Ryder by Celina McKane #Review
Posted by brriske
I’ve had the breath knocked out of me plenty of times, mostly during my time in the Navy. Big surprise, Navy SEALs get knocked around a fair bit.
But I don’t think I’ve ever lost my breath at just the sight of a beautiful woman before. Yet here I am, awestruck, trying not to make a fool of myself in front of new clients.
The woman at the top of the stairs must be the most gorgeous creature I’ve ever seen, and when she opens her lovely mouth, her thick, sexy Russian accent puts me completely under her spell.
I struggle to remember I’m here to meet the Bransons, not ogle their stunning nanny. Focus, Ryder…the Bransons’ baby was very nearly kidnapped, and they need your protection. And your professionalism. Getting to interview the smoking hot nanny will just be a bonus.
I’ll have to stay extra sharp, too, because I can tell almost immediately that something is not right in this huge, cold mansion. There’s more going on here than meets the eye, and it seems like everyone has something to hide…even the beautiful Alicia.
The new bodyguard is not what I was expecting. He’s more enormous, more handsome…and more perceptive than I’d hoped he would be. It seems like he is watching my every move, like I can feel his eyes on me even when my back is turned.
But there’s something about him that makes me feel so safe, too. Perhaps his large, capable hands, or his deep brown eyes, or even the scars on his arms. Maybe he could protect us – protect me – but I can’t take that chance.
There are things he cannot know…things I can’t let him find out.
Because if he did, if a man like him knew this family’s secrets…none of us would be safe. Especially not him.
RYDER, our hero, is a highly trained ex-Navy Seal who, like many others, is having a little of a hard time adjusting to the civilian life. Who can blame him? After everything he lived and saw, anyone would be jumpy every now and then or have some horrible nightmares. Personally, I think I would have probably even broken apart. However, he is taking things one step and a time and decided to join his childhood friend, who is also an ex-military, at his security company, Blake Security. He expected to work while trying to adjust little by little to be a civilian and keeping an eye on his grandmother, the woman who raised him after his mother abandoned him. Nevertheless, fate always have a second option for us, right? Sometimes even more!
When he least expects it, our hero meets our beautiful Russian heroine, Aishe or Alicia. I do believe it was love at first sight, even when he has a hard time admitting it. He tries to be professional but a little ogling and innocent flirting doesn’t harm anyone, right? The problem is that he was called to protect baby Celia Branson, who was almost kidnapped, not fall in love with her nanny. However, everyone in the Branson mansion seems to be hiding a secret of their own, even Alicia.
I quite liked RYDER’s character. He was a breath of fresh air at times when most heroes are alpha male who love to boss around our heroines, even when they don’t always listen. However, RYDER was quite respectful when it came to her decisions, even when he didn’t always agree with them and wished she would tell him all the truth in order to help her. He didn’t judge her at all when he found out her past, in fact, it made him respect and cherish her even more. He was quite sweet, protective, and loyal at the same time, but never to the point where you felt suffocated because he doesn’t even want air to touch you. Truthfully, I just felt it somehow the interaction between Alicia and Ryder was a true resemblance of first love, something so sweet and adorable that could turn into passion in the blink of an eye.
Alicia was quite a surprise as well. She was a woman deeply marked by her past, but trying to push forward with all her might. Yes, she is hiding a lot of dangerous secrets but she is someone who knows how to love and does her best to try to protect those around her, even when her choices for that aren’t always the best option. I highly respect her maternal instinct, her kindness, and the fact that she grew up to be such a good person even when her living conditions in Russia seemed to push her in a totally opposite direction.
For those who love HEAs, well this novel kind of has one. Everyone has a different taste and I would have made a change or two to the ending to make it happier in order to give myself a sense of relief. Nevertheless, the fact that the author didn’t totally make the change I wished for proves that she is trying to give the story a feeling of reality, which is quite good too. After all, the author has to make you believe that everything she writes is true and happened for sure.
I highly recommend this novel to any military romance lover that enjoys a little bit of comedy, a lot of drama, justice, and the development of a sweet love taking a step towards a more passionate one.
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