Ryker (Steele Brothers #1)

Ryker (Steele Brothers #1)

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by Cheryl Douglas
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940152112658
Publisher:
Cheryl Douglas
Publication date:
09/10/2015
Series:
Steele Brothers
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
2,293
File size:
877 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Cheryl Douglas is a USA Today bestselling author who lives and breathes her writing. Whether she's sleeping, watching TV, driving, reading, it's always in the periphery of her mind. Her imagination rarely takes a holiday, even when she escapes to a sandy beach with her husband and son, she's planning, plotting, outlining, and daydreaming. Sign up for her New Releases newsletter to get free, exclusive, short stories about your favorite characters: www.cheryldouglasbooks.com

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Ryker (Steele Brothers #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the honor of reading an ARC of this book. They asked for my honest opinion, and here it is...it was amazing and beautiful. Cheryl Douglas is an artist whose words draw you into the story. I was hooked from the very first word to the last, and I devoured this book in one sitting. I fell in love with MacKenzie and Ryker as soon as I met them, and I felt every emotion right along with them. I have to say this is my new favorite book written by Cheryl Douglas, and I can't wait to read Nex's story!!!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars--RYKER is the first installment in Cheryl Douglas’s contemporary, adult STEEL BROTHERS romance series. This is former motorcycle bad guy Ryker, and Mackenzie Steele’s storyline. Told from alternating first person points of view (Ryker and Mackenzie) RYKER is a second chance storyline. Ryker and Mackenzie have been together over twenty years, seventeen years of marriage, raising two teenaged son together, but in recent months their relationship has fallen into a rut and Mackenzie has come to realize that she wants something more in her life. With issues of self-esteem, insecurity and depressed about the direction of her marriage, Mackenzie asks Ryker to move out of their house in order for her to get her own life on track. What ensues is a six month separation where Mackenzie remakes both her physical and emotional persona, while Ryker struggles with the loss of his family and wife. RYKER is a storyline of one couple trying to navigate the choppy waters of their marriage. Mackenzie’s insecurities about her body and her own personal self worth were the catalysts in the couple’s estrangement. Ryker was unaware that his wife was unhappy in their marriage, and tries to earn his way back into her life but no matter what Ryker attempts, Mackenzie continues to have issues with the way Ryker goes about winning back his wife. We are introduced to Ryker’s younger brothers-Nex and Seb-who are considering settling down-Nex has his eye on a young waitress who works at the local biker bar; and of course there are several potential suitors for Mackenzie now that she has lost weight and done a makeover to appease her own insecurities. We watch as the family struggles with the usual teenage problems; Mackenzie’s desire to earn her own money; and what the future holds for the Ryker and Mac. RYKER will be a familiar storyline for many couples struggling in their current relationship especially the women battling issues of self-esteem and insecurities. We all reach a stage in our lives-a mid life crisis of sorts-where we begin to wonder if this is all there is. The premise is heartbreaking and frustrating; the characters are animated but not all are necessarily sympathetic-Mackenzie’s insecurities are what drives the wedge between husband and wife; the romance is a slow build to a happily ever after-again. I probably would have rated my review a little higher but I had difficulty liking Mackenzie Steele-and if a reader is unable to get past the dislike of a character, it can affect the reader’s overall enjoyment of the book.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Enjoyed
Anonymous 10 months ago
Enjoyable
Anonymous 10 months ago
The storyline was excellent. The cast of characters, excellent. The author allowed the reader inside of Ryker and MacKenzie thoughts...the book is great. This author is now one of my favorites! I can't wait to start reading about the other brothers: Nex, Seb, Kane, Gabe, Brody. **vrnb**
Anonymous 11 months ago
Not really one to rate these, but even I won't finish this one. Loved the other series by author, but the female main character, Mackenzie, is a wishy-washy adult brat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really nice story .
firepal136 More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy/LOVE reading your books.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I love how real this book is – it’s the story of two people who love each other but just lost touch with one another. Mac and Ryker have been together for 20 years, built up a multi-million dollar business and raised two kids. However, they somehow have lost the passion and connection that they thought would be there forever. This is a problem that so many people experience and I dig how well Douglas brings it to life. There is no big drama, no infidelity, nothing but two people who just have to decide if they can fall in love with each other again or if it is best to go their separate ways. Ryker is fantastic. He’s pulled himself up from nothing to an amazingly successful businessman. He loves his wife and sons, loves being a family man, and is proud that he’s the father and husband that his own father never was. He’s supportive of everyone, including his brothers and his mother-in-law. The only thing that he’s not that good at is confronting the growing distance between him and Mac – he’s afraid that he’s not going to like her answer. When she finally asks him to leave, he’s devastated but convinced he’s going to do whatever it takes to win her back. After being a wife and mother, supporting her husband as he followed his dreams and raising two sons, Mac has lost her sense of self. She’s reached a point where things have to change and it starts with asking Ryker to leave. She’s spent the following 6 months focusing on herself, but now she’s at the point that she needs to try to get to know her husband again or let him go. It’s so great to see Mac take control and do what she has to do for herself. It is so easy to just let things go so it’s refreshing to see someone realize that something is wrong and take the steps to fix it. Together, Ryker and Mac try to learn from their mistakes and work on going forward – hopefully together. Unfortunately since we get both of their perspectives, you know when things are going to go bad … which makes you cringe because you love both of them so much, but it is that kind of connection that has you frantically turning pages to find out what happens. Ryker is an amazingly realistic look at a couple who have been together for so long that they’ve fallen into a rut and stopped actively trying to connect. And it’s caused me to look at my own life and make changes to ensure this doesn’t happen in my house. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Anonymous 6 months ago
Loved Ryker but Mac was a brat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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