Text Appeal by Lexi Ryan – Review/Excerpt/Giveaway

Text Appeal by Lexi Ryan – Review/Excerpt/Giveaway

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Text Appeal

by Lexi Ryan


Contemporary Romance

Contains Comedic Elements

Heat Level: Steamy

Length: 245 pages

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Charlie ‘The Devil’ Singleton is the face of professional poker. Notorious for playing cards and women, Charlie’s ready to change his ways, and the surprisingly sexy texts he’s getting from Riley are making him bet everything…on her.

Riley Carter is nothing like the hotel heiresses who make the news. A girl who’s determined to run her father’s hotel empire can’t share many traits with women who fill the gossip rags. But ‘The Devil’ has a way of tempting even the best behaved girls.

When Riley discovers the naughty messages on her cell have been coming from Charlie, not her would-be fiancé, she falls into a hot affair with the last man she expected. But consorting with the notorious bad boy puts her hard-won reputation on the line. Is Charlie worth more to her than a little TEXT APPEAL?


“Text Appeal is smart, sexy, filled with great writing and memorable dialogue, and features characters you won’t easily forget.”Barnes & Noble’s LOVE ROCKS Indie Review column

“Readers will find themselves cheering for Riley and Charlie both. Lexi Ryan writes her dialogue with wit, humor, a bit of sarcasm, and throws in some wonderful chemistry!” –InD’Tale Magazine

“Ms. Ryan’s story is fun and flirty. Text Appeal won’t disappoint!”–Storm Goddess Book Reviews

Excerpt #1:

“I had a fantastic time tonight,” Chaz said, brushing a lock of hair from Riley’s face.

She leaned against the stairwell wall outside her apartment, and his dark eyes met hers. Nice eyes—warm and comforting. But her mind drifted to a different set of eyes. Icy blue and dangerous eyes.

“It was nice,” she murmured.

Stop thinking about Charlie! Maybe she was thinking about him because they had the same name: Charles. Charles Singleton and Charles Spencer—if her brain linked them, that was perfectly understandable, nothing to feel guilty about.

Chaz also looked a little like Charlie. They were both tall with dark hair and nice builds. She smiled at Chaz and gave him an appraising look. His body was good. It was…fine. But he looked about as much like Charlie as a veggie burger looked like the real, juicy thing. Sure, there were similarities, and at a quick glance one could be mistaken for the other. But the truth was, each promised an entirely different kind of experience.

“You keep looking at me like that and I won’t make it home tonight,” Chaz said with a smile.

“I’m just thinking about how much I enjoy being with you.”

He leaned in for a kiss and she tilted her chin up and opened her mouth to him.

She wished his hint that he might stay over stirred something more in her. The truth was, Chaz wasn’t a very exciting lover. He was practical and didn’t stray off course. He was…efficient.

Charlie Singleton might make a girl wonder what he would do with his mouth, but this was Chaz. Chaz was kind. Honest. The kind of man you could be proud of. The kind of man you marry and want to father your children. He was successful and stable and . . .

He put his thumb under her chin and slipped his tongue into her mouth, tasting of mineral water and juicy fruit, and Riley thought, He’s lower in cholesterol.


One question for you?  Name me a woman that doesn’t love lingerie?  Even with my well endowed self, nothing beats a good bra for every day and then the “sexy, you know you won’t wear it for long” bra and panties?  As a old boyfriend told me once when a man picks out lingerie, he drops it on the floor.  If it looks good on the floor, then they buy it.  Seriously.  Well, women buy sexy lingerie for her partner.  Yes, can it be uncomfy, itchy and pinch?  You bet, but who cares?  Its going on the floor soon anyway.  I could instantly relate to Riley in that respect.   All business during the day but take the suit off and WOW!

As a former “poker widow” many of the scenes with Charlie, I completely understood.  I know all about poker, the rules, the tournaments and yes, my husband still watches the World Poker Tour on ESPN.  Charlie came to Vegas for his one chance to win big again and there pops up Riley at the mall trying on lingerie.  Still wanting her, he can’t believe it when he finds out about her life now.  Dating a schmuck, next in line for the GM position but still a very desirable sexy woman.  He knows that he should be concentrating on the tournament but after a few texts, he can’t forget about her.

