RYDER: Shadows and Desires | BOOK 1

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Only one thing mattered to him, at least until she came into his life. And what will she choose when she might lose it all? Antagonists to Lovers. Forbidden Romance. Brooding Male Lead. One Hell of a Challenge to Overcome ... Julie Stevens is a sports therapist in a small-town gym at Rhino MMA—a mixed martial arts gym—when legendary fighter Joey Ryder walks through their doors after a three-year hiatus. Ryder needs a team to prepare him for the brutal, winner-takes-all Warlord tournament. This is the break that the gym needs, and it’s a momentous opportunity for Julie, who runs the gym in her deceased brother’s name. Not only does she have to deal with the fact that Ryder was her celebrity crush for many years, but she is shocked to learn that he is rude, hostile, and has his eyes only on the cash prize.   Ryder’s walls peel back, piece by piece, until the complicated warrior reveals a man who loves hard, and unequivocally. But Julie signed a contract with the gym’s main coach stating that she’ll never cross that line. They both know it, but they can’t stop throwing looks as strong as his punches. Will Julie risk losing the gym that she holds up in her brother’s honor? What will she think when secrets are dragged out of Ryder’s shadows that he’d much rather keep hidden? ... Friendly for all readers who enjoy a steamy, tension filled romance. Slow Burn.

Romance / Drama
4.9 17 reviews
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Author Note

This story is now available on Kindle Vella and Radish. Pre-Order for the novel is also available.

Publication date is March 3, 2023. Link in my bio.

The sequel is still available for free, so you can still read the b

Welcome to Ryder!

You do not have to like MMA or sports to enjoy the story, as it’s all about Julie Stevens and Joey Ryder, with the setting happening to be at an MMA gym. It’s more about the energy and the dedication to train (and the strength that comes from that) that’s important. It’s also a great excuse to pair these two near each other

If you like a brooding/crass guy, who also loves fiercely once those walls are down, then here’s your place! Ryder is all of that and he has been noted by offline readers as being very realistic and reminding them of men that they know.

Julie—our leading lady—is also a pretty normal chick with flaws, strength, and determination, but is also lost on where her hopes and dreams are. We all get in a rut, right? Poor Jules is there too, and Ryder showing up doesn’t help at all!

........................w a r n i n g................................

This story contains lots of mature material. There is a lot of crass language (c’mon, it’s a bunch of MMA fighters!), a few nerve wracking scenes involving physical threats (that never go too far! That’s not the point of the book) and then finally, quite a few erotic scenes, with steam gently rolling off of them...

This book is Rated M

........................a quick note................................

So, when I first wrote this book, I always saw it as a duology (2 books), but after editing the crap out of the first draft, the word count lowered, meaning the extra words added for the sequel don’t make this story a complete duology.

So, if you’re wondering why it’s so long, it’s because I have 2 books in mind here, but figured for now, I want to get this all finished before thinking about it being two books for publication.

For me, this makes it easier to just keep it all in one book! The sequel is one of those that picks up right where the first book ended, so it ends up working as one giant book, too.

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