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Two households. One secret that will change everything.

I was raised to believe his family was nothing but trash.
I was raised to believe her family was the root of all evil.

I sent his brother to prison.
I should hate her for what she did.

I’ve never fought a day in my life.
I’ve fought every day of my life.

I need him to help me find answers.
I need her to set the record straight.

I should stay away from him.
I should walk away from her.

But I can’t.
But I can’t.

*This book is a standalone, contemporary/mystery romance and is intended for readers 18 and older*


First published August 22, 2016

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K. Ryan

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K. Ryan lives in the Green Bay area with her crazy-supportive boyfriend and the best decision of her adult life, a not-so-stray cat named Oliver. When not writing, she’s either binge-watching something on Netflix, running, reading, or cheering on the Packers.

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Two households. One secret that will change everything.

I was raised to believe his family was nothing but trash.
I was raised to believe her family was the root of all evil.

I sent his brother to prison.
I should hate her for what she did.

I’ve never fought a day in my life.
I’ve fought every day of my life.

I need him to help me find answers.
I need her to set the record straight.

I should stay away from him.
I should walk away from her.

But I can’t.
But I can’t.

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573 reviews332 followers
June 16, 2017
***** 5 'Stefani Germanotta' Stars *****
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"The sins of our parents have followed us for too long and I just don't know how to shake them. Everything I want, I can't have."

This was so much more than what I was expecting. I could hear my heart breaking throughout the story. I loved this from the beginning to end. This is a must read!


After losing her job and boyfriend, Rae moves back to Boston. She helps her sister by working at her retail shop. Unfortunately, her little sister takes advantage of her whenever she can. Rae is pretty much a doormat in the beginning. But during her journey of truth, she becomes a strong and confident woman.

Jack is an Irish fighter with deep roots in South Boston. He and his family are leaders in the community. They will not allow the evil Mayor build his mega malls and raise taxes. When Rae and Jack run into each other, the attraction between them is strong.... until he finds out Rae is the Mayor's daughter. The daughter who put his brother in prison.

There are deep secrets connecting both of their families. Rae and Jack work together to reveal the truth. They challenge and support each other. I couldn't get enough of them!!!!

There are no erotic moments, but some good smooching and touching. This story gave me such a good hangover. I was all over the place. Laughter to tears. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery/romance novel. Thank you K. Ryan for giving me a great adventure!

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2,135 reviews7,324 followers
August 22, 2016
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TITLE: All of the Lights
CHAPTERS: Prologue | 26 | Epilogue
RELEASE DATE: August 22ND, 2016


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ALL OF THE LIGHTS: Told in 'Dual Perspectives' Rae & Jack..This kick starts us off in the 'Prologue'
27 Years Ago, left holding a postcard where he told her to meet him, watching the waves come in at the beach, he's never let her down before, daylight starts to fade, and still she waits.

That saying never judge a book by it's cover rings true in this case, being a cover hoe left me with that feeling of trepidation of what have I gotten myself into because I can't perv at a hot alpha male as I went into this. But opening and reading the Prologue definitely had me intrigued..

This books main focal point is on twenty-seven year old Rae and Jack, from two rival families, we're first introduced to Rae, left running her sisters shop when her best friend Bennett convinces her to go out for a night on the town. On the wrong side of town taking a reprieve down a dark alley away from all the crowds waiting to get into a club the last person she ever expected to bump into was Jack the brother of the man she sent to prison 7 years ago.

After this encounter she knows she has to fix her wrongs, even though it goes against her father.

A decision that was out of her hands, was he innocent? Did she send the wrong man to prison?

With the help of her best friend and Jack she's determined to uncover the truth once and for all even if it means going against people she loves.

Like Nancy Drew and the Hardy boys on a quest to uncover the truth, like Pandora's box is it best to leave it closed? Some truths can never be buried.
Are they ready for the consequences once everything is uncovered?

This was my first time reading anything by this author but it definitely won't be my last time, a real slow burn love story, throw in some angst, some feels and you have a real enjoyable read!!

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959 reviews1,070 followers
August 24, 2016
★★★★4 Stars★★★★

Talk about mystery and suspense!! Two rival families that's been made to hate each other for so long, a love story in the making and an inevitable tragedy. I couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable read. Rae and Jack were the true stars of this messed up love affair and I loved every minute of it.

Seven years ago, Rae suffered a terrible attack and made a person go to jail. Moving back to her home town and running a clothing store with her sister, she's trying her best to move on and forget that aweful night. But something keeps holding her back and she's determined to find out what really happened that night.

Running into the infamous Jack Flynn, there's a sudden attraction but knowing who his family is, getting involved with each other would be a catastrophe. But when she realizes that he could be the key to helping her, that old family rival will have to take a back seat. For now.

Jack is a fighter. Having suffered his own childhood tragedy, he now has a loving family with brothers and parents he would do anything for. But having a misssing member of the family and seeing the woman that's caused it, makes him a not so nice person. But when Rae wants to do the right thing, would he give her the chance? Or is it a little too late?

