Friday, August 9, 2013

Raising Ryann by Alyssa Rae Taylor ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


Twenty-year-old Reese Johnson can finally leave her troublesome past behind. She enters college with her best friend, Gia, and spends her time doing what she loves—working as a self-defense instructor at a local gym. Then Luke Ryann enters the picture. He’s the tall, dark, and tattooed MMA fighter her boss hires to privately train her. One minute, he captivates her with his piercing brown eyes and boyish dimples. The next, he infuriates her with his relentless banter and cocky bad boy behavior. He’s the last thing she wants or needs, and she never expects to fall in love with him.

Luke’s jaded past has him keeping a safe distance. Despite what he feels, some things are better left alone. He has a dangerous secret—one that has the potential to risk their lives. As he fights the attraction between them, can he resist the growing tension and protect the woman he’ll never be able to have?

Recommended for mature audiences due to situations of abuse, violence, strong language and sexual content.

Raising Ryann, the first book in the Bad Boy Reformed series, isn't just a story about first love. It's filled with action, suspense, mystery, and a touch of humor.


Reese has a past she's worked hard to overcome. While attending college she has made it her job to train others in self defense so they are more prepared than she was as a child. When her boss hires a new hot guy to train her in other forms of defense she is instantly captivated by his good looks and cocky attitude.

Luke remembers saving Reese as a kid. Little does he know she's all grown up now, so when he shows up to train her in martial arts he doesn't know how to keep her close and far away at the same time. The instant attraction is palpable but he must keep her at a distance because of his own dark past.

Let me start by saying I had really high hopes for loving this book. After reading the synopsis who doesn't get excited to read about a tatted up MMA Fighter?! Unfortunately, the story just fell a little short for me somehow. The whole way through the book I was just hoping ok this is the part where I'll get more, I just need a little more from each of the characters. Now that being said, the plus was there were a few twists in the story that made you think of the story as being unique. Also, Im looking forward to the next book because there was a big cliffhanger at the end, which means I will read the second book because I hate not knowing how the story ends.   

This was an okay read, I am really hoping in the next story each of the characters opens up more and we get more character development. With all of the drama going on it'll make the story much more enjoyable to read.

*Review by Lauren



I'm a mother of three, wife of one and caregiver to two English Bulldogs. I spend most my time taking care of my children or watching Sam & Dean Winchester, fight off scary creatures on the WB.

I'm also a big reader, and tend to prefer books that tug at my emotions. I'm a sucker for any love story that includes bad boys, alpha males, fighters, rockers, and tattoos. I also enjoy an angsty read, and am not a fan of the instalove type romance.

The first time I picked up a pen and started writing, I couldn't stop, which leads to the publishing of my first novel Raising Ryann, coming out August 2013.

I live in Phoenix Arizona with my husband, our three daughters, two English Bulldogs, two Holland Lops bunnies, & a Beta fish.

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