Surprise from Lexi Ryan!

Lexi Ryan has a surprise! 

FREE introductory novella to the upcoming release SOMETHING RECKLESS

**Author’s Note: This is a free introduction to the full-length romance novel SOMETHING RECKLESS, coming December 22nd!**

“You need a good guy. A long-term guy. One who does dates and romance and emotional strings…I’m just an asshole who wants to tie you up, make you come, and walk away.”

Samuel Bradshaw is a man with a reputation—the kind of reputation that should have me running the other way. Instead, it has me searching for the shortest distance to his bed. I won’t be the starry-eyed girl who thinks she can change a man like Sam, and despite what he thinks, forever is not what I need. I need the things he makes me feel, the way he turns me on, and the promise of pleasure in his eyes. This promises to be SOMETHING WILD.

Excerpt from SOMETHING WILD by Lexi Ryan
© 2014 by Lexi Ryan

Sneaking into this room seemed like a great idea when I was on the dance floor with him, his hard body pressed into mine, but alone in the quiet conference room, I’m pretty sure this could be the most reckless thing I’ve ever done.

What if someone catches us in here? Hell, what if he doesn’t come? What if he does? I’ve thrown myself at Sam before, and it didn’t end well. He has no idea how hard I took his rejection, or the decisions I made after I left his room that night.

I should leave. I should . . .

The door clicks and then Sam steps inside, his eyes raking over me. 

“Hey,” I whisper. “You came.”

He closes the door behind himself, turns the lock, then stalks toward me.

Thank you! the girlie bits shout. Stupid brain upstairs was about to ruin everything!

“Are you sure you want to do this?” His voice is a low rumble that I swear I can feel right between my legs. 

Hell yes, I want to do this. 

But I also don’t. Because Sam’s no longer some unrequited crush. He’s a friend. And if this goes to hell, it’ll make my life exponentially more awkward.

“We need rules,” I say quickly. 

He takes another step closer. And another. Until I’m looking at his chest, smelling his aftershave. He tilts my chin up with his index finger then traces my lips with his thumb. “Hold that thought?”

I nod, nearly breathless at nothing but the touch of his thumb skimming my lips.

“I need to do this first.” He cups my jaw in his big hand and brushes his lips over mine. My lips part in surprise at the gesture that’s almost . . . sweet. He deepens the kiss, slanting his mouth over mine and sliding his tongue inside.

He tastes like beer, and I want to get drunk on this kiss—to overindulge until I can’t see straight, to imbibe until sobriety is a distant memory.

This is how kisses should be. I love the way his hand slides into my hair as he samples my lips, love how his kiss manages to be simultaneously gentle and demanding. It’s the kind of kiss that makes your toes curl, the kind worth remembering in five years when you’re lonely and bored and wondering if kissing had ever been so sweet.

When he pulls back, his eyes are hooded, darker. Sexy as sin. “Now, what were you saying?”

I have no idea. “Ru . . . rules?” I manage.

“Ah, yes. Well, I’ve never done well with rules, but tell me yours and I’ll see what I can do.”

I take a breath and try to figure out a rule that isn’t just Kiss me like that every time, or Please don’t make me fall for you.

“You keep looking at me like that,” he warns, “and I’m going to kiss you again, and we may never get to discuss these rules of yours.”

Right. “We can’t tell anyone,” I say. Cally and my sisters will try to make more of this than the one-night stand I know it to be.

His expression shifts and becomes unreadable. “Okay. What else?”

“This doesn’t change anything between us. We’re friends.” Something in my chest objects to that rule. It feels like a betrayal. But I want to say it before he does. I have to.

“Sex changes everything, Liz. That’s half the fun.”

“It doesn’t have to. I want us to still be friends after tonight.”

“Oh, we can be friends.” His breath ruffles my hair as he skims his fingertips down my bare arms, sending delicious shivers through my body that land low in my belly and turn my insides to goo. “But it’ll be different.”

“How so?”“We won’t be able to look at each other without remembering what it was like. And if I have my way—” He dips his head to my ear and tugs the lobe between his teeth. A shudder rocks through me. “—every time you look at me, your panties will go damp as you remember what I did to you.”

Sam Bradshaw and his sister's friend Liz Thompson share an attraction that has been boiling under the surface for years.They have a history that hurt them both. But now she is making it known that she still wants him.

One night they come together but set rules ahead of time to keep it from becoming more. But both never expected to be so tempted. He always said he did not want strings. And he has some secrets and personal issues going on. There is drama under the surface, fear, mistrust, and mixed feelings. But due to circumstances, communication, and timing, it is complicated. 

And then flash to a couple years later we see things are completely different. There must have been some good drama that changed everything...But what??? I have to know what happened! This was just a short novella introduction into Sam and Lizzy's history, but it totally got me interested. Sam and Lizzy have some amazing chemistry. The story will be continued in Something Reckless and Something Real and I can't wait to read more about Sam and Lizzy's complicated dance around lust and love.

Sam and Liz have both been introduced as side characters throughout the books in Lexi Ryan’s New Hope world. Sam and Liz have known each other since childhood, as Liz is friends with one of Sam's sisters. But the attraction that bubbles between them is a magnetic pull that causes more problems than it resolves. 

He doesn't want strings, and she is the kind of girl that only wants strings. One night between them with the promise of nothing more shocks both of them with the consequences. 

The only real reason I can’t give this 4.5 or 5 stars is that I have a hard time handing that rating to something that takes me an hour to read. Novellas are great for introducing characters, and Something Wild is a perfect example of that.

Just from this brief introduction, I am guessing this is going to be yet another series by Lexi Ryan that I will devour and wait patiently (or as patiently as possible) for the conclusion to arrive. For now, this first look at their shared history is enough that I am immediately reaching for Something Reckless to continue their story.

The Reckless and Real Series Includes:

Book 1: SOMETHING WILD (Liz and Sam’s story begins - FREE novella)
Book 2: SOMETHING RECKLESS (Liz and Sam’s story continues)
Book 3: SOMETHING REAL (Liz and Sam’s story concludes, coming March 2015)

Something Reckless
(Reckless and Real #2)
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Expected release: December 22, 2014
Pre-order/Buy: Amazon//Amazon UK/iBooks

He talks dirty to me, but I don’t know his name.

He wants to tie me up, but I don’t know his face.

He turns me on, but I couldn’t point him out in a crowd.

I’ve fallen for an anonymous stranger, and tonight the anonymity ends. Tonight I want more than typed secrets and texted promises. I want something reckless. Heat. Passion. The thrill of being entirely possessed.

Because I suspect this anonymous stranger isn’t a stranger at all.

Lizzy Thompson met riverrat69 online through Something Real, a service promising to deliver meaningful relationships by forbidding its users to share names or photos until they’ve reached a certain benchmark. She was looking for love. He was researching an investment. They hit it off. Talked and flirted, hid behind screen names and cartoon avatars.

Now they’re breaking the rules and meeting in person. But Liz is prepared. She’s picked up hints and followed clues.

She’s ninety-percent convinced she’s discovered the identity of her dirty-talking online friend.

She wonders if her ex-lover Sam Bradshaw knows her identity too.

When she rolls the dice on one reckless night, her chance at something real could crumble.

Something Real
(Reckless and Real #3)
Expected March 2015
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

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