I have to say that this story really suprised me. It was suspenseful, with mystery and just the right amount of sexiness to it. Rae was strong heroine and she fought like hell to uncover the truth. Was it dangerous? Absolutely. But she didn't back down and I loved that Jack was along every step of the way. He was brooding at first but underneath it all, he really did care about everything and his actions reflected that. If you're looking for a mystery read, then you should really read this one.

*Arc kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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794 reviews321 followers
August 22, 2016
All of the lights is the first book I've read by K. Ryan and it's not going to be the last. It was a book well written with lots of suspense, twists and turns. From the prologue till the epilogue it had piqued my interest and I wanted to devour it in one sitting. I was so impressed that I am still awestruck days later after I've finished this.

"All of the lights in the city can't hold a candle to the stars—they're my savior from the darkness, the guides that lead me to something bigger, something better, something peaceful."

This story was so much more than the romance between Rae & Jack. It was a story that tangled past, present & future. There was a cloud of mystery throughout the book, making you wonder what is going on, what happened at the past and how things turned the way they were. Some unexpected events that totally pulled my heart strings and even left me heartbroken.

I believe it's a really wonderful story that will surprise ita readers in the most pleasant way. If you haven't read something by K. Ryan, this is a great way to meet her. Excellent writing, plotline & characters that will stick with you. Definitely recommended!

ARC was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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373 reviews142 followers
August 28, 2016
"There're darknesses in this world and there're lights. You're one of the lights, the light of all the lights."

This book is so much more than just a romance. There's lies, deceit, betrayal, mystery and control, just to name a few. And while yes, it's a romance book, it's not super duper lovey. I'm fine with this, but I feel like some might not be a huge fan. The only way I can think to describe it is this: in books like The Hunger Games or Divergent, there's a large elaborate story involving a lot of different people. While on these journeys, both Katniss and Tris happen to fall in love as well. This is sort of what I'm feeling like with All of the Lights. There are romantic elements and scenes, but the story's sole focus is not on Rae and Jack falling for each other, it's so much more than that.

When reading a romance novel, the first meeting between the hero and heroine is always an important one. The reader needs to be captivated, the attraction and chemistry need to be palpable, and it needs to be a strong enough connection to build an entire story off of. K. Ryan does just that with Rae and Jack. Not only did their first encounter hold all of these elements, but it was also charming and witty. I for one wouldn't have been able to stop reading after that encounter, especially after the intense way it ended and their next explosive meeting; I was hooked in these two.

"Is it completely wrong that I'd gladly hand over my purse if he asked? [...] I resist the urge to swat him on the shoulder. Do not get engage physically. Pretend he's a creeper. God, if this is what a creeper looks like, then sign me up. He must have a waiting list."

In a All of the Lights, the characters not only go on a quest to right a past wrong, but they start to uncover mysteries and family secrets that have long since been buried. Every little bit they find brings more questions and less answers until the truth is something they can no longer ignore. This story is created with layers upon layers of mystery and suspense, while balancing the highs of new relationships and the depths of uncovered deceit. The author does a spectacular job of connecting every element and detail, no matter how big or small - every word she put on the page serves a purpose.

"There's no going back now. No place I can run and hide. That's the thing about the truth—sooner or later, you have to look it in the eye."

I'm not generally a fan of reading flashbacks but when the characters are uncovering almost three decades worth of secrets, it's necessary. I loved these moments into the past and getting to experience these glimpses into another character's world. I felt for her, I believed in her, I wanted her to succeed. These moments were both beautiful and heartbreaking because I as a reader wanted everything that this character wanted. These flashbacks were necessary to understand not only the past and what possibly caused each action, but they were needed for the present characters to understand, accept, and grow in the present and future.

Right from the get go, you know there's a ton of family drama and that the Callahan family and the Moretti family are enemies; they do not get along whatsoever and never have. So what happens when a Callahan boy and a Moretti girl meet one night in an alley behind a bar? Shannon has a huge smile, that's what. I'm a big fan of the forbidden love trope in romance novels so this element is right up my alley; Rae and Jack simply warm my heart. With this forbidden aspect, I also mentioned that this book has some mystery in trying to figure out the extent of this family drama and all the damage it has caused. When each secret is uncovered, small pieces of the puzzle finally start to fit but this is a picture that you can't see clearly until the very end. There's so many different elements at play to try and figure out first. But that first big twist K. Ryan included, wow. Simply wow. I was not expecting that but it made the story, relationships, forbidden aspect and the need to figure everything out that much stronger. I was amazed at how mature these characters were in dealing with it, but also loved the conversation when they confronted the ugly truth.

"I think real family is the one you make. Blood doesn't necessarily have anything to do with it."

One of the notes I kept making over and over again was relating to how charming and witty the writing is. I loved Jack and I loved how Rae could feed off of him and give all his crap right back. Plus they were so sweet when they were just joking around. One of my favourite moments *ahem* end of chapter 17 *ahem* was exactly this. Just these two, joking around, having a good time, and being awesome while doing it. Even separate from these two, the other characters were fun as well. I enjoyed how they could have these moments even during hard times when nothing was known and everyone was at risk.

