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PLAYING WITH TEMPTATION Paperback available today

Peeking my head out of my writing cave to share some exciting news.

PLAYING WITH TEMPTATION by Reese Ryan

Today I’m hunkered down in my writing cave where I’m busy working on another looming deadline. (Stay tuned for a future announcement about that!) But I wanted to give you a sneak peek of my second chance romance Playing with TemptationThis second book in my Pleasure Cove series hits bookstore shelves today.

Here’s the story:

A love for all time

North Carolina pro footballer Nate Johnston built his reputation on talent, drive and good sportsmanship. But a devastating recent loss derails his team’s shot at winning the championship…and Nate’s career when a compromising video goes viral. In need of a miracle, the star wide receiver feels ambushed when his brother enlists media consultant Kendra Williams to do damage control. The reignited desire for the woman he once wanted to spend forever with can only cause Nate deeper heartache.

Walking away from the man she loved seven years ago is the biggest regret of Kendra’s life. Now her son needs a closer relationship with his father…and Kendra needs to win back Nate’s trust. After breaking his heart, repairing his career is the least she can do to help save his dream. Powerful passion still smolders between them, tempting the former lovers to move beyond their painful past. Will the emergence of a jealous ex with a vicious revenge scheme sabotage their second chance at a future and a family that’s almost within reach?

Here’s a taste of the story:

Nate Johnston entered the private dining room at his favorite seafood restaurant and froze, his expensive Italian loafers rooted to the floor.

The ghost of relationships past.

Kendra didn’t need to turn around for him to recognize the woman he’d once shared his bed with; the mother of his six-year-old son. He sensed her presence—like something warm wiggling beneath his skin—the instant he stepped into the room.

Nate was in the midst of the biggest crisis of his eight-year-long professional football career. Why would his brother invite him to dinner with the woman who shattered his heart seven years ago?

“Glad you’re here, Nate. Have a seat.” His brother Marcus indicated the seat next to Kendra.

Nate narrowed his gaze at his brother and took the seat beside him instead. “You asked me to meet you for dinner to discuss the situation.”

As if Kendra and every other sports network viewer hadn’t seen the grainy cell phone footage of him in a club, after a few drinks, ripping his teammates to shreds following the ass-whipping they’d endured at the hands of their division rivals. A devastating loss that put the brakes on the Memphis Marauders play-off run for the third year in a row.

The video had been edited to make him look like the villain. It didn’t include him detailing how his own mistakes—a dropped pass and a costly fumble—had contributed to the loss.

“That’s why she’s here.” Marcus’s response was terse. As Nate’s sports agent, Marcus’s job had become ten times harder since the tape hit the airwaves that morning.

“Hello, Nate.” Kendra’s apologetic smile indicated she knew something he didn’t.
Nate’s attention was drawn to her expressive face. How did she manage to get more beautiful every time he saw her?

Head full of short, dark curls. Sheen on high blast. Style on point. Body-hugging knit dress in his favorite color on her—Marauders blue. The color perfectly contrasted the expanse of smooth brown skin exposed by the neckline of her dress.

An uneasy feeling crawled up his spine. Nate turned to his brother. “What do you mean that’s why she’s here?”

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Got a question or comment about Playing with Temptation or any other story? Would you like to request that I attend or participate in a chat about this book or another of my available titles? Email me here. I love hearing from readers!

Happy reading!

Author News: Hope to see you in Cary, LA, Atlanta, Greensboro or Durham

Check Out These Romance Reader Events and Book Festivals Happening Across the Country!

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

If you enjoy reading romantic fiction as much as I do, you could probably easily spend hours (or days) with your head buried in books, not speaking to a solitary soul. Writers of romance find themselves in a similar situation. Heads bent over the computer and fingers flying across the keys. Our heads buried in novels and craft books as much as our schedules will allow.

Reading and writing can be very solitary activities. However, in the last few years, I’ve discovered the joy of getting out and meeting other readers and writers–my tribe.

If you’re an avid reader of romance, they’re probably your tribe, too. A little more than a week ago I had the privilege of leading off a panel discussion on writing contemporary romance. The other participating authors? Talented and prolific authors Samantha Chase and Marquita Valentine. Yep, still pinching myself that I got to be counted with these two fabulous authors.

North Carolina authors Reese Ryan, Samantha Chase and Marquita Valentine

During the next month and beyond I’ll also be participating in several more reader events, listed below:

I’m thrilled to be participating in these events. In addition to booksignings there will be lively discussions about the romance genre and its impact on us as readers. So if you’re local to (or an easy drive from) one of these events, I hope you’ll come out and join us.

Join us on Friday, April 21st in Cary, NC to celebrate our wealth of local romance authors!

