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Reviewed by Tracey Lou Parker for Kindle Friends Forever
Raising Ryann is the first book in the Bad Boy Reformed trilogy. We all love a bad boy turned good. A modern day love story that brings with it issues of childhood abuse which I thought the author handled with the sensitivity it deserved. In all honesty, I'm not a big fan of fighter books, but I needn't have worried as there was hardly any fighting action in this book.
The story revolves around two main characters.
Firstly, Luke Ryann, an MMA fighter who decides to give up the fighting, drinking and the women who continuously keep throwing themselves at him, just wants to get his act together and live his life. He is called upon to help out the foster parents who took him in after the death of his mother and the arrest of his father. Furthermore, he has never forgotten the girl next door, Reese Johnson.
Reese has endured an abusive childhood at the hands of her father. She works at the local gym teaching self-defence classes to children, and she also remembers the boy next door who saved her one night. Luke and Reese come together but it's all not plain sailing and life deals them some low blows. To help keep Reese safe, Luke has to make a decision that will change both their lives.
This is a classic love story that alternates between the past and present day. Unfortunately, I felt little lost and confused because I had to flick back to the previous page in the hope I hadn't missed anything. The two main protagonists come together through circumstance and a memory that will stay with them forever. This was a sweet love story but the beginning was a tad too slow for me. Despite this setback, there is a good cliff-hanger and my only hope is book two’s pace will pick up as I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens to these two lovely characters.
Now you know I'm gonna pick up a book with a MMA fighter in the synopsis, that's just a given! I was excited to start this one as I needed a good book to sink my teeth into.
Reese Johnson is a 20 year old college student with a good head on her shoulders. She lived through a childhood that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy but instead of being a victim she has turned her life around and is attending college and teaches self defence to young girls on the side. I really liked this aspect of Reese's character.
So a tall dark stranger appears at the gym who happens to be the new employee hired to work alongside Reese. Doesn't sound so bad if Reese could think straight when she is around him! Luke Ryann has had his fair share of family drama. He has a colourful past and it was MMA fighting that put him on the straight and narrow, allowing him to make a name for himself and make some money along the way.
So when Reese and Luke first meet there is a connection between them, although it takes Reese a while to realise that Luke is in fact no stranger to her. I liked their banter in the beginning, it was good to see Reese being a mouthy girl and putting Luke in his place no matter how big or powerful he was. And I loved that Luke gave as much back to Reese and making her blush at any opportunity.
I must say I did miss the MMA element as the beginning of the story Luke was actually retiring from the profession so there was no sweaty fights or Reese shouting for her man from the sidelines. I was expecting some of that action.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just finished this and about to download the next installment the story between Reese and Luke was great you will not be disappointedPublished on 3 Dec. 2014 by Fayet
Wow what a great start to the trilogy but what a way to leave it. I can't wait to read the 2nd book and hope that's not left with such a cliff hanger.Published on 19 Oct. 2014 by Debbie Towle
I have to say I had tears in my eyes at the Coldplay scene - of laughter. So funny and well-written. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2014 by Lizzie
What an amazing story, I loved everything and I want thank my friend for recommend it to me. I am starting to read the 2nd one straight way.Published on 16 Jun. 2014 by Kamila
Loved this book. Can't wait for the second one.
There is still so much more to find out about all the characters
I'd read some great reviews about this book and I sometimes wonder if I'll agree with them but on this occasion I did. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2014 by Rose Snowdon
I really liked the story and characters, as far as it went, unfortunately, it is definitely a cliff hanger, and the wait for the next book feels interminable. Read morePublished on 27 April 2014 by EM