Are we looking for a distraction? Absolutely. And Bennett's served up the perfect one as he dances some kind of sloppy, half-drunk two-step in Rae's living room, sloshing back gulps of wine in between singing, "Don't call my name, don't call my name, Alejandro."
Laughter bursts through our self-imposed silence and I realize that I'm laughing right along with her. It's a welcome change from all this awkwardness and all this...whatever it is.
"Ugh," she laughs. "He's impossible to take seriously."
Of course, she says this right as Bennett belts out, "I'm not your babe, I'm not your babe, Fernando."

Like I mentioned, this book isn't over the top romancy, so if you're looking for enough sweetness and cheesiness to give you a stomach ache, this might not be it. But I'll definitely recommend this book because those who get through it will be rewarded. It seemed to be about the 75% mark where ultimately a relationship is started. Just to give you an idea, it's not hot and heavy the entire way. Also on that note, some people believe that romance = explicit. No, this is not always the case, but in interest of those who down vote a story if scenes aren't detailed, here's your warning. All of the Lights has fade to black sex scenes.

"I want this moment to last—this moment where he's looking at me like I'm the only person who matters. Like my safety and well-being is all he can think about. It's foreign, this feeling, but I want to live in it forever."

Everyone loves a strong heroine, am I right? So how about one who is going against everyone and everything she has ever known and loved to try and make her past right. To save innocent people, and to finally get some answers. She's sassy and level headed while making strong and mature decisions. Rae has been one of my favourite heroines in a while. Now let's talk about a hero. With a female this strong, you can't possibly have a hero that's going to lie down and let her take care of everything, now can we? Nope. Jack is by Rae's side every step of the way offering loyalty, protection, trust and supporting her completely. I really, really liked this guy. He never got in her way but aided in her search. He let her fight her own battles while jumping in where he could. These two really were a great match.

"We started this mess hating the very air the other breathed and now...now I was sitting here, trying to convince myself to forget her. If given the chance and if I threw all caution to the wind, I think I'd ride into hell and back for her."

Even if there wasn't a full blown romance throughout the entire novel, stolen moments, glances and actions are all present. Throw in little moments of angst and my heart is pitter-pattering. I love angst, I really do, and one scene in particular had me over the moon and cheering for Rae.

In the entire story, there's only one thing I would've liked to change, hence my 4.5 star rating instead of 5 stars. I would've loved if the romance could've been built more steadily from the beginning, not just starting in the last quarter. Because of this, I questioned the authenticity a bit at times. Not even taking away from the other elements going on, but small moments, conversations, alone time, opening up, anything to feel the connection and the longing grow between Jack and Rae would've been appreciated and enhanced their relationship.

"The sins of our parents have followed us for too long and I just don't know how to shake them. Everything I want, I can't have."

Just a quick note on the prologue and epilogue, they were perfect. The prologue entrances the reader immediately with its heartbreak, while the epilogue gives a haunting and perfect conclusion to All of the Lights. It was the exact ending that I didn't know I needed, while every page in between shares a story of love, loss, life, family, loyalty and sacrifice.

This book has a really well developed storyline that you can't help but become immersed in, loveable characters who you can't help but route for, and a broken love story that you can't help but feel for. I wasn't sure how things were going to turn out and how everything fit together until the very end. K. Ryan keeps you guessing until the last page with this alluring and original take on romance.

*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.

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1,836 reviews305 followers
August 29, 2016
So good!!! Modern day Romeo and Juliet in South Boston. Well written, intriguing, and no explicit sex so I can share it with my high school senior students. I think the girls will LOVE this one. Full review to come!
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195 reviews43 followers
January 10, 2022
4 1/2 stars!

It's been a long time since I've been really engrossed in a book. I went into this book thinking it was the typical enemies to lovers story, but it was so much more than that and I could not put this book down. For me, it wasn't about the romance, but the storytelling and K. Ryan does a great job intertwining the themes of a Romeo and Juliet tragic love story, lies, betrayal, and family. The flashbacks in the story is what broke my heart the most. It was refreshing to read a heroine (Rae) that has a backbone and was strong after everything she went through. Also loved the Hero (Jack), he's different than the H's I've been reading lately and that's no complaint. Unfortunately, there are no sexy time scenes. I would have given 5 stars, but the ending was kind of abrupt, wished it was fleshed out just a bit and it needs some editing fixes, there were some glaring typos, but it wasn't enough to take me out of the book.

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571 reviews24 followers
August 9, 2016
ARC provided by the author for an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The mystery and the twist and turns meant I couldn't put it down - together with a love story
And just when you think someone can't get any lower they do - a certain character deserved his comeuppance and then some.
The epilogue was bitter sweet - the reader got a glimpse in to the future of the main characters but I couldn't help feeling sorry for the person who's POV it was - I know he did wrong but I felt for him - a true victim of circumstance and lack of backbone.
I would recommend this book.
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3,885 reviews441 followers
June 8, 2019
Okay, I've decided to do this review in bullet point form because any other way you would be reading pages and pages! It is THAT good. One of the things that attracted me to this book was the title. It screamed drama and angst and edgy ~~ and then I read the blurb and #SOLD! I mean who doesn't LOVE the forbidden love trope where the forbidden does not come from the usual but from deep down generational family hatred! SIGN ME UP RIGHT NOW!!!

