Sunday, 9 November 2014

Review, Excerpt + #Giveaway: All or Nothing by Lexi Ryan #AbbottSprings

Winter is about to get a whole lot warmer! 



After years of placing the wrong bets, all Aubree Baxter ever wanted was someone to take a chance on her. More specifically, she wants golden boy Kennedy Hale, her good friend and unrequited crush. After a seduction attempt gone terribly wrong, she knows pursuing anything more than friendship with Kennedy means sure heartbreak, but the chemistry between them has sizzled for years and won't be denied. 

Sometimes in love, it has to be ALL OR NOTHING.


   She’d dropped the towel. I’d baited her, and she’d taken it. I didn’t think my heart would ever recover from that moment. Her ass had just enough jiggle to it, and even though she’d kept her back to me as she pulled on her clothes, I got a glimpse of her bare breasts. They were small—it was something she always joked about—but they were perfect. She was perfect.

    For years, I had denied myself my feelings for Bree, but tonight I was done denying. Blame it on the whiskey. Blame it on the hurt in her eyes when she’d accused me of not noticing she was a woman. Blame it on the sexy tattoo on her ass that made my mouth water from wanting to bite it so badly.

   She stood stock-still as once more I traced the vine up her spine and around her ribcage. I could see the goose bumps rising on her skin, and it was more instinct than seduction that had me leaning forward and blowing against her spine. Her body shuddered toward me, and just like that, my mouth was on her, her skin warm under my lips.

   “Kennedy,” she murmured.

   I loved hearing my name on her lips. Bree saying my name, arousal making her breath come harder. I snaked my hand around the front of her body, following the path of the vine. She released her shirt and braced herself on the edge of the bed, bending slightly at her hips.

 A groan slipped from my lips, and I nipped at the base of her spine.

 I moved my hand slowly, wanting to memorize every inch of her soft skin. We were doing this. For better or worse, I was touching Bree, making her pant. The idea was equal parts exhilarating and terrifying.


This may be a novella. but it was chock-full of all the heartache and sexiness that I've come to expect from a Lexi Ryan novel.

The characters were immediately likable, making me want to get to know them better, to uncover their secrets and take away their sorrows. The chemistry between Kennedy and Bree was smoking but they both seemed a little hesitant at first. Perhaps it had something to do with hurt feelings and a rather embarrassing moment better left in the past, but I could not wait to see these two together. 

Aside from their relationship problems, each had their own set of issues to deal with. Kennedy was torn between doing what he loved and doing what was expected of him, while Bree was so desperate for her mother's attention that she was willing to ignore the obvious - that her mother was not the most reliable and trustworthy person.

This was a great read; with plenty of emotional ups and downs. It is the perfect read to heat up those chilly winter nights.


A New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author, Lexi Ryan considers herself the luckiest chick she knows. Her books have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. When not writing, she enjoys watching football, perfecting her chocolate martini, and reading. A former college professor, her biggest fears include faculty meetings and large stacks of ungraded freshman composition papers. She now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband and two children and their neurotic dog. You can visit Lexi at her website or find her on Twitter @writerlexiryan or Facebook at


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