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Ryker (Steele Brothers #1) by [Douglas, Cheryl]
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Mackenzie Steele assumed she’d be with her husband forever. He's still her best friend and the father of her children. But when weeks turn into months without intimacy, she realizes she's too young to feel so old. She wants to feel desirable again, to find the woman Ryker fell in love with twenty years ago. And there’s only one way to do that… by asking him to move out.
Ryker's blindsided when his wife tells him she wants to separate. He knew they’d hit a rough patch, but he’d never allowed himself to imagine his life without her. Now he has no choice. She seems happy without him, living life on her own terms, and he knows if he doesn’t find a place for himself in her new life, it will be too late to save his marriage.

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  • Language: English
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After twenty years can two lovers lost find their inner balance and rekindle the passion thought to have disappeared?

Mackenzie Steele assumed she’d be with her husband forever. He's still her best friend and the father of her children. But when weeks turn into months without intimacy, she realizes she's too young to feel so old. She wants to feel desirable again, to find the woman Ryker fell in love with twenty years ago. And there’s only one way to do that… by asking him to move out. Ryker's blindsided when his wife tells him she wants to separate. He knew they’d hit a rough patch, but he’d never allowed himself to imagine his life without her. Now he has no choice. (Amazon Blurb)

How many of us have had that nagging feeling that one of these days after 12-15 or even 20 years of being with our significant other would no longer find us desirable and worry that they'd leave us. Mackenzie and Ryker were the embodiment of every wedded or long term couple: we all go through the same worries, the same doubts, the challenges and especially the same life altering decisions that may or may not need to be decided. And let's not forget the oh-my-goodness-bring-me-a-hose sexual tension between the two, I think I was about to combust!! And sneaky kids!! They made my day! Who can not appreciate the endless ways they'd find excuses to have their parents in the same room - hilarious. What I must point out and I will give a ton of bonus points to the author for making it quite important as well, is that the changes Mackenzie decided to make, the weight loss, finding a fulfilling job, etc., were for her benefit, to find herself and NOT for her husband, not her children and not her neighbours. Simply to find herself and finally know who she is - an important message for anyone.
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I haven't read anything by this author before now ad wow what a book. I find that author Cheryl Douglas as a way with the way she writes which shows talent in many ways ,special with her characters. They are like watching a movie on the big screen they just come to life and their seem real instant of characters in a book. When I read any book that's what I want . I was amazed how these two characters came to life in this book it was like I was listening to friend tell me her and her husband were separation and I felt sorry for her. This story is about Mackenzie Steele and her husband and the love their once happen for each other. Ryker and his wife have be together for two decades and their were best friends ,lovers, and each others spouses .Ryker always thought they would be together for the rest of their life's, So what happened? When Mackenzie tells Ryker that she wanted a separation he was totally shocker and surprised about it all, It totally shakes him to the core. He tried to figure out what happened between them and how he would get her back because he loved her with all his heart. We are couple forget to tell our better halves how we feel for them ,does it hurt to say I love you ,you look good , your beautiful no it doesn't take long at all .We need to stop taking our partners for grants because it could happen to us. I really think this book teaches us a lesson don't take loved ones for grant and say that little four letter word once in awhile it don't hurt. I totally recommend you read this story and fine out what happens with Mackenzie and Ryker you're love it. I did .
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This book really resonated with me. I love Cheryl's writing style and have read her whole Nashville series both generations and knew the story would be great before I even opened it. First I was able to relate to the character so much as I have been married a long time and can feel the same emotions about "losing myself". I also have a child I have and always will put first. My husband is great looking and an amazing man who I see as someone who could easily see being snatched away by younger girls if he were to ever look. He is so much like Ryker that it felt like a story about my life. I had to put the book down a few times to take a breather as it was a true rewording of my life. I LOVED this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars little love notes that went unanswered or reciprocated March 21 2016
By J.B. - Published on Amazon.com
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From the description, I was gung ho to read this book but after reading it I am only giving it 2.5 stars. Marriages are definitely hard work and come with ups and downs and this book showed what happened when a down came around and didn't go away. I can understand why the heroine, Mackenzie, did what she did. She felt she had not only lost herself by putting her family before herself but she also thought that her husband didn't want her anymore. There were missed dinners, little love notes that went unanswered or reciprocated, and other things that built until the culmination of six months of living as roommates instead of a married couple. Once the two of them split, to me she seemed the one who tried the hardest to find herself again and to grow from the decision she made. Yes she tried to lose weight but she also tried to grow in other ways by approaching a life coach who would meet with her to help her find herself again and show her she was making good choices plus how to learn more about herself. And I applauded her even as she struggled to hold her family together as much as she could.