Okay so bullets .....

This story, at it's core, is WAY more than two people falling in love. It's about two families growing and healing because two people want to journey to HEA.

This story is also weirdly not romantic but yet it is about two people trying to unfold the past so they can have a future. The Callahan and Moretti hatred for each other goes back decades/generations. These decades are filled with lies and deceit and pure betrayal .. from both sides. So yes, there is a romance building between Rae and Jack, but this family mystery takes over the book for over fifty percent if not more. It has to, because without peace among the families, how can they have a future?

The dual POV saves the day with this book. There is no way this would have worked without it. There is so much back story to both main leads that anything else would have left gaps. And there were no gaps. This was an amazingly thorough story. Nothing was left untold and everything had purpose. GAH, I really love this book! lol

I love the voice and style K. Ryan has for this story. Even with all the mystery and drama, the banter was light-hearted and witty. I had a lot of LOL moments right along side my eye-popping moments!

I saved the best for last ... there are a ton of twists and turns in this story as the past unfolds, but you will know nothing until the end. FANFRIKKINTASTIC! I was on my toes and captivated from beginning to end with this entire story. I highly recommend it!

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November 21, 2017
“There’s something about surrounding myself with books and the stories inside them that frees me, it’s the escape I love. The ability to live in some other person’s world for a little while so I don’t have to face my own” – K. Ryan –

I received the ARC directly from the author, thank you for trusting me Ms. Ryan, it was an honor to read your new book, I really enjoyed it from the beginning to the last page, I couldn't stop reading, even at work I read some pages when I could.

The book has two stories and lots of romance, mystery, drama and heartache. The main characters are Rae and Jack, they come from two families that hate each other but not Romeo and Juliet kind of hate, even though it may seem that way. The ending was a bit unexpected and sad, all that guilt, see how bad decisions taken affect not only to us but to the people that surround us.

I loved all the quotes from other books and songs mentioned (Walk Like a Man-The Four Seasons…I was singing along too!)... I felt so identified with the List-Making app hahaha.
It was a beautifully written book, I hope to read more from this author.
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336 reviews40 followers
August 22, 2016
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Gosh! This book was so, sooo good! I didn't know I was going to love it this much. This book was full of twists and turns which surprised me to no end! I'm glad this book didn't disappointment and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

There has always been rivalry between the Moretti and the Callahans. It was due to Rae's fault that Sean Callahan up landed up in jail but now she wants to right that wrong and for that she needs Jack's help, the youngest in the Callahan family. After much reluctance, both of them agree to work together but what they find out is beyond their comprehension. With so much on their plate, will they be able to get justice for Sean? Even if they do, will they be able to survive the dangerous game they have begun?

The plot was simply fantastic! It was laced with suspense and I was at the edge of my seat from the very beginning. Seven years ago, due to one mistake Sean Callahan landed in prison. Even if it's late, Rae wants to undo her mistake because it wasn't even his fault in the first place but due to Rae's statement he was sent to prison. Jack and Rae reluctantly start working together to prove Sean is not guilty, I loved the banter between them. Mostly Bennett, Rae's best friend played the buffer between them but their chemistry was undeniable! I loved how their relationship developed slowly and everything was goddamn perfect! I also loved the subplot involving Rae's mom , it was so raw and emotional, I ended up ugly crying.

The characters were fleshed out so perfectly! I loved Rae as a protagonist, she was unsure of herself in the beginning but as the story moves forward, we see her evolve more as a person who's strong on the inside and out. Jack is a pretty great guy, he doesn't trust Rae in beginning because she's the reason his brother is in jail but as he gets to know her, he understands her true self. I loved the romance between Jack and Rae, it was so sweet! The mysterious aspect of this book was perfectly maintained and the plot twist was mind-blowing! And there were various other twists and turns which continued to surprise me.

Overall, All of the Lights was a freaking fantastic read! I loved the plot which was full of twists and turns. I definitely loved the character growth and the romance between Jack and Rae was simply awesome! The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I couldn't get enough of the drama and the characters and I didn't want this book to come to an end! I will definitely be looking forward to read more works by this author.

Recommend it?

