Series: Steele Brothers #1
Author: Cheryl Douglas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 10, 2015
Mackenzie Steele assumed she’d be with her husband forever. He was her best friend, the father of her children. But when weeks turned into months without intimacy, she realized she was too young to feel so old. She wanted to feel desirable again, to find the woman Ryker had fallen in love with twenty years ago. And there was only one way she knew how to do that… by asking him to move out.
Ryker was blindsided when his wife told him she wanted to separate. He knew they’d hit a rough patch, but he’d never allowed himself to imagine his life without her. Now he had no choice. She was happy without him, living life on her own terms, and he knew if he didn’t find a place for himself in her new life, it would be too late to save his marriage.
“You think we should separate? Ryder asked. “You want me to move out?”
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. I found myself standing over my stove stirring dinner with one hand and my kindle in the other hand. The characters and the way the story just flows is awesome. This book really surprised me and in such a good way!
Ryker and his wife Mackenzie have been together for over two decades and are each others spouses, lovers and best friends. They never thought there would come a day when they wouldn’t be together. It came out of left field for Ryker when Mackenzie tells him that she wants him to move out and that they hold separate. She is no longer happy and can’t go one with life when she doesn’t enjoy it. She still loves him with all her heart but is she still in love with him— that’s the question. The separation truly shakes Ryker to the core. He starts to analyze all he and Mackenzie had together and tries to figure out ways to prove to her that even though she is changing they can grow together. Will he be able to ignite the flame that once was or has too much time passed that and things taken for granted that it is better to go their separate ways.
If you couldn’t already guess I really, really enjoyed this book. I feel like this book can hit home for so many people. When you’ve been in a relationship for so long things start to become the norm and little things like “thank you”, “I love you”, “you look beautiful” are taken for granted. Perhaps we get comfortable and feel our significant other already knows we think the world of them and we don’t have to tell them it. However hearing those compliments and little sentiments mean so much and shouldn’t be taken for granted. This book truly makes you stop and ask yourself when was the last time I made my significant other or lover feel special just because. The characters in the story were amazing!! I usually like one main character over the other however I fell in love with both Ryker and Mackenzie. They are both mature adults who understand that hard work is worth it if the prize is the love of your life.
Ryker is the first book in the Steel Brother’s series and I am already chomping at the bits for the next installment of this series. Do yourself the biggest favor and one-click this book-you won’t regret it at all. Although be warned you may have to take the next day off from work if you start it on a weekday as you will NOT want to put this book down. Amazing job by Cheryl Douglas- I can’t wait to read of this series and other books you already have out!
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.