Series: Wild #2
Published on March 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
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Sometimes doing the wrong thing feels so right...
I'm a player. I'm an asshole. I'm someone you should stay away from.
I have demons.
I've made mistakes.
And the biggest can't be taken back.
I've gone to hell and back in twenty-nine years and I'm only now coming to terms with moving forward, righting my wrongs, and making amends. Except not everyone deserves forgiveness. Sometimes the damage done is beyond repair.
Everyday is exactly the same. I focus on the pain, in the quest to feel and forget, but I remember everything. When I close my eyes the darkness encroaches and some days it feels like the things that kill me are the things that make me feel alive.
*Ridge, like Wild, is a standalone.
Reading Wild first will provide some back story, but is not required to read Ridge
Ridge Wild is a mess. He’s been having a relationship with his brother’s ex-fiancé for far too long and it’s eating him up inside. After Lane found out and the engagement was called off, Ridge and Mia have continued to be with each other. This book begins with Ridge deciding he is going to end things with Mia even though he knows he will never be able to replace what he has with her.
The guilt. The pain. The regret. The shame. It was threatening to suffocate me.
Ridge had a great childhood until both his parent died pretty close together, leaving him lost and drifting apart from Lane. He’s dying for that close family connection to his brother again and that’s ultimately why he ends things with Mia. It’s not long before Ridge’s old habits of binge drinking; smoking, and sleeping around are back in full force. He’s determined to do whatever he has to to get Mia out of his head and move on. Deciding he might need something a little different, he looks for a new girl to be that distraction. That’s where Amy comes it. She’s sweet, understanding, and falls hard and fast for Ridge regardless of how he treats her, which is usually like shit.
How was it that I was okay to fuck my brother’s fiancé, yet leaving her – being with someone else – I felt so fucking dirty? That was how twisted up my head was. That was how fucked over Mia made me.
The whole time Ridge is with Amy it is painfully obvious that he isn’t really IN IT with her. He goes through the motions for a while, and then he’s a complete asshole, and then repeat. I actually felt pretty bad for how he treated Amy, but she was also way too understanding, much more that I’d be. Of course Mia isn’t out of the picture and when they bump into each other the feelings and chemistry they have with each other are undeniable. He wants her back but the reasons for him breaking it off are still the same.
How could we ever expect to have a future when our past was so fucked up?
I liked Ridge’s story. Even though he really is an asshole and does some horrible things, I could understand why certain things in his past made him how he is. As more was revealed I could see how pain and trauma cut him deeper and ate him up, he wasn’t able to bounce back the way his brother did. Although most of his actions are inexcusable, I never hated him for the things he did. I ultimately wanted him to be happy.
There are definitely some hot scenes in this book with Ridge being on the darker, kinky side of things. He likes it rough and painful, he’s very intense! Which is another reason why Mia was so perfect for him. Speaking of sex, there is some (view spoiler)in this book but it wasn’t an issue for me because it’s very clear who Ridge should be with, it is by no means a love triangle whatsoever.
Ridge was a relatively short, entertaining read. I can’t say I was completely consumed by Ridge’s story, but it did keep me interested. I liked the darkness of the book and how much Ridge ended up facing and having to overcome. I’m looking forward to checking out the next book in the series about Slade, Lane’s best friend. There is a little bit hinted at in this book that piqued by interest just enough.
“We don’t have to fix each other. We don’t need to. You’re not perfect, and I’m not perfect, but we’re perfect together. It was never about fixing you; it was always about loving you.”
-I did not read book #1 and was completely fine, so I definitely agree with the disclaimer that these can be read as stand alones.
“I miss this.” She groaned and then ran a hand down the front of my pants and pressed against my erection. I sucked in a quick breath and clutched at her waist.
“I miss that too,” I grunted as she worked the zipper down on my pants and then palmed the searing hot flesh of my cock. “Fuck, My.” I threw an arm over my eyes and thrust my eager hips into her small palm.
“I want to get lost in you.”
“Fuck, I want that too.” I groaned again as she started to tighten her fist, push and pull, flick her thumb over the tip and back down again.
“Do you want me?” She caught my ear between her teeth.
“Always,” I whispered through clenched teeth as my other hand fisted at the mattress. I was losing it. I hadn’t gotten off since the night I’d blown in my jeans when she rode me shamelessly. And before that it’d been with Amy.
“Stop holding back.” She positioned herself over top of me and rubbed her cotton-covered pussy against my dick. A low moan escaped my throat as I twisted at the sheets. “Come on, Ridge, take me like you want to, like you’ve been begging to. Ravage me.” She leaned down and whispered in my ear, “Make it hurt.”
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Wild (Wild #1)
Slade (Wild #3)
Behind every beautiful thing, there is some kind of pain…
Always overlooked. Always just there. That’s what Dillon was to me.
Until one night.
In one night she flipped my world on its axis and there’s no going back. But she has secrets, and secrets fester like an open wound. They color the past and forecast the future, but I’m determined to open her up; free her from her memories so she can live in the light and have the life she deserves.
It’s just too bad that she wants nothing to do with me. But I’m nothing if not persistent and I’m not a man that gives up without a fight. I’ve had a taste and there’s no walking away.
I just have to convince her that I’m not what she fears, I’m what she wants.
Slade, like Wild and Ridge, is a standalone.
Reading Wild and Ridge first will provide some back story, but is not required to read Slade.