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531 reviews11 followers
August 15, 2016
ARC provided for honest review: This was my first book by this author and I would definitely recommend this one. The story takes place in Boston and you don't forget it. I love when you can "hear" a voice when reading and from the "wicked" and "yah," it really made me feel like I was there. (BTW, I'm slightly obsessed with any of the New England states, so this was perfect.) The characters were likeable and believable. I would have liked to see more heat (wink,wink), but since they were star-crossed of sorts, it was understandable and once the story got going, it was a sweet romance. There was some crime-solving and gangsters in the Southie area of Boston and the city felt like another character. The story flowed nicely and it made me want to keep reading!
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2,275 reviews35 followers
August 29, 2016
This is a romantic mystery of the highest order.
There is nothing like a good old inter family feud to get the blood cells pumping, but when one component of each side are suddenly closer than is probably advisable, how will life ever be the same again?
Rae was victim to a brutal attack, one that left her traumatised and her attacker in jail…but is everything as it seems or are there darker forces at play here?
Years later Rae has returned home, trying to leave the past where is should be, behind her but it isn’t that easy when the family of the man in jail for your attack are still around and none too pleased to have you back on their patch.
But as much as she has started to carve out a future with her sister and their store, Rae isn’t ready to give up on her past just yet, there is something amiss, something that continues to niggle away at her and that now she is home her desire to finally lay the events to rest is only getting stronger, but is this a fight that she can win? Or is it a can of worms best left alone?
Jack Flynn is forbidden fruit, not that Rae thought that before but after a terse run in between the two of them, it is obvious that there is a fizzle of attraction that might be more trouble than it is worth. Their families are at loggerheads but Jack may just be the man to help her finally work out what happened to her.
Jack really isn’t interested in whatever Rae wants from him, after all she is the reason his family are suffering, but can this scrapper give her the time of day long enough to find out that she might not be the demon he perceives her to be?
Will he help her uncover the truth or will be continue to perpetuate the family grudge?
I loved Rae she was a feisty woman, and not shy of getting stuck in, she didn’t shy away from a fight no matter who she had to square up too, she had her reasons for doing what she was and nothing and no-one was going to get in her way.
Jack might have been an a**e but that didn’t mean that he didn’t want to get to the bottom of it as much as she did, he may have been mean and moody at times but he was with her every step of the way.
This was a super read, full to the brim with mystery and intrigue and characters that were totally engaging. This is a break from the norm and if you are looking for a little something to switch things up a bit…look no further.
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276 reviews22 followers
September 8, 2016
Full Review can be found at http://thegraduatedbookworm.blogspot.ca

Okay, I first want to say thank you so much to K.Ryan for sending me a copy of this lovely book for an honest review.

I really liked how throughout the noel, you really got more of a modern vibe of Romeo and Juliette with two families at odds. And for good reasons of course! I loved how there was quite a bit of pop culture referenced within the book, as it really made it easier to relate. The connection that Rae and Jack have is definitely not something that I've really seen in a while. It's undeniable for sure, but at the same time so incredibly complicated. I love the witty banter that they seem to have at certain moments, and it just keeps me smiling!

So from the beginning you see Rae as someone who is a total jellyfish who doesn't seem to be able to stand on her own when it comes to facing issues. She usually just pushes it all over, and won't stand up for herself, which I felt was such a shame. Of course throughout the novel, you begin to see her bloom and show that she is tough, and is capable to stand on her own. I really loved how even from the beginning, she actually had this sort of power within her that she probably never realized until push came to shove, and she rose even further.

"Today my weakness becomes my strength."

Speaking of which, HELLO CURVE-BALL! I mean just when you think things are going well BAM it takes a turn. Or just when you think you have finally figured out what is going on, in comes another wave of disaster! I don't know how many times I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen, and then completely freaking out when the shoe finally dropped!

Overall I really loved this book! Definitely one of my top favourites to date! I loved how raw it really became and how well stripped K.Ryan was able to make these characters. I had moments of laughing straight to anger and then crying. You really feel pulled towards Rae and her life, as well as Jack. I personally would love to see a continuation or a side story based on Lucy and what happens after all of this! This book was definitely not something I have really read before, and I found that it twisted so many components into one book, and it was just...WOW!
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1,292 reviews142 followers
November 21, 2016
Firstly I would like to thank K.Ryan for giving me the honour of reading and reviewing her new book. Let me just say I loved her previous books and this was no exception, if not I might have loved it a little more lol

This book has it all the mystery, the heartbreak, the drama, love, friendship, secrets, lies . It takes you on a journey and you get a little bit of everything.

It starts off with Rae Moretti, she is a shell of a person, she has many demons that she is trying to overcome but finds it so hard. with her best friend Bennett she is trying to get back to the land of the living.
She goes clubbing for the first time in ages with her best friend Bennett ( who I loved) out of her element and not used to all the commotion tries to get away into the alley where she meets the mysterious hot Jack, the sparks fly straight away but then the unthinkable happens and they realise who each other are , he realises that she is the one that sent his brother to jail and she realises he is seans brother. A few words from her sent Jacks brother to jail. After this encounter she relises she needs to fix her mistake no matter the cost. This is where the story picks up its pace when she realises she needs to tell the truth about that night , but its not that easy she firstly goes to Jack but after knowing who she is he wants nothing to do with her, but soon he is convinced. As her and Jack begin this journey they discover many hidden secrets that can change the course of both their lives forever. This book had me at the edge of my toes and I wanted to keep turning the page until I knew what happened next but then something would happen that left you wanting more again so by the end of the book I didn't want it to end. I must say the epilogue left me a bit heartbroken. This isn't your typical love story its not an easy ride, and its a journey with many humps on the road but the end is so worth all the angst you go through. If you want to see what happens what secrets they discovered and if there is a happy ever after or not I suggest you read it, you will not be disappointed. Cant wait to see what you write next!!!!
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11k reviews139 followers
September 1, 2016
Rae has very little self-esteem since she's always been treated as an afterthought by her family. So now she's happy to live her life in the shadows. Seven years earlier, she was the victim of a brutal attack, and being coached by her father, the Mayor, she may have put the wrong person in prison. On her younger sister's birthday, Rae is talked in to going to a place that she should never frequent, and she meets Jack Flynn, to whom she feels an instant attraction to. Once she finds out who he is, she knows that the jig will be up as soon as he learns who she is. Jack is a talented fighter, who lives with a loving family, consisting of two parents, and a couple of brothers, who all care about him, adopting him after he lost his own family. So learning that the woman he was talking to before his fight, is the one who sent one of his brothers up the river, infuriates him so he's very mean to her. But Rae decides to gain control of her life, so she's determined to find out what really happened that night with or without his help. Will Jack help his family's enemy in order to get his brother out of prison?

