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by Olivia Rigal

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Lyv is a curvy and optimistic girl who can't wait to finish high school and run away from her drunk mother. Emotional abuse is what that woman dishes out best in the family's Long Island diner.
Lyv's only support is her best friend Ten, a passionate guy from the right side of the track. But Ten has already moved on to college so there's only so much he can do to…  See more details below


Lyv is a curvy and optimistic girl who can't wait to finish high school and run away from her drunk mother. Emotional abuse is what that woman dishes out best in the family's Long Island diner.
Lyv's only support is her best friend Ten, a passionate guy from the right side of the track. But Ten has already moved on to college so there's only so much he can do to help her get through her senior year and then he'll soon be going away to study in Europe for a term.
When the Christmas holidays come around, Ten takes Lyv out for a night on the town.
That's how Lyv meets Alexander, a talented rising rock star. Spark flies during this chance encounter.
Just before the start of his first tour, Alexander shows Lyv how to welcome the New Year with a hot and heavy night of passion.
Life is finally looking up for Lyv ... That is, until she finds out she's pregnant.
With the two guys in her life out of reach, a baby on the way and an abusive mother, Lyv has some tough calls to make. Can she make the right ones?

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Ripped 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
cjlps231 More than 1 year ago
Ripped a Five Star Must Read I got so involved in this book I couldn't put it down, I instantly connected with Lyv and through her Ten, two lost souls who had become friends, throw in a guy who looks like a Greek god, Alexander and you have  the right mixture for a heart stirring book. Going through with Lyv made me cry, smile and get angry but it made me feel which is truly the sign of a great book, I must admit that although I liked Alexander he just never seemed to be right or mature enough, once again an indication of how well written this was. Ten on the other hand had me from the beginning, his caring and thoughtfulness and his love touched me. The mothers are portrayed beautifully and we hate them with a vengeance, Oliver and Andrew were friends as we got to know them. To get lost in a book, to connect and become part of their story is a gift that authors give the readers and it is certainly present in this book, I cannot wait for more of this series, it ended on a happily for now rather than a HEA. So I will impatiently wait for the next instalment, I only hope it's not too far away. I received a free copy for an honest review
Sophia-Rose1 4 months ago
I read the blurb on this one and still couldn't figure out what to expect other than a gal had a huge choice between the guy who was her best friend from childhood and the bad boy rocker that swept her off her feet. But it is part of the Red Hot Lovers box set I am slowly making my way through and I'm determined to read each story by new to me authors. I dove right in and enjoyed that feeling of not knowing what to expect until I was already reading. And...I couldn't stop reading. I ended up finishing it in one afternoon. The story is set in the New York of the late 70's to early 80's. Interesting times. The author's writing style took a bit for me to get used to, but I liked it. There is a bittersweet flavor from start to finish, sorrow, moments of happiness, passion, and hope. It is the story of people who live on the edge, but want the same things everyone else wants. Glad to get it and I'm eager to pick up more by the author. Lyv is just eighteen and her life by all appearances is miserable. She lives with a mother who hates her and abuses her just short of what will bring the authorities out. Lyv goes to school and works the family diner while counting down the days until she can leave. Her only bright spot is Ten, her best friend, and one of the wealthy Clarks. Ten has an awful mother,too, so he understands Lyv completely. One night, Lyv's world is rocked when she encounters up and coming rock sensation, Xander. She is taken by him immediately just as he is by her. Ten helps her so that she can spend time with Xander. Xander has to leave on his first tour soon, but promises to come back to her. Unfortunately, the unexpected happens and things don't go as planned. Lyv's life is forever changed and goes in a new direction. Later, Lyv is forced to make a decision and it is one that isn't easy, but it will hopefully be for her own happiness, finally. The story is told entirely from Lyv's perspective. She is a young girl who has no knowledge of the physical side of things between a man and woman even though she is worldly-wise when it comes to looking after herself and knowing she's on her own. There is that 'see a stranger across the room and falling instantly' bit. Not my thing, but because I was vested in the story I set it aside and kept reading. Lyv learns the hard way about things and I do mean the hard way. She is surrounded by an eclectic band of characters. It is rather avant-garde with Ten being bi-sexual, his cousin is in a ménage, her boss and co-workers are the flaming gay sorts, and then Ten likes to dominate in the bedroom. Lyv has three roommates when she lives in NYC and