Friday, March 13, 2015

Review: Something Real by Lexi Ryan

Series: Reckless & Real #2
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Ever After, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★ ½

After everything blew up on Christmas, Liz walked away from me, and I let her. She said she needed space and a chance to pursue her dreams. But we both knew she was running from the mess she made. Now the political campaign she used as an excuse to leave is bringing us back together and I’m proving to her what she really needs—not just the hot nights, greedy hands, and undeniable physical chemistry. What she really needs is something real. What she really needs…is me.

There is something about the way Ryan writes that turns me into this other person.  A person who tears up, who's heart beats rapidly, who's breath catches when she reads.  I'm not typically an emotional reader, yet Ryan's books get to me. Every. Damn. Time.

At the end of Something Reckless, Liz and Sam are both heartbroken.  Twisted circumstances and political games have laid ruin to the the shaky foundation their relationship was built on.  Five months later is where Something Real picks up.

Liz is just going through the motions of life's everyday tasks.  A husk of the woman she once was. She misses Sam, she longs for a life like her sisters all have - happy marriages and babies.  She could have that someday, with someone, but her heart won't move past the man who didn't trust her, didn't fight for, threw her away.

Sam is coming to terms with his unyielding feelings for Liz, with the blame he undeservedly threw at her, with his callous treatment of her, her feelings and her heart.  He'd do anything to have her back in his life but like every other time they've tried, a secret from the past threatens to ruin them all over again.

The first third of this book was a total emotional read for me.  I felt everything both Sam and Liz felt. Especially Liz.  But then they confront each other and something was missing for me. I got so angry that Sam didn't fight for Liz, that Liz didn't need him too.  I was irritated that they could risk heartache all over again with so little care to the fragility of Liz's heart.  I wanted to throat punch Sam and smack sense into Liz.

Those were not feelings that dissipated quickly.  I kept waiting for Liz to realize she deserved better...and she does eventually.  I kept waiting for Sam to step up to the plate and find a way to fix everything.  Sam lacked the conviction I needed from him, but I still love the guy for always trying to do the right thing, even when it's so completely misguided.

That's the only issue I had though, I just wanted more fight.  Other than that, Something Real delivered everything I've come to expect from Lexi Ryan. Drama, raw emotion, real characters and twists - so many good twists!

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