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Against the Wall

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  770 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
She's a good girl ready for her turn to be bad. He's a hard-ass set on resisting the inevitable. When temptation lives just around the corner, who knows what wicked wonders will result?

Shea Dresden doesn't need her PhD to know she's more brains than bod—too much bookworm, too little bada-bing!—but this is getting ridiculous. Her sexy nextdoor neighbor, the sinfully irresis
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 3rd 2004 by Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc (first published July 4th 2004)
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Jun 30, 2008 Eastofoz rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Readers who don't mind a story without a plot but lots of sex as filler
Ok, what's this book about???? ---apart from the sex-fest that they have from beginning to end with the stomach roiling "awwww isn't that sweet" gag-me ending?! This is another one of those sub-zero plot erotica novels. They didn't do anything. They went to the movies and dinner --the only two scenes where they didn't have sex--and that lasted a few paragraphs at best. Plus I thought the sex was gross at times. Shea has a fountain in between her legs I swear with all that creaming and trickling ...more
Oct 07, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Shayla Black fans
Recommended to Heather by: Marion
Shelves: erotica
This is a really hot book!

Shea is a sexy PhD bookworm type who's secretly in love with her neighbor Ryan McCall, but he doesn't seem to notice. Shea decides it's time to MAKE him notice, so she heads out to the neighborhood dive bar where Ryan hangs out to try and "pick him up". When he's not at the bar and trouble follows her home, Ryan comes to the rescue!

Ryan has been infatuated with Shea ever since she moved in to his apartment complex, but she's so innocent, he thinks she's too good for h
23/3 - 2.5 stars because there was a whole lot of SEX and not much else to this book. I can only think of one scene where there wasn't any sex and they spent most of that scene looking at each other with heat in their eyes and then when the heat became unbearable he dragged her back to his apartment for more sex. There was also way too much discussion of fluids, she began to sound like a leaky tap and how is that sexy?! I have read one other of Byrd's books, Take Me Under, which I thought was fa ...more
Mar 29, 2008 Daisiemae rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Erotic Romance
I am turning into a huge fan of Rhyannon Byrd. This book will take it's place on my keeper shelf, and I know I will read and re-read this book in the years to come.
A couple of words of warning to some readers. If you are offended by harsh language or sexually explict material, this book is not for you.

Shea Dresden is a self-proclaimed geek. She is smart, funny and desperate to make her sexy, next door neighbor to see her more than a friend. Determined to get him to see her as more than his geeky
Against the Wall is the novel that first introduced me to what Rhyannon Byrd can deliver in the erotic contemperory romance category. Filled with blistering scenes of raw and explicit passion between an aggressively alpha hero who is reluctant to get involved, with a plucky and innocent heroine who is more than willing to fight for the man she wants, Against the Wall is an erotic romance that truly lives up to its name delivering more than one against-the-wall-smexing scene before half way throu ...more
Jan 15, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it it was ok
This Ellora's Cave book had the erotic and sex, but the characters and plot needed much more development. And the sex is without an emotional connection or much of a relationship, so for me it's .... just sex.

As another GR reviewer stated, it's like a bunch of loosely connected sex scenes without much else.

Both Ryan and Shea need more depth and development -- both are pretty one dimensional.