When I read the blurb for this story, I was like, that really looks interesting. But after finishing it, I just have to state for the record
that I NEVER SAW THIS STORY COMING! The character development is great, with a colorful cast of secondaries, including the psychotic kitty. Storyline is chalk full of intensity, and suspense, while surrounding a huge mystery with many layers. K. Ryan's diabolical and brilliant writing style had me fully emersed in her story from the very first paragraph, to the very last one. Her twists and turns were around every corner kept me guessing, while my heart raced cover to cover. The unraveling of the many layers of suspense made for INTENSE OMG moments that had f-bombs dropping in every direction. In between twists, well placed humor (Bennett) had me rolling with laughter, and the angst level had my heart hurting for Rae more than once. I cannot wait to read more by this author, so I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND All of the Lights!
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44 reviews7 followers
October 17, 2016
Two families—one love, destruction and broken hearts; All of the Lights by K Ryan, tells the story of an undefined romance that still conquers over the darkness.

Rae had lost it all. From her work to her boyfriend, nothing seems right for her. So what does anyone do when this happen? Pack up and get the hell out of town. She moves to Boston in hopes of making a better life for herself, after what she’s been dealing with. Doesn’t help her sister is a pain in the arse. Nothing seems to go right for her as much as she tries to make it be. I can relate to Rae, because she seems like she doesn’t want any confrontation, yet it lingers around her like a fly getting a taste of food. As much as she is down and feeling buried alive, she stands strong—takes a while for her to realize that.

The other protagonist in the story was Jack. Oh Jackie boy! The Irish fire is strong and independent. The beautiful disaster waiting to happen yet you can’t stop it. His family is pretty much the rebels of the community who stands for the rights. The Mayor who somehow seems to be hated by most, is trying to ruin their city. Trying to breakdown what is good.

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November 8, 2016
Reviewed on behalf of 2 Girls Who Love Books Blog

When I was offered a chance to review book by K Ryan, I jumped on the chance.
K Ryan's Carry Your Heart series was phenomenal. All of the Lights didn't disappoint either.

Your main characters are Rae and Jack.
They come from different families.
He is the enemy.
She wants to make things right.
Rae agrees to a much needed night out with her friend Bennett. She isn't thrilled about getting out because who she is.
She is afraid of what they will say about who her father is or to be judged for the one decision she made years ago.
What she wasn't expecting that night is meeting someone who was her enemy.
He didn't know her and she didn't know him. For once she wasnt judged. Until her father shows up.
She is the one who put Sean away. But she wants to come forward and tell the truth.
She knows Jack can help but is he willing to help. Even with knowing who her father is. Togethor they unravel with the truth behind her father.

This book was excellent. All of the lights was definitely a page turner. This book has it from mystery, romances, lies and deceit.

Excellent storyline.
5 stars!!
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163 reviews26 followers
September 1, 2016
My Review:

This was my first time reading a K. Ryan book && I can honestly say it won't be my last. This book had it all right from the get go it was filled with mystery, chaos && a love story which all fell perfectly in line, I was falling in love with the characters right off the bat.

Throughout the story I was always trying to be one step ahead, figuring the plot out which is damn amazing it kept me intrigued && on my toes there never was a dull moment. Rae & Jack to me were believable in their relationship no insta love here! They had a background && a forbidden love which is extra hot!

My Final Thoughts:

The cover is what pulled me in I'm not going to lie, I'm a huge cover whore. But then when the author contacted me asking if I would like to read && reviews in exchange for an honest review I was beyond ecstatic, I will definitely be picking up more K. Ryan books!
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2,299 reviews722 followers
August 23, 2016
I can't get into this one - just not for me. DNF
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2 reviews1 follower
August 22, 2016
Honest Review for All of the Lights

I received this book as an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review and so happy that I did.
I had planned to read this story before being asked for an honest review as I had loved the Carry Your Heart series and this book sounded very interesting. I was not disappointed either, I love this one just as much as the others. I have already recommended this story to coworkers.

