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Raising Ryann (Bad Boy Reformed 1) by [Taylor, Alyssa Rae]
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I totally didn't expect that ending but boy oh boy am I excited, happy, giddy, and I could go on and on but I'll spare you. Raising Ryann was a 5 star read for me! The author did a brilliant job. It was very well written that as a reader I felt the emotions the characters did. 
★ ★ ★ ★ ★  - Kim Person

Everything about this story captured my attention. I fell in love from the very first page! Reese's character was one of the things I liked, she never let anything hold her back. Luke was such a protector you wouldn't have believed a bad boy could be so sweet. I'm really looking forward to reading book 2!! If I could give this book 100 stars I would! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - Aj's Bootylicious Book Reviews
I absolutely LOVED this book. I read it in one sitting and I was left wanting more. I look forward to reading the rest of this series and getting more of LUKE RYANN. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - Naughty and Nice Book Blog

From the Author

"Just so you know, when we train together..."leaning in, he whispers against my ear, "I'm the one in control."

Product Details

  • File Size: 2358 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Alyssa Rae Taylor; 3 edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ECN3JU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At first, when I was offered this book for the blog tour I was skeptical because the plot sounded too much like other books I have read. I mean, we have a tattooed bad boy who participated in MMA and a fragile college freshman who had a traumatic life experience when she was younger; that experience altered her view of life and men. However, while my original skepticism was close to correct, there were nuances about this book that pleased me and set this book apart from the rest.

Luke Ryann is a bad boy with a tender heart. He had a rough childhood with a dad who beat him and his mother. He was put through the foster child system where he encountered endless people that couldn't give two s***s about him. That is until he met Pam, she was the foster mother that showed him how to love. Because of that love, he was able to extract the good things out of life. Even though he was a MMA fighter, he did good things with his money. He even left the fight scene to pursue a slower, more relaxed life. One that he could be proud of. I liked Luke for the most part. He was cocky and witty, which I find endearing; however, after a while his cocky attitude got on my nerves. There were times when I really just wanted him to be hit by a bus, but I quickly changed my tune when he did something really sweet. I think that his character could have been polished just a bit and his change from cocky MMA fighter to sweet loveable man could have progressed quicker than it did.

Reese Johnson is cautious, she doesn't want to draw attention to herself, and she has no trust when it comes to men. Of course, she has a good reason. She was almost sexually assaulted by her mother's boyfriend.
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I have been seeing this book getting some good hype and being that I love my fighter bad boys (Remy and Travis anyone?) I wanted to dive right in. This story is told in alternating POV between 20-year-old Reese and 25-year-old Luke Ryann.

Reese knows Luke from her childhood when on more than one occasion he was her savoir, once from an abusive father and then again from one of her Mom's boyfriends. Luke was a foster kid that her neighbors had taken in and loved as if he were their own. After one fateful night when he saves her from being raped she never sees him again, and the kicker? She never did get his name in all that time.

6 years later we are introduced to Luke again only this time he is a retired championship MMA fighter looking to better himself in life now that he has some money. He is going back to school, not drinking anymore and helping his former foster parents whom he has never lost touch with.

Reese is in school and on her own, working two jobs and just happy to be taking care of herself. Reese is working at the gym that her former neighbors own as a self-defense instructor. She has a lot of confidence in herself and also pride. She doesn't want a hand out and she also doesn't want any guy. She has grown up with no interest in the opposite sex and is not easily flustered by them. Of course that is until a new instructor enters the gym, Luke Ryann, and she first worries he is there to take her job and then she starts to wonder why he seems so familiar.

Reese's character was fun to read and easy to love. Her upbringing didn't bring her down, instead she rose above all the drama and became a wonderful young woman trying to help other girls protect and empower themselves.
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Great beginning, mediocre middle and compelling end. Overall, just ok. The story leaves you hanging at the very end but the book just dragged to get to that point. I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen and the last few pages it did. I think more of whatever happens in the sequel should have been in this book. I honestly don't know if I will read the 2nd book.
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Can you ever have too many tattooed bad boys? Nope. Never. Good answer. Throw in a confident, strong, funny female lead and you have yourself the perfect combination.

Reese. She is such a strong character. I love when the female is written to be strong, confident and hard working. She had a troubled past, with an event that if it had been successful would have been more than most could handle. She took the fear from that event and turned it into something positive. She now teaches young girls self defence. I have so much respect for that. She does play a few games when it comes to Luke, but they were completely understandable. He was completely giving mixed signals for a while, and to be honest I think I would have handled the situation exactly the same.

Luke. Wow. Luke is the perfect combination of bad boy and sweet romantic. Once he gives in to the feelings that he has for Reese it is all systems go. But, I think my favorite characteristic for Luke is that he is 100% an alpha character, however he allows Reese to be her own person. When there are events that require her to stand up for herself, he stays to the side and allows her to handle it. He is of course there if the situation goes South, but he lets her fight her own battles. I really like that. He is strong, supportive, sweet and caring. However, he isn't an open book, so there is a lot to learn about him and his past. He slowly starts to give information, but as the story goes you see just how much more there is learn about him. He holds on to a lot of secrets.

I really enjoyed these two together. They are playful and fun. The banter is witty and it kept me smiling throughout the story. And their sexual chemistry? Off the charts. The pages practically sizzle.
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