Friday, April 15, 2016

Amie's Review of Slow & Steady by Kendall Ryan ~ BLOG TOUR ~




When Greyson Archer tosses a twenty on the stage of a strip club, the last thing he expects to see are the haunted

green eyes staring back at him. Finley should be home raising her infant daughter and baking cookies, not tucking singles into her G-string and giving lap dances.

Greyson can't deny that he'd like his own private show, but there's not a chance in hell of that happening. The last time the former Navy SEAL saw her she was dressed in black, holding a folded flag and sobbing that it was all his fault... and he agreed with every single word. He couldn't do anything to help her then, but he can now.

Finley deserves better than this dingy club, and when an obsessed customer crosses the line, Greyson leads the rescue and will do whatever it takes to make amends for their broken past.

He never expected to want to settle down, but with Finley, everything is different. For the first time ever, he can breathe. But Greyson will have to fight for what he wants in order to keep the woman with the green eyes he's dreamed about so often.

Slow & Steady is book 2 in the Alphas Undone series, but can be read as a standalone novel, as it features a new couple.



     It was nine o’clock on a Saturday night and I was totally out of my fucking element. A bottle of red wine tucked under one arm. A bouquet of wild flowers in the other. A condom tucked into my wallet, just in case. I was in foreign territory, and my entire body knew it – tense shoulders, my heart beating like a drum, and arousal barely contained beneath the surface. Finley was standing at the doorway, watching me with a confused expression. She looked gorgeous, makeup free, pink-painted toes, hair mussed and loose. Little cotton pajama shorts and a tank top that hugged her lush breasts. “Maple’s not here.” She said the words, but she knew as well as I did I wasn’t here for Maple. “I know that.” My voice was sure and confident. “Then why are you … oh.” Finley shifted her weight, her eyes dropping from mine as she saw the wine and flowers. She could read it all, plain as day. I knew she could see my intentions, my uncertainty, and underneath it all, my desire. Maybe it was the desire to fix everything I’d broken, or maybe it was just my desire for her as a man desires a woman. Normally when I felt that primal urge for sex, I headed to West’s bar. I’d pick out a woman for the night. Share a few drinks with her, a few laughs. Later, we’d head back to my place and fuck until dawn. And that was it. I’d be set for a few months. This … with the courting and the nerves … it was nothing like my standard operating procedure. I’d never felt so stripped bare and vulnerable. Never put myself out there so completely with a woman before. But then again, Finley was unlike any woman I'd ever met. And she was still just standing there. “Can I come inside?” I asked, heart in my throat. She didn't say anything. But she opened the door wider. With Nolan’s words ringing in my ears, I stepped over the threshold, sure that whatever happened tonight had the power to heal us both.




First I admit I have not read Bait & Switch - they are standalones in a series BUT I always kick myself when I do that - I am too OCD for that !! Anyhow - I didn't feel confused so it clearly can be read as a standalone. I do plan to read B&S now and to continue on with the series. At the end we get a bit of a clue of what will come next and it seems like it will be enjoyable as well. There were some timeline things for me in here that I had to re-read to make sure I knew where we were but for the most part I flew through smoothly and devoured this story in a matter of hours.  

This story is Finley's second chance at love yet it is not an easy journey. For her Greyson has always been related to the darkness in her life so having him now become the light is almost too much to handle.  Could you imagine being at a strip club and looking on stage to see someone you knew BUT had no clue worked there ?? OMG this is one of those moments that makes you wonder what exactly do you do or would you do !! Greyson simply thinks he can just walk in and take over as the protector and provider of Finley and Maple - too bad for him Finley has been on her own for 2 years and is extremely independent and determined to be on her own. Their connection is heartbreaking and they both still struggle with the loss and sadness daily. On top of that Greyson feels the guilt , he feels responsible for losing Marcus and 2 years ago Finley let him know she felt the same. So here they are now trying to find a common ground because Greyson wants to be there for them anyway he can. I do think there were parts that could have slowed down - more fishing trips , more dinners , more time spent hanging out and having fun. Maple had Greyson wrapped around her chubby little finger from the start and although there was a tension , a chemistry between Fin and Grey it did seem a little rushed. BUT then you add in some suspenseful drama and all that matters is the 3 of them getting back to each other and moving forward as a family. Loved the ending and seriously couldn't get enough of Grey and Maple !! Too sweet. 

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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

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