When I started the book I found myself wondering what in the world. The prologue gives a glimpse of a broken woman waiting for something, hoping for someone she doesn’t get. I was curious as to how this fit into the story once we meet Rae. While Rae is broken and sad in her own way, she not haunted in the way the the mystery woman is. This was just the first mystery that this story would give me.

When we meet Rae, she is gives us some of her pain. Her physical pain from her attack and the mental pain of being stuck in a life she’s not sure of. She’s lost and not sure how to move forward but she wants too. This is how she meets Jack, a man she should want or even be near who has every reason to hate her. But the reasons for her to stay away and him to hate her are just another mystery we get to unfold. And it becomes clear from the first meeting when they don't realize who the other is, that they have an undeniable attraction to the other.  It is interesting to watch them fight each other and this attraction throughout the story because once they move past the lies that are the initial reasons for them to stay away a whole other set pops up to spice up their lives.

Rae and Jack struggle to find a balance with each other as more and more mysteries come to light and the world they thought they knew unravels before their eyes. They are left questioning everyone in their lives and wondering who they can trust. Relationships between friends and family shift and change throughout the story and new ones are forged as the old ones disappear.

Yet a few remain and grow stronger, such as Rae and Bennett. I love Bennett, he brings humor to the story along with helping Rae discover that she does have a backbone and giving her the push she needs when she needs it. Plus, I just really love a gay best friend and Bennett was great, not over the top and the kind you'd love to have in real life.

One of my favorite parts of the book actually comes at the end in the way that the prologue and epilogue fit together. I loved how they tied the story together even as they were both from heartbroken points of view. And while I love to have a story leave me wanting more, I found a satisfaction in the ending of one love story and a glimpse into the future of others. I loved the parallels between the two chapters.
I can see many glimpses of Romeo and Juliet throughout the story, and more than just one couple mirrors them but always with a new or unique twist which made the story more enjoyable for me. I loved how she played with the concept of the original story but still brought her own flare to it. Which is one of the reasons this book will be added to my list of books I will reread and that is the highest praise, besides recommending it to friends, I can give as I don't often reread books unless they draw me in.
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450 reviews66 followers
August 17, 2016
º°✩ARC provided by author for an honest review✩º°∘

☆Title: All of The Lights
☆Series: Standalone
☆Author: K.Ryan
☆Genre: Contempory/Mystery Romance
☆Format: E-copy
☆Published: 22 August 2016
☆Rating: 4 ✩'s

I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but this book's cover got me so intrigued - and the title!! The title won me over.
This is a action packed story, full of trails and tribulations. Guilt trips and trying to do the right thing.

When you try to correct past mistakes, are you willing to take the punch it comes with?
Rae Moretti had a pretty good idea what the future held for her - disappointment, rejection and that was just from her father, the Mayor Valentino Moretti. Rae was delt a hand she was fed up of playing with and decided she's going to reshuffle the cards.
Ending up in the part of town she's been hated for as long as she can remember, for an accident she can't really remember. The night of her little sister Lucy's birthday changed Rae's life forever. As if all of the lights went on in that one night, Rae's life was flooded with light.

In the beginning I found the story a bit slow, but as I read further I realized this story was going to burst at it seams( if I read a paperback it probably would have exploded) of all the mystery, the unanswered questions and then I realized I love this book. The real juicy bits was given at strategic times, which made me go crazy because I just wanted to know. I wanted to find out all the answers on those questions!!
The only thing that made me not give this book 5 stars, was the religion part. I feel everyone has opinions about religion, but some readers might get offended about the conversation between Rae and Jack that day in the church. I personally felt offended and almost stopped reading in a whole. But then I decided to give a second chance and brush it off as opinion. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I respect that.

But back to a positive note, this book left me satisfied and I felt that all the questions was answered. And you know a author is good, when the reader is left satisfied!
August 30, 2016
What a enjoyable read!! This book kept me in from the very beginning with its mystery and suspense. I love a good romance but add in the other components of this book and you have a very engrossing book that you won't want to put down.

Rae suffered an awful attack seven years ago which resulted in her sending someone to jail. She is back in her hometown trying to move on from the past and go on with her life but she has unanswered questions from that night. She is bound and determined to find out the truth about that night and finally find out what happened that fateful night. She ends up running into Jack Flynn, she never expects the instant attraction she'd feel to someone from his family. Being with him could never work but if she wants to get to the bottom of her attack he could lead her to the answers.

Jack hasn't had an easy childhood, in fact he has suffered from his own tragedy but now with a family filled with brothers and parents that help him and are there for him things are better. Unfortunately he is missing someone and seeing the person who is responsible is not filling him with any nice thoughts at all. He is a fighter and he is determined to fight to get to the truth at all costs.

Will Jack and Rae be able to work together to get to the truth or will Jack fight against the wrong person? Will anything come of the attraction? Is it going to be too late to get to the truth? Will getting to the bottom of everything put them in danger?

