Monday, March 10, 2014

Blog Tour (Review) & Giveaway: Ridge by Adriane Leigh

Welcome to my stop in the RIDGE by Adriane Leigh Blog Tour, hosted by Love Between the Sheets.

Title: Ridge (Wild #2)
 Author: Adriane Leigh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2014
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. *Ridge, like Wild, is a standalone.  Reading Wild first will provide some back story, but is not required to read Ridge   

My Thoughts:

We first meet Ridge in Wild, but we only had a little glimpse into his character. I don’t know what I was expecting Ridge’s character to be like so I was not prepared for what Adriane Leigh delivered with his character. Ridge has lived with regret his whole life for taking his brothers fiance, Mia, away from him. So he decides that he should end things with her. Once he leaves her, all hell is broken loss within him. If I had to pick two words to describe Ridge’s character it would be masochist and intense. I felt Ridge’s emotional intensity crawling under my skin, and I didn’t have a problem with that because I love it when characters can affect me in some way. I think there might be something wrong with me but I loved that he was a masochist, because that is just what makes Ridge who he is. The whole time I was experiencing conflicting emotions about his character and his actions. There were times in the story that had my heart breaking for his character and other times when I just wanted to tell him to just say what was on his mind to get rid of the situations he got himself in. I just loved the depth and intensity of Ridge's character.

There are two girls in Ridge’s life, Mia and Amy. At first I thought Amy was going to be that special girl that was going to be able to help him forget about Mia. Ridge is just using Amy to get over Mia, which is really messed up. This is where some of my conflicting feelings start because at first I understand why he wanted to date Amy, but I completely disagree with his actions after things start to fall apart. I started liking Amy’s character at the very beginning, then she made me frustrated, then my heart broke for her a little, and then she made me want to open her eyes to see what was right in front of her- Ridge just didn’t love her.

Ridge and Mia’s relationship started all wrong from the very beginning. These two together are toxic, masochist, damaged, hot, and intense. I really loved reading Ridge’s memories of Mia, because we get a glimpse into their relationship and Mia’s character. Just like Ridge, Mia has her own personal problems that deals with her addiction. I felt the same things with Mia’s character at the beginning. At first I hated her, then I wanted her character to completely disappear, but then I ended up liking her a lot and this was because of Ridge’s memories of their time together. After Mia appears in Ridge’s life again I started liking her character a little more, and I wish that Adriane Leigh would have given us more of Mia in the story. I just loved Ridge and Mia’s relationship more than Ridge and Amy’s relationship, because even though they are toxic together these two together ease their pain and addictions.

I don’t know where to start because I had a lot of contradicting emotions throughout the whole story. The story starts off good and the time frame in the story is very quick- each chapter seems to be a whole new week or two weeks. I did enjoy that time within the story was going by fast, but the story itself didn’t feel like it was moving along fast. I will be honest and say that I enjoyed Ridge’s memories of his time with Mia more than the chapters he spends with Amy. Once he meets up again with Mia the story starts to pick up pace, and these are the chapters I enjoyed the most. I wish that there could be more Ridge and Mia in the story. I enjoyed reading from Ridge’s POV but wished that we could have gotten a few chapters from Amy’s and Mia’s POV.

Ridge by Adrian Leigh is the first book that after finishing the book has left me with conflicting emotions about the story and the characters. If you haven’t meet the Wild brothers then you are missing out on some Intense and Hot Alpha Males that will have you wanting more. I can’t wait to read Slade’s story, and I can’t wait to get more Wild & Kat and Ridge & Mia :D!


 Final Verdict: 3.5 Stars



"Hey.” She grabbed my chin and turned my eyes to hers. "I realized something about you long ago, Ridge Wild.”
"Oh yeah?” I tipped my head and smiled at her.
"Other than you have a smile that melts panties.” She smacked my cheek playfully.
"Other than that.”
"We don’t have to fix each other. We don’t need to. You’re not perfect, and I’m not perfect, but we’re perfect together. It was never about fixing you; it was always about loving you.” She dusted a kiss along the corner of my mouth.
My eyes danced around her dark features, soaking her up, before I pulled her in tighter to my body and planted a kiss on her lips.
I realized finding her, fighting for her, was about forgiveness, some twisted sense of retribution, coming to terms with our pasts and learning that they don’t define us, but only serve to shape us, make us who we are, make us better people.
As I looked at her, I realized I had two options. I could go back in the direction I’d come from, or I could go forward in the direction I wanted to go.
I was shit without her, but fortunately, when I was with her, she was my other half. My matching piece. My mirror image. My perfect opposite.
When I met her, I'd found me.

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About the Author
Adriane Leigh
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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Coming Soon
Slade (Wild #3)
19357709   add-to-goodreads-button31   Behind every beautiful thing, there is some kind of pain... 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. BTSPRprofile-1

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