March 11, 2015

Title:  Something Real

Series:  Reckless and Real

Author:  Lexi Ryan

Published:  March 2015

After everything blew up on Christmas, Liz walked away from me, and I let her. She said she needed space and a chance to pursue her dreams. But we both knew she was running from the mess she made. Now the political campaign she used as an excuse to leave is bringing us back together and I’m proving to her what she really needs—not just the hot nights, greedy hands, and undeniable physical chemistry. What she really needs is something real. What she really needs…is me.

**Note:  This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the author bu that did not in any way influence this review

Ana and Celeste will put Something Real on their 2nd shelf!

Ana4 stars!  This was not at all what I was expecting!  As most of you probably do, after I finish a book that’s part of a series, I attempt to figure out in my head where the author might take the story next.  Especially if I love the first part (or parts) of the story, which I did here.  In this case, however, Ms. Ryan managed to take things in a different direction than I was anticipating.  For me, it was a foregone conclusion that the drama and twists of the first book would set up an angsty (if somewhat messy) road to healing and forgiveness.  And, although some of that happened, I was completely shocked by the amount of new drama these characters faced.  There were more unexpected twists and, certainly, the mountain of misunderstandings grew.  I feel like this series would make a wonderful political series on the CW – one filled with drama, lust, twists, people you love…and people you love to hate!

As I did in the first book, I enjoyed both Liz and Sam and loved hearing the story from both of their points of view.  The obstacles they both faced, most outside their control, were heartbreaking.  And, although I did not always agree with their decisions, I could see why they made them.  After all, I was in both their heads…but they didn’t know what the other was facing.  I was surprised by the evil plans of one of the characters and fell totally in love with George, Liz’s new neighbor.  Actually, I’d love to see him get his own story!!  I also loved the glimpses we got into the characters from Ms. Ryan’s previous series, especially Hannah and my Nate (yes, I said my Nate!! ).

As always, I loved Ms. Ryan’s writing style and the way she brought the characters to life.  I was very satisfied with the ending, although, for me, this book could have been a little longer…just so I could bask in the character’s love.  If you enjoy a series filled with drama, angst, twists and turns, not to mention a very hot male lead, then this might just be the series for you.  Let me know if you give it a shot!!

Celeste: 3.5 stars I love me some Sam Bradshaw and could not wait to start this book. The first installment lured me in with off the charts chemistry between Sam and Liz…but then the story ended and I was left hanging, desperately waiting for book 2. So when this was ready I was all over it, ready to dive in.

Something Real begins with Sam and Liz going their own ways because of the “incident” at the end of book 1. I understood that what happened was definitely a bit of a mind f*ck for both of them, but really, it wasn’t either of their faults so I didn’t know why they both walked away. This opened up the story to take on a whole new path and I have to admit, this time around the whole plot was just a little over the top for me. It was like everyone was blackmailing everyone, which spiraled to a whole new level of scandals, and if they all just came clean it would have been ok.

However, I still loved Sam, and I still loved Liz. Any time they were together I couldn’t get enough. Their chemistry was amazing and we got plenty of smexy times. They honestly could not physically resist the other one and it was fantastic. The air was thicker whenever they were together. *fans self* Thank goodness for this chemistry because it’s what made them realize that they just could not live without each other, and it pushed them through the drama to get to the other side.

As far as secondary characters go I need to talk about George. He has so much potential and deserves his own book…I just didn’t like his name and he was a bit of a doormat, but maybe that is because he hasn’t found the right woman yet.

The ending made me sigh with relief because I just needed the secrets to come out. I was surprised at exactly how far it went, but then again it seemed to be the MO for one character. One storyline was never really wrapped up for me, and while it didn’t change the HEA, I would have loved to know what happened with Lilly.

Would I rec this? Yes, I loved the first installment and this did wrap up Sam and Liz’s story.

 Happy reading!


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