Friday, April 15, 2016

REVIEW TOUR.... Slow & Steady by Kendall Ryan

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When Greyson Archer tosses a twenty on the stage of a strip club, the last thing he expects to see are the haunted

Slow_amazongreen eyes staring back at him. Finley should be home raising her infant daughter and baking cookies, not tucking singles into her G-string and giving lap dances.

Greyson can't deny that he'd like his own private show, but there's not a chance in hell of that happening. The last time the former Navy SEAL saw her she was dressed in black, holding a folded flag and sobbing that it was all his fault... and he agreed with every single word. He couldn't do anything to help her then, but he can now.

Finley deserves better than this dingy club, and when an obsessed customer crosses the line, Greyson leads the rescue and will do whatever it takes to make amends for their broken past.

He never expected to want to settle down, but with Finley, everything is different. For the first time ever, he can breathe. But Greyson will have to fight for what he wants in order to keep the woman with the green eyes he's dreamed about so often.

Slow & Steady is book 2 in the Alphas Undone series, but can be read as a standalone novel, as it features a new couple.

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EXCERPT:
 It was nine o’clock on a Saturday night and I was totally out of my fucking element. A bottle of red wine tucked under one arm. A bouquet of wild flowers in the other. A condom tucked into my wallet, just in case. I was in foreign territory, and my entire body knew it – tense shoulders, my heart beating like a drum, and arousal barely contained beneath the surface. Finley was standing at the doorway, watching me with a confused expression. She looked gorgeous, makeup free, pink-painted toes, hair mussed and loose. Little cotton pajama shorts and a tank top that hugged her lush breasts. “Maple’s not here.” She said the words, but she knew as well as I did I wasn’t here for Maple. “I know that.” My voice was sure and confident. “Then why are you … oh.” Finley shifted her weight, her eyes dropping from mine as she saw the wine and flowers. She could read it all, plain as day. I knew she could see my intentions, my uncertainty, and underneath it all, my desire. Maybe it was the desire to fix everything I’d broken, or maybe it was just my desire for her as a man desires a woman. Normally when I felt that primal urge for sex, I headed to West’s bar. I’d pick out a woman for the night. Share a few drinks with her, a few laughs. Later, we’d head back to my place and fuck until dawn. And that was it. I’d be set for a few months. This … with the courting and the nerves … it was nothing like my standard operating procedure. I’d never felt so stripped bare and vulnerable. Never put myself out there so completely with a woman before. But then again, Finley was unlike any woman I'd ever met. And she was still just standing there. “Can I come inside?” I asked, heart in my throat. She didn't say anything. But she opened the door wider. With Nolan’s words ringing in my ears, I stepped over the threshold, sure that whatever happened tonight had the power to heal us both.    


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This Book Nerd Says: 

Slow and steady wins the race. 
A smooth read and sweet second chance story, Slow & Steady was a fantastic way to introduce myself to Kendall Ryan as an author. Greyson Archer kicks off the story with a phenomenal presence. His voice is strong and his character was solidly introduced making it easy to walk into this read as a standalone. 

Greyson is the type of alpha male character I appreciate. He isn't overbearing, possessive or temperamentally irrational. He is a mature man who carries the painful memories of loss into his present. His character is consistent and his actions always appropriate. 
And of course I can't ever resist a sweetheart of a man who falls in love with a child that's not his biologically. 

I'm going to say that Greyson is my favorite thing about this book (in case you couldn't tell or anything lol). 

The story moves along swiftly  but gives the relationship between Greyson and Finley room to grow appropriately. Some action along the way was a bit predictable was still pleasant to add some texture to the sweetness. 

Finley is a strong single mom who vows to take care of her daughter no matter the sacrifice or the struggle. Her history with Greyson makes her more than hesitant to take any of his help, and I honestly didn't blame her completely. Watching her finally give into the pull she feels toward Greyson is a relief however. 

I truly enjoyed this read and give it a whole hearted 3.5 Stars and recommendation for a sweet standalone with a tied up happily ever after. Plus we get a promising set up for the next story in the series. 
Check it out and let me know how you like it! 


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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.
Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras
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