Thursday, March 6, 2014

Book Review: Ridge (Wild #2) by Adriane Leigh

Well this wasn't what I expected. Not that I can even say what I thought I did expect, I just know this wasn't it. Ridge. We knew from Wild that he was a bit of a screw up. I mean, sleeping with your brother's fiance kind of makes you the king of douches. I guess I just didn't realize the magnitude of his douchebaggery. Ridge had a crappy past, starting when he and Lane lost their parents. From there he just continued to spiral downward. Juvie, theft, drugs...until he eventually got himself into rehab and straightened out. Now he is a successful restaurant owner, but his demons still rule him.

Ridge and Mia never set out to hurt Lane, they just couldn't help but love each other. But he wants his brother back and makes one of the biggest mistakes of his life to try and expunge the guilt. What follows is just one mistake after another as he sinks further into a black hole, dragging others down with him. He is beyond flawed, and while I really wanted to beat some sense into him, I also 100% loved him. Especially when he unleashes his kinky, dominant side with a penchant for pain. Hot. As. Hell.

I am not exaggerating when I say that I devoured this book in just a few hours. It was a roller coaster of a ride and Ridge was a train wreck that I couldn't pull myself away from. I needed to see how, if at all, he could dig himself out of the hole he got buried in. Its not a fluffy hearts and flowers kind of romance, but it is painfully good and I highly recommend it.

"Shut that pretty mouth of yours and let me fuck you."

"Come on, Ridge, tke me like you want to, like you've been begging to. Raveg Me. Make it hurt."

Marianna's Rating:

**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

"Hey.” She grabbed my chin and turned my eyes to hers. "I realized something about you long ago, Ridge Wild.”

"Oh yeah?” I tipped my head and smiled at her.

"Other than you have a smile that melts panties.” She smacked my cheek playfully.

"Other than that.”

"We don’t have to fix each other. We don’t need to. You’re not perfect, and I’m not perfect, but we’re perfect together. It was never about fixing you; it was always about loving you.” She dusted a kiss along the corner of my mouth.

My eyes danced around her dark features, soaking her up, before I pulled her in tighter to my body and planted a kiss on her lips.

I realized finding her, fighting for her, was about forgiveness, some twisted sense of retribution, coming to terms with our pasts and learning that they don’t define us, but only serve to shape us, make us who we are, make us better people.

As I looked at her, I realized I had two options. I could go back in the direction I’d come from, or I could go forward in the direction I wanted to go.

I was shit without her, but fortunately, when I was with her, she was my other half. My matching piece. My mirror image. My perfect opposite.

When I met her, I'd found me.

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Title: Ridge
Series:  Wild #2
Author: Adriane Leigh
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Book Blurb:
Sometimes doing the wrong thing feels so right...

I'm a player. I'm an asshole. I'm someone you should stay away from.

I have demons.
I've made mistakes.
And the biggest can't be taken back.

I've gone to hell and back in twenty-nine years and I'm only now coming to terms with moving forward, righting my wrongs, and making amends. Except not everyone deserves forgiveness. Sometimes the damage done is beyond repair.
Everyday is exactly the same. I focus on the pain, in the quest to feel and forget, but I remember everything. When I close my eyes the darkness encroaches and some days it feels like the things that kill me are the things that make me feel alive.

*Ridge, like Wild, is a standalone. Reading Wild first will provide some back story, but is not required to read Ridge.


About the Author
Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore.
She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.

Adriane is married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, plays mama to two sweet baby girls, and is a voracious reader and knitter.

Twitter: @AdrianeLeigh

Book #1
Marianna's Review

Coming Soon - Book #3

Behind every beautiful thing, there is some kind of pain...

Always overlooked. Always just there. That's what Dillon was to me.

Until one night.

In one night she flipped my world on its axis and there's no going back. But she has secrets, and secrets fester like an open wound. They color the past and forecast the future, but I'm determined to open her up; free her from her memories so she can live in the light and have the life she deserves.

It's just too bad that she wants nothing to do with me. But I'm nothing if not persistent and I'm not a man that gives up without a fight. I've had a taste and there's no walking away. I just have to convince her that I'm not what she fears, I'm what she wants.

Slade, like Wild and Ridge, is a standalone. 
Reading Wild and Ridge first will provide some back story, but is not required to read Slade.


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