RG2E Featured Author Lexi Ryan on “The Guy We Want and The Guy We’re Supposed to Want”

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!

Give a big ol’ RG2E First-Timer Welcome to Featured Author Lexi Ryan, who y’all are gonna luuuvvv…

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Love is complicated. You could argue that it shouldn’t be complicated, but it is. We all have an idea in our minds of who we’re supposed to love and when we’re supposed to meet him (or her). Our grand life plans might include love, but we always figure love is part of those plans, never an obstacle.

Me? I planned to fall in love with The One about the time I was wrapping up my PhD in literature in some college town on the east coast. Sure, there would have been boyfriends along the way, but nothing was going to distract me from my Big Important Plans. I wasn’t “one of those girls.” So, imagine my surprise when I fell in love with a boy in the summer between high school and college—a boy who was supposed to be a summer fling.

Now that I’ve been married to my “summer fling” for nearly nine years, I think it’s safe to say I adjusted ideas of when love was “supposed to” find me.

For Riley Carter in Text Appeal, she’s not opposed to love, but she thinks she knows what it looks like. She thinks her father has to approve. But her heart? It has other ideas.


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?

~ ~ ~

“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.

~ ~ ~

Text Appeal is available for $2.99


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I’d love to give away two e-copies of Text Appeal, my hot contemporary romance about what happens when the good girl’s text messages start going to the bad boy her heart really wants. I’ll give copies to two randomly drawn commenters. Just tell me: when love came for you, was it what you expected?

Whether you’re one of the two winners of Text Appeal or not, I invite you to download my free novelette Just One Night from Amazon, B&N, Kobo, AllRomanceBooks, Smashwords, or iTunes.

Just One Night by Lexi Ryan

About Lexi:

Like most authors, I feel a little silly writing these. My life is one I love and there’s not much I’d change about it, but it’s not terribly exciting.

I live in mid-western Indiana, where I spend my days teaching English at a local college. In the evenings, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids–a five-year-old boy and a one-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I’m feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I’m really, really slow) or do yoga. Don’t worry, I’m always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.

I love hearing from readers, so I hope you’ll drop me a note at writerlexiryan@gmail.com

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Welcome to The RG2E, Lexi! We’re thrilled to add you to our Featured Author Family!!!

Thanks bunches for the fun scoop and for the Ebook Gift Copies and FREE Ebook too! U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder



11 thoughts on “RG2E Featured Author Lexi Ryan on “The Guy We Want and The Guy We’re Supposed to Want”

  1. I fell for my husband in the laundry room of our apartment building! Not at all expected.
    He kept leaving his laundry in the machines, I would move it from the washer to the dryer and then fold his laundry when dry. I decided I was going to stake out the laundry room and catch the laundry slacker. I caught him. He gave me this bad boy grin, and said you can’t blame a guy –
    I had a good thing going here. He took me to dinner, and we have been together for over 30 years now. I do know how he likes his underwear folded!
    I would love a Amazon Kindle copy of Text Appeal.
    Thank you for the opportunity,

  2. I was watching out for one of my good friends that just wanted to ride in a sports car of someone she knew but I didn’t, so I wound up meeting my future husband in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. Did I mention It was his car? We will be married 24 years next month. 🙂
    I would love to win a copy of Text Appeal for my kindle. purpleunicorn19 AT yahoo.com

  3. I fell for my husband at college arguing over something that I don’t remember now. It was not at all expected. We have been together for 16 years now.
    I would love a copy of Text Appeal for the kindle.

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