Rebecca Toler’s living the dream––or so I thought.
Beautiful, funny, and tough as nails, she answers to no one. In other words, she was born to be mine.
One problem—she hates me.
It’s time to take my life back, and I’m starting with her.
*Each book in the Undisputed series can be read as a complete standalone novel
His head is high as he looks around, studying the room. After giving the gym a quick onceover, his gaze finally lands on where I’m seated behind the desk. Our eyes meet and my heart hammers, the pounding so loud I fear he can hear it from across the room. I tear my gaze away from his and scan his body, surprised at the physical reaction I’m having to him.
With a slight shake of my head, I slap my palms on the paper-covered wood, and shove out of my chair, causing it to shoot out at least ten feet behind me. “You have some nerve walking in here.”
He stops in his tracks and blinks at me before an easy smile crosses his face. “Rebecca Toler. Shoulda known I’d see you here.” He drawls as he continues walking toward me.
My pulse is pounding in my ears and my stomach is practicing its floor routine for the Olympics as I stare at the man in front of me. Taking a minute to appreciate his strong jaw line that’s covered in scruff, I notice that his hair is in desperate need of a trim as it falls across one eye.
Fuck, he’s sexy.
He always had been. Regardless how much it pains me to admit it. Though his looks weren’t why I wanted to full body hurl him from the building. Memories of our last interaction flood my mind, along with the hurt and anger I’d felt.
“How ya been, Reb?” he asks with a familiarity he doesn’t have.
His use of my nickname, a familiarity he doesn’t have––or deserve––causes me to snap childishly, “Who said you could call me that?”
He grins, but doesn’t reply.
Fuck, that grin is hot.
“What are you doing in Atlanta, Ryker?” I ask, attitude still thick in my voice.
He takes his time looking me over and my body betrays me by flushing at the attention. His eyes are appreciative of what they see, but strangely enough, it doesn’t feel like he’s ogling me.
He steps forward and shoves his hands in the pockets of his washed out jeans that hang low on his hips. “Well, I was in town and thought I’d stop in and say hello to my buddy Breccan. Seeing you is an unexpected bonus.” His lips tip up in a smile and my stomach flips again.
“Your buddy?” I hiss through clenched teeth while attempting not to let my gaze linger on his pants any longer. The thought of Ryker and Breccan ever being buddies would have been funny, if I wasn’t too shocked to laugh.
His gaze finally makes it back to mine and he nods once.
For a few moments we simply stare at each other, him smiling while I scowl.
I loved Reb from the first book in the series. I knew she was a spitfire, but I had no idea she had such a soft heart as well. This became very apparent as Ryker made her fall in love with him. She fought him and really gave him a hard time, but Ryker never gave up!
“Baby, we were starting something the minute the bell over the door rang as I walked into the gym for the first time.”
Reb didn’t want to start anything, especially with Ryker. In fact, she doesn’t really like him, or that’s at least what she tells her mind. However, her heart has no intention of listening. Ryker has a way of breaking down her defenses. It didn’t take him long to realize how awesome she really was. Not only is she sassy and beautiful, but she has a heart of gold. She will become one of Ryker’s biggest supporters, and she will fight to help him pick up the unraveled pieces of his life and help him put them back together. When I first met Ryker, I thought he would be a cocky, arrogant jerk, but he’s the farthest thing from that. Yes, he’s trying to put his life back together, but not just for himself but for a special lady. I will let you figure out just who she is. Once you meet her, you will see why she is so special to Ryker. I loved the banter between Ryker and Reb, and these two will forever hold a special place in my heart.
I’m still amazed that Unraveled is only Teague’s second book! Her writing is brilliant, and she has a unique way of pulling you into her characters’ lives. I felt like I was a part of their tight-knit group. The only regret I have is that I hated telling my friends good-bye. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long for another book by the talented A.S. Teague! Let me just add…the icing on the cake…the epilogue. It has to be one of my favorites!
A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.