Saturday, August 24, 2013

Winning Back Ryan by S L Siwik


After a horrible day at work, I came home to find my a curious position. After determining why he was unhappy, I, Anne Watson, decided to try and fix our broken relationship. My four closest male friends, however, had another idea. Revenge.  
**Content Warning: This book contains a sexual assault scene and mature material. ** 


Annie comes home from work to find a big surprise, her boyfriend in bed with another girl!  Who does Annie turn to for help?  Her 4 best friends, all of whom are guys.  Their perspectives on what she should do and how to go about exacting her revenge are at times hysterical - think 4 guys in a lingerie store!

Annie is overall fairly naive and has had no idea that 2 of her best friends have been in love with her for years.  How has she never seen the signs? Can she give up her revenge/get Ryan back plan and choose to move on instead?  How does she go from a broken heart and to starting over with her best friend?  

Brian is a great guy who has waited a long time for Annie to see him as more than her best friend.  I loved him and couldn't believe there was any thoughts of still trying to win back Ryan after she realized how Brian felt about her. 

I would have liked to see a bit more development of the storyline with Brian and Annie at the end as I felt it was rushed. I was disappointed that Annie blamed herself for Ryan cheating and immediately went about trying to reinvent herself for him. Although Annie started off weak, and made a lot of choices I just couldn't understand, she did slowly gain her confidence and stand up for herself and go after what she wanted.  Her friendship and interactions with the guys are some of the highlights of the book and added a great fun factor! - Tynna  

=Butterfly Kiss

Author Bio

She loves going to NH diners on the weekend for inspiration, drinks a pot of coffee a day, and loves finding new music to add to her playlist.  Author to Just Good Friends and Winning Back Ryan.  Getting Back Annie, Office Perks, and Sirens and Sweethearts are soon to be released.




“Oh, look!” I shouted, pointing ahead.  Ben looked ahead at the large park in front of us. “Do you have any idea where we are?” I whispered. He shook his head. I laughed so hard that I snorted. “Come on; let’s go see what trouble we can get into over there.” 
We walked through the park for a while before I complained about my feet hurting from my high heels. In front of me, I saw a fountain, so I let go of Ben’s arm, running towards the monument. 
I yanked off my heels, tossing them and my pocketbook onto the ground before climbing into the fountain. 
 “What are you doing?” he shouted in exasperation. 
“Cooling off,” I explained as I began running around in a circle. When I made my way around to him, I splashed him with water. “Come on in.” 
He glanced down at his now wet clothes, then up at me.  
“That’s it. You’re going to get it now.” I shrieked as I began running in a circle, wading through the water, making sure that I didn’t slip on the coins littering the bottom of the fountain. I heard splashing behind me, so I knew he was gaining on me. I turned around, kicking water, spraying him from head to toe. He wiped the water off his face, before splashing me with water, his strong arms being able to spray me with more water that I could ever hit him with in one try. 
My hair and polka-dotted dress were soaked, and I wrung my hair out before shrieking and running away from him.  
“Watch out! I’m gonna getcha!” he shouted as we ran around the fountain. On one trip around, I was looking behind me and smashed right into his chest. When I looked up, I realized he had figured out to run in the opposite direction. He flashed me a cocky grin as his hands grabbed my arms to keep me from falling over as I laughed loudly. I placed my hands on his chest to steady myself more as the world began to spin, feeling the wet cotton beneath my fingertips, his chest heaving. I glanced up into his whiskey-colored eyes, who were staring down at me with an emotion I couldn’t place. They slowly made their way down my face, stopping on my lips before his brows pulled together.  He took a step backwards, and then hopped out of the fountain.  
The world was still spinning, though, so I stumbled backwards and held on to the statue in the middle of the fountain, throwing my arms around the marble. I wrapped my right leg around the base, while my head rested against cool tile as the water sprayed down onto my body. I licked a drop of water hanging from my upper lip and when I opened my eyes I found Ben looking at me with that same expression I had never seen on his face before. 
“Why did you get out?” I asked.  
“Someone needs to watch out for the cops while you frolic around like a faerie.”  
With my head still against the cool stone, I said, “What can I say? Every once in a while, a girl needs to frolic.”  
I could feel rather than see his smile. “In that case, keep on frolicking, Princess, just be ready to run when I tell you to.” 
I yawned while enjoying the feeling of the water pouring down on my overheated, alcohol flushed face. “God broke the mold when he made you, Ben.” I rolled my stiff neck to listen to it crack. “He really outdid himself that day.” 
Chuckling, he pulled his cigarettes out of his back pocket. He opened them, and groaned in annoyance before sliding them back into his jeans.  
“Too wet to smoke? What a shame.” Part of me thought that I was being a brat for mocking him. 
He threw me a half-dirty glare, though he smirked. “Just get your dancing out now. I still need to get some food in you.” 
“Yes, food does sound good,” I admitted.  
“Let me guess. You skipped dinner.” I heard the tone of disapproval in his voice. 
He made a tsking noise, and I didn’t bother to defend myself. He was right; I had been stupid.  
“Come on. Let’s get you some food.” I released the marble statue, walking towards him. I stumbled to get out of the fountain, and he caught me before I fell. He shook his head. “You’re such a mess.” 
I glanced down at my shoes and grimaced. My feet were still killing me.  
“Do I have to wear them?” 
He rolled his eyes. “You can hop on my back while I hail a cab.” 

I smiled widely at the idea and he turned around while I picked up my shoes and pocketbook. I wrapped my arms around his neck and jumped up. He grabbed the back of my knees as he starting jogging out of the park. 


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