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Guts & Glory: Ryder

(In the Shadows Security #2)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Is saving another’s soul worth risking your own?

Former special forces operator, Ryder, has never backed down from an assignment, and he’ll be damned if he lets a blonde-haired, smart-mouthed, pain in the a** destroy that record. She’s going to get her life together even if he has to drag her kicking and screaming to do so, and he’s not opposed to using a firm hand to yank
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published August 3rd 2019 by Double-J Romance, Inc.
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Tory Richards
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! The plot, the characters, the sex, all of it. Ryder struggled with wanting Kelsea and realizing that she wasn't good for him because of past issues, but he was determined to get her on the right path. Afraid of triggers, they both had a lot to overcome before finding their happy ending. It was nice seeing Mercy again, though brief, and I hope each man in Shadows Security gets his own story.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't care for Kelsea in previous books but that was before I found out how broken she was and that it would take a special man to help her through her issues and that is exactly what she found in Ryder! Ryder had his own issues too, but these two broken souls found each other and became whole again! I really enjoyed the banter between Ryder and Kelsea, but the chemistry was hot, hot, hot between these two!
Kelly Williams
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
10 star read and great follow up to Mercy's book. I absolutely love the world of DAMC and D's Shadows. These stories are amazing. They suck you in from the very beginning. I read Ryder and Kelsea's story cover to cover. I couldn't put it down especially with all the anticipation around Kelsea. This book did not disappoint and was super hot!! I loved how Ryder healed Kelsea and turned her back into her former, strong self and in turn sacrificed a bit of himself. I'm glad they found their happy en ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book completely captured my attention from the first chapter and blew me away with the depth of emotions from Ryder and Kelsea.

I laughed, cried, swooned, and wanted to scream in frustration at times but in the end watching Kelsea finally overcome her demons and get her HEA made it all worth it. The growth in her character from the first chapter to the last is incredible, she starts out as a lost bratty girl but gains the confidence in herself to become a strong independent woman. Ryder is p
Sara F.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
JStJ excels in the character development department. Ryder and Kelsea are amazingly real and complex , flaws and all. I feel like I’ve actually met these people. I never liked Kelsea in prior books, but we get to flesh out her issues here. I love a heroine who knows what she wants but she’s made so many poor decisions that it’s hard to root for her. A lot of sexual stereotypes get challenged here and I loved it. Her character really does a 180 in the growth department over the course of the book ...more
Manda Jane
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is my new favorite book of 2019! I loved it so much! Ryder has done so much help Kelsea while watching her self destruct. Such a great guy. Kelsea has been through a lot and the things she’s learned have been devastating. No one knows everything that has happened to her. She just needs the right person to help her sort herself out.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yet another shadow that totally melted my heart! Ryder and Kelsea jump straight off the page, fully formed and hit the ground running! This is such a strong story full of heart and chemistry it blew me away!
Jeanne St James if you keep making me fall in love with your characters my husband going to divorce me! Lol!
Amazing read as always!
Ashley Carr, LSoR
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had me captivated from the beginning and I was left breathless at the end. The two MCs have a complicated relationship with many flaws between them but they are absolutely perfect for each other, when they stop fighting it. This story had me in its clutches from the moment Ryder decides to rescue Kelsea. Ryder is tested time and again when Kelsea does something harebrained. Ryder definitely has the patience of a Saint to put up with her, but underneath Kelsea is just screaming out for ...more
Brianne Gauna
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ryder and DAMC born and bread Kelsea both have dark hidden secrets. Secrets only they understand. Being secluded together all comes out, but mostly a new understanding, respect and love, and not just for each other. Kelsea has to learn, what she wants. Ryder has to watch and regain his own wits.

Jeanne St. James wrote another soul crusing, but all consuming story of love and redemption. A fun ride, that ends in a happiness only she can write.
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.7 stars

I discovered this author from the Dirty Dawgs MC series. I was sad when I realized that the series was coming to an end even knowing that this series was in the works. Even after reading Mercy, and getting glimpses of some of the old crew, I didn't realize how entwined this series would become with that. The secrets from that series were slowly unraveled from the first book until the end. Or so I thought... Sweet LORD. The twists and turns that this author takes. The pain these characte
Leilani Angel
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-authors
I raged. I cried. I laughed. I smiled. I felt flutters in my stomach; I felt disgusted. All these happened in a span of a little over two hours when I binge-read an ARC copy of Ms. Jeanne St. James' latest book in the DAMC off-shoot series, Guts and Glory.

