Mackenzie Steele wants to feel desirable again, and there’s only one way to do that… by asking Ryker to move out.
Ryker’s blindsided when his wife tells him she wants to separate. 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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4.5 “Everything I Need” Stars
Ryker by Cheryl Douglas is a story of marriage, devotion, change and family. It’s about finding out who you are separate from the person you’ve devoted most of your life to. It’s about realizing that change doesn’t have to be bad and that love is a choice. Told in dual points of view, Ryke and Mackenzie go through their lives separately hoping that they can find a way to be whole together again.
Ryker and Mackenzie spent the last six months of their marriage drifting further and further apart. Mackenzie finally breaks down and asks Ryker for a separation. Though not legally, Mackenzie wants him to move out so that they can figure out what has gone wrong and what they need to do to be happy again. So for six months Ryker moves out and their two teenage sons split their time between them.
They have a very amicable split. Even though Mackenzie suggested it, she knows she still loves her husband. He’s still her best friend; she just isn’t happy and seemingly Ryker isn’t either. Ryker was blindsided by Mackenzie’s request, though, in hindsight he sees exactly where he went wrong. He decides he is going to do everything in his power to win back his wife. In no way does he want to move on from her. He loves her now as much as he did 20 years ago and he is going to prove it.
This story sucked me in and didn’t let go. I was hooked from the first heartbreaking scene and after real life intervened, I was anxious to get back to this story. I had to see what happened. I needed to see Ryker and Mackenzie and their boys happy.
Mackenzie and Ryker’s story could be the story of any couple together for an extended period of time. Routines set in and people stop working at the relationships because they’re comfortable.
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This is a book that I think most women will be able to relate to in one way or another. The story had some raw and emotional moments that I could totally understand where Mac was coming from. That is not to say there weren’t parts that made me angry. Several times I felt like Mac was sending Ryker mixed signals. I got that she had self esteem issues and felt like her life was not what she envisioned it to be, but a few times I felt like if only they had communicated better it would not have gone so far that she felt she had no other choice than to possibly end the marriage.
“I could hear the disbelief in my husband’s voice. After seventeen years of marriage, almost twenty years together, he couldn’t believe I was asking him to walk away.”
“He was still my best friend, the father of my two children. That’s what made this so painful. I didn’t dislike him. I didn’t resent him. I just… didn’t really know him anymore. Or myself for that matter.”
“We were just friends, and I wanted more. I wanted passion. I wanted someone to find me appealing again, to look at me the way Ryker used to.”
I really enjoyed this story and devoured it in one sitting. This is a book that will make you stop and reevaluate your relationship. The story flowed extremely well and all the characters in this one just worked well to make the story seem very believable. I loved the chemistry between Mac and Ryker and the author did a fantastic job at building that chemistry. I loved Ryker’s brothers and really hope to see more books about them in the future. If you are looking for a book that will make you stop and think about your marriage than this one you should defiantly read.
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Wow. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think about Ryker. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to enjoy this book. It revolves around two older characters, and I was unsure if I would be able to relate, as I am in my early twenties. I am very happy to say I was wrong. I loved this book. I devoured it within a day being unable to put it down.
Ryker is a wonderfully told story of reconnecting and rekindling love. The opening scene of the book sets the tone for the rest of the book and allows the author to take the reader on a slow journey of rediscovery for the characters. Although the timeline in the book is a little fast, in my opinion, the story is unfolded in a sweet and slow way. This story shows that no matter what your age is, there can be issues and insecurities in relationships. I think this was the area that I related to most. I have been in relationships and have had some of the same concerns that Mackenzie had. I think I related to her most because of this.
The characters, Ryker and Mackenzie, are written beautifully. Ryker is a man’s man with a tough exterior and has trouble showing emotions. Mackenzie is a woman who feels like she has lost direction in her life and feels she needs a big change. I think the author did an amazing job portraying each person’s feelings. This story is told from both Ryker and Mackenzie’s point of view, which gives the reader a better insight into how each person is thinking and feeling. I think this also allows the reader to be sympathetic to both characters.
I also loved the smaller characters. We were able to meet several other characters throughout the book who had their own thing going on. Sometimes these smaller plots can overshadow the main plot, but that wasn’t the case with this book.