The use of texting in a book has been done before.  Also the whole misunderstanding troupe, too.  Ms. Ryan mashes them up and what happens is a layered, complex story about two people that know that real life is messy, ugly and sometimes not fair.  Change is scary and the ability to want to change is even more terrifying.  I liked that the author didn’t wrap up everything in two pages either.  Charlie and Riley had to grow within themselves and then with each other.  Seeing the changes in themselves, it filtered out to other aspects of their lives and to me, that’s excellent writing.

This is a fun, flirty, sexy story about two people that I came to care very deeply for and cheered for their HEA.  I highly recommend it.

BTW, you do not need to know the poker lingo…just saying.  🙂

About the Author:   TextAppeal-AuthorPhoto

Author of both contemporary and paranormal romance, Lexi Ryan writes smart, spunky stories that sizzle. She enjoys reading, sunshine, a good glass of wine, and rare trips to the beach with her husband and children.

Lexi lives in Indiana where she divides her time between her family, her writing, and her job as an English professor. You can find her at her website: lexiryan.com

Visit Lexi online at:

Website – http://lexiryan.com

Blog – http://lexiryan.blogspot.com

Facebook – http://facebook.com/lexiryan

Twitter – @writerlexiryan

E-mail – writerlexiryan@gmail.com

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Falling for Her Boss-Review

Falling for Her Boss-Review


A former ice figure skater, Francie Piccard must make a decision. Should she resume her training with the partner who betrayed her and try for a gold medal? Or should she stay on as manager of the Roller Fun roller skating rink and try to convince her new boss and owner, Noah Gordon, not to sell it?

Persuading Noah to stay in Gettysburg until Valentine’s Day isn’t as difficult as Francie expects. But is he staying because of the rink, her family’s hospitality, or the attraction between them? Should Francie hold onto an old dream or chase a new one?
Originally published as Because Of Francie.


Let me just say, I got this book for free from Amazon awhile back and last night I was looking for a sweet, fun read. I was not disappointed. I have read Karen Rose Smith’s Harlequin’s in the past and enjoyed them. Karen writes sweet, sexy stories that will always leave a smile on your face.

Francie is a former figure skater that is now the manager of the local roller skating rink. She has always dealt with the other partner so when the other owner shows up at her doorstep she is at a loss. No one has a right to be that good looking or sexy. After being invited in for dinner by Francie’s family, Noah wasn’t ready for the feelings of loneliness that come forth. Also, Francie wasn’t ready for Noah to tell her the purpose of his trip. Crushed by Noah’s decision to sell the rink, she comes up with a plan to make Noah see that the rink is not only making money but important to the community as a whole.

Again, I can not get over how I liked this book. Francie is a determined woman to show just how much the rink means, not just to her but to the community. She also approached by her old skating partner to skate again and qualify for the Olympics. She has very mixed feelings about skating again. She loves to skate but can she trust the partner that betrayed her not only as a skating partner but also as a lover. Noah is a complete enigma. Once minute is hot with her and then he turns cold. Throw in that her younger sister is resentful towards her and Francie can’t decide which way she is going.

Noah comes to town to tell the manager that he is selling the rink. He didn’t expect to find one sexy, determined women that stirs true feelings for a love that could be everlasting. I loved Noah even though he was older than Francie. In some ways, he had more decisions to make than Francie did. Did he sell the rink or leave it? What was the “real” reason he wanted to sell it? What was he going to do with Francie once he left? He had never felt love like this before and didn’t think that he was really worthy of it. Love, family and stability in his life were things that were foreigner to him.

I would recommend Falling For Her Boss for anyone that wants a feel good, sexy read about two people that have some hard decisions to make in their separate lives and how it affects their relationship. I look forward to going back and reading more of Karen Rose Smith’s updated backlist.


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