Release Blitz + Review: Taking the Leap by Kristen Ashley

“Are you a different man?” she asked softly.
“I don’t fight fires.”
“You’re fighting one for me.”

Taking the Leap, the all-new emotional and steamy fake relationship contemporary stand-alone romance the River Rain series from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, is available now!

Alexandra Sharp has been crushing on her co-worker, John “Rix” Hendrix for years. He’s her perfect man, she knows it.

She’s just not his perfect woman, and she knows that too.

Then Rix gives Alex a hint that maybe there’s a spark between them that, if she takes the leap, she might be able to fan into a flame This leads to a crash and burn, and that’s all shy Alex needs to catch the hint never to take the risk again.

However, with undeniable timing, Rix’s ex, who broke his heart, and Alex’s family, who spent her lifetime breaking hers, rear their heads, gearing up to offer more drama. With the help of some matchmaking friends, Rix and Alex decide to face the onslaught together…

As a fake couple.

Once again I’m left in awe of Kristen Ashley’s ability to completely captivate me with her words. There’s truly no one who writes even remotely close to the way she does and that shines in every single book she releases. We’re back in the River Rain world with a couple I have been dying to see come together and that is Rix and Alex. These two seemed so completely different, but as I fell into their story I came to realize they’re more alike than I could have imagined. They have the same strength, loyalty, and love that you just don’t find very much out in the world anymore.
Rix is a beautifully complicated man. He’s not your stereotypical flawless romance hero. He’s a man with a tragic past that left its marks both physically and mentally and the growth he experiences throughout this book as he begins to open his eyes to the wonderful woman whom he’s kept at a distance is magnificent to experience.
Alex is adorable. At first, she seems so shy and quiet (which she is) but she has an inner strength that is fierce, and as the relationship develops between her and Rix that really starts to come out. She grows just as much as Rix does and really comes to be a character that you can’t help but fall in love with.
As always with Kristen Ashley’s books, there are notes of sisterhood that bring so much joy to my heart, moments of drama that me gasping out loud and leaning in closer to my kindle like somehow I’d get more tea from the words that way, and heat that is just *chef’s kiss* perfectly done.
I highly recommend you do as the title says and take a leap with this book!

Fall in love with Rix and Alex!
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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.
Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.

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