Ryder "Playboy" King is what everyone calls me, in and out of the octagon. I'm fine with being known as a Playboy. I've turned it into an art form. A big smile, charm, and a little flattery - and my needs are easily met. Besides, giving a shit can get a man hurt - I'd rather get in and out in one piece.
Enter Tessa Jameson. One fiery lust filled moment with her is not enough. If anything, it leaves me wanting more, but she's not interested. Me? I know I've met my match - I want more. She thinks men only want sex. I'm determined to prove her wrong. But it isn't easy. The closer I get, the more I want.
Lust, is the act of taking. Love, is the act of giving. Can I continue to give and not take? Can two bruised people long committed to a lust-filled life be willing to change - to love? Will lust just be another beatable opponent? I think so.
Until I'm knocked to my knees with a blow I never see coming.
This book is a standalone novel in the Deadly Sins Series - but listening to them together does add more to the story.
Warning: This novel touches on themes of abuse and suicide that may be deemed triggers to some listeners. Intended for listeners 18 and over.
©2016 Jennifer Miller (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
After the heartbreaking Prologue that shaped Ryder's future you can understand (as Chapter 1 starts with the handsome drool worthy Playboy waking up next to two women) just how he's managing to cope after that fateful life altering night years ago. Now he's strictly a roguish once and done manwhore... and he doesn't ever plan to change. He's got the double whammy of jobs in his favor... a Fireman AND he's a successful MMA Fighter.
However, as Ryder's about to make his legendary moves on an unsuspecting beautiful redhead - it was him that was caught off guard by HER aloof nature, by HER sexual moves... and by HER clinical one and done attitude and he didn't like the feeling at all. Tessa is a Nurse but a horrific childhood has twisted her mind into thinking that she's not worthy of a loving relationship and all she can hope for are brief 'encounters' when her mental demons get too much for her to bear. However, it's an outlet that's about to backfire on her - because her latest hookup is sitting in an examination room waiting to be stitched up... and he's more than happy to see her again.
Ryder is prepared to turn over a new leaf for a relationship with Tessa but she's fighting their connection and the sizzling chemistry between them which brings out Ryder's sweet, thoughtful and tender side. But, just when he thought everything seemed to be going his way, Tessa did the unthinkable in an attempt to drive Ryder away. And, following her cruel actions, she unknowingly went on to devastate his world further by opening up her childhood wounds which revealed a hidden WTF twist that was so overwhelming Ryder's mind just couldn't process it.... and I never saw it coming either - and was just as shocked as Ryder. His sad and heartbreaking actions that followed were so moving.
These two well developed characters were so likeable, understandably damaged but nevertheless likeable, they were two survivors who used sex as a means to escape, the push/pull banter between them was fun and friendly, the sex was hot, Ryder's passionate pleas and promises were heartfelt, there was humor and a few interesting secondary characters too. The storyline took a heartbreaking darker turn while Tessa's past was revealed and touching scenes followed as Ryder tried to cope with the news - but on the whole the story was addictive, enjoyable, emotionally heartwarming and yet heartbreaking at times too. Dual POV's, an easy standalone beautiful love story that builds, shatters then is pieced back together again stronger than ever. Good narration.
Worth a credit? Yes this was a great listen but beware... read the Publisher's warning at the bottom of the Review for possible triggers.
Speechless!! The definition of true fear that turns into FATE, Fait(h)
Badly bruised, nearly broken! YOU CAN LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN, OR to feel what real love is! A beautiful fairytale out of a dark life.... The happiest of people are the ones who know pain
this book touches on serious topics but dies tastefully and with the respect it needs well written great dialogue dam great book
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