they are male. She makes a family of her own out of this band including her bad boy rocker who is out on tour becoming famous. It's not a deep story or romance so much as it’s a journey of a young girl becoming a woman and growing up to choose what she really needs and not just wants. It had a different feel to it that blended grit with fairy tale or maybe it's just a darker fairy tale. Regardless, it's one I would recommend for those who want something a little different in a coming of age story and romance. My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only can the writer not keep basic facts straight....such as the age of the heroine, they story drags; the unanswered question are innumerable. Add to that, the gay friend who returns to his straight roots and decides that he's a sexual dominant and wants his wife to be his plaything thing. Not plausible. Not plausible and certainly not believable. Those who say that they were given the book for an honest review are big ole liars!!!!!! Zero stars are not possible so it gets one star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not at all what i expected. I cried a few times!
Solmarie More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. Lyv is a seventeen year old just trying to make it day by day. Living with an alcoholic mother who is verbally abusive and a father who just doesn't care is a nightmare. Her only light in this dark tunnel is her best friend Ten. Growing up they have been each other's rocks. The only one they could each depend on. Ten and Lyv find themselves in a club one night where they both see a guy that they are both instantly attracted to. Luckily for Lyv, Alexander has eyes for only her. Lyv leaves the club that night disappointed and worried that she'll never see Alexander again. He however has other plans and with the help of his cop brother manages to track her down. When Alexander leaves for his tour Lyv discovers that she's pregnant. Her mother realizes it as well and takes action. How will Lyv deal with the consequences? And will the two men in her life stand by her? This story had some really sad moments. How a mother could act towards her child the way Lyv's did is beyond me. I absolutely adored Ten for always being what Lyv needed. Alexander was hit or miss for me. Maybe if the story included more about him, his life etc. But I did enjoy the storyline and I'm looking forward to reading the next one Jaded.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
Loved the emotions I felt while reading this book! Lyv and Ten have grown up together, offering one another support, friendship and the love that each of them crave but have never received from their families. When Lyv meets Alexander, Ten is happy that Lyv has found someone that loves her and makes her happy. Lyv knows that Alexander’s music is going to take him from her, but they cherish the time they have together before he has to leave on tour. When Lyv learns she is pregnant and both Alexander and Ten, who is studying abroad for a semester, are not available to help, she must forge ahead with all that is thrown at her…and let me tell you there is a lot thrown at her! I really enjoyed this book and was drawn into the relationship that Lyv and Ten shared. It’s not often in life that you meet someone who you know will be there for you no matter what, and the depth of Lyv and Ten’s relationship was portrayed in such a way that you could feel the bond that existed between them. I was so thrilled for Lyv when she met Alexander – she was finally able to see her true beauty through his eyes, which helped her begin to heal some of the scars that had been created by the abuse she suffered at home from her mother. Lyv was a very strong character and it was wonderful watching her find her strength and see her self-worth. I don’t want to say too much more about the book since anything more will be a spoiler, but I loved the emotions that I felt while reading Lyv’s story and the depth of the characters. I especially loved Ten and just how much he truly loved Lyv and wanted nothing more than for her to be happy – he was definitely swoon-worthy! The other thing about this book that I enjoyed was that it took place in the past – the book starts in 1978. This definitely impacted the plot and storyline, and it was refreshing to read a story where cell phones and computers were not a factor! Although this book isn’t a cliffhanger, there are several things that are left open that will hopefully be brought to closure in the next book in this series. This was a great read that had me hooked from the first chapter and kept me turning pages all night!
toni-michelle More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of Ripped from the author in exchange for my honest review.  I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the main character Lyv. So much drama in her life and yet somehow she manages to push through and keep going. It’s sad but very inspirational. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys inspiring stories about teens trying to cope with an addicted parent and not many friends. I think you will enjoy this book as much, if not more, as I did because my favorite genre is fantasy. Regardless of your preference in genres I can tell you from experience that this book will keep you interested from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title sums it up. If you can get further than I, you are to be commended.