Review: Breaking Without You

Breaking Without You

Written by Carrie Ann Ryan

This story with have you in tears. Anyone who has lost a loved one or close friend to a sudden death should read this book It isn’t therapy but it does reach into the thoughts and actions of survivors.

Cameron Connolly and Violet Knight had both suffered the pains of life. He as a foster child until the Connolly’s had taken him in and she at the loss of him when he suddenly walked away with her heart and now a close friend to death. The last thing either expects is a second chance but life and fate hands you what you can handle – ready or not.

I cried from the beginning, though there is some laughter and loved watching the growing love between this couple as well the Connolly brothers who had some ground to make up too. While all worked toward healing, survival and love.

The healing touch of love is felt throughout this book, but the romance is steamy, the brothers are funny as well as jerks to each other and Violet and her friends are there for each other as only friends and sisters can be. If anyone can make you understand how to handle the heartbreak that life can hand you it is author Carrie Ann Ryan, with this amazing beginning to her new Fractured Connections series.

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Review: Ink by Numbers

Ink by Numbers

Author: Carrie Ann Ryan

Novella

May I say that I love the Montgomery clan, no matter what city they are in and can I find a “Brushes With Lushes” class somewhere close by?

In this novella Kaylee Chambers is an artist, a business woman and a big disappointment to her mother. She divorced a cheating husband and she is … OMG … working with her hands. How terrible! She will stick to art and friendship, so why does Landon keep tugging at her heart.

Landon knows numbers and he knows families can be a pain, but the one thing he finally comes to realize is that Kaylee is the one for him. She might not have been ready when they first met but he’s hoping that somehow she would come to him and feel the same love.

Ink by Numbers is a novella that will grab you by the heart as you watch these two dance around one another until they realize friendship is good but Love is so much better. Carrie Ann Ryan knows how to give her readers a sweet yet very steamy romance that leaves us with the warm fuzzies. Cannot wait for the next offering of this talented writer.

Review: Jagged Ink by author Carrie Ann Ryan

Jagged Ink

 

By Carrie Ann Ryan

In Jagged Ink, author Carrie Ann Ryan, reminds her readers that sometimes happily ever after is hard work. The fairy tale offered by many authors is a fantastic escape, but Ms. Ryan hits us with real life.

This is a bit of a reverse read. The fairy tale starts with the couple, Roxie and Carter, as a married couple who expected to exchange their vows and move on in a haze of perfection. Life got in the way and this book hit every emotional soft spot possible.

Jagged Ink also gives a lot of really good advice on marriage. It really takes communication and love. I have to admit that there were a few times I wanted to yell at them to sit down and talk! So much should have been said but in Roxie’s case, I can understand her internalizing her thoughts and fears. Sorry, but you will have to read to find out why she feels what she does.

Ms. Ryan has an amazing talent for knowing what people think and feel and putting on paper all the fears, anger and misunderstandings and bring about a true HEA.

 

Review: Ashes to Ink

ashes to ink

By Carrie Ann Ryan

ASHES TO INK had me in tears a number of times. Abby had lost the “love of her life” but had her daughter to care for. Now living in Colorado Springs next to the Montgomery family she is starting over.

Ryan is the new tattoo artist but he has secrets he is trying to keep to himself. He has a twin, who is a mess and causes him troubles every once in awhile. But he isn’t ready to talk about him or the problems he has caused. Until Abby … until the brother threatens the one woman Ryan is starting to feel close to.

Friends to lovers is always a great read and ASHES TO INK is filled with this emotional driven scenario. Abby has her child and thought she lost her heart until Ryan and when she thinks she can move on, still with a piece of her heart belonging to the father of her child, the brother makes Ryan feel he doesn’t deserve her. This is where I had a problem with this book. Ryan had tried to help the brother but to no avail. To my mind, if you have done all you can to help someone, for your own sanity, ties must be cut. Tough love is tough.

I have to say this one really tugged at my heartstrings, with loss of love, fear of the future, worry about the past – all things that friends and lovers are suppose to help you with and the Montgomery clan is amazingly helpful in all the books that Ms. Ryan gives us.

Just a note of warning . . . keep the tissues handy, but know this is another keeper.

Review: Whiskey Undone

Whiskey Undone (Whiskey and Lies Book 3) by [Ryan, Carrie Ann]

By Carrie Ann Ryan

A fantastic page turner that you do not want to miss.

Loch Collin just wants to raise his precious daughter, be near his family and his best friend Ainsley Harris and keep his past at bay. Unfortunately pasts always find a way of coming back to haunt people and his put not just himself and his baby girl in danger but his biggest weakness also gets caught up in it all.

Ainsley has been by Loch’s side helping him and being a friend but she has secretly been in love with him, but knowing her friend so well any change in their status will have to come from him. Finally he comes to his senses and realizes that being in love with his best friend can be a good thing. Or can it?