I have another title by this author from the E/C sale, otherwise I'd probably pass on more of RB.
Jan 02, 2009 Holly rated it liked it
Shea Dresden is ready for her turn to go bad. She's all dressed up and ready to grab the bull by the horns, the bull being Ryan McCall. Her sexy neighbor has been evading all her attempts to seduce him, all her attempts to show him that she's a good girl who can be naughty. Unfortunately, Ryan isn't out tonight and she's attracting the wrong sort of attention. Defeated, she goes home, unwittingly luring one of the dregs of society after her. Luckily, her neighbor Ryan is home after a hard days w ...more
Dec 11, 2015 Erica rated it did not like it
Shelves: mustard
The story could have been better, if it weren't so continuous and they actually DID something else instead of each other, then there would be something to really talk about.
Karen **Mrs. Northman**
So incredibly HOT. You will never look at a honey bear the same ever again.
This story drove me nuts, I almost gave up on it. The inner thought processes took up probably 85% of the first eighty pages. All the fantasizing going on in Shea's head and then we get to hear Ryan do the same thing in detail how they would do the other one. But then, nothing. It went on until finally a situation causes Ryan and Shea to be in close contact with each other. Finally, right, well sort of. Ryan is being all noble and acting like a horrible dick to refuse her advances. Right, like t ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic, favorites
Tea: This cup is smokin'.
Overall, an excellent erotic story, an undiscovered jewel.
A really hot book, and my only complaint, too bad it wasn't a series.
The story follows a woman, tired of waiting for the man she wants, her next door neighbor,who always keeps her at arm's length. Enter a break in that he of course investigates (since he's a cop). But she's not letting him squirm away this time, as she sets him in her sights, she discovers new expressions in her own sexuality, and he discovers a w
Elisa Bookaholic
Jan 26, 2012 Elisa Bookaholic rated it it was ok
Shelves: traded, erotica
Seriously, don't read this if you want an actual story line. I'm not sure I would even call it erotica so much as just one sex scene after another. They finally stopped having sex long enough to go out of the house on a 'date' and ended up (spoiler alert) having sex in the book front of another couple!

Yup, that pretty much says it all.

Nov 12, 2013 Pinky rated it it was amazing
lu il y a quelques années, un pur erotica que j'ai trouvé excellent. Les scènes sont très hots/explicites et nombreuses. Pour les amateurs du genre
Shea is on her way to getting her PhD and has moved in and been living next door to Ryan, who is an ATF agent, for the last three months. Shea is a geek and a brain and knows that she isn't the usual type of woman that Ryan normally goes for as she isn't as stacked as the women that Ryan usually takes home, but that doesn't stop her from flirting with Ryan and asking him out for coffee, movies, or dinner. Ryan thinks that Shea is too good for him which is why he keeps declining her advances and ...more
Bet Lantaff
Apr 27, 2012 Bet Lantaff rated it it was ok
This story was all thought and little interaction -- other than sex. I got half way through it before I gave up. Each chapter I read was 3/4 thinking by a character on what they wanted/will/would do with their partner, 1/4 telling them what they were going to do, and 1/4 doing it. Any relationship, to me, was all in their minds. I found myself skipping pages until I got to some conversation between the H/h. When I did get to conversation, it was confusing. They wanted each other but would touch ...more
Apr 10, 2010 Anita rated it did not like it
I stopped reading this book at around page 70 of 200. That's a third of the pages, and almost all of them were filled with hand-wringing and internal pep talks...macho BS abounded. It was like a bad country western song without a cowboy, but supposed to be erotica. By page 70, the two main characters had gotten to third base. I'm getting sick of erotica that uses this particular theme: bad boy doesn't want to corrupt "good" girl with his dirty, awful sexual desires. (Translation: he thinks she d ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Shinyfox rated it it was ok
This book was full of very repetitious writing. And a lot of sex scenes, as one might expect. But when I picked it up I didn't realize I was about to delve into a book that was practically ALL sex scenes. I would have liked a little plot in there somewhere, or character development, but was disappointed on both fronts. I would not recommend this book, unless you're just looking for sex scenes, and even then I would strongly caution against it. You can find better, more tastefully written sex sce ...more
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
This book was okay. IMO there was way too much sex and not enough depth to these two characters to justify the "undeniable" pull they seem to have had toward one another. But the last 3 chapters Ms Byrd was able to redeem these two a bit. Other wise I would have given this one 1 Star. It's an okay quick read. With a decent HEA. Just too much sex and not enough emotion or depth to balance it out. If you want a quick Hot sex read with enough emotion as a porn flick then this is for you. Otherwise ...more
Aug 08, 2009 Nisha rated it it was ok
Shelves: erotica
It's really all just sex. There is little development. Some parts are kinda unexpected but really thick on sex scenes. It was tedious after awhile, since there was little variation in the descriptions. There were the inane times when he got mad at her while they were having sex. and vice versa. That was weird.