This book focuses on the lives of Ryder and Kelsea, the former of who's Southern twang you could listen to all day even if he described the finer points of huntin' and taxidermy. As for Kelsea, I first wanted to smack her in Diesel and Jewel's
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kelsea and Ryder's story was amazing!! Before I get into my review though, I must say that if you haven't read the Dirty Angels MC series by Ms. St. James but want to, you need to read that series first. While all these books are technically standalones, Kelsea and Ryder's story refers to quite a bit of what happened in the Dirty Angels books. If you read Ryder before any of them, you will have spoilers to secrets that were revealed as the Dirty Angels books progressed.

Oh my gosh, what can I say
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow are these Shadow Security guys Hot! And what they go through for their women… just wow!!! I wasn’t sure the author could top Mercy (Book 1 in this series) but for my Ryder is right up with there with it. She has a flare with her words that just drew me right in and the characters she defines in her stories just seem to come to life as if they were family. I felt every emotional aspect as if I was right there living the storyline with them. The book had me smiling, laughing, worrying and just ...more
Sassy Southern
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Talk about intense!!! Right from the start this book starts off with a bang and doesn't let up until the very end.
This is book 2 in the Shadows Security Series and was definitely able to be read as a standalone. However, I loved these characters so much that I definitely need to get my hands on the first book ASAP!

This book follows Ryder and Kelsea as Ryder tries to stop Kelsea from spiraling out of control and self destruction. Sent to pull her out of a bad situation once again Ryder has decid
Kathy Rouchelle
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read, great story line, great characters!!! I loved this book from the very beginning right until the final smile and final page. It grabs you, pulls you right in and doesn't let go until you are finished; and even then you won't want it to let you go. Ryder's story began before this book began and you wondered back then, what was it about Diesel's cousin that bothered him so much and why did he keep going back, even if Diesel was his boss? Well, that is a long story and one that will take ...more
Donna Smith
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew this series was going to be great, I just didn't know how gut wrenching it would be. I adored Ryder when he appeared in other books from the original DAMC series and from book one of this series but I am totally enamored with him now. He is a great guy who wants nothing for the best for Kelsea. Kelsea is on a self destructive journey and Ryder is the one who is always going after her and pulling her back home. This time the rope she is dangling on is at its end. He is determined to show h ...more
Lynn Reynolds
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dwight Ryder is really pissed off. I wouldn’t want to get on his bad side or that of any men that he works with. Kelsea Dougherty’s life is almost as low as you can go. But her spirit showed through her pain. I could see her story playing out on one of those intervention shows but some parts just might be too hot for regular television.

I’m a little late to the game where this series is concerned. Good news is that I’m only one book behind. I certainly didn’t need it in order to enjoy what was go
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dwight Ryder has struggled with his life after serving his country. He was out of control until he met a man who showed him that he wasn’t as tough as he thought he was, and he needed to value his life and change his ways. He became a member of In the Shadows Security and turned his life around.

Kelsea Dougherty is a young woman who is out of control and doesn’t care about her life. After she found out who her father was, she started spinning out of control and made everyone who loves her constan
Nancy Reads
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
GUTS & GLORY: Ryder is the 2nd book in the Shadows Security Series, but can easily be read as a standalone book. As with all Jeanne St. James books, this has a HEA without a cliffhanger or cheating. Enjoyed reading this book!

Ryder is a former special forces Army Ranger who now works for Shadows Security as a special-assignment agent. He has never backed down from an assignment, but he has reached his limit with being sent out to save his boss's cousin from disaster. Kelsea is a blonde-haire
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know if I can do this book justice in a review. I have to say right off the bat, that Ryder and Kelsea's story is still haunting me. Kelsey has been a peripheral character in the DAMC series. When secrets came to light about the former MC president and the crimes he committed, Kelsea completely spiraled into booze, drugs, partying and sex. Every time she has taken off, Ryder has been the one tasked with bringing her back. He hates doing it but Kelsea doesn't change. I have to admit, I di ...more
Aug 13, 2019 added it
Didn’t get past 7%. I do not think alpha assholes are sexy. I honestly don’t like alpha males anymore. They come off as rude and controlling and I detest that. Threats of spanking the heroine if she doesn’t do what the hero wants come off as manipulative not sexy. She is not a child, she is a doesn’t matter how childish you might think she is acting. I do not care who the heroine has been sleeping with, it does not warrant how this hero is talking to her at all. He is treating her lik ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought Ryder and Kelsea's story was a wonderful read. The engaging story line will ensnare all of your attention with a complex blend of raw emotion, sweetness, realism and red-hot chemistry. I thought that this couple was so perfect together. Originally, you think they are about as opposite as you can get, but as the story unfolds you discover some very surprising similarities between the two. Ryder, was amazing from the start. This hero had so much patience that he truly deserved a medal. D ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ryder & Kelsea

