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Monday, July 14, 2014

"Ricochet brought out the naughty reviewer in me!"

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: July 14, 2014

After a tragic incident in Afghanistan leaves Master Sergeant Nathan Ryker the only man standing in his tight-knit team, he spirals into an alcohol-and-sex induced escape. A call from his lifelong buddy pulls Ryker from the shadows with a request for help with his stunt company’s latest blockbuster. If Ryker can survive the next three weeks of leave and get back to his remaining men, he might just be all right. But a sexy woman who can take his mind off his trauma is too hard to resist, and when he hooks up with Renegades’ sultry, snarky office manager, his sanity takes a backseat to his first glimpse of a future he isn’t sure he deserves.

Still reeling from a bitter romantic betrayal, Rachel Hart wants nothing more than an uncomplicated hookup. So when the mysterious Nathan seduces her with a little dirty talk and one delicious kiss, Rachel drowns all her good sense in a Mandarin and soda and gives herself over to a night of sexual bliss. But her memories tarnish in the morning light when Rachel discovers his real identity and his link to Renegades. Her job and her friends are the only thing holding her life together, and she won’t be ruined by one sultry night with this damaged and dangerously sexy man.

Warning: Be sure to have a fan, ice water and possible a fire extinguisher on hand BEFORE reading this book. Spontaneous combustion may occur. You have been warned.

*fans self* Let me attempt to put my thoughts into coherent sentences. Wow.

Easily the most erotic of the series, Ricochet burns with tension, passion, and yes, a dirty talker in the form of Nathan Ryker (Geez, even his name is hot). But wait there's more. Not only is Ryker a gorgeous dirty talker, he's a military man *rubs hands together* Isn't that just delicious? A man in uniform that knows how to get down and dirty.

This book brought out my naughty side and she's demanding a name!

So here's a quick rundown of Rocochet:

Rachel Hart has it pretty good professionally, she's the office manager/baby sitter for Renegades, a growing stuntman company. She gets along great with her boss and co-workers even when she feels like strangling the big babies but in her personal life, she's a mess. After suffering a heart breaking betrayal she's sworn off serious relationships and instead decides to find herself an uncomplicated night of passion. When she meets Nathan Ryker she's not aware that he's the newest addition to Renegades and spends an incredible night with him but come morning, the truth comes out and Rachel wants nothing more to do with him.

Nathan is on leave following a devastating incident that left him the only man standing in Afghanistan. When an old friend asks for his help Nathan doesn't hesitate to say yes. Suffering from PTSD, Nathan drowns himself in booze and women, but when he meets Rachel things start to change and now he's doing something he hasn't done before: Pursue a woman who doesn't want to get involved with him.

To be honest, I've always liked Rachel the best. She's snarky and doesn't take crap from the men she works with, she demands respect from them but at the same time she loves them and treats them like family. She sounded like a person I could be friends with. She definitely wasn't all that I expected, I didn't expect such a stubborn streak or a hidden wild side but that just made her more interesting.

There was just enough drama in Ricochet to make it more than just an erotic romance but not too much to make it into a daytime soap opera. I appreciated the detail that author Skye Jordan put into Nathan's PTSD symptoms and his way of "coping." It added a dose of reality to an all too common situation with military men and women.

Of course there's also the rest of the Renegades team, I can't forget them. Grown ass men who are messy, bicker like children and obviously need some kind of wrangler to keep them in line which is where Rachel comes in. Man, these guys are funny and I really lived for their scenes because they provide the perfect counterbalance to the intense relationship between Nathan and Rachel.

Nathan's song to Rachel perhaps?
I did notice that Rachel calls him "Nathan" while his buddies call him "Ryker." Perhaps to humanize a man who has experienced a horrible trauma and seems to be operating on autopilot instead of human. It also makes their relationship more personal because she calls him by his first name instead of his last name.

Final Verdict: Ricochet  is definitely the hottest book in the Renegades series! Nathan and Rachel really burn up the pages and left me feeling flustered and in need of a drink! Which is why Ricochet gets the elusive 5 burning books rating in the heat department.

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