An ok read, but I had to force myself to finish it. Halfway through, I just skimmed through.
Nov 17, 2008 Denni rated it did not like it
Another of the books by this author that I didn't finish reading. The bratty heroine got on my last nerve and the dialogue was sophomoric. Tired of drooling from afar, the immature heroine plans the seduction of the hottie of her long-time crush. Predictably goes from virgin to ho in the first chapter.

To each their own, a total wallbanger for me. Traded that puppy pronto.
Jul 16, 2009 Cindy rated it liked it
Little plot - lots of sex scenes [in bed, on the floor, on the table, in Borders Books next to Voltaire and, of course, against the wall...:] I just wonder when these people sleep??? On the plus side, it's very readable. Fair warning, you may never be able to look at a honey bear the same way again...
Mollie *scoutrmom*
May 28, 2011 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of women's erotica
This was erotica masquerading as erotic romance. Ninety percent of the writing was sex scenes. There was nothing resembling a plot or character growth, just one stubborn guy realizing through sex that he has fallen in love.

Perilously close to porn. The fact that it was well-written is the only saving grace.
I've had this on my Kindle for a while and finally read it. I had read reviews prior to starting it, so I was aware that there's not much plot. Going in with that knowledge, I didn't have very high expectations but still thought it was a decent read. I could have done without the epilogue, but overall I liked the book.
Marina (Living In Our Own Story)
Quite a hot read.

I enjoyed reading this book and I gotta say that it was quite hot and interesting read. The only thing I experienced some difficulties with was that quite often the pov was changing from one character to the other few times per paragraph. But still a good book to read for a quiet night at home :)
Jan 19, 2012 Dannielle rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, 2012
This book is basically just sex. There is a little bit of a storyline thrown in, but not a whole lot of depth. Certainly some interesting positions and locations for naughty stuff. But I like a little more to my stories. Plus it just seemed that until the ending Ryan fell into the typical male role of losing his train of thought once he sees a naked woman. Just didn't love the story.
Jan 21, 2015 Ashley rated it did not like it
Oh hey author, can I have a bit of story with my sex .......... please? ...........I read a lot of naughty but damn was this ever painful, started off like okay maybe it'll be sweet........ARGH. Read it because it was suggested in an RL Mathewson comment. Wish I hadn't bothered, luckily I got it from the library and can return it without feeling horrible because I paid money for it.
Apr 02, 2012 Carisa rated it liked it
This book had a lot of scenes, little plot, not much romantic connection between H/h, and although I liked Waiting For It more, the raunchy, hot scenes were very good for an erotic reading.
SCENES/CONTENT: many/erotic
GENRE/TONE: contemporary/drama
LENGHT: 206 pages
Jul 12, 2013 Danijela rated it it was ok
This is a plain erotica novel. Hot steamy sex from the beginning to the end. So when you want to read something and not keep track of all the action, then this is the book. Because is dosen't have a plot.
Sep 08, 2012 Elena rated it it was ok
There really was no story here.... It had a good line but I felt like there was no development of any kind. I mean they just lost me sometimes, they had this weird mental talks out of the blue and they got to silly conclusions. The last fifty pages I almost threw the book
Nov 02, 2009 Netanella rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Having read the "Bloodrunners" series first, this sex-fest was a large departure from what I expected of this author. Nevertheless, the story was enjoyable and despite the non-stop sex, there was an emotional element that elevated this from simply smut. Although it was definitely smutty.
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Rhyannon Byrd is an avid, longtime fan of romance and the national bestselling author of more than thirty paranormal and erotic titles. She has been nominated for three Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards, including best Shape-shifter Romance, and her books have been translated into nine languages. After having spent years enjoying the glorious sunshine of the American South and Southwest, Rhy ...more
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