How does one describe the hot mess that is Kelsea? First introduced in the DAMC series, family to the MC and brought up in the world, Kelsea has been off the rails for a long time. Drinks, drugs, sex. Her cousin Diesel (and her worried family) pulling her arse out of the fire mire often than not, Ds man Ryder sent time and time again, to rescue her.
Ryder is always sent in to get her out of hotspots though this is the last time he s willing to do it - getting paid ain't worth i
Beyond The Covers Blog
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romaine
Kelsea may have been born and bred by the Dirty Angels MC life but her life is spiraling downwards with the secret that she carries.  She's so lost and broken. Booze, drugs and even sleeping with the enemy.

Ryder works for In the Shadows Security, a group of former special forces military men. Time and time again he has rescued Kelsea from situations and brought her home. He's had enough. This time he will see that she heads down the road to redemption. Only his secret will help.

“Only way you’re
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Ryder and Kelsea ! Kelsea broke my heart. I knew there had to be a reason for her acting out and there was and it was heartbreaking. Their time alone together was wonderful and I loved seeing the bond that formed between them. I had to stop reading at one point and find the song "Sunrise" and listen to it (you'll see when you read it). Amazing choice, so perfect and romantic. We do get some DAMC sisterhood time--wish it had been more. I loved the scene with Diamond and Kelsea ...more
Stephanie Ditmore
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Ryder. He’s a complex man who has seen more things in his lifetime that he would live to forget. Kelsea has had a lot to deal with. Finding out who her real father was and what he’s done was more than she could handle. Ryder and Kelsea aren’t that different in retrospect. They have both hit bottom but Ryder has someone to help him through it and that’s what he wants for Kelsea. He’s always had a soft spot for her and he wants to help he just hopes that it doesn’t ruin his own ...more
Melissa Rivera
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ryder - Guts & Glory Book 2
By: Jeanne StJames

It took me a bit to gather my thoughts to put together a review for this book without spoilers. Being a huge fan of Jeanne StJames, I knew Ryder was going to be a great book. What I didn’t expect was to be totally blown away with this fantastic story!!!
Ryder and Kelsea have both stolen my heart!! Love these characters to no end but what got me the most was the compelling story. Ryder and Kelsea’s story has so much truth behind it, it rips at your
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ryder is the perfect man. Sexy, strong, smart, funny and that southern accent with the backwards baseball cap will make your ovaries explode!
Kelsea is the problem child ( not so much a child but acts like one) of the family. Time and time again she has found herself in dire situations and as always someone is assigned to go and find her. That someone is Ryder, and he's fed up. He vows this is the last time.
Kelsea is in for a world of change, and eye opening lessons. At first it's so easy to no
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emotional…Gets right to the Heart!!

Ryder is tasked with watching Kelsea, making sure she stays out of bad situations. It wrecked me in the beginning how he found her, we were left with small tidbits from previous books that she was spiraling…
Kelsea just wants to drown out the world and forget her family. The turmoil she experiences, how she doesn’t even realize how dependent on those substances she has become to get through the days and nights.
When Ryder finally decides he’s had enough of gettin
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Let’s just say that this is one author whose books are a MUST read! This spin off of the Down and Dirty MC series is gripping, passionate and packs a punch. The second book in the Guts and Glory series gives readers Ryder and Kelsea’s story and what an emotional rollercoaster it is. It can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the books in order. From the start, the reader is sucked into the drama as Ryder is once again tasked with bringing Kelsea to heal as she is acting like a spoile ...more
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JEANNE ST. JAMES is a USA Today bestselling romance author who loves an alpha male (or two). She was only thirteen when she started writing. Her first paid published piece was an erotic story in Playgirl magazine. Her first erotic romance novel, Banged Up, was published in 2009. She is happily owned by farting French bulldogs. She writes M/F, M/M, and M/M/F ménages. Want to read a sample of her wo ...more

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