Saturday, July 19, 2014

Christie's Review: Ricochet by Skye Jordan


Title: Ricochet
Series: Renegades #3
Author: Skye Jordan
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

After a tragic incident in Afghanistan leaves Master Sergeant Nathan Ryker the only man standing in his tight-knit team, he spirals into an alcohol-and-sex induced escape. A call from his lifelong buddy pulls Ryker from the shadows with a request for help with his stunt company’s latest blockbuster. If Ryker can survive the next three weeks of leave and get back to his remaining men, he might just be all right. But a sexy woman who can take his mind off his trauma is too hard to resist, and when he hooks up with Renegades’ sultry, snarky office manager, his sanity takes a backseat to the first glimpse of a future he isn’t sure he deserves.

Still reeling from a bitter romantic betrayal, Rachel Hart wants nothing more than an uncomplicated hookup. So when the mysterious Nathan seduces her with a little dirty talk and one delicious kiss, Rachel drowns all her good sense in a Mandarin and soda and gives herself over to a night of sexual bliss. But her memories tarnish in the morning light when Rachel discovers his real identity and his link to Renegades. Her job and her friends are the only thing holding her life together, and she won’t be ruined by one sultry night with this damaged and dangerously sexy man.

Ricochet is an insanely hot book that's sure to get your heart pumping and your blood pressure rising. It turns up in the heat-in a good way, of course. It's been a while since I read the first book in the series but this book almost immediately sent me back to that place of pure book excitement that I felt before. Skye Jordan has a special talent for writing highly erotic books that have more than just simply sex. This book has multilayered relatable characters and a story that is sure to grab your attention. I couldn't get enough of this couple. Ryker was one badass, special ops, dominant yet vulnerable man. And Rachel-sassy, tough yet sweet, and intelligent. They're great as individuals, but together they are perfection. Her sarcastic humor and take no bullshit attitude is refreshing and comfortable to him and something in her eyes tells him she’s dealing with some harsh realities from her past as well. When sparks fly, and the dust settles, will they have the determination to beat the odds against them?

Ryker is home on leave and he's called to help consult for the Renegades on a big explosion they have planned. Rachel is the sweet yet strong secretary who keeps everyone and everything organized and running smoothly. She's recovering from a huge betrayal. He's recovering from a traumatic experience overseas that changed his life forever. They're not in a very stable place in their life and not looking for romance or emotional connections. He uses sex to bury his overwhelming feelings of guilt and stress. She isn't a one night stand kind of girl. But maybe she could make this exception...just this once. This stranger she runs into in the airport bar is hot and edgy and she'll never see him again. What could be the harm?

Maybe it would be the fact that she will actually see him again. Daily. And the temptation he offers is too much for a girl like her to refuse for long and stay sane. And he's pretty much in the same place. He's done flashy and temporary women in the past, but the flash and burn wear off, and pretty soon, he's sinking back into flashbacks and nightmares. But Rachel has a calming effect on him that lasts way past all their scorching hot sexual encounters.

His insides warmed. Every pain in his body disappeared. Every shadow vanished. She chased all his demons away, and for a moment, he found relief.

Ryker had to finally face his fear: confronting and accepting his past trauma.

Rachel had to move on from the betrayal that's still affecting her.

Will these two find the courage to put their heart on the line?

This book gets an enthusiastic recommendation from me. The steam was unimaginably good! And the humor, the great alphas blowing things up, the tantalizing story with the perfect ending-I am now officially hooked. What more could you ask for?


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