I love a romance that has all the suspense and mystery. Trying to figure out what all is going to happen and seeing a relationship budding is the best of both worlds and K. Ryan did a great job giving me just that. Rae was a determined heroine who is bound and determined to fight to get the truth at all costs. She isn't going to let anyone get in her way and I loved that about her. Add in the fact that the last person you would think would help her is right there with her is just like the cherry on top. I highly recommend this book!
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746 reviews10 followers
August 21, 2016
I received an advanced readers copy of this story from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I was caught off guard by this book. It is my first K. Ryan novel, but will not be my last.
The author draws you into the story, with the chemistry and the characters. It is a modern day Romeo and Juliet type story, set in Boston. This is a stand alone novel, but is definitely meant for 18+. What I loved most about the story is that no one is whom you think. We are set in Boston with Irish Southie, and Rich Snobby Side.
Our main female character, Rae is faced with a terrible past that has wounded her both physically as well as mentally. She wants nothing to do with going out to a fight club in Southie to rescue her silly step sister who is attempting to get in for her birthday. However her BFF Benn (yep Benn with two 'N's and he's gay honey, its short for Bennett", can get her in because his cousin's the bartender. While waiting off to the side of the crowd, a hot guy (Jack) steps out of the building to have a vape. They pick up a conversation, before the bullets fly. Up I said Bullets! Seriously a drive by shooting while they are flirting and have a interesting time. Thank God know one gets hurt but this is just the start of an explosive situation.
Two people who come together in an attempt for Rae to right a wrong against Jack's brother Sean, leads them down a rabbit hole of craziness that will have you holding on to the seat of your pants. Not only is this story an amazing thrilling ride, but it is an emotional one too!
I actuall wrote K. Ryan after finishing and said "Wow, just Wow! I'm unable to form a coherent thought!" It was a very emotional ride.
4.5 stars!!! Can't wait to read what's next!
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Author 2 books18 followers
August 22, 2016
Oh my God, it's like my eyes can't stop listening to your words. The story all of lights by K.Ryan is so mesmeric that I had to stop several times to absorb all of it.
So, this is the first time I am reading a book by this author and I did not know what to expect. I won an ARC of this book in exchange for a review. I am so glad that I got the opportunity to read this book.
In the book I could totally understand Rae's compulsive nature to make notes because of everything she had suffered from, it was like a defence mechanism for her. It's interesting to see in spite of the messed up life of both the protagonists they still find a way to help each other. I was riveted when both Rae and Jack had this flirting game going on back and forth.
* " Okay, " he rubs his hands together in thoughts and then shoots me a sly glace." How 'bout this one? I just heard someone inside the club say the word of the day is legs. What do yah say,we head back to my place and spread the word?" *
**fans self**
Or when Rae starts thinking about this- " I resist the urge to swat him on the shoulder. God, if this is what a creeper looks like, then sign me up. He must have a waiting list." **Damn right Rae! I sure would be the one in the waiting list!**
Or the way Jack says- "Families are bizzah" ** Melts into puddles**

I loved the book and I would definitely recommend this book for you guys to one-click if you want to enjoy something different this time! This book has a bittersweet epilogue.
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365 reviews17 followers
August 22, 2016
Loooooooooooooooveeeeeeeeeeeeee it

I read the blurb for this book and I was like: OMG I NEED TO READ THIS.
And so I did. I read it and I loved it. There hasn't been a romance story that gutted me like this one did.
With every turn of the page I found myself falling in love with each of the characters. The author made me feel like I was in there for real. I experienced every emotion, every sentiment and even shared thoughts with them.

I love how some of the characters in this book are strong, determined and willing to fight for what they want without backing off. I love how connected they are to each other.

I love....
I love how the author managed to build a story with SO MANY twists and turns without you getting lost, but enjoying the ride. You discover every secret the characters have with each turn of the page. You get to know them like you are a part of the story, like you are one of them.

I love how incredibly amazing this story is! And I love that I got to read it early thanks to the author providing me an arc, but you know what? I bought it cause really WOW, it's the least that I this amazing author deserves.

So please, there is a whole lot more reasons why you need and you should read this book, but if I keep listing them I might give some of the story away. Grab it now if you need some romance and a bit of suspense in your life

Also, one more thing, the writing of the author is impecable and yes, you guessed it right... I LOVE IT!
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3,395 reviews64 followers
August 23, 2016
Wow! That was the perfect ending to a very twisted tale. Very poetic.

I was curious about the title originally, but having read it, the title is very fitting.

Raena will never be loved by her father, always dumped on by her sister, and constantly challenged by her best friend. These are all truths that she knows but always hopes for a different outcome.

Never one to venture far from her personal bubble, Raena is appalled at her sister's birthday request. But every the good big sister, she dutifully tries to help and changes the course of her life forever. All because of a pair of grey eyes...connected to the hottest man she had ever seen.

Jack never knew what he was missing. He's not sure he wants to know anymore. Once he found out who she was, that was it- no more interest...or so he kept telling himself.

Two people raised to hate each other, given reasons the other family is evil have found themselves in an unusual situation.

It's a intriguing story I did not want to put down. The complex twists and unearthing heavy family history leaves the reader clinging for more. I really have to say...if Raena ever gets tired of him, send Jack my way!

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