Series: Steele Brothers #1
Author: Cheryl Douglas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 10, 2015
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26168946-ryker
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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“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.” ~ A is for Alpha B is for Books
“This was so far up my street I could have been neighbours!!! Holy Moly what an absolute stonker… loved it!
It took me just one chapter to fall head over heels for this book and one day to finish what is one of the most realistically pitched stories that I have engaged with for a while.” ~ Books Laid Bare
“Wow! What a way to start a book off —the moment I read that sentence, geez the prologue, I was hooked! Hooked in the sense that I finished this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down.” ~ Smut- Brarians
Ryker and Mackenzie Steele have been together and married for close to 20 years. Ryker, who was little more than a criminal when he married Mackenzie, has built up a mechanic shop that now one of the most successful and sought out shops in the nation. The business success had provided Mackenzie the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom to her now teenage-aged boys. But Mackenzie now finds herself questioning her marriage. She loves Ryker, but is she still in love with him? Does he still love her? She has put on a few pounds over the years and no longer feels attractive and to make matters worse, Ryker and her have been having a dry spell in the bedroom. She remembers when they were young and couldn’t get enough of each other. Mackenzie begins to question her life, her marriage, and herself. Mackenzie asks Ryker to move out for a while so that she can think and try to gain some clarity on where her life is at currently and what she’d like to see in the future. Ryker feels completely blindsided by Mackenzie’s request but he will do anything she requests. Both Mackenzie and Ryker have a lot to think about, especially where their future together is concerned. Even though Ryker was once in an MC, this isn’t what one might think of when reading your more traditional motorcycle club books. Ryker, Steele Brothers #1, really is an emotional journey between a middle-aged couple trying to learn who each other are and find their ways back to each other. It really does deal with realistic, hard to deal with, let alone, think about situations. Ryker began a journey to see where he had gone wrong in his marriage drawing on experiences and the advice of many other people. Mackenzie also starts to see herself as an individual person again, not just the stay-at-home mother and wife of Ryker Steele. The ending is a HEA but it was a bumpy road getting there that was beautifully written by Cheryl Douglass.
When one door closes, another one opens. I closed the door to my business for the last time in 2011, which left me with a decision. What now? Find another location and move my nutrition business, go to work for someone else, or take a chance on my dream? I chose the latter and I’ve never looked back!
I’ve always loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I jumped in with both feet and decided writing would be my career, instead of just a hobby, that my muse woke up from her deep slumber.
It was like someone flipped a switch inside my head and stories just came pouring out. At the end of the day, I would often look at the keyboard and wonder, ‘Who the heck wrote that? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me!’
I don’t write books. I tell stories, or rather, I allow my characters to tell their stories through me. I’m not a plotter, never have been, never will be. Why? Because I have no idea how the story will evolve and it’s not my place to manipulate it. My job is to get to know these characters, figure out what makes them tick, then follow their journey wherever it takes me.
When I’m not writing, I’m daydreaming. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband and son who know I’ll re-join the land of the living just as soon as my muse decides it’s quitting time. I don’t work for myself. I work for her. She’s the boss. And I’m okay with that.
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