 online through Something Real, a service promising to deliver meaningful relationships by forbidding its users to share names or photos until they’ve reached a certain benchmark. She was looking for love. He was researching an investment. They hit it off. Talked and flirted, hid behind screen names and cartoon avatars.
Now they’re breaking the rules and meeting in person. But Liz is prepared. She’s picked up hints and followed clues.
She’s ninety-percent convinced she’s discovered the identity of her dirty-talking online friend.
She wonders if her ex-lover Sam Bradshaw knows her identity too.
When she rolls the dice on one reckless night, her chance at something real could crumble.
“You look amazing in this dress. I’ve been pretending all night that there’s something I want to do more than get you out of it.”
“What would you do with me if you got so lucky?”
“I’d keep you up all night, for starters.” He slides a hand into my hair and traces the side of my neck with his thumb. His groan rumbles through me. “Tell me what you came here for.”
I thought that was pretty clear. “I’m wearing extremely slutty underwear. What do you think?”
His nostrils flare and his breathing goes thready. “I think I’m going to have to up my game, because now I want to see it.”
I have to bite back a smile. “Good,” I say. My heart thumps out a beat, probably Morse code for please and thank you.
“How slutty is this underwear of yours?”
I lick my lips. “Oh, it’s damn near whorish.”
“Let me see it, Liz.”
I lift my chin and prop my hands on my hips. “Seriously? That’s all the seduction I get? Let me see it?”
He steps closer until I have to crane my neck to look at him, and holy hell he smells good. “What game are we playing here, Rowdy?” he murmurs against my ear. “Is this the one where we pretend we don’t want each other and sleep alone . . .” His fingers skim down my shoulder and my eyes float closed. “Or is it the one where I make you come so hard you scream my name and tomorrow you act like you want nothing to do with me?”
“Are those my only choices?” I ask, but I keep my eyes closed, focusing on the feel of his rough fingers dancing across my skin. The truth is, I don’t want to play either game. I’m done playing games when it comes to Sam. I’m done pretending I don’t want him when I do, and I’m done pretending our annual one-night stand is enough for me.
“Tell me you aren’t going to run away in the morning. Promise me you won’t shut me out again.”
I don’t know what that means, and I’m too scared to analyze it. My eyes are still closed when he takes my chin in his fingers and tilts my face up to his, still closed when he brushes his lips over mine and when I open under him because I’m helpless to this man’s kiss.
“Promise me,” he repeats.
“I won’t run away.” Then I unzip my dress and let it fall to the floor in a puddle, and my boldness is rewarded. Sam’s lips part and his breath escapes him in a rush.
He steps back and takes me in. The bra is strapless, black lace demi-cups that lift my breasts until they threaten to spill out. The panties—what there is of them—are a thong in matching black lace. Their fine lace straps sit in a sharp V high on my hipbones.
A ringlet of hair escaped my up-do, and he takes it between his fingers and twirls it around. I deserve a medal for not melting right here at his feet.
He hooks his index finger under the black bow between my bra cups. “Did you wear this for me?” His voice is a husky whisper that I can’t deny.
His fingers skim my belly, trace over my hip, following the lace of my thong behind me to where the straps meet at the small of my back. My breath catches as he takes the fabric path over the curve of my tailbone and down, his fingers bringing every nerve ending to life as they pass. Electric pleasure whips through me.
“Fourteen months since I’ve touched you,” he says. “Fourteen months since I’ve gotten to hear the way you breathe when you’re turned on, since I’ve gotten to listen to you scream as I make you come. Tell me you haven’t thought about it.”
“I’d be lying.”
“Don’t lie,” he says, eyes hot and intense. “Just tell me you want me.”
©Lexi Ryan, 2014
Natalie’s 3.5 Star Review
I fell in love with the fictional town of New Hope and with Lexi Ryan after first visiting it in Unbreak Me. Lexi Ryan has a talent for creating well written and emotional stories filled with just the right amount of angst and passion. After reading the blurb for Something Reckless I was really excited to dive into this new series.
Liz is looking for love and that elusive ‘spark’, that will let her know she is with the right person. She wants a lasting relationship with someone she feels truly connected to. At one point in time she had wished that that person would be Sam, but after a few wedding hook-ups over the years that lead to nothing and what Lizzy refers to as her “Super Summer Screw Up” she has given up on the notion that she will be the one Sam falls for.
“I am such an embarrassing cliché, but I really wanted to be the one who changed him. Like in the movies where the girl’s hoo-ha is so spectacular, the player guy is blind to all other hoo-has after one taste of hers. I wanted to be the one with the magical hoo-ha”
So with nothing else to lose Liz decides to give “Something Real’, an on-line dating service a try. This service is just for residents of New Hope and is unique in that it doesn’t allow its users to share names or even pictures of themselves. While on the site she connects with riverrat69 and what starts off as a friendly relationship soon evolves into some seriously sexy text messages. From the tone of the texts and some of the things that riverrat69 writes, Liz has a feeling this stranger may indeed be Sam. Now she just needs to work up the courage to confront him on it.
Sam has a reputation in New Hopes as your typical “no strings attached” kind of guy and while he has never disputed this claim he is finding himself thinking more and more about and wanting that one person to settle down with and have a family. He thought that maybe Lizzy could be that person to him but after mistakes were made he just can’t seem to find a way to make it work.
“My attraction to her skates on a line between want and need. Want is a thing you can control. Want you can deny. I hope to never need a woman the way I feel like I need her tonight. Need makes me weak. “
I really enjoyed both characters. Liz was funny, often hiding behind snarky comments so her friends and family dont see how truly lonely she is. There were moments where I laughed out loud but also moments were I felt for her and wanted her to find a way to be with Sam. Liz may have used some poor judgement at times and maybe didnt communicate as much as she should have but sometimes love and wanting to be loved makes you do stupid things. As for Sam, I feel like we just skimmed the surface of his past and that he has a lot more story to tell in the next book.
There was also lot of outside involvement and pressure from friends and family keeping Liz and Sam apart, not to mention their own miscommunications and misunderstandings. So, while I enjoyed the story there were moments of frustration for me. I just wanted to yell at Sam and Liz to talk already and work it out. That however, probably wouldn’t make for a very exciting story.
There were also several characters from the Here and Now series who make an appearance in Something Reckless, which generally I would love but since I hadn’t read that series I did feel as if I was missing out on some backstory. It didnt stop me from reading but it did make me feel a bit left out. I would also recommend that you read Something Wild (Reckless and Real, #0.5), first as it will give you insight into Sam and Liz’ history.
Overall I enjoy the book and I especially loved that twist at the end. It leaves a lot of promise for some yummy drama in the next book.
Adult Contemporary Romance
FREE introductory novella to the SOMETHING RECKLESS
“You need a good guy. A long-term guy. One who does dates and romance and emotional strings…I’m just an asshole who wants to tie you up, make you come, and walk away.”
Samuel Bradshaw is a man with a reputation—the kind of reputation that should have me running the other way. Instead, it has me searching for the shortest distance to his bed. I won’t be the starry-eyed girl who thinks she can change a man like Sam, and despite what he thinks, forever is not what I need. I need the things he makes me feel, the way he turns me on, and the promise of pleasure in his eyes. This promises to be SOMETHING WILD.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.