Sunday, March 6, 2016

review || RYDER { blog tour } by L.A. Casey

Self-Published | March 8, 2016 | Contemporary Romance
Slater Brothers, book 4


Branna Murphy is broken. For months now she has been a part of a one-sided relationship to a man she loves more than life itself. She prayed for a miracle, and hoped something would change, but found that was wishful thinking. 

Talking didn’t work. Shouting didn’t work. Crying didn’t work. Nothing bloody worked. 

Ryder Slater is furious. For months now he has been lying to a woman he would take a bullet for in order to protect her. He is involved in something that goes deeper than his old past, and if he strays off target, people will start to die. People he loves. 

He couldn’t talk. He couldn’t slip up. He couldn’t lose focus. He couldn’t do a damn thing. 

Things between Ryder and Branna are at rock bottom, and Ryder knows it. Not only will he be taking on a force that could destroy his whole family, but he will be battling tooth and nail to save his relationship and keep the love of his life by his side. 

Ryder targeted Branna from the first moment he saw her, and what Ryder targets, Ryder dominates.
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{ about l.a. casey} .

L.A. Casey is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who juggles her time with her mini-me and writing. She was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She enjoys chatting with her readers, who love her humor and Irish accent as much as her books.

Casey’s first book Dominic, was independently published in 2014 and became an instant success on Amazon. Now a hybrid author, she is both traditionally and independently published and is represented by Mark Gottlieb from Trident Media Group.

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 { excerpt } .

“Just tellin’ you like it is,” I smirked. “Kid.”

Ash growled. “You have five-seconds.”

Oh, shit.

I stood up and quickly scurried around to the other side of our work counter, and placed my hands in front of my chest.

“Ash,” I warned, my voice low. “Don’t even think about it.”

He rounded the station and advanced on me, a smirk playing on his lips.

“Don’t!” I said firmly, hoping my no-bullshit-demeanour would give him reason to stop.

It didn’t, if anything, it only fuelled the freak to come at me faster.

“No!” I shrieked and made a move to dive behind the counter but Ash was too fast, and caught me mid-air.

He set me down, and full on assaulted my sides with his fingertips as he tickled me. I laughed, shrieked some more, and did the strangest moves known to man as I made my bid to escape the terror.

“Mercy!” I laughed. “For the love of God, mercy!”

Ash pulled back on his tickling but kept hold of me as I steadied myself and came down from my laughing high. I was about to playfully sucker punch him and make a run for the break room when I heard my name being… bellowed.

{ review } .

Throughout the series, the one relationship that was simply there was Branna and Ryder. The essential matriarch and patriarch of their respective families, they fell into one another fast and hard. However, if you've read the previous books, their relationship becomes strained when Ryder starts pushing Branna away -- or that's the way it feels and looks to Branna.

Ryder's about to learn real quick just what his inattention is doing to his fiance, and it's going to come in the form of a co-worker and the threat of packed boxes.

Although I haven't reviewed the previous book, I have read them. Can you read this without the others... to a point, sure. But what Ryder's fighting is something that has been happening through the previous books, and the falling out of their relationship has been happening through the books too. You can't help but feel for Branna and wanting everything to just 'be ok' finally for these two.

Branna and Ryder's story is told in both 'present day' and 'five years ago', when they first met, so if you've only been feeling the one-sided relationship, we go all the way back to when Branna and Ryder met -- and therefore, when Dominic and Bronagh first got into it all (which was fun to read an outside opinion on; as much as Bronagh hated the kid initially, he was very much elementary-boy-in-the-school-yard with her).

Now... The story is told in Branna's perspective (as the books are, in the female pov), so while the synopsis gives the reader the feeling he or she will be able to deduce on their own that Ryder is fighting a bigger cause, only getting the story in the jilted's perspective makes one wonder just what, exactly, the man is doing. However, if you knew how much that man loved her, you could make your own assumptions.

These two are the oldest of their families, and I did find that their thoughts and actions correctly portrayed that. The only time I found Branna annoying was her continuous fight on whether or not to leave Ryder, and when to do it. It was a big decision, I understand that -- she invested many years in her relationship with Ryder, and beyond that, she became a big family figure to his brothers, but I tend to get annoyed when things are repeated over and over and no action is taken.

I loved seeing the other relationships and how they have been growing. But more than that, I loved that the Slater boys were extremely protective of Branna -- both to her face, behind her, with Ryder, and against Ryder. It's a fun relationship to see.

As per course, the next "half" book will be Branna's, and I'm so pumped to watch their relationship a little bit more. But the next book that I'm super excited for? Brother Damien. Like he says in this book, he needs to clear some air with Alannah and I absolutely cannot wait to watch that.

If you think I'm excited about that though... After Damien and Alannah is an epilogue of sorts told in the brothers' points of view, and with as many estrogen driven view points we've read in this series, I absolutely, positively, cannot wait to get in those boys' heads.

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