BXTCHES Gotta Warn: I actually read this book for the first time back in 2013, so this was a re-read for me. I enjoyed it back then and I must say, that I did enjoy the second time around. This book will leave you on a cliffhanger, but no worries, book #2 has long been out so you can continue where this one leaves off. But for those of you who detest books that leave you on a cliffhanger, I’m not too sure what to say. Is the read worth the hang? Yes. But, I will leave it up to you.
This book will be told through the POV’s of both Luke and Reese.
Raising Ryann will begin 6 years earlier and I’m just going to cut to it because it’s somewhat confusing. Luke lives across the street from Reese and there is a 5 year age difference between the two of them. Now, Luke is actually living with foster parents, Pam and Jim, and this is his second time to be placed in their home. Reese lives with her mom, her parents are divorced because of her abusive father. Raising Ryann kicks off with Reese being dropped off at home where her mother’s boyfriend is. A boyfriend who happens to creep the hell out of Reese. While I’m sure you can guess what happens next, I’ll go ahead an lay it out for you. The boyfriend attacks and attempts to rape Reese, who is only 14 at the time. Luke is across the street, hears her screams, and saves her.
Fast forward 6 years and Luke is a MMA fighter and Reese is a college student teaching self-defense classes at a gym owned by Pam and Jim (Luke’s foster parents). All is going well for Reese. She lives on her own, albeit in a crappy apartment, but it’s hers, she loves teaching self-defense to young girls, she has a wonderful BFF, Gia, she just hasn’t been bitten by the love bug yet. Luke is getting ready to retire from fighting and has agreed to join the team in the gym ran by his foster parents. He of course knows who Reese is and that she works at the gym, once she sets her eyes on him, she senses familiarity, she just can’t place him.
In the beginning, Luke refers to Reese as “kid”, which doesn’t necessarily set well with her, especially since Luke is the first member of the opposite sex that has ever made the loins quiver. With a little help from Gia, Reese ditches the baggy clothes and dons outfits a bit more curve hugging, which does the trick with Luke. They spark a friendship and Luke continues his obligatory protectiveness over Reese. Of course, once she figures out who she is, it takes a bit for her to come around and accept Luke’s protectiveness.
It’s going to take a while for Luke to succumb to the way that he is feeling for Reese. And it shouldn’t be any secret that he and Reese get together and make a go at having a relationship.
I did enjoy this story. In fact, I think that Luke and Reese have wonderful chemistry. The difficult thing about Raising Ryann is this, since it’s a book that will be continued, it leaves a lot of unanswered and even confusing issues, which sometimes makes for a more complicated story than I’m sure is intended. Having said that, I do believe it’s worth the read.
The supporting cast in Raising Ryann are good, and while they are a necessity to the story, they’re not going to leave you with a lot of “ooh, I wonder what happened to. . .?” So, while they add a particular layer to a somewhat complicated story, they are not as intense as you would find in some books, but Luke and Reese come with their own intenseness, so it may not be required.
I know what you’re thinking, a hot MMA fighter, a woman who has gone through a lot, to only come out on the other side stronger. The sex between the two must be setting the sheets on fire. Well, you would be wrong. The only sexual happenings in Raising Ryann, is the tension. Now, having said that, I can say with certainty, that the tension is strong and the tension is thick. Reese has yet to turn in her V-Card, which is the culprit leading the tension charge and with hope, she will be changing her sexual status at some point during this series in what is promising to be quite explosive.
Raising Ryann is a good book, but like I mentioned there are a lot of unanswered questions that may affect its appeal. I have read the second book (although I am about to re-read) and from what I can remember, the unanswered question issue doesn’t really get solved. But, the book is well written, Luke and Reese have tremendous chemistry and they have some depth to them. This BXTCH thinks that this read is worth it and says to go for it.