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.
*This book includes situations that some may find uncomfortable.
I found this story very interesting and surprising. As it started out, I felt I was going to read about a man named Ridge who had really screwed up his life and now we read the story of how he is going to go through day by day beating himself up, but at the end of the book, we find truth and redemption and the realization, he had all he needed
from the beginning. He just decided to throw it away.
Ridge was a messed up man with a history of drug abuse, drinking to numb his feelings, sex with a different woman every night to fill the void of kicking Mia out of his life. The guilt was too heavy to carry, seeing Mia daily and knowing how he hurt his brother in the process was not something he could live with and stay clean. Giving her up was the hardest thing for him, she was his heart, but he had to make a choice, family or Mia.
After leaving Mia and trying survive in life with working out, drinking and smoking he finds Amy. She would have given him the world and he felt he could make a future with her, but as the story goes on, he realizes she isn’t a replacement for Mia. When he finds his Mia again, he sees how badly he hurt her when he kicked her out. Mia was a mess, not being able to cope with life without her own self damaging ways, he carries that guilt with him on top of everything else.
Things get really rough with Amy when he finds out she is pregnant with their child. Determined to be a good dad, he can’t fight his demons enough to keep his true feelings silent. When their relationship ends in horrific ways which means he is forced to face his past. Mia had finally gotten some insight to her life and reached out to Ridge, telling him together they were toxic, but she can’t let him kill himself with guilt he refuses to deal with.
Now this is when the story took a turn that left me breathless. As they search for answers they find the connection they had from the beginning. Their lives came full circle and the biggest demon was exposed for Ridge. The secret he held on to, the one he was sure would make people shun him, was the one thing that set Mia’s family free. What was a journey of putting the past behind them now becomes a journey to see if they have a future together, building on the newly discovered truth?
I have to say the beginning of this story was depressing and I wondered how I would be able to finish but just when I was ready to give up, the author grabbed my attention and I needed to seek the truth with Ridge and Mia. I enjoyed this story, it was unique, intense in the last half and totally changed my view of Ridge once I was able to see him for the young broken man he was. What he was forced to do in his childhood was heartbreaking. I think this story will be with me for a while, it just goes to show what guilt can do to a person and those who love them.
She unzipped her coat, maintaining eye contact, pulling it down slowly as she backed into my place. She didn’t even turn to take in the surroundings like most women did.
She was here to fuck and it made me all the harder.
“Couch.” I nodded behind her as I took my coat off, pulled my shirt over my head, and advanced on her. Brown eyes widened for a moment as I moved in, kicking off my shoes, pulling my socks, and tossing them aside. “Get naked.”
It took a minute for her brain to register what I’d said. Her eyes darkened, her cheeks pinked up, and then she pulled the shirt over her head and shimmied out of her tight jeans, standing before me in a lacy bra and panties.
“Off.” I nodded at her underthings.
“You first.” Her voice was low and throaty and went straight to my dick.
“Not how this works. You. Naked. Now.”
She worked my words over in her mind before unclasping her bra, tossing it on the floor, and pulling her panties
down her legs.
She was fucking hot. Creamy, porcelain skin, all soft dips and hollows. I wanted to dig my fingers into her hips and squeeze. Leave marks. Fuck her so hard she’d be speechless and still feel me in the morning.
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.
Slade (Wild #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.