Dirty, Reckless Love (The Boys of Jackson Harbor #3) by Lexi Ryan
Released: August 14, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Ever, After LLC
Reviewed by Keyrsten
I’m in love with a man who tried to kill me. At least that’s what they tell me . . .
Six weeks ago, paramedics found me unconscious in my apartment. Beaten. Bruised. Hardly breathing. When I woke up, I couldn’t remember the last three years or anything about my life in Jackson Harbor. They tell me my fiancé, Colton McKinley, is on the run for what he did to me. They tell me I’m safer if I stay away.
I don’t care if my memories ever come back. I want nothing to do with those missing years . . . until a sexy stranger with angry eyes shows up on my doorstep and demands I stop ignoring him.
Levi Jackson is my fiancé’s best friend, but seeing him sparks something inside me. As the truth unravels in my mind, I know they’re wrong about Colton. My own secrets are far more dangerous than the man I was engaged to.
I return to Jackson Harbor to search for answers and find myself running from a faceless boogeyman and seeking refuge in Levi’s arms. And in his bed.
I can’t deny my feelings for Levi. But as the pile of lies between us grows, I realize that sometimes the truth can’t set us free. Sometimes, it’s the very thing that can destroy us.
Holy mother of lanta. This damn book. We know I love an emotional roller coaster, and this was like an emotional High Roller hanging you over the edge of the Stratosphere. I pride myself on being the type of person who can figure out the plot or the "who dunnit" aspect of a story. With this one I didn't see it coming till it was hitting me in the face, and damn did that feel good.
Normally I'm not huge on continuously time jumping back and forth throughout the story, but the time jumps worked for the story line here. Sometimes in books time jumps can be distracting and not really hold any substance, but that was not the case here. Every time jump had a purpose. It was nice to see a glimpse of what Ellie was about to remember, that way you could really take in the effect those memories had on her.
Ellie's journey throughout the book really pulls at your heart strings. I can't imagine going through everything she went through, and she faces it all head on to not only protect herself but those around her. Lexi was able to make you feel every emotion right along with Ellie and that just pulled you even deeper into the story. You're scared when she's scared. You're anxious when she's anxious. You're confused when she's confused. You're turned on when she's turned on. You love when she loves. She is such a strong FMC and the courage she shows throughout the book is so inspiring.
Levi and Colton were two completely different men, but I can totally see why Ellie falls in love with both of them. Colton represents a love with the man who needs you to lean on. Levi represents a love with a man who's there for you to lean on. Both types of love can be detrimental to your heart, but they can also be your everything. One you give your all to. The other gives their all to you. The right one will learn to be a balance of the two. I was pulling for Levi from the moment his pretty smile showed up on the page. Colton never really had my heart.
There is a new twist with every turn in this book. You will question who has your loyalties throughout the book, and sometimes you may be wrong. Ellie ends up being with the man she needs, the man who will be her rock through it all. Sometimes just because you feel you are doing the right thing for everyone, doesn't mean you are doing the right thing for you. Secrets can tear your world apart, but they can also set you free. Through it all have no regrets.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.