One more thing…

Thank you if you read Playing with Desire, Playing by the Rules or Baby Be Mine and were kind enough to leave a review. If you’ve enjoyed any of these stories and haven’t already, I’d love it if you’d leave an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, iTunes or Harlequin. This helps other readers find them, too.

One last thing…

Next month I’ll be running my second quarter giveaway, and it’s going to be a good one, so stay tuned for that email in the coming weeks!

Happy Reading!

Free Reads, Release Day Fun, Prizes and a Pampered Reader Giveaway

Tomorrow is a big day for me. March 1st is my birthday and the official release date for Playing with Desire, the first book in my new Pleasure Cove series with Harlequin Kimani Romance.

Playing with Desire by Reese Ryan -- Pleasure Cove Book #1

I’m so excited to share this new series with you! To celebrate the big day, I’m saying thank you to readers with giveaways and goodies.

First up, if you haven’t already read it, my short story Baby Be Mine is available in its entirety as a free read here on ReeseRyan.com and on Harlequin.com.

Here’s the skinny on this Valentine’s Day romance–an introduction to the world of my Pleasure Cove series:

When Mitchell Johnston returns to Pleasure Cove for the holidays, he finally gives in to his long-held passion for Monique James–his best friend’s flirtatious little sister. But after their memorable night together, they’re torn apart by the revelation of secrets and lies. Will the unexpected consequences of their night together finally lead them to the love they’ve been longing for?

Just click one of the links above to read the entire story on the site of your choice or via your smartphone using the Harlequin Book Breaks app.

Now for my Pampered Reader Giveaway!

Pampered Reader Giveaway by Reese Ryan

Join my Playing with Desire Release Day Party on Facebook tomorrow night from 7-8 PM Eastern for a chance to win my Pampered Reader Giveaway which includes:

  • An OliaDesign Diary String Key Leather Bound Notebook
  • A full-size Early-Harvest Raspberry Body Butter from The Body Shop
  • An Everyday Luxe Peony Gardens Home Fragrance Candle

There will be fun, games, music and prizes offered by authors like Deborah Fletcher Mello and Joy Avery. Don’t miss out on the party. RSVP now for this interactive online event. Then join us tomorrow evening for a chance to win more prizes.

Happy reading!

Reese Ryan. Colorful characters. Sinfully sweet romance.
Please note: Physical prizes sent to U.S. mailing addresses only. International winners are eligible for a gift card instead.

Baby Be Mine Goes Live + Playing with Temptation Cover Reveal

I’ve got so much good news to share with y’all. Seriously! After three years of writing, planning, and plotting that didn’t include a single book release, this year I’m coming at you with seven releases.

Yes, I said SEVEN.

Check out the graphic below and stay tuned for news of an eighth, super-secret project I’m working on as we speak.

First up…

Baby Be Mine is Now Live

Baby Be Mine, a free, serial novelette, begins TODAY on Harlequin’s Extras site. One chapter of the serial will drop each weekday for four weeks. So go back daily for the latest installment of the story through February 17th.

Here’s the story:

When Mitchell Johnston returns to Pleasure Cove for the holidays, he finally gives in to his long-held passion for Monique James–his best friend’s flirtatious little sister. But after their memorable night together, they’re torn apart by the revelation of secrets and lies. Will the unexpected consequences of their night together finally lead them to the love they’ve been longing for?

Read it online here now and come back tomorrow for the next chapter. And if you like the story, don’t forget to vote at the bottom of the page.


Playing with Temptation Cover Reveal

Playing with Temptation by Reese Ryan

Now available for pre-order.

I know Pleasure Cove Book #1 hasn’t launched yet, but Book #2 is already on deck and available for pre-order. Here’s the cover for Playing with Temptation, Book #2 in my Pleasure Cove series.

Here’s the story:

When compromising video of a star wide receiver goes viral he must rely on his ex, a savvy media consultant, to help him repair his reputation and secure his last big contract, but keeping their relationship strictly business will be more difficult than either of them imagined.

Pre-order your copy here.


2017 Publication Schedule


Share Your Review of
Playing by the Rules

Have you downloaded your copy of Playing by the Rules? If you enjoyed Hunter and Merrie’s story, please consider sharing a review on your favorite platform—Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo or Goodreads—to help other readers find their story.


Pre-order Playing with Desire

We’re on the countdown! Playing with Desire hits bookstore shelves on February 21st. Buying an electronic version? Pre-order your copy now. It’ll be delivered on my birthday, March 1st.

Lastly, stay tuned for news of the Playing with Desire Facebook & Twitter launch parties, including a chance to win some great prizes.

Happy reading!

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PLAYING WITH TEMPTATION Paperback available today

Peeking my head out of my writing cave to share some exciting news. Today I’m hunkered down in my writing cave where I’m busy working on another looming deadline. (Stay tuned for a future announcement about that!) But I wanted to give you a sneak peek of my second chance romance Playing with Temptation. This second book in […]