Author: E. L. Todd
Publisher/Year: CreateSpace Publishing 5/23/17
Length: 187 Pages
Series: Ray #6
She picked him.
Because I waited too long to get my shit together.
This is all my fault.
I need to get out of here. I need to start over.
I need to get over her.
So I’m moving back to New York.
I’m going back to my old ways. Lots of sex. Lots of alcohol. Lots of fun.
Until I meet Austen.
Ryker has turned into one of my favorite characters ever and it’s great that he’s getting his own story now – even if it takes us across the country and back to New York. He tried to be the good guy with Rae now that they were on better terms, tried to be what she needed and then watched her go back to Zeke and sitting around seeing that every day wasn’t an option. So here we are, back home in NYC where he’s trying to put his life back together.
Ryker goes through the motions here, hanging out with friends, getting back into things, but he still has these intense feeling for Rae that won’t go away. His experience with her means that he’s never going to be in another relationship like that again since he thinks that he messed it up and therefore doesn’t deserve happiness.
It’s not until he’s out with a friend who shockingly has a hot sister that we see Ryker’s hard shell melt. He still has his walls up, but what she wants is what he wants and that means that means that no one will get hurt.
In walks Austen, Liam’s sister and a girl who knows. what she wants in life. She’s strong, independent, a nerd and really attractive. she lost the love of her life because he cheated on her when they were engaged, and the her was her best friend which makes things even more painful. There’s no room for emotions and love in her life now and letting her attraction to Ryker play out in a friends with benefits sort of thing makes all the sense in the world.
We all know that it’s impossible to have a long term fling not. turn into something, so it’s really just a matter of time to see who will cave first and what it will mean to their dynamic. They both start to come to the realization that there’s something more there, but are both afraid to bring it up since they agree to the terms of what they are to each other, and perhaps what happens makes it too late.
Their pasts come to the present and haunt them and make things dicey. Austen sees a text from Rae at night and begins to question what she feels and knows. Ryker knows that Austen’s ex Nathan has been sniffing around and when he walks in on them kissing, that pushes things too far.
Just when admissions were to be made, all things fall apart and now there’s a larger rift and distrust than ever before. I think i need to read on to see how this will fix itself because both of our main characters deserve love and it seems like they’re the ones stopping it. Enjoy!