Title ~ Ridge (Wild, #2)
Author ~ Adriane Leigh
Genre ~ Erotic Contemporary Romance
Release Date ~ March 3 2014
Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets
Sometimes doing the wrong thing feels so right...
I'm a player. I'm an asshole. I'm someone you should stay away from.
I have demons. I've made mistakes. And the biggest can't be taken back.
I've gone to hell and back in twenty-nine years and I'm only now coming to terms with moving forward, righting my wrongs, and making amends. Except not everyone deserves forgiveness. Sometimes the damage done is beyond repair. Everyday is exactly the same. I focus on the pain, in the quest to feel and forget, but I remember everything. When I close my eyes the darkness encroaches and some days it feels like the things that kill me are the things that make me feel alive.
We both know that it's wrong to cheat
So why do I dream of you all night long
I'm bad for you
And you're bad for me
So how can something that feels so right
Be so wrong
Ridge is the second book in the Wild series. It does work perfectly well as a standalone although reading book one, Wild, will give you some good background to the character’s story here.
We first met Ridge and Mia back in book one, Wild, and I really did think they were going to be a hard sell as a couple. After all, Mia was Ridge’s brother’s fiancé and they destroyed him and his faith in love by cheating on him – they’re both anti-heroes in their own right but behind every apparent misdemeanour is a much deeper story and that’s what we’re treated to here. I will say that I think this is the darkest book that Adriane Leigh has ever written. Both Mia and Ridge are desperately fucked up individuals with some serious issues to deal with and Ridge comes across really much more of an anti-hero than anything else but I did really love this – it’s raw and gritty and full of so much unbelievable pain that I completely devoured it. Be warned – there is cheating in this book.
We begin with Ridge deciding that he has to end his relationship with Mia. Despite his brother Lane having now found happiness with Kat, Ridge still feels an overwhelming burden of guilt over having cheated with Mia and really wants to rebuild his relationship with his brother and so, after a night of incredible passion, he ends things leaving them both heartbroken, lost and bereft. Little do they know but Ridge’s actions are tantamount to hitting the self-destruct button for both of them as they both spiral further and further into the hands of the demons that have always tormented them.
Ridge finds himself in so much emotional pain, it was almost palpable as I read his story. The only thing that can ease that pain is the wrong thing and that is Mia and he’s vowed to stay away. So he decides he can find solace in a new relationship and picks up the first girl he finds in a bar, Amy, and attempts to make a go of it with her. She falls for him in a big way but he never really returns those feelings although he attempts to do the right thing but he treated her appallingly and I felt so sorry for her. She was being used by Ridge in the worst possible way but she fell in love with him all the same and Ridge frightened her – he likes his sex just on the wrong side of pain and likes to push the woman he’s with way past her boundaries. Mia could take this and that was what made her so perfect for him but poor Amy was just terrified by this and Ridge got off on her fear but still she stayed. I really did hate the way Ridge hurt poor Amy – she didn’t deserve any of what she got and she should have left long before she did but love makes women blind and never has that been more true than in Amy’s case here.
Ridge is completely consumed by his lust and love for Mia, nothing else comes close to soothing his demons. He’s overwhelmed by so much anger, so much rage, always teetering on the edge of taking it just a little bit too far and hurtling towards self-destruction and, boy, does he ever come close. He’s a recovering addict and there are dark times in this book when so badly craved the oblivion of a hit from a drug of his choice and he tries to hard to resist, burying his emotions under a veil of alcohol and nicotine, anything to take the edge off the darkness.
But nothing compares to Mia – wanting her is SO wrong but ending things with her has sent both of them on such a destructive path. He and Mia share the same dark sexual proclivities and their scenes together are so freakin’ hot – this is seriously ANGRY sex, absolutely full of passion. Being with Mia is the only thing that has ever made Ridge’s miserable existence worth living and being apart from her is tearing him apart. There’s an invisible pull between them that can’t be ignored and it leaves a trail of broken hearts in its wake.
This really is Adriane Leigh’s darkest book to date and Ridge, beyond a shadow of a doubt, her most deeply flawed hero and it’s quite a departure from what we’re used to from her but it works, oh so well. It’s full of raw pain, anger, rage, grief, remorse – just about every destructive emotion you can think of, you’ll find here in droves. Mia and Ridge are such a desperately flawed pair and both so badly in need of one another, only they can fix each other and being apart nearly kills them. They really do manage to fix one another and it’s a beautiful thing to see how good they are for one another, although they fight it all the way.
I think this is Adriane Leigh’s finest novel to date – I know the cheating theme won’t work for everyone but, hey, nobody’s perfect and this book shows that even the most apparently deeply-flawed individuals still have their story to tell, their cross to bear and the underlying theme is that love, the right love, can heal the deepest wounds.
4.5 good and angsty stars
Series Reading order
Music plays an important part in Ridge’s story as he often loses himself in Trent Reznor’s haunting vocals and there’s a fantastic playlist to accompany this book.
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SLADE (Wild #3)
Always overlooked. Always just there. That's what Dillon was to me.
Until one night.
In one night she flipped my world on its axis and there's no going back. But she has secrets, and secrets fester like an open wound. They color the past and forecast the future, but I'm determined to open her up; free her from her memories so she can live in the light and have the life she deserves.
It's just too bad that she wants nothing to do with me. But I'm nothing if not persistent and I'm not a man that gives up without a fight. I've had a taste and there's no walking away. I just have to convince her that I'm not what she fears, I'm what she wants.
Slade, like Wild and Ridge, is a standalone. Reading Wild and Ridge first will provide some back story, but is not required to read Slade.
About the Author
Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore. She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.
Adriane is married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, plays mama to two sweet baby girls, and is a voracious reader and knitter.
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