Friday 18 September 2015

**BLOG TOUR** Ryker by Cheryl Douglas

Title: Ryker
Series: Steele Brothers #1
Author: Cheryl Douglas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 10, 2015

Mackenzie Steele assumed she’d be with her husband forever. He's still her best friend and the father of her children. But when weeks turn into months without intimacy, she realizes she's too young to feel so old. She wants to feel desirable again, to find the woman Ryker fell in love with twenty years ago. And there's only one way to do that… by asking him to move out.
Ryker's blindsided when his wife tells him she wants to separate. He knew they’d hit a rough patch, but he’d never allowed himself to imagine his life without her. Now he has no choice. She seems happy without him, living life on her own terms, and he knows if he doesn’t find a place for himself in her new life, it will be too late to save his marriage.


4.5/5 Stars - Brilliant!

Did not expect to love it this much!! Im all for the biker/MC alpha male leads, I can inhale those stories in a second. With Ryker? It's as if you read a soulful realistic story that touches at your every emotional. Honestly.




Sexy as hell.







I usually try to stay clear of books that I might find it very hard to relate to, and marriage is definitely one example. It just makes since I'd read those types of books when I can fully understand what it feels like to have kids & a husband. BUT. The author in Ryker did an absolutely amazing job at portraying what that type of relationship is like.

Even though I can imagine that hard parts of marriage, the writing style in this one made it so much easier to picture it like a movie :)

From the beginning I didn't feel like Ryker was a strong character, only because he wasn't acting like a father or a headband or a former biker would. Little did I know what was to come..

With an easy flowing + addictive story, there was little room left to judge. I honestly loved being delved into this book.. I couldn't put it down but at the same time, I could stop thinking about it either.

The only element that I wish was stronger or perhaps more present, was the connection with the overall story. Oddly enough, I felt a deep connection with the characters, that was the easy part. But for some reason I just couldn't connect that strongly with what the story portrayed.

When an author writes a book while pouring out their heart, soul and sometimes their sanity? You know it's going to be a fucking awesome story. Saying that, when done well, the reader also gets the rare experience of being touched by a book that will keep lingering at the back of their minds. This is what RYKER did.

Not only did I cry like a fucking baby but I also couldn't keep my emotions in check when it come to what Ryker will decide and what Mackenzie will have to say in return. Their kids also added another part that help the whole story together on another level. They have choices to make that evolve around THEM. Just Mackenzie and Ryker. But with having kids? The choices that make you or make your mind say 'yes' or 'no' is taken away from you.

Now your choices are solemnly driven by them. What is best for the kids is the priority. Cheryl Douglas does not hold back on the roller-coaster of an emotional ride. Nope. Thanks for that Cheryl Douglas. Now, here I am bowling my eyes out and I have to explain it to everyone that walks past. And that's not all. I'm not only crying but smiling at the same time. That out to have some "weird" looks my way.

All worth it though! 

Every element was beautiful crafted, and the story opens up to many more main couples to come - which is my favourite type of series.

With that said, I just want to thank the author & her team for providing an ARC of this irresistible story!!! BLOODY THANK YOU! I will be one-clicking every damn book of yours from her on out! 


“This story sucked me in and didn’t let go. I was hooked from the first heartbreaking scene and after real life intervened, I was anxious to get back to this story. I had to see what happened. I needed to see Ryker and Mackenzie and their boys happy.” ~ A is for Alpha B is for Books

“This was so far up my street I could have been neighbours!!! Holy Moly what an absolute stonker… loved it! It took me just one chapter to fall head over heels for this book and one day to finish what is one of the most realistically pitched stories that I have engaged with for a while.” ~ Books Laid Bare

“Wow! What a way to start a book off —the moment I read that sentence, geez the prologue, I was hooked! Hooked in the sense that I finished this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down.” ~ Smut- Brarians

When one door closes, another one opens. I closed the door to my business for the last time in 2011, which left me with a decision. What now? Find another location and move my nutrition business, go to work for someone else, or take a chance on my dream? I chose the latter and I’ve never looked back! 
I’ve always loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I jumped in with both feet and decided writing would be my career, instead of just a hobby, that my muse woke up from her deep slumber. 
It was like someone flipped a switch inside my head and stories just came pouring out. At the end of the day, I would often look at the keyboard and wonder, ‘Who the heck wrote that? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me!’ 
I don’t write books. I tell stories, or rather, I allow my characters to tell their stories through me. I’m not a plotter, never have been, never will be. Why? Because I have no idea how the story will evolve and it’s not my place to manipulate it. My job is to get to know these characters, figure out what makes them tick, then follow their journey wherever it takes me. 
When I’m not writing, I’m daydreaming. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband and son who know I’ll re-join the land of the living just as soon as my muse decides it’s quitting time. I don’t work for myself. I work for her. She’s the boss. And I’m okay with that.

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