Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Release Day + Review: Slow and Steady (Alphas Undone Series #2) by Kendall Ryan

Title: Slow and Steady
Series: Alphas Undone #2
Author: Kendall Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publish Date: April 12, 2016
Review Source: eARC
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.

Turn up the AC!!! Sexy ex-Navy Seal, what’s not to love!!

Greyson, an ex-Navy Seal, lost his best friend Marcus on a dangerous mission. Grey was with Marcus until he took his lost breath, begging him to hold on so he can make it home to his beautiful pregnant wife, Finley. Grey never forgave himself for that day and the memory will forever haunt him; unimaginable guilt of what he could have done differently.

Finley is a widow and single mom living each day, trying to make ends meet after the death of her husband, becoming a stripper so she can still come home to her daughter Maple each night.

After a long excruciating day at work Greyson finds himself walking into a strip club to relax…… problem is, it wasn’t. Then a beautiful blonde with the perfect body and endless curves comes on stage. Greyson gets closer to the stage only to stop dead in his tracks, hands clenched tight at the site before him. Finley stands before him. His best friend’s widow confused as to why she is here half naked on stage, the last time he had seen her was at Marcus’s funeral, where she was punched him over and over in the chest, blaming him for the loss of her husband. 

Finley never expected to see Greyson’s face again, and feel so many mixed emotions at once. Embarrassment, pride, hate, shame; this is not how she pictured her day going. Now the only thing she wanted was for Greyson to leave and stop looking at her like she was garbage. Doesn’t he understand this is her job and what she has to do to get by to care for Maple? It’s not her ideal job and she has to deal with one reoccurring customer that makes her uncomfortable.

Greyson feels nothing but shame after learning that Finley’s job is to take off her clothes for money so she can pay bills and take care of her daughter, he should have been there for her to help her. But how can he convince Finley to let him into her and her daughters’ lives because she holds him responsible for her husband, his best friend and partners’ death. 

Can Grey forgive himself or more importantly can Finley forgive the man she holds responsible? The depth of emotion is sometimes too much to bear. 

Kendall Ryan has, hands down, wrote an amazing story of love and loss. I highly recommend this book to so many readers, especially the readers who have experienced the loss of a husband. It will show you that it’s ok to move on and be happy again, to forgive and move forward. Some things in life happen without rhyme or reason. You are just at the wrong place at the wrong time. The emotions in this book are so high you cannot find words to describe them, the sex scenes will make you melt, the love that is shared will have you rooting for more. Slow & Steady is the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone!

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.
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.

Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras


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