BXTCHES Gotta Warn: Okay, BXTCHES, if you read book #1 (Raising Ryann) then you know that you were left on a cliffhanger. If you haven’t yet read that book, then you now know that it left us all hanging. You should know what I’m gonna say next. Yes, that’s right, YOU MUST FIRST READ BOOK #1, BEFORE YOU TAKE ON RESISTING RYANN. You will be very confused if you do not heed my warning. Hell, I read the first book and even I was somewhat bewildered with this one.
Like book #1, Resisting Ryann will be told through both Luke and Reese’s POV.
When Raising Ryann left us, we didn’t know much of what was going on. What we did know was this: After Reese finds a letter that basically leads her to believe that Luke is headed to Brazil to fight again, Luke goes with it and lets her believe that, that is in fact what is going on. As the reader, we know that it’s not the truth, even though we’re not sure what the actual truth is. What we do know is not only is Reese’s father, Andrew, involved, but so is Luke’s dad, Glenn.
So, I’m gonna give you a rundown, but I’m also most likely going to really confuse you. All I will say is hang on tight, it is a weird”ish” ride.
From the very beginning of Resisting Ryann, we know that Luke is working with his father, who is all the way illegal. If you remember from the first book, you know that Luke does not have a good relationship with his dad. In fact, even to say that their relationship is broken, is being kind. Now, we also find out pretty early on that Luke is working almost undercover, while keeping in contact with Reese’s father. I say almost undercover because not only is Luke not any part of law enforcement, but Reese’s father is no longer involved in law enforcement (he was at one time). Of course, Glenn has no idea that Luke is working behind his back, while he may very well be suspicious, he’s not convinced.
This time without Luke is very difficult for Reese. Because of a letter she has received from Luke, she believes that they are over and she has begun to seek a friendship with Sean, the neighbor. It’s tough for Reese because Luke is the first one she’s loved and it doesn’t help that her mom has moved across the country and her BFF/roommate is in love with Luke’s best friend. All around a very heartbreaking time for Reese.
That’s it, that’s all I can give you. Mainly because I wouldn’t even know how to put the majority of this book into words. It’s hard to really understand what is going on with Luke’s dad. You know he’s working with him, but the why’s behind it are a little convoluted. Obviously, they are on the wrong side of the law, but I never really understood why his dad needed him in particular. But that may be a question that is answered in the final book. As a reader it was frustrating. I personally prefer (for the most part) for a book to be told from both POV’s, and in Resisting Ryann, it was necessary. But knowing both perspectives sometimes made you want to scream. Especially because of the hurt that both Reese and Luke were suffering from.
The secondary cast definitely added more than Raising Ryann did. The characters that are involved with Luke’s dad can be baffling, but only because there is no introduction, they are just there, so you just have to go with it. In Raising Ryann, the focus was on Luke and Reese’s foundation, not so much the characters that surround them, in Resisting Ryann, it’s more important to lean on the supporting cast because for the majority of the book, Luke and Reese are separated. But overall, the addition and focus on the extra characters definitely will keep the reader engaged.
Ahhh, the sex. Once again, it’s really all about the sexual tension that the author brings to Resisting Ryann. Reese was a virgin when we left her in book #1 and SPOILER ALERT: she will be a virgin when you leave her here as well. Even though there is not actual intercourse happening here, there is a little sexual action and it is very well done. What it really is doing, is hiking up the anticipation level for when they finally give into one another, because let’s face, it must be coming, right?
Now, as strange as this book was, it kept me turning the page. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did Raising Ryann and I think that I will enjoy Breaking Ryann (book #3) more. But of course, Resisting Ryann is a necessary evil of sorts. It’s the glue that will put the pieces of the puzzle together, well, at least I hope so.