What I didn't like was this. The one I saw the least amount of growth in was the hero, Ryker, throughout this story. He at first seemed shocked at the fact she felt this way and that she was asking for this break and even questioned why he hadn't questioned her about the rift between them before she demanded the separation. Over the course of their time apart, he had several people, including his MIL and his brother point things out to him about what couples do...flowers, notes, little texts about how they feel and miss them, etc...and yet he never once picked up and did any of them. He just seemed to keep repeating the phrase it wasn't him. He was shocked at the changes in her and didn't want anyone else dating her but still kept doing the same things that showed others came before her. He had made his mark yet kept doing as much or more than he had before instead of stepping back and devoting more to her. He said the business was half hers and that he valued her opinions when it came to the company but I didn't even see him inviting her to any of the numerous dinners both in the past and currently so that she could be by his side.

I won't spoil the ending but will say with what happened I felt it was wrong. More could have happened in a better way. I don't think I will be reading any more of the series.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing. July 10 2016
By Sharma - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the story. I had a big problem with the heroine. I hate the way she treated her husband. Yes, she was selfish and immature. She never bothered to let her husband know there were problems in the marriage until she asked him to leave. She blindsided him. How was he supposed to know she was unhappy with the way things were? She turned away from him first then acted like he did not desire her. She also made him jump through hoops to get back together. Communication is the key. I was confused as to why he would even let her do everything she did. He worked on making her happy but what did she do to make him happy? Also the fact that no one but her friend criticized him. She was divorced, apparently. She seemed to feel that her friend should not work on the relationship. It was like she was punishing him for things that were wrong with her...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Had potential but fell flat... April 1 2016
By Emily K. Guerra - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought that the premise of the story had the potential to be good however the execution was lacking. They story started of with the Mac asking her husband of 15+ years to move out because she is unhappy with herself and with their relationship. OK, fine. However, I found that when Mac and Ryker begin rekindling their romance there was not a lot of the emotional discovery and excitement that you typically find when reading a romance about a "new" love or "the one that got away". The author relied to heavily on the already established emotional connection that a couple married for this long would obviously have, the problem with that being that we (the readers) were not along for that ride. Occasionally she gives glimpses into the past and what their relationship was like in the beginning and honestly, I would have rather read that story. Overall this story was ok. If you are looking for a steamy, exciting romance, this is not your story.
3.0 out of 5 stars Two soulmates that did love one another drifted apart and separated and a somewhat building romance to get back together Feb. 4 2017
By Lenna WB - Published on Amazon.com
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Concept was okay, from start Mac basically told her husband they need time apart and he should move out and he did. from start to finish its basically how the two loving soulmates come together again at the end. Mac wants her independence and freedom to find her self again and see if she needs Ryker in her life or is she better away from him. The have two teenage sons and they will always be there for them but she felt like Ryker didn't love her anymore or even is he was attracted to her. Mac feels like after losing weight is only why Ryker is being more into her then before and pays attention to her more then ever. So its a story of how two soulmates that did love one another drifted apart and separated and a somewhat building romance to get back together. Told in both of views and has a HEA I guess.
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic long term relationship Jan. 11 2017
By Charliegirl - Published on Amazon.com
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This book took me on a roller coaster of thoughts almost throughout. In the beginning, I understood the heroine's feelings of having lost herself, of thinking that the romance was gone, of being taken for granted. What I didn't understand was why, if she loves her husband and knows he loves her, she felt the need to separate and then do nothing to work on or mend their relationship for six months. Later though, as details emerged of their history and the efforts she made to rekindle things that had gone unnoticed and reciprocated, I felt more of her frustration. I found it a realistic portrayal of the up and down, hot and cold course of a long term relationship.