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Ryker (Steele Brothers #1) by [Douglas, Cheryl]
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Length: 268 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 2264 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014GAK1R6
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From the description, I was gung ho to read this book but after reading it I am only giving it 2.5 stars. Marriages are definitely hard work and come with ups and downs and this book showed what happened when a down came around and didn't go away. I can understand why the heroine, Mackenzie, did what she did. She felt she had not only lost herself by putting her family before herself but she also thought that her husband didn't want her anymore. There were missed dinners, little love notes that went unanswered or reciprocated, and other things that built until the culmination of six months of living as roommates instead of a married couple. Once the two of them split, to me she seemed the one who tried the hardest to find herself again and to grow from the decision she made. Yes she tried to lose weight but she also tried to grow in other ways by approaching a life coach who would meet with her to help her find herself again and show her she was making good choices plus how to learn more about herself. And I applauded her even as she struggled to hold her family together as much as she could.

What I didn't like was this. The one I saw the least amount of growth in was the hero, Ryker, throughout this story. He at first seemed shocked at the fact she felt this way and that she was asking for this break and even questioned why he hadn't questioned her about the rift between them before she demanded the separation. Over the course of their time apart, he had several people, including his MIL and his brother point things out to him about what couples do...flowers, notes, little texts about how they feel and miss them, etc...and yet he never once picked up and did any of them. He just seemed to keep repeating the phrase it wasn't him.
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Certainly realistic and maybe a little close to home for those of us who’ve been married for a very long time, the conflicts in Ryker are largely internal, and based on what happens when a couple stops making an effort to keep their relationship fresh and new.

Mac realizes her marriage isn’t working, not like it was, so she decides to separate. Honestly, it was a little tough to read about, and also tough to sympathize with her. I’m a big believer that divorce is a last resort and usually reserved for things like abuse or infidelity, not for “I don’t know if I love you enough any more” or “I need to find myself.” So, Mac wasn’t my favorite person at first and she felt a little selfish, which I couldn’t really identify with. Yeah, they had problems, but a separation seemed a little extreme. She was pretty “me” focused at first, and that may appeal to some folks, and yes it was good to see her find some satisfaction out of her life again, but I still kept thinking she could have done it without sacrificing her marriage. Still, as I watched Ryker get his wake up call, it may have been required to really make him see that things needed fixing. Both she and Ryker were completely devoted to family, though, and that link helped keep them working toward a way to rebuild their relationship.

Thankfully, over time, I grew a bit more attached to Mac and enjoyed reading about her and Ryker. Sometimes the plot was a little draggy, and there honestly wasn’t a ton of conflict, but I never wanted to stop reading. I needed to make sure this couple was going to make it! There are sexy parts, which were hot but not over the top erotic.
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Wow. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think about Ryker. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to enjoy this book. It revolves around two older characters, and I was unsure if I would be able to relate, as I am in my early twenties. I am very happy to say I was wrong. I loved this book. I devoured it within a day being unable to put it down.

Ryker is a wonderfully told story of reconnecting and rekindling love. The opening scene of the book sets the tone for the rest of the book and allows the author to take the reader on a slow journey of rediscovery for the characters. Although the timeline in the book is a little fast, in my opinion, the story is unfolded in a sweet and slow way. This story shows that no matter what your age is, there can be issues and insecurities in relationships. I think this was the area that I related to most. I have been in relationships and have had some of the same concerns that Mackenzie had. I think I related to her most because of this.

The characters, Ryker and Mackenzie, are written beautifully. Ryker is a man’s man with a tough exterior and has trouble showing emotions. Mackenzie is a woman who feels like she has lost direction in her life and feels she needs a big change. I think the author did an amazing job portraying each person’s feelings. This story is told from both Ryker and Mackenzie’s point of view, which gives the reader a better insight into how each person is thinking and feeling. I think this also allows the reader to be sympathetic to both characters.

I also loved the smaller characters. We were able to meet several other characters throughout the book who had their own thing going on. Sometimes these smaller plots can overshadow the main plot, but that wasn’t the case with this book.
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