So many secrets, so much danger and so much love will have you reading and turning pages as quickly as possible then you’ll want to do it all over again. The characters are believable, especially with the bickering brothers, glares from mom and the adorable little daughter, Misty. And good Lord can author Carrie Ann Ryan make her bad guys really horribly bad.

This is the third and final offering in in Ms. Ryan’s “Whiskey and Lies” series. It is a standalone so you need not read the other two but … why wouldn’t you! All three are amazing reads.

 

 

Review: Cooper’s Charm by Lori Foster

Cooper's Charm

Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko

Phoenix and Coop are an amazing couple, both getting over painful memories – his to his heart and her is more physical – to learn to trust and love. His young wife was killed in a hold up and Phoenix was attacked by two men in her shop. So both have escaped from the world as best they could but now it’s time to come back and they find they can do that together.

Author Lori Foster has the ability to make all her people come life in her books and even the bad guys are realistic. The characters living and working on the campgrounds are varied personalities, lovable with interesting quirks and fun to watch as they deal with day-to-day living.

I have noticed in a number of books that there is a main romance and a secondary one and that is the case with Cooper’s Charm. Phoenix’s sister Ridley arrives and having suffered a confidence busting divorce. Her romance with the scuba instructor Baxter is a interesting one that will have you cheering at the end when they kind of get back at the ex in a way.

If you love light hearted camaraderie, sweet yet steamy romance, a protective man and a woman learning to be strong again, and people you just want to be around then get your hands on Cooper’s Charm.

Review: Strength Enduring

Strength Enduring

 

Review: Strength Enduring

Carrie Ann Ryan

I thoroughly enjoyed this return to author Carrie Ann Ryan’s Talon Pack. The characters, the action, the secret that almost destroys a family, and add to that a mated pair that one mate wants to deny – for her safety, of course, it all rolls into an amazing read.

Kam Brentwood is an enforcer, he knows how to defeat the enemy, he’s tough, he’s fierce, but when it comes to one little human woman, he turns into an idiot with his foot in his mouth constantly. Dhanielle Coburn is the human who is hired to teach the children of the pack, after being fired from her human school because of her friendship with the pack members, she begins to feel closer to the pack members. Too bad Kam is such an idiot.

They are just starting to get some communication going when they are forced into a “mating” to prove that she hadn’t been kidnapped and held by the pack members. The action is due in part to a secret that happened at her birth, one she doesn’t know anything about and the shenanigans of the packs enemy, Blade, who is still determined to rule all packs. Fate has a way of doing what she wants and watching the couple struggle with the truth that they are meant to be together. It is a really good look at communication, right and wrong ways to work things out and gaining trust through secrets and setbacks on an emotional level.

I enjoy this series and can’t wait to see is next in this author’s wicked mind.

Review: Inked Nights

InInked Nightsked Nights: 1001 Dark Nights series – Carrie Ann Ryan

reviewed by Annetta Sweetko

Derek Hawkins and Olivia Madison have spent four years meeting once a month, known only to each other by their first initial. No other information is allowed. Everything seems just fine until D doesn’t want to be D anymore, he wants to be Derek and he wants to share his growing feelings for O. Olivia’s past just won’t let her go, won’t let her fall for Derek, won’t let her tell him the truth.

Wow! If you have read any of author Carrie Ann Ryan’s Montgomery books then you have met Derek who works as a tattoo artist for Austin Montgomery. I was hoping for his book and this one is perfect for him. Olivia is a woman who had a traumatic event in her life and seemed to be only living a half life, holding herself back. So the once a month anonymous affair was perfect. Derek felt otherwise and for awhile I worried that his heart would get broken, but I should have known Ms. Ryan would make it all work out.

Interesting set up, wonderful dialogue, steamy that will have you fanning yourself, yet there is a sweetness that will have you sighing. Another great offering from this author.

Whiskey Reveals

 

By Carrie Ann Ryan        Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko

WHISKEY REVEALS will not let you put it down!!

I love this quaint homey little town and the family is amazing. The romance between Fox and Melody might have started out as a once and done but that isn’t what fate wants to offer them. She came to town to settle down, become a dance teacher and try to live with the past that haunts her. A past that cost her a dance career as a ballerina. But it was the friends she went to Juilliard School of Performing Arts with that in one drunken night lost that haunts her the most. Then a stalker, who knows her past won’t let her move on, but seems determined to make her pay, comes out of the woodwork and Melody has only one person to turn to. Fox – the one man who will do whatever he must to protect her.

I enjoyed following along as this couple, who managed to do things a little backwards, begin to learn about each other and fall in love. The sexual tension between these two is, of course, off the charts as author Carrie Ann Ryan loves to give her readers. But I found the sweetness of them getting to know each other and learn to trust what really drew me into the storyline.

If you want sweet and steamy romance, with hints of danger, family and friends in the feel of a small town then get your hands on WHISKEY REVEAL right away!